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...

Biometric Immigration Documents

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Immigration?

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

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