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Why do I need a BRP?
Your BRP is a form of identification that you need to open a bank account, vote, or apply for a driving licence. Along with this prospective employers will check it, should you apply for work within the UK.
Once you have your BRP there is no requirement to always carry it with you. However, you will need to show it at the UK border with your passport when travelling outside of and returning to the UK. The permit remains valid for the duration of your leave, allowing you to stay, study and work within the UK until it expires.
How long is the process of getting a biometric residence permit?
This will depend on whether you submitted your application for a visa or immigration, within or outside of the UK. If you submitted your application within the UK, you will receive your permit in the post. You will acquire the permit within 7-10 days of receiving your decision letter – stating that you may remain in the UK – from the Home Office.
If you apply from outside of the UK, you must collect your BRP once you are in the UK. This must be within 10 days of your arrival. Your decision letter will state where you should collect your permit, with this being either a post office branch or a sponsor, depending on your chosen option when you applied.