April 29th, 2008
Those who wish to remain in the UK with their British spouse or continue to study in the UK will now have to provide their Biometrics due to a pilot scheme being roled out by the Home Office at Lunar House [where International Work Permits get a premium service for certain UK visa applications
This pilot scheme requires all Non-European Union nationals, who want to remain in the UK, to attend Lunar House in person where they will be subject to a Biometrics collection process.
The Home Office have introduced this as part of their "Securing our Borders" drive as well as part of the managed Migration Programme. They will soon be rolling the scheme out to all people who wish to extend their leave to remain in the UK regardless of the reason. Also later this year plans for a face scanning system for E.U nationals will be launched at major ports.
When the scheme is finally rolled out to highly skilled people who remain in the UK under the tier visa schemes; this provision will be even less welcomed.
Over the next few months the schemes will be rolled out across the UK for all non UK citizens. Foreigners will be made to make available the most personal of details to the UK Authorities.
Whether you are apposed to or not, people need to get used to the idea of Biometrics, as it is fast becoming a factor in all our lives. If in any doubt, contact us and we will try to assist.