The BRP hold a individuals photograph and fingerprints securely on a chip. They are issued to non-EEA nationals who have permission to remain and work in the UK for more than 6 months. They were introduced as an important step forward in the fight against immigration abuse and illegal working
BRPs are simplifying the process of checking an individual's right to work by replacing the wide range of documents currently in use. The new online checking service for employers will enable quick and easy real-time checks on permits and their holder's identity and right to work in the UK.
Immigration Minister, Damian Green said:
'It is vital that we work with employers to give them the tools they need to meet their obligations. Our new online checking service will also turn up the pressure on those who wish to live and work here illegally. The message is clear - the UK is no longer a soft touch for illegal workers.'
It was also announced that from 29 February 2012 BRPs will be issued to more categories of foreign nationals, including refugees and those granted permission to settle in the UK.