Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
Information on where to send your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and how to collect your visa.
When you make a Student Visa application from outside the UK, you will usually be granted a short visa in your passport (this is called a vignette).
Your full visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which you can collect when you arrive in the UK.
You have two options on where to collect your BRP when applying:
- From specific Post Office branches
- From the University
We would recommend that you request for your BRP to be send to a Post Office. You should choose the post office nearest to your campus of study or where you plan to live. Only certain approved post offices allow collection of BRP's.
You must choose the "BRP collection service" in the drop-down box "choose a service" to show the list of authorised BRP collection post offices.
If your campus is Jordanstown or Belfast you should choose the Belfast City Post Office
If your campus is Magee or Coleraine, you should choose the Derry/Londonderry Custom House Post Office
Post office collection means students can choose to collect their BRP at a time convenient for them including a Saturday. For a small fee, there is also flexibility to have this transferred to another post office after arrival should you so wish.
If you choose to send your BRP to Ulster University you should:
- Select the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) provision. You will need to attend an in-person appointment to collect your BRP.
- Your BRP collection point will be shown on your decision letter.
- To collect your BRP, you must have your passport, visa vignette, and the decision letter issued by UKVI.
- The University ACL code 2HE597 must be entered at the Student Visa application stage.
- You will receive an email confirmation when your BRP has arrived at the University.
- The International Student Experience team will schedule an appointment with you for collection.
- This appointment will be after any period of self-isolation.
Collecting your BRP
When you arrive in the UK you will need to collect your BRP from a local post office or the University, depending on the preference stated in your application.
Post Office Collection
If you have selected the Post Office as your BRP collection location when applying for your visa, you must:
- Pick this up in person from the Post Office selected.
- To collect your BRP, you must have your passport, visa vignette, and also the decision letter issued by UKVI.
- Alternatively, you may visit a more convenient BRP regulated Post Office (with your passport and UKVI letter) to arrange a transfer.
- There will be a small charge for this but it means you can select another BRP regulated post office more convenient for you and they will transfer this for you.
- Find out how to do this and which post offices will accept a transfer.
If you have arranged for your BRP to be sent to Ulster University you have the following options to receive your BRP.
Please note, we must have received your BRP before you can book an appointment.
Details of BRP’s received at the University are updated on a Monday and Wednesday of each week.
We will contact you directly to confirm we have received this and with the links to book an appointment as follows:
Book an appointment
You can book an appointment with a member of the team and receive your BRP in person on campus.
Appointments must be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance of your selected collection date and you must have completed any self-isolation requirements before your appointment date.
Once you have booked your appointment your BRP will be transferred to the campus of your choice for collection.
The link to book an appointment will be emailed to you as soon as we have received your BRP.
We cannot change the collection location after the appointment has been booked so please book the campus nearest where you live/most convenient for you to collect this.
Checking your BRP
Your BRP will include:
- your name, date and place of birth
- whether you can access public funds, for example benefits and health services
- the data of your fingerprints and a photo of your face
- your immigration status and any conditions of your stay
Please check these details are correct. Any errors need to reported to the UKVI within 10 days.
You can contact the International Student Experience team for further guidance.
If you are under the age of 18, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult when you collect your BRP. You cannot collect it yourself.
To do this at the Post Office, you must formally nominate someone you trust who can go with you. They will need to provide evidence of their identity to UKVI. Please allow enough time for the nomination to be approved by UKVI.
If you collect your BRP from the university, you do not need to nominate someone.
If you are travelling to the UK with dependents, you may collect the BRP on behalf of any child dependent but any adult dependent, must pick up their BRP in person bringing their original passport, visa vignette and UKVI decision letter.
For any child dependent, you will need to present their passport(s) and their decision letter(s) to collect their BRP(s). For further information please see UKVI guidance on collecting your BRP.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I collect my BRP?
You will receive notification when your BRP is ready for collection. You should then collect it as soon as possible, but only once you have completed any period of self-isolation, if required.
My decision letter instructs me to collect my BRP from the Post Office and not from the University?
This means you selected Post Office collection for your BRP when completing your Student Visa application.
Your decision letter will confirm the Post Office branch address where you can collect your BRP.
Can I change where to collect my BRP?
We cannot change the location you have indicated to collect your BRP.
However ,if you have selected to collect it from the Post Office, it is possible for you to request your BRP is transferred to another Post Office location within the UK see the Home Office website.
This will delay your collection and the Post Office may charge you a small fee for this.
How do I collect my child dependent's visas?
If you are collecting your children's visas at the Post Office you will need to take all their passports and decision letters.
For any dependent under 18 years of age you will also need to get an authorisation email from the Home Office, this is explained in the main applicant’s explanatory letter issued when the visas were granted.
I have lost my decision letter about which Post Office to collect the BRP/or there is an error on the letter.
Contact the Home Office to arrange for a replacement letter.
My 30 day travel visa will expire before I arrive in the UK - what should I do?
You will not be able to enter the UK if your permit is not valid on the day you arrive.
If the entry permit has been issued with the correct validity but your travel plans have changed, you will need to apply for a replacement permit at an additional cost.
My course is less than six months, will I still receive a BRP?
Students applying for a visa for a course of less than six months will receive the visa in their passport and will not need to collect a further document on arrival in the UK.
I am applying in the UK, how will my visa be issued?
Your BRP will be sent to you through secure courier when you extend or apply for a visa from within the UK.
Once I arrive and collect my BRP, can I leave the UK?
Yes, you can leave the UK and you will need to show your BRP and your passport each time you travel.
If you do not collect your BRP and have to leave, you can re-enter the UK within the 30 day period of the travel vignette (i.e. you can re-enter without your BRP) but you must collect your BRP as soon as possible on your return.