Return of residence permits

21 December 2015

UK visas & immigration have published a new policy guidance pursuant to section 6(1) and 6(2) of the 1981 British Nationality Act. All applicants applying for UK Naturalisation application should be aware of this new policy when applying for UK citizenship.

A crucial change to the policy is the requirement for a successful applicant to return his/her Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 5 days from the date of the Citizenship ceremony

The biometric card will need to be sent to the following address in order to be destroyed:

Freepost RRYX-GLYU-GXHZ
Returns Unit
PO Box 163
Bristol
BS20 1AB

The holder of the BRP should first cut one corner of the card and return it the above address with a covering note explaining the reason for return or where an applicant is not able to return it, an explanation stating the reason.

In the event where the BRP is not returned or explanation not provided for not being able to do so, the Secretary of State may issue a fine of ยฃ1,000.

Applicants who require to travel to and from the UK after being granted British citizenship, s/he must first apply for a British passport or a Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode, to be placed in your foreign passport.