It is the shape and size of a credit card and shows the cardholder’s photo on the front, together with personal details and information about their immigration status. It shows whether the cardholder is allowed to do any work and may show if they are required to register with the police. The card includes a microchip which contains two of the cardholder’s fingerprints, their signature and the photo on the front is a digital photo.
The BRP does not need to be carried at all times and should really be kept in a safe place (such as with your passport). The card needs to be produced for specified immigration purposes such as returning to the UK from travelling abroad.
Your BRP will be valid for the duration of your visa, or for a maximum of 10 years.
Anyone holding a BRP is required to notify the Home Office of changes to the personal data it holds. The personal details which must be kept up to date include: name, address, nationality, course of study and gender. The Home Office have produced a leaflet that outlines what to do in each of these cases and is found on the Home Office website.
Failure to update your details can result in a £1000 fine and/or a shortening of your visa.
A £1000 fine will apply if cardholders fail to report their cards lost or stolen, and any leave to remain may be shortened.