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Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

  • June 04, 2019

What is a Biometric Residence Permit?

As an international doctor on a Tier 2 visa, you will receive a BRP if you:

  • Obtained a Tier 2 visa for longer than 6 months
  • Extended your Tier 2 visa for longer than 6 months
  • Applied for permanent settlement in the UK
  • Transferred your visa to a new passport

Please note, you do not need to apply separately for your BRP. You will be issued one automatically when your Tier 2 visa is approved.

What is on my BRP?

Your permit will state your name, date, place of birth, your fingerprints and photographic identification. It will also provide details on your immigration status and whether you have access to public funds.

Typically, your National Insurance number should be printed on the back of your BRP. If you receive it and it is not printed on the back of your BRP, you will need to apply for one here.

What should I do if my BRP does not arrive?

Please do not worry if you arrive in the UK and your BRP has not yet been issued.

If it has been 10 days after arriving in the UK, you can follow the progress of your BRP here. The Home Office typically responds within 5 working days to inform you of what to do next.

Can I start my NHS post if BRP has not yet arrived?

Yes. If you are waiting receiving your BRP, it is legal to take up your new employment within an NHS hospital.

What do I do if I have lost my BRP?

If you lose your BRP or it is stolen, you can only order a replacement from inside the UK.

The Home Office will contact you within one working day of reporting it.

Please note, if you locate your BRP at a later date after receiving a replacement, you cannot use the original.

The cost of a replacement BRP is £154.

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GOV.UK. (2019). Biometric residence permits (BRPs). ] Available at: [Accessed 4 Jun. 2019].


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