Biometric Residence Permits

Students coming to the UK for more than six months will need to collect a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) upon arrival in the UK.

What is a BRP?

You will automatically receive a BRP where you have:

  • applied to settle in the UK
  • extended your visa in the UK
  • transferred your visa to a new passport
  • applied to come to the UK for longer than six months

Your BRP will include your:

  • fingerprints and photograph
  • name, date and place of birth
  • National Insurance (NI) number (if applicable)
  • immigration status and conditions of your stay (including your recourse to public funds)

Collecting your BRP

Where you are granted a visa for entry clearance, you will receive a short term entry stamp in your passport (valid for 30 days before your course start date) and a letter confirming where to collect your BRP.

You must collect your BRP before the vignette sticker in your travel document expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK.

  • Where you applied inside the UK, your BRP will be sent to you by courier.
  • Where you applied outside the UK, you can collect your BRP upon arrival from the University or the Post Office.
  • Where you wish to collect your BRP from the University, enter our ACL code: 2HE237 before the ‘Pay’ section on your visa application.

Where you are granted a visa for extension in the UK you will receive your BRP straight away.

Where your BRP has been lost or stolen, please visit the page below:

See also:

Contact International Student Support

BRP Collection from Post Office (PDF, 477kb)