What is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?

A BRP is a UK visa, given in the form of a card the same size as a bank card. The BRP is a replacement for the visa sticker ('vignette') in your passport, it will contain information on your immigration status. The BRP also holds a chip which will contain electronic information such as the photograph of your face and the finger print scans of both index fingers on your right and left hands.

What is a vignette?

The purpose of the vignette is to allow you to enter the UK to collect your biometric residence permit (BRP) which is your full UK visa. The vignette in your passport will only be valid for up to 90 days. This 90 days will start from 7 days before the course start date on your CAS or seven days before the date that you specified on your application as your intended date of travel to the UK, whichever is later.

If you do not travel to the UK during this 90 day period then your vignette will expire. If you still wish to travel to the UK you will need to apply for another 90-day vignette. Your 90-day vignette will be accompanied by a decision letter. When you enter the UK you should show the border force officer your 90-day vignette and the decision letter.

How do I get a BRP?

The BRP is issued after a successful visa application. When you are sent your CAS statement you may be given a code (referred to as ACL code or Alternative Collection Location Code) by the University to enter onto your visa application to specify that you want to collect your BRP on the University campus; this will be confirmed on the decision letter you receive when you are issued with your 90-day vignette.

Students who are not issued with an ACL code by the University should collect their BRP at a local Post Office. The nearest participating Post Office will be assigned to you when you apply for your visa based on your residential address postcode. The Post Office details will be stated on the decision letter you receive when you are issued with your 90-day vignette.

If collecting from a post office you must collect your BRP before your vignette expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK - whichever is the later. If you do not collect your BRP within this time you may have to pay a fine and/or your visa may be cancelled.

Student Dependants’ visas 

You must not input an ACL code if you are bringing dependants with you to the UK. This is because, unfortunately, the University is not able to distribute cards to family members. You and your dependant(s) should instead collect your BRPs at a local Post Office. The nearest participating Post Office will be assigned to you when you apply for your visa based on your residential address postcode. The Post Office details will be stated on the letter given to you when you are issued with your 90-day vignette.

Collecting your Student BRP from the University

If you have entered the ACL code into your visa application to opt to collect your BRP on campus, it will be confirmed on the decision letter. You will need to take the following steps to collect your BRP from the University of Liverpool: 

  • Send your student ID number and clear photographs of the below documents to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk:
    1. Passport ID page
    2. Travel Vignette inside your passport with the entry stamp from the airport
    3. Your visa confirmation letter showing that you are collecting your BRP from the University. 
  • Book a virtual appointment via this link for us to ‘see’ your actual documents online. The appointment date must be after you have arrived in the UK. It will take approximately 15 minutes and be held via Microsoft Teams. As this is a virtual appointment this can take place during your quarantine period.  As UKVI have changed the process for this year to post BRPs directly to students, unfortunately we cannot offer in person appointments.
  • We will confirm to UKVI that we have seen your documents and tell them your UK address and e-mail address
  • Once this has been confirmed by the University, UKVI will aim to post your BRP to you within 2 weeks via recorded delivery mail to the UK address you have provided and TNT/Fedex (the postal service) will send you delivery updates via e-mail.
  • Once you receive your BRP, send your student ID number and clear photographs of the front and back to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk

Collecting your Student BRP from a local Post Office

If you are required to collect your BRP from the post office please follow these steps: 

  • If you are required to quarantine for 14 days you must complete your quarantine period before going to the Post Office in person to collect your BRP. Details of the Post Offices can be found below. 
  • Wear a face covering and take your passport and your visa confirmation letter
  • Once you have collected your BRP, send your student ID number and clear photographs of the below documents to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk
    1. Passport ID page
    2. Travel Vignette inside your passport with the entry stamp from the airport
    3. Front and back of your BRP

Please check your decision letter to see which Post Office you must collect your BRP from and the date from which your BRP will be available. It will likely be one of the following Post Offices:

Post Office branch  Central Village 
Address Unit 6 Lewiss Building, Renshaw Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 2SA
Opening times Monday - Friday

Saturday

Sunday

08:30-18:00

09:00-17:30

Closed

Extra information  This Post Office is only 5-10 minutes’ walk from the main campus. 

 

Post Office branch Liverpool ONE Post Office (WHSmith)
Address 1-3 South John Street, Liverpool, L1 8BN
Opening times

Monday – Saturday

Sunday

09:00-17:30

11:00-15:00

Extra information This Post Office is based inside a stationery/book shop called WHSmith. It is on the first floor. WHSmith is in ‘Liverpool ONE’ shopping mall in the city centre.

 

Already in the UK on a Previous Study Visa

If you are already in the UK on a study visa linked to a previous course, e.g. at the English Language Centre or Liverpool International College, then you will be expected to have submitted your visa application for your new Student visa in order to study your new programme with us. 

  • Send your student ID number and photographs of the below documents to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk
    1. Passport ID page
    2. Previous visa
    3. Proof of submitting your new Student visa application i.e. the Application Summary Sheet or Document Checklist from the online visa application

If you have a Short Term Study Visa

If you hold a Short Term Study Visa instead of a Student Visa then you should take the following steps: 

  • Send your student ID number and clear photographs of the below documents to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk
    1. Passport ID page
    2. Short Term Study Visa vignette (if applied before travelling) with entry stamp from the airport
    3. Short Term Study Visa stamp (if applied on entry to the UK)

If you hold any other visa type 

If you are in the UK on a different visa category e.g. Dependant, Spouse or Tier 2 visa, then please send your student ID number and clear photographs of the below documents to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk

  1. Passport ID page
  2. Front and back of your current BRP

If you hold a UK or EU passport, Indefinite Leave to Remain, Right of Abode or similar, please your student ID number and send clear photographs of your documents to visa.collection@liverpool.ac.uk

For more information on the biometric procedure please see https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits