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Customers going to the UK for longer than 6 months

New requirement for visa customers wishing to stay in the UK for more than 6 months, to get a biometric residence permit (BRP) on arrival.

If your visa application is successful, you will receive a 30 day travel visa in your passport.

You should be aware that:

  • you must travel within this 30 day period or your visa will expire
  • if your 30 day travel visa expires before you travel, you will need to apply for a replacement and pay another fee in order to travel to the UK
  • once you arrive in the UK you must collect your BRP from the Post Office you chose when you applied for your visa within 10 days
  • you will receive a letter with your visa decision providing instructions on what you need to do once in the UK

Your BRP is an important document. It provides proof of your permission to be in the UK, for how long and the conditions attached to your stay, and can also be used as identification.

You can read the full guidance on the get a biometric residence permit (BRP) page. If you have any questions, you can contact UK Visas and Immigration.