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Biometric Residence Permit

Biometric Residence Permit

What is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?

You get a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you apply to come to the UK for longer than 6 months on a Student visa. Students on a Standard Visitor Visa will not get a BRP.

You do not have to apply separately for a BRP, you will get one automatically if your Student visa application is approved.

The BRP confirms your identification and right to study in the UK, your immigration status and any right to work. It contains biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints).

You do not have to carry the BRP at all times, but you must show it with your passport when re-entering the UK if you have been travelling.

When will I get my BRP?

When you complete your Student Visa application online you will see the screen ‘Collecting your biometric residence permit (BRP)’. Click on ‘collect from alternative location’ and type in the ACL code: 


Your BRP will then be delivered directly to the BISC.

How do I enter the UK before I have my BRP?

When your Student Visa application is approved you will get a ‘vignette’ sticker in your passport giving you permission to travel to and enter the UK. You must travel to the UK within 30 days of the start date on the vignette. You will collect your BRP when you have arrived at the BISC.

Where will I collect my BRP?

After you arrive at the BISC we will tell you when you can collect your BRP from the BISC Administration Office. This is usually in Week 1 of fall term. You must collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK, or before your vignette sticker expires.

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We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

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