LS Legal News Bulletin
Brexit impact on the Biometric Residence Cards of EU Citizens & their Family Members
Tuesday 12th January 2021
Biometric Residence Cards (BRC) issued to EU nationals and their family members are being replaced by the new cards. If you hold a Biometric Residence Card which states the following at the bottom of it "Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen" then your card will need to be replaced as it will not be valid after 30 June 2021.
The "new cards" will have the wording "Issued in Accordance with the EU Exit Separation Agreements" at the bottom of the card, right where your picture is.
Q: Does this impact me?
A: If you have an old BRC card, then you need to apply to replace it with a new one. It is advisable to do so as soon as possible as the replacement process can take up to three months.
Q: What do I need to do to replace my BRC?
A: In order to replace your card, you will need a proof of address (utility bill) and proof of identity (passport and your current BRC). The application itself is free.
You will also have to attend a biometric enrolment appointment, in order to book the appointment, there might be a fee should a free appointment is not available. The appointments are provided by Sopra Steria, which is an approved centre that helps the Home Office to process applications made inside the UK.
Q: Does the new BRC affect my travelling to EU Countries?
A: Yes. Please note that you cannot use your new Biometric Residence Card issued under the EU Settlement Scheme to travel to another EU Member State, you will be required to apply for a Schengen visa to travel to another EU Member State, if it is required by that country.
If you need help with replacing your "old card", please contact us as soon as possible.