Archive for December, 2012

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa change

For Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa from December 13th 2012, the English language requirement is being lowered from level C1 (advanced) to level B1 (intermediate), in line with other Points-Based System categories, in response to concerns that the high requirement was a possible deterrent to potentially successful entrepreneurs.  This change is also being made to the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category for consistency (although it has no practical consequence in this category, as applicants pass the English language requirement automatically if they meet the separate requirement to have passed a UK degree).

UK Border Agency with biometric information

From 1st December 2012, the requirement to provide the UK Border Agency with biometric information is changing.If you are from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland and you are granted permission to stay in the UK for more than 6 months on or after 1st December 2012, you must apply for a biometric residence permit (if you have not already done so). If you are affected by the change the UKBA  will write to you about how to apply for your biometric residence permit.

This is to ensure that from 1st December they only issue this new format of immigration status document. This is to meet our obligations under European legislation.

Biometric residence permits are replacing older forms of documentation and the new format is helping employers and other bodies to check the immigration status and entitlements of foreign nationals. They are both simpler to understand and are more convenient for foreign nationals living in the UK to use. The application process also enables the agency to check a person against both our records and police fingerprint records.We have been rolling out biometric residence permits to different visa categories over the last 4 years. This means that applicants have been enrolling their biometric information (fingerprints and facial images) to apply for a biometric residence permit at the same time as making their application to stay in the UK.

Some people will have applied to stay in the UK before there was a requirement to provide biometric information in their category, and will not have provided their biometric information. If these people are granted permission to stay on or after 1st December 2012, either at first consideration or after a successful appeal, they will need to apply for a biometric residence permit.These measures are helping to combat illegal immigration, abuse of the immigration system and the misuse of public funds.