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Work Visas: Foreign National ID Cards Extended To Tier 2

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From next month, skilled migrant workers and their dependants will receive an identity card for foreign nationals when they successfully apply to extend their stay in the UK under .

Under regulations approved by Parliament on Wednesday, all Tier 2 applications made inside the UK on or after 6 January 2010 will involve the enrolment of the applicant's biometric information (fingerprints and photograph).

Migrants in a number of other categories must already enrol their biometrics and obtain an identity card for foreign nationals when they apply to extend their stay in the UK.

As the number of migrants required to enrol their biometrics increases, this year the  have increased the range of options for them to do so:

  • There are now around the UK - foreign nationals can book appointments at these centres through the 's new online booking service or by telephone.

  • Postal applicants living within certain postcodes can now choose to enrol their biometrics at a limited number of Crown post offices nationwide.  This is a trial walk-in service, with no need to book an appointment, but is currently available only to applicants who have been sent an invitation to use it. Applicants using this service will need to pay an additional fee of £8.00 to Post Office Ltd.  will be taking part in the trial, with the locations published on the as they come online.

In addition, for a premium fee, applicants can choose to apply in person and receive a same-day decision on their application at one of the 's  seven public enquiry offices.  Please note that appointments for this service at Croydon are often in high demand, but appointments are available at regional offices in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Solihull and Sheffield.

** Additional Information & Advice ** 

You can obtain further information about immigration on .

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