BRP cards will be cancelled from 1 January 2025

Biometrics are information about an individual’s external physical characteristics, such as a photograph of their face, and images of their fingerprints.

Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) are issued in the UK to migrants who are subject to immigration control and have not been granted status under the Withdrawal Agreement to confirm their permission to stay for a period which, together with any preceding period of leave, exceeds 6 months.

A BRP can be used to confirm migrants’ identity, right to study, right to any public services or benefits they’re entitled to. However, individuals cannot use their BRP to confirm their right to work or rent. They will need to prove their right to work or right to rent online using the official websites: https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-work and https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-rent.

Currently a BRP is issued with an expiry date of 31 December 2024, even if the migrant was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). From January 2020, applicants who were granted limited leave for a period of 5 years have also been given BRPs with an expiry date of 31 December 2024. However, it doesn’t mean that the leave to remain in the UK is going to expire on 31 December 2024.

The Home Office has explained that the date of 31 December 2024 reflects the fact that current BRPs do not incorporate the next generation encryption technology required by the EU for cards valid from1 January 2025. Therefore, currently all BRP cards must have an expiry date of no later than 31 December 2024.

In addition, the Home Office also states that from 1 January 2025, migrants will be able to prove their immigration status online without a BRP card. The UKVI will also update the detailed information in early 2024.

Please note that those who used UK Immigration: ID Check App to submit their visa application to stay in the UK, will not be issued with a BRP card. Individuals will need to prove their immigration status online instead: https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.

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