VG Immigration has noticed that a lot of visa and Biometric residence permit (BRP) holders in the UK are not aware that they need to report any change in their circumstances to the Home Office.
In accordance with the Immigration Rules you need to apply for a new BRP if any of the following things change:
- name, for example, if you’ve got married
- facial appearance
- date of birth, for example, if it was wrong
In the case of any of the above-mentioned changes, you must apply for a new BRP within three months. You can be fined up to £1,000 or have your leave curtailed if you don’t. How you report the change and apply for a new BRP will depend on whether you have limited leave to remain in the UK, or indefinite leave to remain.
You must also report any other changes to the details you gave in your application for a BRP, including if:
- you get a criminal conviction
- you separate from your partner
- any of your children stop living permanently with you.
Migrants should also submit a change of circumstances request in relation to the following:
- to update their home address
- to update their correspondence address
- to update their legal representative’s address
- to update their dependant’s details
- to inform Home Office of a change in their legal representation
As part of their sponsor responsibilities to be compliant, employers of migrants on a Tier 2 visa also must notify the Home Office of the following changes in a migrant worker’s circumstances:
- Change in place of work such as the company address
- Changes to the role, duties and responsibility
- Change to salary and hours of work
- Delayed start date
- Failed to attend work for a consecutive period of ten days without permission
- Resigned from role
- Dismissed by sponsor
- Made redundant by sponsor
- Moved to another sponsor
- Moved to another immigration category
- Taken extended unpaid leave.