Biometric Residence Permits for Non-EEA Nationals
From March 2015 onwards, all non-EEA nationals seeking permission to remain in the UK for longer than 6 months will be required to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (“BRP”). A BRP is a residence document which evidences a migrant’s immigration status and entitlements during their stay in the UK. Although it is not an identity card, it can be used for identification purposes.
Why has this been introduced and what will it mean?
The introduction of this requirement ensures that the UK takes steps toward becoming compliant with newly enacted European Community regulations. The BRP will replace the endorsement currently made within the migrant’s passport and will be the sole evidence of the leave granted. There will be no changes to the visa application process or costs.
Once the migrant’s application has been successful, they will receive a letter notifying them of the Post Office branch in the UK from which they can collect their BRP – the UK postcode given as part of the application process will be used to decide on the most suitable location. The BRP must be collected within 10 days of entering the UK. The passport will be returned with a temporary endorsement valid for 30 days from the estimated date of travel given, allowing the migrant to enter the UK and collect their BRP.
Our dedicated and experienced team of immigration specialists are able to provide advice and assistance with every step of the process. Should you have any questions about the above changes, please contact the Global Mobility professional you deal with at the firm on +44 (0)20 3553 7711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.