Important information

Your BRP card is your visa and proof of your right to be in the UK as a student. It is a very important document. You must look after it and keep it in a safe place. You do not need to carry your BRP card with you all the time.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will not receive a BRP to evidence their Student visa and will receive electronic notification of UKVI’s decision instead. They will be able to check their immigration status and its conditions at any time using the ‘view and prove’ service on the GOV.UK portal. This function will also allow them to prove their immigration status to the University and employers. 

Are there any mistakes on your BRP?

There is a 14 day time window to correct any errors (if you applied for your visa in the UK) so please check it carefully and contact us if you think there are any errors. 

If you have general questions about BRPs please see our website, and read the Student visa essential information.

Have you completed your Right to Study check?

If your nationality indicates that you are subject to immigration control, you need to complete a Right-to-study check. When you complete online registration you will be told whether you need to do this check.

You need to provide digital copies of your passport, visa and the documents listed on your Document Checklist.

How to complete your Right-to-Study check

You must provide your Right-to-Study check documents after you register online:

  1. As soon as you have completed online registration if you are already in the UK or;
  2. When your arrive in the UK, if you arrive later.
  3. Click on this link to complete your Right to Study check
  • Our Student Visa Services team will review the documents and information you provide. They will update your student record to show that your Right-to-Study check is complete.
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Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card

What if I have lost my BRP card?

If you have lost your BRP card inside or outside the UK, please see Lost Biometric Residence Permit card for the list of actions you must take.

  • If you travel outside the UK you must carry your BRP card and passport
  • BRP cards are only issued to those studying in the UK for more than 6 months
  • To travel to the UK you need a vignette. Then, once you are in the UK you can collect your BRP card

Vignette (visa sticker)

If you have applied for a Student visa outside the UK and you will be coming to study for more than 6 months, the UKVI will issue you with a vignette that will allow you to enter the UK. The vignette is ordinarily valid for 30 days, but due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic entry vignettes currently issued to students are valid for 90 days. As far as we are aware, this is a temporary measure and we do not currently know how long it will be in place for. 

A vignette is a sticker in your passport, issued by the UKVI. It is proof of your permission to enter the UK and will allow you to travel to the UK.

The vignette is valid from either:

  • 1 month before your course start date (date given on your CAS) or,
  • 7 days before the date you state on your application that you intend to travel to the UK

Whichever is later.

How you will receive your BRP card 

If you have not applied for your visa yet, you can now choose to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card from the University of Bristol rather than a Post Office. Your BRP is a photo ID card that acts as your student visa while you are in the UK.

How do I collect my BRP from the University?

Once your BRP has arrived at the university, Student Information Services will email you with instructions about how you can collect it. You will then be invited to book an appointment to come and collect your BRP. If you have not received an email from us yet, this means that your BRP has not arrived at the university. Please do not visit 5 Tyndall Avenue as you will not be able to collect your BRP from there.

If you need your BRP to register with the police, you can register online with the Avon and Somerset Police (if you are living in Bristol), If you register online and book an appointment, you will have met the requirement to register within 7 days.

If you are applying for your student visa from outside the UK

Enter the University of Bristol’s ACL code 2HE397 when making your visa application online.

Your BRP will be delivered to the University. Once we have received your BRP, Student Information Services will email you with instructions about how you can collect it from us. 

If you will be under 18 when you arrive in the UK, we strongly recommend that you use the University’s ACL code when making your application. If you choose to collect your BRP from the Post Office instead, will need to nominate an adult to come with you when you collect it. Nominate this person using the online form. Your nominated person must then be approved by the Home Office.

If you have already applied for your student visa

If you have already applied and did not use the University’s ACL code, you will need to collect your BRP from the Post Office.

Once you have collected your BRP, you must complete our Right to Study check. As part of this check, upload images of the front and back of your BRP.

If you are applying for your student visa from inside the UK

Use your own address when applying for your student visa from inside the UK. Include your room number in your student residence, if you know it. Your BRP card will then be delivered directly to you.

Once you have received your BRP, you must complete our Right to Study check. As part of this check, upload images of the front and back of your BRP.

If you used the UK Immigration: ID Check app

If you used the app to prove your identity when applying for your visa, you will not get a BRP. Your immigration status will be stored digitally instead.

What to do if you are under 18

If you will be under 18 when you arrive in the UK, we strongly recommend that you use the University’s ACL code when making your application. If you choose to collect your BRP from the Post Office instead, will need to nominate an adult to come with you when you collect it. Nominate this person using the online form. Your nominated person must then be approved by the Home Office.

If you are unable to nominate an adult and are therefore unable to collect your BRP from the Post Office, you will need to report this to the UKVI using the following form: https://www.biometric-residence-permit.service.gov.uk/collection/where

Return your previous BRP to UKVI

If you applied for your most recent visa overseas and you had previous UK leave evidenced by a BRP, it is strongly advised that you return your old BRP to UKVI by post as it is no longer valid. Please send it by secure post, for example 'special delivery' from the Post Office which is a track and trace service, to Freepost RRYX-GLYU-GXHZ, Returns Unit, PO Box 163, Bristol, BS20 1AB

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