Biometric Residence Permit validity: what do you need to know?

Written on 6 Feb 2020

Most Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) that do not incorporate the next generation of encryption technology are required by the EU to have a validity date of no later than 31 December 2024. Until earlier this year, this issue only affected those granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR).

As 31 December 2024 is now less than five years away, individuals granted limited leave to remain for five years are now receiving BRP's with validity dates earlier than the expiry of their leave.

The UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has suggested that as of 1 July 2024 individual who still hold valid leave will be able to apply to have their BRP card replaced without any submission fees. Could this involve the use of e-Visas?

UKVI went on further to suggest that the date restriction does not change the entitlements of the rightful holder to work, access services/benefits or travel.

Information on how to replace a BRP that is due to expire as a result of this restriction will be updated approximately six months prior to 31 December 2024.
If you have any applicants who may be affected by this please feel free to contact us to discuss the situation further.