Following up on our previous updates in 29 January and 3 March 2015, the Home Office has now published guidance together with the dates for the phased roll-out of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs). BRPs for non-EEA nationals travelling to the UK for more than six months will begin to be issued from the 18th March 2015, starting with applications made in Pakistan. The rollout will continue in three further phases from mid-April (inc. China and India), end of May (inc. Australia, the US and Japan) and end of July (the rest of the world).

Please see the countries and dates listed below:

Phase 1 – 18 March 2015

  • Pakistan

Phase 2 – Mid April 2015 (estimated, subject to the exact date legislation comes into force)

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam 

Phase 3 – 31 May 2015

  • Afghanistan
  • Ascension Island
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Guyana
  • Iran
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • St Helena
  • St Lucia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Yemen

Phase 4 – 31 July 2015

  • Rest of World