It has been announced by the UKBA that from 1 December 2012, the requirement to provide biometric information is changing. Any individual from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who has been granted permission to stay in the UK for more than six months will be required to apply for a biometric residence permit. The UKBA has confirmed that it will write to all those affected by the change with guidelines on how to apply.
From 1 December 2012 the UKBA will only issue this new form of immigration status document in order to adhere to European legislation. Biometric residence permits are replacing older forms of documentation in order to make it easier for employers and other bodies to check the immigration status of foreign nationals.
For more information on the changes, please click here.