ILR Biometric Residence Permit to be returned to UKVI after naturalisation

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.