1. Why you need a BRP

You must have a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you want to:

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

How you get a BRP

You don’t have to apply for a BRP. You’ll get one automatically as part of your visa or immigration application.

When you make your visa or immigration application you have to give the personal data that appears on your BRP.


Read the guidance about biometric residence permits if you’re applying from: