Biometric Immigration Documents
Produced in partnership with Lesley Kemp of North Star Law
Biometric Immigration Documents

The following Immigration practice note Produced in partnership with Lesley Kemp of North Star Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Biometric Immigration Documents
  • What is a Biometric Immigration Document?
  • The BID as proof of identity, immigration status and rights
  • The design, security features and information held on a BID
  • What biometric information must be provided?
  • Receiving the BID
  • Process for entry clearance holders
  • Process for leave to remain holders
  • Biometric maintenance compliance requirements
  • Correcting mistakes on BIDs and applying for a replacement BID
  • More...

What is a Biometric Immigration Document?

A Biometric Immigration Document (BID) is a ‘document’ that contains the holder’s biometric and biographical information, details of their right to reside, study or work in the UK and of their entitlement to public services or benefits. A BID functions as a secure and easily verified proof of the individual’s identity and UK immigration status. It replaces less secure evidence of leave and other entitlements, such as immigration status documents, stamps, stickers (vignettes) or other attachments in passports and travel documents.

There are currently two forms of BID: the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and the Short Stay Permit (SSP). BRPs are the most common and often the term BID and BRP are used interchangeably, though technically, BRPs and SSPs are types of BID.

The Immigration (Biometric Registration) Regulations 2008, SI 2008/3048 (the Biometric Regs 2008) set out who is required to apply for a BID.

Since 25 November 2008, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and subsequently the Home Office have required persons subject to immigration control to submit biometric information (referred to as biometric data before 6 April 2015) and for this to be incorporated into a subsequently issued BID. At the time of initial rollout, this was only a requirement when applying for limited leave to remain in specified study-related immigration categories and as the spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex

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