Tier 4 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 Tier 4 visa.  It includes:

    • Your name
    • Your date of birth
    • The start date of your Tier 4 visa
    • The end date of your Tier 4 visa
    • Working conditions attached to your visa
    • Police registration conditions attached to your visa (if applicable)
  • Collecting your BRP

    If you applied for your Tier 4 visa outside the UK

    Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the majority of Ulster University staff are still working from home. Consequently, you must book an appointment with a staff member to collect this. 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

    .Further information about your BRP and your responsibilities

  • 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 mistakes on your BRP.

    Relevant links: UKCISA – Passport, visa and BRP problems.

  • Do I need to register with the police?

    As a Tier 4 student you may have to register with the police when you arrive in Northern Ireland. This information will be noted on your visa vignette in your passport. You can also check through the following link if you need to register: https://www.gov.uk/register-with-the-police/who-needs-to-register

    Once you have received your BRP, and if you need to register with the police, you must contact Ms Fiona James at the Police Service of Northern Ireland - fiona.james@psni.pnn.police.uk - give your name, term-time address, contact telephone number and the details of your BRP (front and back), including the unique reference number. Ms James will contact you at a later date to complete your registration.