This information is for students who have applied for a Student visa from overseas for a course of 6 months or more.
Student visas will no longer be issued as a vignette (sticker) in your passport. Instead you will be issued with a 30 or 90 day entry permit in your passport which will enable you to enter the UK. In addition, you will receive a decision letter outlining the conditions of your immigration leave.
Your visa will be issued in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The BRP is similar in size to a credit card with a chip and includes your photo, immigration status and any conditions of your leave in the UK.
Collect your BRP
For those students who applied for their visas from overseas, you are normally required to collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK. However, if you are subject to quarantine restrictions, you will be allowed to collect your BRP later than 10 days.
You are required to show your entry stamp in your passport when you collect your BRP. If you attempt to collect your BRP during your quarantine period (if applicable), you are putting others at risk and your BRP will not be given to you. YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL AFTER YOUR QUARANTINE PERIOD HAS ENDED BEFORE YOU COLLECT YOUR CARD. If you break the quarantine rules you could face a £1,000 Government fine.
When you apply for your visa online from overseas, you choose where your BRP is delivered.
Delivery to The University
We recommend you choose this option.
- We gave you an Alternative Collection Location code (ACL) 2HE462 along with your CAS.
- Enter the code in the Alternative Location box as you apply for your visa online, click Find and when our address appears, click Confirm
- Your BRP will be delivered to the University around the time you travel to the UK
- We will email you when your BRP is available for collection;
Even if you have received notification from the courier TNT that your BRP has been delivered to the University that doesn’t mean you can collect it straight away.
It takes time to process a BRP before we can make it available for collection. When it is ready you will be sent an email with a link to book an appointment to collect it. Please do not email asking if your BRP is ready to collect as this only slows down the processing.
- If you have already received an email from us book a collection appointment now The date you choose to collect must be after you have completed any period of quarantine you have to do.
Delivery to a local Post Office
Alternatively, if you do not enter our ACL code, your BRP will be delivered to a local Post Office.
The nearest local Post Office for BRP collection is in Hatfield town centre.
36 Town Centre, Hatfield, AL10 0LD
You must make your own arrangements to collect your BRP from the Post Office. You are required to show your entry stamp in your passport when you collect your BRP. If you attempt to collect your BRP during your quarantine period, you are putting others at risk and your BRP will not be given to you. YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL AFTER YOUR QUARANTINE PERIOD HAS ENDED BEFORE YOU COLLECT YOUR CARD. If you break the quarantine rules you could face a £1,000 Government fine.
What to bring with you
When you collect your BRP, you will need to show:
- Your Passport
- The decision letter you received telling you your visa application was successful
You may be asked your UK address and phone number so make sure you know what these are.
Change the delivery location
Once you have completed your online visa application you will not be able to change the delivery location from The University to the local Post Office or from the local Post Office to The University.
If your BRP is to be delivered to a Post Office, you may be able to arrange for it to be transferred to a Post Office branch closer to where you live but the Post Office will charge you for this service.
If you have dependants accompanying you, they will also need to collect their own BRP. You (as the main applicant) will need to be with your dependants for them to collect their BRP.
If you are under 18 then someone must come with you when you collect your card. This must be:
- Your parent who is also collecting a BRP at the same time; or
- Your legal guardian who is also collecting a BRP at the same time; or
- A responsible adult. You must register a responsible adult first.
If you have asked for your BRP to be delivered to the University then you will be able to collect it by yourself. You will not need an adult to come with you.
Problem with your BRP
If there is a mistake on your 30 day entry permit you should contact the Visa Application Centre before you travel to the UK.
If there is a problem collecting your BRP or you notice an error on your BRP card, contact Student Immigration Team (Advice) using the details below.
Lost or stolen BRP
If your BRP card is lost or stolen you must report the loss or theft to the Police and obtain a crime reference number. You will then need to report this to the Home Office so it can be cancelled and apply for a replacement BRP if you have more than 3 months left on your visa. Please contact Student Immigration Team (Advice) or see our StudyNet page for more information.