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Identity Cards

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the effect of the introduction of identity cards on postal application times for overseas students. [HL4535]

All students applying to extend their stay in the UK are now required to enrol their biometrics before UKBA can process their application. This requires an applicant to book an appointment, receive confirmation from UKBA and attend to enrol their biometrics. This can take around 20 days from receipt of their initial application by UKBA. The average waiting time for a single biometric appointment is currently eight days so many are seen and enrolled within 14 days of their application being received.