Understanding the UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
If you’re a non-EEA citizen planning to stay in the UK for more than six months, you’ll need a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The BRP is a card that contains your biometric information and proves your right to stay and work in the UK. In this guide, Hurlingham Law provides expert guidance on the UK BRP.
Eligibility: To apply for a BRP, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- You’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- You’re planning to stay in the UK for more than six months
- You have a valid passport or travel document
- You’re not a European Union (EU) citizen
The application process for a UK BRP involves the following steps:
Step 1: Apply Online You can apply for a BRP online through the UK government website. You’ll need to create an account and fill in the online application form.
Step 2: Pay the Fee Once you’ve completed the application form, you’ll need to pay the fee. The fee varies depending on your circumstances and the type of visa you’re applying for.
Step 3: Book an Appointment After you’ve paid the fee, you’ll need to book an appointment at a UK visa application centre. During your appointment, you’ll need to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a digital photograph).
Step 4: Wait for Your BRP to be Delivered After you’ve provided your biometric information, you’ll need to wait for your BRP to be delivered. You’ll receive a letter telling you when and where to collect your BRP.
Using Your BRP: Your BRP contains important information about your immigration status, so it’s important to keep it safe. You may need to show your BRP to:
- Your employer
- Your landlord
- The UK government (e.g., when applying for benefits)
- Border officials when entering or leaving the UK
At Hurlingham Law, our experienced immigration advisors can guide you through each step of the BRP application process and ensure that your application meets all the eligibility requirements. Contact us today to learn more about our BRP services. In most cases, the BRP process will be part of your visa application. Note: the UK Home Office are looking to phase out biometrics in favour of digital visas in 2024.