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ILR Biometric Residence Permit to be returned to UKVI after naturalization

14 December 2015

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has now published a new AN policy guidance, which should be read in conjunction with the requirements pursuant to section 6(1) or section 6(2) of the 1981 British Nationality Act.
A key change is the requirement for an applicant to return his/her biometric card (BRP) once naturalised as a British Citisen, at the latest within 5 days from the date of the Citizenship ceremony.
The biometric card will need to be sent to the following address in order to be destroyed:

Returns Unit
PO Box 163
BS20 1AB
The applicant must cut the BRP and return it in a windowless plain envelope, with a covering note, which clearly explains the reason for return or an explanation for not returning the card.

Should you fail to return the BRP, or notify the department of the reasons for not being able to do so, the Secretary of State may impose a fine of up to £1,000.

If you need to travel to and from the UK after being granted British citizenship you must apply for a British passport or a Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode, to be placed in your foreign passport.
Please feel free to contact us if you wish to apply for your first British passport.


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.