Changes to visa process for applicants travelling from India to UK for more than 6 months


From 15 April 2015 Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) for non-EEA nationals travelling to live in the UK for more than six months will begin to be issued to visa applicants in India. The changes will affect those applying to join family in the UK, as well as students and workers applying for a longer stay visa.

From this date, applicants will receive a 30 day sticker in their passport instead of a ‘vignette’ with the full grant of leave. The 30 day vignette will be dated from an applicant’s intended date of travel.

Applicants will be required to collect their BRP from a designated post office within ten days of arrival in the UK. The BRP card can then be used as proof of the right to work, study and access public services in the UK. The card will also need to be presented when travelling in and out of the UK, along with a valid travel document.

BRPs will be introduced globally throughout 2015, in line with European Council regulations.

Applicants will receive a letter, at the same time as they receive their visa, which provides detailed information about how to collect their BRP on arrival. See here for further information for overseas visa applicants.

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