Collecting and looking after your 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.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

You will be issued with a BRP if you have been issued with a visa for a stay in the UK which is longer than 6 months. You may also be issued with a BRP if you apply to extend your visa in the UK.

Your BRP will include your  personal and biometric details ( fingerprints and photograph). It will also include the conditions attached to your visa and immigration status such as the number of hours of you are permitted to work. It will also show the Sponsor Licence number of the University which you will study at. The SLN for the University of Leicester is JTV8BV799.

You are only permitted to study at the institution named on your BRP so if the SLN is incorrect you must let us know as soon as possible by emailing so we can confirm you as our student and complete your registration.

Collecting your BRP

You must be over 18 to collect your BRP otherwise you can nominate someone else to collect it on your behalf. Please contact us if you need assistance with this.

You must 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.

You should not try and collect your BRP during a period of quarantine or self-isolation or if you have symptoms of covid. There will be no penalty if you are late collecting your BRP for these reasons.

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.
  • You must provide the Home Office decision letter and passport of any dependant BRP you are collecting.

Can I change where my BRP is delivered to?

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

What do I do if I have lost my decision letter and can't remember where I should collect it?

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 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.

Looking after your BRP

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.

How do replace a lost or stolen BRP?

If your BRP has been lost or stolen in the UK or overseas, please visit the page below for instructions on how to replace it.

If you do not report a lost or stolen BRP you may face a fine or a civil penalty.


Useful links:

For Police Registration:

Working Conditions:

You must collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK. You can read about the BRP here:

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