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What is the change? Berry Appleman & Leiden’s London office has been registered as an alternative collection location (ACL) to allow migrants to collect their biometric residence permits with greater ease.
What does the change mean? The U.K. now requires that successful overseas visa applicants collect their biometric residence permits within 10 days of arrival in the U.K. by attending an appointment at the post office nearest to the their home or workplace. The fact that BAL has been granted ACL status as the representative of premium/high volume employers allows BAL clients an additional option to have biometric residence permits delivered directly to BAL, which may prove more convenient and lessen the administrative burden on employees and assignees.
Background: The new requirement that new migrants and assignees to the U.K. collect biometric residence permits in person within 10 days of arrival from a designated post office has introduced an inconvenient additional step into the relocation process.
While representatives are generally not permitted to collect and deliver biometric residence permits, BAL has been recognized as qualified to receive the permits on behalf of clients and so can act as an alternative collection location in lieu of a post office.
BAL Analysis: The Home Office is currently taking great care to ensure that biometric residence permits, which authorize employment, are not vulnerable to misuse, and has established strict controls over their safe storage and distribution. While the permits must still be delivered directly to the individual by a registered person, BAL’s ACL status means our clients will have greater flexibility to select a collection or delivery method that best suits their migrant work force and service standards.
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