What a BRP is
A biometric residence permit (BRP) can be used to confirm your:
- right to study or work in the UK
- right to any public services or benefits you’re entitled to
You’ll usually get a 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
- apply for certain Home Office travel documents
You do not have to apply separately for a BRP.
You will not get a BRP if you use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to prove your identity when applying for your visa. You’ll get a digital immigration status instead.
What’s 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.
You’ll need to apply for an NI number if all of the following apply:
- there is not one on your BRP
- you do not already have one
- you’re planning to work, claim benefits, apply for a student loan or pay Class 3 voluntary National Insurance contributions
Read the guidance about biometric residence permits if you’re applying from: