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Biometric Residence Permit

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What is a Biometric Residence Permit?


We’ve written this article to provide you with all of the information that you need to know about the Biometric Residence Permit (also known as a BRP Card), including:


What is a Biometric Residence Permit?

A biometric residence permit (BRP Card) is a card that will hold your name, date and place of birth, facial image, fingerprints, immigration status and the entitlements that you are eligible for whilst you are in the UK.

You’ll get a biometric residence permit (BRP) if you:

  • Have applied to come to the UK for longer than 6 months
  • Extend your visa to a period longer than 6 months
  • Have Applied to settle in the UK
  • Transfer your visa to a new passport

Provided that your visa application is approved, you will automatically get a Biometric Residence Permit. 

What information is on my Biometric Residence Permit?

Your BRP Card will include the below:

  • Your name, date and place of birth
  • Fingerprints and a photo of your face 
  • Immigration status and any conditions of your stay
  • Whether you can access public funds (such as benefits and health services)

You may already have an NI (National Insurance) number printed on the back of your BRP however, if not, you will need to apply for an NI Number. For further information on applying for a National Insurance number, read our blog by clicking here.

Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit

When applying for your visa, you‘ll be asked to choose a location to collect your BRP card from once you have arrived in the UK. 

You can collect your Biometric Residence Permit from a Post Office branch or directly from your sponsor.

We recommend that, if you opt for the BRP to be sent to a Post Office branch, you carefully select a location that this is nearby to the hospital that you will be working in. 

Usually, you must pick up your BRP card before the vignette sticker in your travel document expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK (whichever is later).

What to do if your BRP card is lost or stolen

You can report your BRP permit lost or stolen from in or outside of the UK, but it’s important to know that you can only order a replacement from inside of the UK

The Home Office will contact you within one working day from whenever you have reported your BRP lost or stolen.

You must apply for a replacement within 3 months of losing your BRP. Furthermore, you will not be able to use it again if you find it after you have reported it.

A replacement BRP costs £154

Click here for more information on what you should do if your BRP Card is lost or stolen.

Can you begin work in the UK before collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card)?

You are able to begin work without your BRP however, the Home Office strongly advise that you collect your BRP prior to starting work. 

If you start work prior to collecting your BRP, you will need to be able to evidence your right to work in the UK.


If you’re interested in working in the UK and want to discuss your plans and how we can assist you, please contact our team today.