Biometric Immigration Documents
Produced in partnership with Lesley Kemp of Helen Smith Immigration

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Lesley Kemp of Helen Smith Immigration provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Biometric Immigration Documents
  • What is a Biometric Immigration Document?
  • BRPs to be replaced by eVisas by 31 December 2024
  • What biometric information must be provided?
  • Receiving the BRP
  • Process for entry clearance holders
  • Process for leave to remain holders
  • Correcting mistakes on BRPs and applying for a replacement BRP
  • Correcting mistakes
  • Applying for a replacement BRP
  • More...

Biometric Immigration Documents

What is a Biometric Immigration Document?

A Biometric Immigration Document (BID) is the key ‘document’ that evidences the holder’s biometric and biographical information, immigration status, any conditions of stay, and entitlement to public funds. It can also confirm the holder’s national insurance number (for persons on Worker routes) and chargeable status for NHS treatment.

Depending on the immigration route and nationality of the holder, a BID is issued to the individual as:

  1. a physical document (called a ‘biometric residence permit’), or

  2. digitally as an ‘eVisa’

Other than the exceptions mentioned below, anyone subject to immigration control must apply for a BID and provide their biometric information, as part of their immigration application, where they are:

  1. in the UK and applying for limited or indefinite leave to enter or remain (or for a No Time Limit application, or certain other specified type of applications), or

  2. outside the UK and applying for entry clearance which has effect as leave to enter for more than six months, or indefinite leave to enter

In the case of both in-country limited leave applications and entry clearance applications, a BID will only be issued where leave is granted that would exceed six months, including any previous period of leave.

This requirement was rolled out in stages from 2008 by the UK Borders Act 2007 (UKBA 2007) and its attendant Regulations, in particular the

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