Return of residence permits

# 2 min read 21/12/2015
Updates to the return of Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) has been introduced.

A new policy change that affects the return Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) has taken effect.

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:

Returns Unit
PO Box 163
BS20 1AB

The holder of the BRP should first cut one corner of the card and return it to the above address with a covering note explaining the reason for the 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 an explanation not provided for not being able to do so, the Secretary of State may issue a fine of £1,000.

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 their foreign passport.

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