UK visa’s explained: Biometric residence permits (BRP’s)

Thursday, January 13, 2022

A biometric residence permit (BRP) can be used to confirm your identity, right to study or work in the UK, and right to any public services or benefits you’re entitled to. BRP's are issued to all non-UK nationals who are staying in the UK for longer than 6 months. 

An international doctor on a visa will be issued a BRP if they:

  • apply to come to the UK for longer than 6 months
  • extend your visa to longer than 6 months
  • apply to settle in the UK
  • transfer visa to a new passport
  • apply for home office travel documents

You do not have to apply separately for a BRP, it will be included in the application process and then issued when your visa is authorised.

What will I need to do?

If you are applying from outside of the UK, you will need to go to a visa application centre.

You will need to provide your fingerprints and photo as part of the visa or immigration application. The process takes less than 5 minutes and you need to:

  • have a digital photo taken of your face
  • put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned

Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or someone over 18 who has legal responsibility for them.

What will I need to do?

If you are applying from outside of the UK, the cost is included in your application fee. If you apply from within the UK, the price is £19.20.

What information will be shown on the BRP?

The permit shows the holder's name and a photograph. It includes the date the permit is valid until, the place and date of issue, the type of permit, and any remarks including immigration entitlements or restrictions during the holder's stay. It then has your personal and biometric information including a chip, permit number, gender, date of birth, nationality, and place of birth.

How do I get my BRP?

You can collect your BRP once you have arrived in the UK. You must do this before the vignette sticker in your travel document expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK, whichever is later. Please read your decision letter as it will tell you if you need to collect your BRP from a named post office branch or your sponsor.

Resources

GOV.UK. 2021. Biometric residence permits (BRPs). [online] Available at: <https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits> [Accessed 28 October 2021].