Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)

What is a BRP? 

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 (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: 

  • 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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