Following the roll-out of Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) to all in-country visa applicants starting on February 29, 2012, it became apparent that some visa applicants who had already submitted an application before that date had not fulfilled this new requirement.
As of December 1, 2012, all applicants who have an outstanding application that pre-dates February 29, 2012, will now need to supply the UKBA with their biometric data. The UKBA is sending all affected applicants details of how to apply for a BRP. This is to ensure that as of December 1, the UKBA is only issuing this immigration status document in the new format.
BRPs 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 migrants.