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Changes in Biometric Residence Permits Regulations
29 February 2012
From the 29 February 2012 more foreign nationals could be issued with Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) if approved by Parliament.
Applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who wish to come to the UK for a period of 6 months or more will have to enrol their biometrics which consist of fingerprints and digital facial image.
This will mean that many more non EEA Nationals will be required to enrol biometrics and will include refugees and those applying for settlement.
THE UKBA launched a pilot scheme with the The Post Office; 17 pilot Post Office locations have been dealing with the enrolment of applicants' biometric details can take place quickly and conveniently. Due to the success of the scheme the number of Post Offices offering this service will be increased in Spring 2012.
In addition to this, Spring 2012 will see the launch of a new online checking service which provides quick and easy checks on the permit and the identity holder's right to work.
BRPs were introduced to help tackle immigration abuse and illegal working. It acts as an aid for employers to help verify an individuals right to work in the UK. In addition to this, employers also have online access to guidance to verify the authenticity and validity via the UK Border Agency's website.