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Changes to Biometric Residence Permits

May 15, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Since early 2012, Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) have been issued to migrants coming to the UK to evidence their leave to remain. They aid employers and other relevant persons in confirming a migrant’s right to work and/or study in the UK. A BRP also notifies a migrant whether or not they are obliged to register their presence in the UK with their local constabulary.

As a result of newly implemented changes which came into force in April 2015, the vast majority of migrants to the UK will no longer be notified of whether they are required to register with the police upon their entry to the UK. They will instead be contacted in writing. The letter they will receive will detail where they must go to register and by when.

In addition to the above, migrants applying for leave to remain under any of the following categories will have their UK National Insurance Number listed on their BRP:

  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

The inclusion of the UK National Insurance Number on migrant’s BRP’s has been introduced with the aim of increasing the ease of employers access to employees’ tax and insurance details. We believe that this is a positive and progressive step that should help to streamline and simplify the immigration process for those entering the UK and staying under the Tier 2 route.

Should you require any information on the above, please contact one of our London Immigration Lawyers on 020 3553 7711 or via email at