What is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?
The BRP is proof of the holder’s right to stay, work or study in the UK. It holds biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints), it shows the immigration status and entitlements while they remain in the UK. BRPs are issued to foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are granted leave to enter the UK for more than six months. A BRP can be used as a form of identification. The holder is not required to carry the permit at all times, but they must show it at the border, together with their passport, when travelling outside of, and when returning to the UK.
- Students on a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa will be issued a BRP
- Students on a Short-term Study Visa will not be issued a BRP
When will I receive the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?
If you are successful in your application for 'leave to enter the UK' status for more than six months you will receive a BRP upon arrival in the UK.
You will be issued with a temporary visa in your passport called a vignette. This will be issued inline with the date of travel that you enter on your Tier 4 visa application. YOU MUST ENTER THE CORRECT TRAVEL DATE. The vignette is proof only of your permission to travel to and enter the UK. If you do not travel to the UK within this 30 day period the vignette will expire and you will need to apply for another 30 day Visa vignette and pay a fee for this.
Your full leave conditions are contained on your BRP which you must collect on arrival in the UK.
Where will I collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?
When you make the visa application you will come to a section on Biometric Residence Permit Collection, click on the box Alternative Collection and type in the BISC code which is 2HE732; this will ensure that the card is delivered to the BISC rather than a Post Office, and you will collect the card from the BISC.
Your visa decision letter will tell you the date from which your BRP will be available for collection as well as the location of where your BRP is being held.
When you collect your BRP you must take the passport or travel document which contains the 30-day visa vignette and your visa decision letter. If you do not take your passport or travel documents, you will not be able to collect your BRP.
How long do I have to collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) after arrival in the UK?
You must collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK. You should make collecting your card one of your immediate priorities.