Biometric Residence Permit processing time – how long do I have to wait?

As we’ve discussed elsewhere on this website, the Biometric Residence Permit can be one of the most important documents for a foreign national looking to work or study in the United Kingdom. This small card can be the difference between you being allowed to live and work in the country, and not. However, one of the main questions that people have once they have applied is about how long the Biometric Residence Permit takes to be processed. There is no firm answer from the UK Government, but we have investigated and found the following details:

How long will I be waiting for my Biometric Residence Permit to be processed?

Obviously, if you’ve applied for a Biometric Residence Permit, you may be anxious to receive it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the waiting times for one to be issued – if and when your application is accepted – can be a lot longer than some people may feel comfortable with waiting. According to details issued under a freedom of information request in 2014, a Biometric Residence Permit back then took, on average, between 30 and 90 days to be processed – and there would naturally then be a little be of a delay until it was issued.

Other sources on the internet now claim that the waiting time between application and the Biometric Residence Permit being processed is between 1 month and 4 months – which means that you may wish to get your applications in as soon as possible if you are looking to work or study in the UK any time soon.

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