Biometric Residence Permits for overseas applicants
Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) (credit-card sized plastic visa cards) are now issued to those applying overseas for permission to stay in the UK for more than six months. The applicant will be issued with a 30-day vignette to enable them to enter the UK, but they must then collect their BRP within 10 days from a designated Post Office.
A letter issued to the applicant, along with their 30-day vignette, details the designated Post Office and the date from which the BRP will be available for collection, based on the UK address and intended travel date listed in the visa application. The passport containing the vignette and the letter must be presented when collecting the BRP. If the applicant does not collect their BRP within 10 days, they could face a financial penalty and have may have their visa curtailed. Guidance in relation to BRPs for overseas applicants, and the schedule for the international roll-out, can be found on the Home Office website.
When conducting a right to work check, departments or colleges must ensure that a copy of the BRP is taken (where the visa holder is expected to hold one), as well as the 30-day vignette showing the entry date stamp. Visa holders should be advised to collect their Biometric Residence Permit before starting work, so that a right to work check can be completed in full as required.
If for any reason a visa holder is unable to collect their BRP before they commence work, the department or college may rely on the 30-day vignette as proof of right to work (assuming it is valid) only up to the expiry date of this temporary visa. The visa holder should be advised to collect their BRP as soon as possible and before the 30-day vignette expires, and present it to their department or college as proof of continued right to work. In these circumstances, departments and colleges must complete an initial right to work check on the 30 day vignette and a repeat right to work check on the BRP before the 30-day vignette expires.
Departments and colleges will recognise those applicants from overseas who should have a BRP by the expiry date of their vignette (visa in their passport), which will be valid for only one month.