Student visa: Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Your BRP is a very important document. It is a form of identification, proof of your immigration permission to be in the UK, proof of your right to study and work in the UK, and allows you to travel in and out of the UK.


Please take care not to lose your BRP as replacing it can be very costly and time consuming.

  • What is my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?

    Your BRP is a credit card-size card that contains your biometric details (your fingerprints and a photograph of your face) and details of your Student visa.  It includes:

    • Your name
    • Your date and place of birth
    • The start date of your Student visa
    • The end date of your Student visa
    • Working conditions attached to your visa
    • Ulster University's sponsor licence number: N3JJA3AV4
  • Collecting your BRP

    If you applied for your Student visa from outside the UK

    You can collect your BRP when you have arrived in the UK.

    Collecting your BRP from a Post Office

    If you chose to have your BRP delivered to a Post Office, you must go to your chosen Post Office to collect it.  The Post Office branch address will be confirmed on your visa decision letter.

    You must take your passport (with your visa vignette sticker in it) when you collect your BRP.

    If you wish to collect your BRP from a different Post Office branch, you must arrange this at the branch and pay a fee.

    The Home Office provides detailed information about your BRP including advice on collecting your child's BRP from a Post Office and nominating someone else to collect your BRP from a Post Office.

    Collecting your BRP from the university

    Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the majority of Ulster University staff are still working from home. Consequently, if you chose to have your BRP delivered to the university, you must book an appointment with a staff member to collect it. Appointments will be made available 2 days per week on each campus but you will only be able to make an appointment if we have received your BRP. Please do not worry if you do not collect your BRP straight away.

    Rules around collection have been relaxed this year and visa vignettes have been extended to up to 90 days. You need to collect your BRP before your visa vignette expires so you have plenty time to do this.

    Please bring your passport and letter from the Home Office confirming the location of your BRP with you. Please note you must have completed your self-isolation period before you can collect your BRP. You may collect the BRP on behalf of any child dependant but any adult dependant must pick up their BRP in person.  It is not possible for someone else to collect your BRP for you.

    If you applied for your Student visa from within the UK

    Your BRP will be sent to you by courier. You do not need to collect it.  You will usually receive your BRP within 7 to 10 days of getting your decision letter from the Home Office confirming that you can remain in the UK.

    If your BRP has not arrived within 10 days, you can go to gov.uk to find out what to do.

    Your BRP will be sent to the address you gave in your visa application. If you want it to be sent elsewhere, you must update your address before you receive your decision letter.

  • Errors on your BRP

    Check your BRP carefully when you receive it.  If there is a problem with your BRP when it arrives, you must report it within 10 days otherwise you may have to apply and pay for a replacement.

    You can report problems with your BRP online.

    If you applied for your visa from within the UK and there are mistakes on your BRP in relation to the length or conditions of your visa, you can ask for an administrative review.

    Please contact the Compliance team for advice if you notice errors on your BRP.

    For further guidance on dealing with errors on your BRP, please look at:

  • Do I need to register with the police?

    As a Student visa holder you may have to register with the police when you arrive in Northern Ireland. If you need to register with the police, "Register with Police" will be noted on your visa vignette in your passport.

    It costs £34 to register.

    Registering with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

    As soon as you have received your BRP, you must email Ms Fiona James at the Police Service of Northern Ireland and give her the following information:

    • your name
    • your term-time address
    • your contact telephone number
    • details on your BRP (front and back) including the unique BRP number

    Ms James will contact you at a later date to complete your police registration.

    Registering with the police outside Northern Ireland

    Please follow the Home Office advice on where to register if you are living outside Northern Ireland.

    Please note, you must contact the police if any of the information you provide at your initial registration changes during your stay in the UK.