The UK Border Agency has clarified an existing requirement for holders of the Tier 1 Investor immigration category in its most recent published Tier 1 Investor Policy Guidance.
All current holders of Tier 1 Investor immigration status must report a change of circumstance to the UKBA. Please note that the reporting of changes requirement varies depending on whether you hold an entry-clearance endorsement in your passport or hold a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). We set out the requirements below:
Holders of Tier 1 Investor visa passport endorsement
The following changes must be reported to the UKBA:
- Change of contact details;
- Details of any new criminal convictions;
- Change of representative details;
- Change in dependants details.
Passports are not required to be submitted with the Change of Circumstances application and there is no application fee.
The Tier 1 Investor Policy Guidance does not specify a deadline or timeline for submission of the application. However we recommend that a Change of Circumstances form be submitted as soon as the change occurs in order to comply with UKBA requirements.
Holders of Tier 1 Investor Biometric Residence Permit (“BRP”)
Holders of a BRP card will be required to apply for a new BRP card if there are the following changes to their circumstances:
- Change of name;
- Change of date of birth;
- Change of nationality;
- Change of gender;
- Obvious change of appearance
The application must be made within 3 months of the change of circumstance or the individual may face a financial penalty of up to £1000/have permission curtailed. The application fee is £37.
If you make an application for a new BRP card, your passport must be submitted and you will be required to attend an appointment to resubmit your biometric information. This can be done at a Post Office which offers the service.
These reporting requirements are in addition to the requirements for applying for a new BRP card if your BRP card is lost, stolen or defaced.