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Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Background

Anyone who applies outside the UK for a visa longer than 6 months is issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).  This system allows the UK to comply with European Union regulations

The BRP is similar in size to a credit card with a chip.  It has the holder’s photo, immigration status and conditions while they are in the UK.

The BRP cards are printed in the UK and so successful visa applicants will initially receive a vignette (sticker) in their passport that allows them temporary entry clearance for the UK for a period of 30 days.  BRPs must then be collected from a post office within 10 days of arrival in the UK.

Collecting Your Biometric Residence Permit

You must collect your BRP within 10 days of your arrival in the UK.  You will need to bring your decision letter and passport to your allocated post office.  Failure to collect your BRP within the specified period will result in a civil penalty and/or a fine and your visa may be cancelled.  This will mean that you cannot study at the School.

When you collect your BRP, you should check the following information:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • Type of permit states T4 GENERAL STUDENT
  • Valid until date

Valid until date: If you are an MSc student, your BRP should be valid for 2-4 months after the end date of the course, depending on the exact length of your course. Doctoral (research) students should be given a visa valid for the period of registration plus an additional 4 months.

If there are any errors on your BRP, you should declare this to LSHTM staff at the Visa Check or Registration.

The address of the post office where you can collect your BRP is printed on the decision letter you received when your passport was returned by the visa application centre.

If you selected 'Sponsor Address' when completing your online visa application, the post office is within 10-15 minutes walking distance of the School.  Please see this map for walking directions.

If you would prefer to use public transport, the numbers 10, 73 and 390 buses will take you to within a short walking distance of the post office.

Registration at the School

You must bring your BRP and passport to either the Visa Check at Registration.  You will be unable to register at the School until our staff have checked and received copies your BRP and passport. You should bring photocopies of your passport ID page, your vignette with entry stamp from the UK border, and a copies of the front and back of your BRP.

If you will be arriving late for your course and will miss the Visa Check and/or Registration, please notify the Admissions Team by writing to admissions@lshtm.ac.uk.

Common Questions

What should I do if I lose my decision letter before I arrive in the UK?

You must report this to UK Visas and Immigration at https://www.biometric-residence-permit.service.gov.uk/collection/where

What should I do if I have lost my passport, but haven’t collected my BRP yet?

You must report this to UK Visas and Immigration at https://www.biometric-residence-permit.service.gov.uk/collection/where

Do not attempt to collect your BRP until you have received a response from UK Visas and Immigration.

Can I collect my BRP from a different post office to the one in my decision letter?

Yes, but you will need to pay an additional fee.  Please go to the post office where you would like to collect your BRP and speak to a member of staff.  Remember that not all post offices offer the collection service.

Do I still need to register with the police if I have received a BRP?

If you are from a country that is required to register with the British police, you must still do this.  Collection of your BRP and police registration are separate.

What should I do if my BRP is lost or stolen?

Please contact one of our Student Advisers - visa-enquiries@lshtm.ac.uk

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