The biometric residence permit is proof of the holder’s right to stay, work or study in the UK. It can also be used as a form of identification for example for the opening of bank accounts. They are issued to all non EEA nationals granted leave to enter the UK for more than 6 months. Earlier this year, the Government announced its roll out plan for the issuing of BRP's for all overseas applications and issued a general guidance document for all applicants , employers and sponsors.
Successful applicants for leave to enter will be issued with a vignette in their passport which is valid for 30 days from the date indicated as the intended travel date in the visa application. The vignette is proof only of permission to enter the UK and will allow travel to the UK. If you do not travel to the UK within this 30 day period, your visa will expire and you will need to apply for another 30 day visa. You will have to pay a fee for this.
The full leave conditions are contained on the biometric residence permit which you must collect within 10 days of arrival in the UK. You must collect your biometric residence permit from the Post Office branch detailed in your decision letter. If you do not collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK you may be subject to a financial penalty or cancellation of your leave. The Post Office branch you have been allocated is linked to the postcode you submitted in your visa application. Your decision letter will tell you the date from which your biometric residence permit will be available for collection.
If you do not collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK you may be subject to a financial penalty or cancellation of your leave. You do not need to make an appointment to collect your BRP but you must have your passport with you to enable the BRP to be collected.