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Why does my BRP expire on 31/12/2024?

If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the past few years, you will probably have been issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.

From 1 January 2020, applicants who are granted five years limited leave to remain have also started to receive BRP’s endorsed with an expiry date of 31 December 2024. 

If this applies to you, you may be concerned that your permission to remain in the UK is going to expire on 31 December 2024.  The good news is that it isn’t! Your leave to remain will remain extant beyond 31 December 2024. The date restriction also does not change your entitlements to work, access services/benefits or travel.  Only your card will expire on 31 December 2024.

Why is the Home Office issuing BRPs that are set to expire on 31 December 2024?

This is a question that many people have been asking for some time and, until now, the answer has usually been that we will have to wait and see.

It now appears that the reason is related to EU requirements.  According to the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, the Home Office has advised that the EU requires Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) to incorporate next generation encryption technology.  Since the BRPs that the Home Office is currently able to issue do not incorporate the next generation of encryption technology, the EU says they must have a validity date of no later than 31 December 2024.  

So there it is, it’s all the fault of the EU!

What does the future hold for BRPs?

The UK intends to introduce the required new technology ‘in due course’ and any card restricted to 31 December 2024 which is still rightfully held on 1 July 2024 will be replaced free of charge, with the remainder of the leave period initially expected being issued on a new BRP.

This means that anyone who has paid a fee in the expectation of receiving a period of leave for longer than the 31 December 2024 date, will still do so, but it will be spread over two BRPs.

Information on how to replace a BRP that is due to expire as a result of the restriction will be updated approximately 6 months prior to 31 December 2024.

In the meantime, applicants should ensure that they are aware of the correct expiry date of their leave (if any) and the need to renew their BRP.

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