Entry Clearance Vignette & Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Learn more about what a BRP is, what information is included on your BRP, how to collect your BRP and how to check for and correct any errors.

Entry Clearance Vignette & Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Entry Clearance Vignette

This is a visa (full page) sticker in your passport, which is issued to applicants who successfully submit a Tier 4 visa application overseas, (to study for more than 6 months in the UK). This visa will enable you to enter the UK, only within the validity dates, (check these dates on the vignette/sticker) to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP, full visa) before you begin your studies.

If you enter before the start date on your visa, you will have to leave the UK and re-enter whilst it is valid. You also cannot enter the UK as a standard visitor (tourist) before the start of your entry vignette and then try to ‘switch’ inside the UK to a Tier 4 visa, even if the student entry vignette is already in your passport.

When you arrive in the UK, you must see a Border Officer (instead of using the E Gates, if eligible), who will stamp your vignette (visa sticker). If you do not obtain a stamp on your entry vignette, then you must provide evidence of your flight, such as a boarding pass or flight tickets.

If you try and travel after the expiry date on your vignette, you will not be permitted to travel and you will need to make a new application for entry clearance.

The vignette (visa sticker) is valid from the latest date of either:

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

Further useful information is available from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA):

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

This is a card approximately the size of a credit card and is issued to applicants who successfully applied to:

  • come to the UK to study for longer than six months
  • extended their visa in the UK
  • transferred their visa to a new passport
  • settle in the UK

Your BRP will include your:

  • Full name, date and place of birth
  • Copy of your fingerprints and photograph (digital version)
  • Conditions of your visa and immigration status, such as the hours and type of work you can do.
    • The Sponsor Licence number of the University (JTV8BV799)

Collecting your BRP

If you are granted a visa for entry clearance, you will receive an entry stamp in your passport (check the validity dates) and a letter confirming where to collect your BRP.

You must:

  • Be over 18 to collect a 
  • Collect your BRP before the vignette sticker in your travel document expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK. If you fail to do this you may be subject to a financial penalty, reduction or cancellation of your leave (visa).
  • If you applied inside the UK, your BRP will be sent to the address stated on the visa application or the University (if applicable) by courier.
  • If you applied outside the UK, you can collect your BRP upon arrival from the University or the Post Office, depending on your selection (see below).

If you wish to collect your BRP from the University, enter our ACL code: 2HE539 before the ‘Pay’ section on your visa application.

To collect your BRP from the University or the Post Office you must show your:

  • Home Office visa decision letter and
  • Your original passport, which contains your entry clearance vignette

Your BRP is an important document and so you should keep it safe, as you will need it when you re-enter the UK, together with your passport. You should keep a copy of the front and back of the BRP, in case you lose it. The BRP should not be used as a form of ID for use in shops, pubs or nightclubs, as it is your visa. Instead, you can purchase an ID card, using an internet search (we cannot recommend any particular company), which should cost approximately £30 - £40.

If you applied for your Tier 4 visa inside the UK and have not received your BRP or wish to change the delivery address to elsewhere, before you receive your decision letter, please refer to the following UKVI website for further instructions:

https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/not-arrived

If your BRP has been lost or stolen in the UK or overseas, please visit the page below:

What to do if you lose your decision/grant letter

If you have arranged to collect your BRP from a Post Office and you  have lost your decision letter and do not know which Post Office to go to, you must e-mail BRPCollection@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and provide them with the following details:

• your full name;
• your date of birth;
• your nationality;
• your passport number;
• a contact telephone number.

Checking Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

When you collect your BRP make sure your personal details such as your name and DOB are correct. The BRP should cover the full length of your degree course an provide you with some additional (wrap-up ) time in the UK. Check the expiry date is correct and let us know as soon as possible if you think an error has been made.

Useful links:

For Police Registration: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/welfare/international/immigration/registering-with-the-police

Working Conditions:

https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/sas2/visas-and-immigration/employment

10 days of arriving in the UK. You can read about the BRP here: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits

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