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A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a crucial document for individuals who are living, working, or studying in the United Kingdom and who are subject to immigration control.

BRP’S will end on the 31st December 2024 as UK Visas and Immigration move to an online system to prove a persons right to remain in the country from 2025 onwards. 

Current BRP Process:

  • Application: When applying for a UK visa or extension, applicants are required to attend a biometric appointment where their fingerprints and photograph are taken.
  • BRP Issuance: Upon approval of the visa or immigration status, applicants receive a BRP within ten working days. This document acts as both a visa and a form of identification.
  • Verification: Employers, landlords, and service providers may request to see a person’s BRP to verify their immigration status, ensuring that they have the right to live and work in the UK.

Upcoming Changes:

  • The UK government has announced changes to the BRP system that will impact both applicants and stakeholders.
  • Digital-Only BRP: In an effort to streamline the immigration process and reduce costs, the UK plans to replace physical BRPs with digital versions. This move is expected to make the process more convenient, as individuals will not need to carry a physical card.
  • Online Verification: Employers and service providers will have the ability to verify an individual’s immigration status online, reducing the need for physical document checks. This change aims to simplify the process for businesses and individuals alike.
  • Transition Period: During the transition period, both physical and digital BRPs will be accepted. However, individuals issued with digital BRPs should keep a printed copy of their immigration status.
  • Enhanced Security: The digital BRP is expected to include advanced security features, making it even more resistant to fraud and misuse.
  • Cost Savings: The elimination of physical BRPs is anticipated to result in cost savings for both applicants and the government.

In conclusion, the Biometric Residence Permit plays a crucial role in the UK immigration system, offering a secure means of verifying an individual’s immigration status. While upcoming changes will see the transition to digital BRPs, the core purpose of these documents remains the same, to provide proof of the right to live, work, or study in the UK. These changes are set to enhance the efficiency and security of the immigration process, benefiting both applicants and those who rely on BRPs for verification purposes.