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What to Do When My Biometric Residence Permit Expires?

A biometric residence permit (BRP) is a credit card-sized identity document that proves the holder has the right to reside, work or study in the UK.

The permit can also serve as proof of ID when the holder wants to open a bank account or rent property, for example.

For more information about what you can do if your biometric residence permit has expired or is about to expire, call IAS on +44 0333 305 9375 or contact us via our website.

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Overview

The BRP contains important information regarding the holder’s immigration status.

Along with biometric information (your fingerprints and a picture of your face), the BRP also contains the following information:

  • Name.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Immigration status.
  • The terms and conditions of the permit holder’s stay in the UK.
  • Eligibility for public funds (social benefits and healthcare).
  • A national insurance number (if applicable).

Historically, BRPs were issued for ten years to someone with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, while those with more limited visas were usually issued a permit for the length of the visa.

In 2020, the Home Office began issuing BRPs with an expiry date of 31 December 2024, regardless of the holder’s right to reside in the UK beyond that date.

The 31 December 2024 Expiry Date

The Home Office will no longer issue BRP cards from 1 January 2025.

You will then be able to prove your immigration status online, without a BRP.

You do not need to inform UKVI if your BRP expires on 31 December 2024 but your visa allows you to remain in the country beyond that date.

The Renewal Process

If your BRP expires before the 31 December 2024 deadline, you will have to renew your permit.

How you renew your permit depends on where you are when you seek to renew it.

Indefinite Leave

If you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you can renew your BRP online by visiting the visas and immigration service website.

If your application is approved, your BRP will be sent to you with your decision letter.

You’ll usually receive a decision on your permit application within six months of making an online application.

Renewals from Outside the UK

You cannot use the BRP replacement service if you are located outside the UK when you wish to renew your permit.

Instead, you’ll need to apply for a replacement BRP visa. This allows you to re-enter the UK once to renew your permit.

Once you have re-entered the UK, you’ll then have to prove your identity at a visa application centre to complete your BRP application.

You will typically get an update on the status of your application within three weeks of proving your identity.

The first step is to contact an IAS experienced immigration lawyer who can guide you through the process of renewing your permit.

Required Documents

You will need to provide the authorities with the originals of the following documents if you wish to renew your BRP:

  • Your passport or equivalent identity document.
  • If you were granted indefinite leave to remain more than two years before you apply for a new BRP, you will have to provide proof of continuous residence in the UK – eligible documents include council tax bills, utility bills, and a letter from your employer.
  • Two passport photographs.
  • Your current BRP.
  • If appropriate, evidence of any changes to the information you provide (for example, your name or gender).

Cost

If you have indefinite right to leave to remain in the UK and are currently in the country, you can renew your BRP for £19.20.

If you are outside the UK and wish to renew your BRP, then you will have to apply for a renewal visa and then apply to renew your BRP.

This will cost:

  • £56 for a Biometric Residence Permit renewal.
  • £154 for a replacement BRP visa.

How to Replace a Lost or Stolen BRP Card

Overview

You can report your BRP lost or stolen from both inside and outside the UK.

The Home Office will usually contact you within 24 hours of you reporting the card lost or stolen.

If you wish to replace a lost or stolen BRP, you can only do this from within the UK.

If your lost or stolen BRP was valid for three months or more, you must report it lost or stolen within three months.

If your BRP was valid for three months or less, you can choose to do one of the following:

  • Report the permit lost or stolen if you do not intend to remain in the UK once it has expired.
  • Apply for a replacement permit if you intend to leave and re-enter the UK within three months of the card’s expiration date.
  • Apply to extend your visa if you want to stay in the UK after the permit’s expiry date. If you are granted a visa, you will receive a new BRP.

How to Replace a Lost or Stolen BRP Outside the UK

You cannot apply for a replacement BRP outside the UK.

Instead, you’ll need to apply for a  ‘replacement BRP visa’ and then apply for a new permit once you are in the country.

You will usually have to do this within three months of reporting the card lost or stolen, but there are exceptions to this rule if you can give a valid reason why you were unable to return to the UK in good time.

Don’t risk losing your status – act now and get the help you need to renew your BRP. Contact an immigration lawyer today.

How IAS Can Help

If you need help renewing or reporting a lost or stolen BRP or simply want to learn more about the process of applying for a permit, IAS is here to help.

We are an experienced team of immigration lawyers with lots of expertise in the BRP application and renewal process.

To learn more about how we can help you with your BRP application, give a member of our team a call on +44 0333 305 9375 or contact us via our website.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In general, the documents you provide with your application must be the originals.

Copies are not usually accepted unless you can give a valid reason why you can’t provide the original document(s).

Copies of certified documents provided by the body that issued you with the original document are sometimes accepted.

For example, a copy of a savings book certified by the building society or bank or a notarised copy of an official document can be used in some circumstances.

If you have a BRP that will expire in December 2024, you do not need to do anything and your immigration status will not be affected.

UKVI say they intend to update their information on how to prove your immigration status in early 2024.

You can prove your immigration status while you wait for a replacement BRP.

The government’s website provides information on how to do this.

No. You will still need to apply for a replacement BRP.

It is important that you cut up the old BRP and send the pieces to the Home Office.

You should make sure that you cut the card through:

  • Your personal information.
  • The royal coat of arms.
  • The gold biometric chip (if your BRP card features one).

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