It is, of course, essential that the Biometric Residence Permit replacement is done as soon as possible in every case.
To address the issue of Biometric Residence Permit replacement, following name changes, we have answered some frequently asked questions on this.
Biometric Residence Permit Replacement – Limited Leave
I am currently on an Ancestral visa in the UK and have a Biometric Residence Permit. I recently got married and had my surname changed, following my marriage. Do I need to inform the UK Home Office and request a Biometric Residence Permit replacement?
Yes, you will indeed need to inform the UK Home Office of your name change as soon as possible.
There is a large fine payable if you do not inform them. You also need to apply for a new passport. The application for the replacement Biometric Residence Permit is submitted to the Home Office.
It is essential that you make this formal application as soon as you receive your new passport in the new surname.
It is possible to apply for the replacement BRP application via a premium(same day) or a postal application.
In cases where a person has limited leave to remain, such as the Ancestral Visa, the application for the replacement card is called BRP (RC).
Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants can assist with the process.
Biometric Residence Permit Replacement – Unlimited Leave
I have had indefinite leave to remain in the united kingdom for many years, I have recently changed my name following my marriage. Do I need to request a Biometric Residence Permit replacement?
Yes, you will need to make a formal application to the Home Office. In cases where a person has unlimited leave to remain, it is called an NTL application. That stands for ‘no time limit’ as you currently hold indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
As you have changed your name, you will need to apply for a replacement biometric card for the ILR endorsement, and that application is the NTL.
It is possible to do a premium(same day) or a postal application. Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants can assist with the process.
For more information on Biometric Residence Permits, please follow this link.