How to apply for a UK Biometric Residence Permit as an overseas student
You understand how significant the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is. To prove your identification, right to study, and right to any public services or benefits you may be eligible for, your university has advised you to always keep your BRP card in a safe place. The question is, how do you obtain a BRP card? If you’re an overseas student studying in the UK, here’s all you need to know about this vital document:
A guide on how to apply for a UK Biometric Residence Permit.
What is a BRP?
You can avoid carrying your passport with you everywhere by using your BRP card as identification. A National Insurance number, commonly known as an NI number, may be printed on the back of some BRP cards.
Apply online if you don’t already have one and intend to work in the UK. Here is a helpful resource that will tell you everything you as an international student need to know about the NI number.
Who needs a BRP card?
Everyone from outside the UK who plans to study there for longer than six months must apply for a BRP.
How should I apply?
Since your BRP are a part of your student visa application, you do not need to submit a separate application.Once it has been accepted, go to the nearby visa centre to submit your fingerprints and photo. They serve as your biometric data for your BRP.
Here, you can make arrangements for your BRP card to be picked up from your university or the closest post office to your UK address.When picking up your BRP, don’t forget to bring your passport, which ought to include a vignette sticker.
What to look out for when I receive my BRP card?
Your BRP card will contain:
- your name, birthdate, and place
- a picture of your face and a set of your fingerprints (this is your biometric information)
- your immigration status, any stay restrictions, and whether you can get benefits or use medical services.
What should I do if my BRP card is lost?
Whether you are inside or outside of the UK, report a lost or stolen BRP card. You may report to the Home Office through a legal representative from a charity, workplace, institution, or university. Within one working day, the Home Office will get in touch with you.
Please keep in mind that you can only request a replacement in the UK. While you wait for a replacement BRP, learn how to prove your immigrant status by reading this article.
When my BRP card is going to expire, what should I do?
To obtain a new BRP card when your student visa expires, you must extend it or apply for a new visa.
Do I have to register my personal information with the local police department?
Here’s some good news: The Police Registration Scheme will be eliminated in accordance with UK immigration regulations, according to the Home Office.
This used to apply to certain foreign nationals staying in the nation for longer than six months.