If you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status in the UK, you may wish to apply and obtain a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to demonstrate your status. To do this you will need to make a No Time Limit (NTL) application. Previously, if you were granted ILR you simply received a vignette (sticker) in your passport or travel document. These days, whenever someone is granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, they receive a BRP card. A biometric residence permit is a form of ID which contains a chip that holds a migrant’s details. These details include personal data, biometric information such as your fingerprints and photograph, and proof you’re permitted to reside, work or study in the UK.
A No Time Limit application is an administrative process by which a person with indefinite leave to enter (ILE) or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) can apply for confirmation of this status on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
A person may wish to apply for a no time limit (NTL) biometric residence permit (BRP) for several reasons, such as:
Though it is not considered mandatory for a person to apply for an No Time Limit BRP, there are many benefits to doing so, for example:
Applications for NTL must be made in the UK on the NTL application form and require a fee
It is essential to ensure you are eligible for a No Time Limit application, before applying as this will help prevent wasting time and money in the event you are not eligible.
The criteria to be met, in order to be eligible for a No Time Limit BRP, are:
Further information can be found on the gov.uk website
For someone who has limited leave, it is usually not possible to make a No Time Limit application. If you’re someone who has limited leave; First, you will need to make a transfer of conditions application, thereafter you can make an NTL application to confirm your status on a BRP.
The only way a person with Limited leave can be eligible to make an NTL application is in the event they were given 2 months’ Leave to Enter at their port of entry due to the Border Force staff being unsatisfied that a person had indefinite leave following an absence from the UK. More information can be found here.
Moreover, EEA nationals and their family members who have the right to permanent residence or settled status in the UK cannot transfer their leave to a BRP. For EEA nationals and their family members Who have resided in the UK fo0r at least 5 years, must apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
There are two types of services which can be used when submitting an application, these are a standard process service and a super priority service.
Once an application is submitted, those who wish for a decision to be made sooner than 6 months can pay an additional fee to have their application fast-tracked by using the super priority service. If your appointment at the UKVCAS is on a weekday then you are likely to receive a decision by the end of the next working day. If your appointment is on the weekend, then you should receive a decision within 2 working days.
The cost of this service is an additional £800. The total fee for a super priority service is £1,029.
You may wish to include your spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner and/or children under the age of 18 if they are applying as your dependants. It is essential to bear in mind that you will need to pay the application fee for each dependant included on the form. The fee for each additional dependent is £229. Any children who are aged 18 or over must apply separately. If any children 18 or over are included, their application will be rejected as invalid.
Once an application, which includes all your supporting evidence and/or documents has been submitted and received by the Home Office, a decision can be made within 6 months. This time frame does not take into consideration of service delays caused by COVID-19, so there is a possibility you may have to wait even longer, depending on the circumstances.
The application fee for those who wish to use the standard process service is currently £229.