What a BRP is

A biometric residence permit (BRP) can be used to confirm your:

  • identity
  • 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:

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:

Guidance

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