Published on : November 9, 2022
The UK Visa Immigration division has amended the Biometric residence Permit processes for study, work and residence visas. It applies to applicants seeking visa permission for more than six months. The latest amendment is to improve the customer journey.
In October 2022, VFS Global, the official partner of the UK Embassy, posted that applicants will receive the Biometric Residence Permit letters via email. The applicants will no longer get the physical letters after collecting their visas from the Visa Application Centre.
VFS Global advises submitting the visa application using personal, up-to-date email. The applicants can also provide an email address that is easily accessible to them. The applicants also need to check their spam/junk folder to find the email of the BRP letter.
Applicants may also submit the original application using a third-party similar to a travel agency or consultancy. In that case, applicants would use the agency or consultancy email address. So, the applicants must approach their third party to obtain their BRP letter. It is essential to know that BRP letter issuance is free.
However, you get the BRP card only after arriving in the United Kingdom.
Customers may also receive a digital BRP before a notification to collect their visa. The applicants who opted to collect their visa in person should wait for a call or information from VFS. Applicants must only visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) once they get a confirmation from VFS.
A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a card that comes with a chip embedded in it. The card makes the cardholder secure against forgery and abuse in the UK. It is equal to proof of the right to reside, work, or study in the country. The card serves as an official identity for foreign nationals. For example, it enables you to open a bank account in the UK.
You cannot obtain a BRP card if you already use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to prove your identity when applying to live in the country. Instead, you will need to prove your right online to live, work or study in the UK. The app users can prove their identity through digital immigration status, which others can check and verify.
After receiving your BRP, you must ensure the details mentioned are correct. You must report the corrections within ten days of receiving the BRP, or you will need to apply for a replacement of BRP.
If you have processed an in-country application and noticed a mistake on your BRP, then you can apply for Administrative Review. If you are experiencing any other problems with your BRP, report it through this form. You will receive a revert email from the Home Office within five working days for the next steps.
In case of lost, stolen or damaged BRP, you will have to immediately report the issue to the Home Office Card Management Services. The management calls you within one working day. If you fail to report, you may have to bear the financial penalty of £1000.
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