What is a BRP?
You will get a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you:
- 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 your visa to a new passport (external link)
- apply for certain Home Office travel documents (external link)
You do not have to apply separately for a BRP. You will get one automatically if your visa or immigration application is approved, or you are replacing an older document.
What is on your BRP?
Your BRP will include:
- your name, date and place of birth
- your fingerprints and a photo of your face (this is your biometric information (external link))
- 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
You can use your BRP to confirm your:
- right to study or work in the UK
- right to any public services or benefits you’re entitled to
Read the guidance about biometric residence permits if you’re applying from:
- Give your fingerprints and photo (external link)
- Getting your BRP (external link)
- If your BRP has not arrived (external link)
- Report a problem with your new BRP (external link)
- If your BRP is lost or stolen (external link)
- Replace an expired BRP (external link)
- Replace your visa with a BRP (external link)