Foreign Nationals Biometric Residence Permit

Find out more about registering your biometric information at your local Post Office branch.


Do you need to register your biometric information?

A Biometric Residence Permit proves the holders right to stay, work or study in the United Kingdom.

If you are a foreign national from outside the European Economic Area, you will need to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you:

  • Are applying to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months
  • Want to extend your visa to longer than 6 months
  • Are applying to settle in the UK
  • Want to transfer your visa to a new passport
  • Want to apply for certain Home Office travel documents


During your application for a biometric residence permit (BRP), the Home Office will send you a letter containing a barcode, letting you know that you need to come to a Post Office and submit your biometric information.

How to enrol your biometric information

  1. Find a Post Office branch offering Biometric Resident Permit services with our Branch Finder.
  2. Bring cash or a debit card to pay the £19.20 fee – we don’t accept credit cards for this service.
  3. We take your biometric details – your photo, your fingerprints and your signature.
  4. We securely send your information to the Home Office.


Waiting times

Lots of people need to use this service – so if you visit on a Saturday or a Monday you may have to wait longer than usual. You may also be required to attend the following day if there are other people waiting to enrol.

If you visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the waiting times are likely to be shorter.

Please note:  customers may be turned away and asked to re-attend where there are long queues prior to closing time.

See how it works

Important Advice

Important Information

Branch Accessibility

Our standard renewal booth is 0.694 metres wide, while our larger booths are 1.193 metres wide. If you use a wheelchair, please make sure that you’ll have enough room to enter the booth and rotate the chair by 90 degrees to face the camera.

Here's a list of branches with larger enrolment booths for easier wheelchair access (PDF 92kb).

Temporary Changes to Services

  • Durhamthe UKVI Biometric Enrolments service is now available 09:00-17:30, Monday-Saturday. The service is not currently available on Sundays, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Peterborough - the UKVI Biometric Enrolments service is currently unavailable. The next nearest branch offering this service is Stamford, All Saints Place, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2EY, 15.6 miles away. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any questions, or you need to find your nearest accessible branch, just complete our contact form. We’ll be happy to help.

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