1. Overview

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

You don’t have to apply separately for a BRP. You’ll give your personal data when you make your visa or immigration application.

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 (eg benefits and health services)

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

Your BRP will be sent to you by post if you’re making your immigration or visa application from inside the UK. If you apply from outside the UK you’ll have to collect it from a Post Office in the UK.


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