Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)

Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)

What a BRP is

You will get a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you:
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)
  • 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:
  • identity
  • 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:
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