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Welcome to Gloucestershire - useful information

Complete the Biometric Residence Permit

You need to apply to give your biometrics within 6 months of arriving in the UK if you received a stamp in your passport when you entered the UK.

You will then be able to stay in the UK for up to 3 years.

You do not need to do this as soon as you reach the UK, but you do need to make sure that you have applied to give your biometrics before the 6 months ends. You will be told how to do this in your decision letter.

If you need advice or help with issues relating to your immigration status there are a number of organisations you can contact, including GARAS for local advice. You can contact GARAS on 01452 550528. They also run drop-in sessions at their centre in Gloucester (The Trust Centre, Falkner St, Gloucester, GL1 4SQ).

Several national charities can also help including:

Migrant Help UK

British Red Cross

Refugee Council

Salvation Army


Digital access

Your sponsor may let you use their devices but that is entirely at their discretion.   

If you have your own mobile device, you can purchase a cheap SIM card from most supermarkets. These range in price, with the cheapest being about £10 a month pay as you go for unlimited data. 

Page updated: 29/07/2022 Page updated by: Communications Team

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