Biometric Residence Permits

Previously only issued to migrants applying to extend their stay in the UK, the Biometric Residence Permit (“BRP”) is now being rolled out for all non-EEA migrants entering the UK.

As of 31 May 2015, migrants from 67 countries are required to obtain a BRP as part of the visa process, including Australia, Canada, China, India, Pakistan and the USA. From 31 July 2015, it will apply to migrants from anywhere in the world.

New applicants, and existing migrants looking to renew their visa, will be required to provide biometric information (fingerprints and a digital photograph) as part of their application, which will be used to generate the BRP if they are successful.

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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.