Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

What Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) are, how to get one and what to do if you have to replace a lost or stolen permit.

A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a visa, given in the form of an ID card. This ID card replaces the visa which is placed in your passport.

As the BRP is a replacement for the visa sticker or vignette in your passport, it will contain information on your immigration status. The BRP also holds a chip that will contain electronic information such as the photograph of your face and the fingerprint scans of both index fingers on your right and left hands.

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. The 90 days will start from seven days before your 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 to get a BRP

The BRP is issued after a successful visa application. The BRP card is created using the biometric information you provided as part of your visa application. 

What information is taken?

When you attend the appointment they will scan your fingerprints, take a photograph of your face and ask for an electronic signature. 

More about what information is taken.

Getting your BRP

How you get your biometric residence permit depends on where you made your visa or immigration application.

If you applied from inside the UK

If your application is successful your BRP will be sent to you within seven to 10 working days of getting your ‘decision letter’.

If you applied from outside the UK

You can collect your BRP once you’re in the UK from your nearest Post Office. 

Collecting your biometric residence permit.  

It is very important that you do not leave the UK until you have received your BRP. The BRP is your visa, and without it, you will not be able to re-enter the UK.

More information on the biometric procedure.

Uploading your immigration documentation

Once you have your BRP, you must provide clear photographs of the following to the University:

  • Passport ID page
  • Travel Vignette inside your passport with the entry stamp from the airport
  • Front and back of your BRP

Upload your immigration documentation.

How to replace a lost or stolen BRP

You must report the lost or stolen card and apply for a replacement within three months, failure to do so could mean you have to pay a financial penalty of up to £1,000, or your visa for the UK may be shortened.

You can report your biometric residence permit (BRP) lost or stolen from inside or outside the UK. You can only order a replacement from inside the UK.

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Further help and advice

You can find further information about the BRP, including the online application forms, on the UK government website.  


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