What is a Biometric Residence Permit?
Although it only really impacts a small percentage of those who are looking to work in the UK, the Biometric Residence Permit – sometimes known as BRP – is perhaps one of the most important documents relating to the British Government. The Biometric Residence Permit is a vital cog in the machine when it comes to allowing foreign nationals the right to work in the country, and having a valid one makes a world of difference if you are attempting to seek employment in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
What exactly is a Biometric Residence Permit?
In essence, the Biometric Residence Permit is a card that provides all of your pertinent details, as well as containing a chip that makes all of these details machine-readable. This can be a whole range of personal details, and the idea behind it seems to be that these would be incredibly hard to forge due to the technical nature of the Biometric Residence Permit. These are vaguely similar in size and appearance to a British driving licence, but their scope is much more wide-ranging and powerful if you are looking to gain work in the United Kningdom.
Official UK Government advice states that the Biometric Residence Permit does the following:
The BRP and BRC hold a customer’s biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints), and shows their immigration status and entitlements while they remain in the UK. BRPs are titled ‘Residence Permit’ or ‘Short Stay Permit’ and BRCs are titled ‘Residence Card’, ‘Permanent Residence Card’ or ‘Derivative Residence Card
You can find out more about the Biometric Residence Permit in this government-issued PDF document: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/755178/Guidance_Notes_for_KYC_-_Biometric_Residence_Docs_-_September_2018.pdf
Under what circumstance would I be issued a Biometric Residence Permit?
According to Government advice, you would be eligible to receive a Biometric Residence Permit under any of the following circumstances, should you:
apply to come to the UK for longer than 6 months
extend your visa to longer than 6 months
apply to settle in the UK
apply for certain Home Office travel documents
It is important to note that you should not have to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit separately, and the UK Government should issue one automatically should your application be approved, or if you are updating a document that was due to go out of date.