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

    If you selected Ulster University as your BRP alternative location collection point at the time of your Tier 4 visa application, your BRP will be delivered to the Compliance team on the Jordanstown campus.

    If you are studying on the Jordanstown or Belfast campus, you must collect your BRP from Room 01F34, Jordanstown campus.

    If you are studying on the Magee or Coleraine campus, please contact the Global Engagement Office (GEO) on your campus to make arrangements for your BRP to be delivered.

    If you did not select Ulster University as your BRP collection point at the time of your Tier 4 visa application, you will have to collect your BRP from a named Post Office. This will be confirmed on your visa decision letter.

    When you collect your BRP, please check to make sure that all the details are correct.  If not, please contact the Compliance team immediately.

    As soon as you receive your BRP, you should take photocopies of both the front and the back of the card.  Keep the photocopies in a safe place.

    If you applied for your Tier 4 visa inside the UK

    Your BRP will be delivered directly to you.

    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.