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Biometric Resident Permit (BRP card)

Biometric Resident Permit (BRP Card)

What is Biometric Resident Permit (BRP Card) 

You’ll get a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you:

You do not have to apply separately for a BRP. You’ll get one automatically if your visa or immigration application is approved, or you’re replacing an older document.

What’s on your BRP Card

Your BRP will include:

  • your name, date and place of birth
  • your fingerprints and a photo of your face (this is your biometric information)
  • your immigration status and any conditions of your stay
  • whether you can access public funds, for example benefits and health services

You may have a National Insurance (NI) number printed on the back of your BRP. Not all BRPs have this – it depends on factors like the date it was issued and your visa status.

Why you need a BRP Card

You can use your BRP to confirm your:

  • identity
  • right to study or work in the UK
  • right to any public services or benefits you’re entitled to

Replace your visa with a BRP Card

You can apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP) to replace the visa (or wet ink stamp) in your passport or travel document, for example if:

  • your passport or travel document has expired or it’s been lost or stolen
  • the details on your visa (including your facial appearance) have changed

You must apply from inside the UK.

There’s a different way to prove you can live in the UK if you’re an EU citizen or related to someone from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

The fee and how you apply depend on your visa status.

You have permission to settle (‘indefinite leave to remain’)

You must apply online if you have indefinite leave to remain.  You’ll get a decision within 6 months.

If you want a faster decision you can pay an extra £800 for the super priority service. You’ll get a decision within one working day.

You have temporary permission to stay in the UK (‘leave to remain’)

You can apply online if you have leave to remain.  You’ll get a decision within 8 weeks.

If you want a faster decision you can pay an extra £800 for the super priority service. You’ll get a decision within one working day.