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Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)

Since 2015, anyone applying for a Tier 4 visa from overseas which will be valid for longer than 6 months will be issued a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which they must collect within 10 days of their arrival in the UK.

This is also a requirement for students granted leave under the extended 11 month short term study visa route.

Tier 4 students or students applying for an 11 month short term study visa, who make their visa application overseas, will receive a temporary travel visa (vignette) in their passport valid for travel and entry to the UK.

This temporary travel visa is valid for 30 days, which starts either 30 days before the course start date on your CAS or 7 days before your intended date of travel to the UK, whichever is later.

You are required to collect your BRP, which will be your Tier 4 visa valid for the duration of your course, within 10 days of arriving in the UK.

Where you collect your BRP from will depend on information you include on your visa application form: it can either be the University or a designated Post Office.

The University would advise you to have your BRP sent to the University, for your ease.

This is done by inserting a special Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code onto your visa application form - further details can be found below.

From 18th March 2020, In line with government advice, The University of Warwick have suspended their ACL provision due to temporary office closures.

Therefore, it is not currently possible to arrange for your Biometric Residence Permit to be delivered to The University of Warwick.

Instead, your BRP will be available for collection from a post office when you arrive in the UK.

The location of the post office will be determined by the correspondence address you use in your Tier 4 visa application form and you will be given detailed instructions as to how to collect your BRP card when you receive your 'decision letter'.

This is the letter that accompanies your passport with the new 30-day travel visa in it.

Alternatively, the UKVI may send this, via email, the email address you have used with your application.


If your course end date is beyond 31 August 2024, then your BRP card will be valid until 31 December 2024 only.

This is because the UKVI is required to review its encryption technology no later than 31 December 2024.

By 30 June 2024, the UKVI will have issued guidance on how to obtain a new BRP card.

We understand that the new BRP card will be issued free of charge.

Please find below the answers to some useful questions about this process.

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance.
  • On your Tier 4 or 11 month extended short term study visa application form, when you get to the BRP collection page you need to insert a specific code into the 'Alternative Location' field.

    The specific code is stated on the CAS email (Tier 4 applicants), or in the visa support letter (extended short term study applicants).

    Dependant applicants can also use this code in their application; if you wish for your dependants' BRPs to be sent to the University, please complete a form with their details so we know to expect receipt of these.

    When the Home Office have processed your visa application they should send you a letter confirming where your BRP has been sent.

    When the University receives your BRP card, we will email you to confirm it has been received. This email will inform you how and where you can collect it.

  • If you did not use the ACL code for Warwick then your BRP will be sent to a designated Post Office. You cannot change this delivery address after your application is submitted.

    When the Home Office have processed your visa application, they will write to you with the outcome of your application and this letter will contain details of the Post Office where you will need to collect your BRP.

    If your BRP is being sent to a Post Office you will need to make arrangements to collect this yourself, within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. You will need to take your original passport and Home Office letter with you to collect this.

    Once you have collected your BRP you will need to present it to the University in order to complete enrolment - you will not be fully enrolled until we have seen your BRP.

    If you are arriving after the main enrolment event, you should take your BRP to:

    The Reception Team will then check your BRP, take a scan, and update your Student Record.


    For your information we have produced a guide to collecting your BRP from the Post Office.

  • If you do not travel to the UK within the validity of the 30 day temporary travel visa, you will need to apply for another temporary travel visa - this will incur a charge.

  • The temporary travel vignette is a multiple entry visa, however, if you will be travelling outside of the UK you must make sure that your 30 day temporary travel visa is still valid on the date you intend to re-enter the UK.

    You should, where possible, collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK, otherwise you may receive a fine or cancellation of your visa.

  • If your BRP has been sent to the Post Office, failure to collect it within 10 days of your arrival may result in you receiving a fine or cancellation/curtailment of your visa.

    However, if the University has received your BRP the requirement to collect it within 10 days of arrival is relaxed; it is okay for you to go over the 10 day deadline to enable you to collect your card at your enrolment event.

    You may refer to the enrolment webpages for information about when your enrolment event is.

    You should be aware that the Home Office require us to return your BRP to them if you have not collected it within 60 days of us receiving it.

  • In short, no.

    The Temporary Travel Visa is issued for 30 days and this is a multiple entry visa.

    This means that if you will be travelling outside of and returning to the UK before the expiry date of your temporary travel visa there is no need for you to have obtained your BRP before you travel.

    Due to security and other logistics concerns, we will not be distributing BRPs prior to the in-person events where travel will take place within the validity of your Temporary Travel Visa.

    You should book your slot to attend an in-person visa check event, where you will be able to collect your BRP.

    Information on when the in-person visa check events take place can be found on the enrolment website.

  • You are expected to collect your own BRP. The following exceptions apply:

    if you:

    •  have a serious illness or disability that prevents you from collecting your permit; or
    •  are under 18 and you cannot collect your permit at the same time as your parent or legal guardian collects their own BRP

    You may be able to nominate someone else to collect your permit on your behalf.

    The nominated person will have to show your passport and vignette and show evidence of their own identity.

    More information can be found in the UKVI guidance for applicants leaflet.

  • Home Office UKVI have imposed strict security requirements about the storage and distribution of these BRP cards. meaning that only certain members of staff cleared by the Home Office are permitted to handle BRPs.

    A copy of your card will be scanned onto your student record so it is available at enrolment and the original card will be stored in a safe until your enrolment event. When we have received your BRP card we will email you to confirm its receipt.This email will confirm where you should collect your BRP card from and what you need to bring with you to do so.

  • Yes, Warwick is happy to receive your dependants' BRPs too.

    In order for us to ensure your dependants' cards are stored with yours and are available to collect at the same time, you must complete an online form filling in all applicable details, as well as uploading a copy of the UKVI Decision Letter for your dependants.

    This will help us to match their BRP cards with yours.

    When completing the dependant visa application form online they should also use the ACL stated in your CAS on the BRP collection page.

  • If your course starts in a partner institution or in a teaching site which is outside of the UK, for example, at Warwick in Venice, you may need to come to the UK first to collect the residence permit before starting your course outside of the UK.

    If you are unable to come to the UK first, please contact us for more advice.

  • Once you have received your temporary travel visa you can complete the online course registration process by providing details of your travel visa.

    Information can be found on the enrolment webpages.

  • You will need to make an application to the Home Office for a new temporary travel visa before you travel to the UK.

    Information on applying for a replacement is available on the Home Office website.

    You will have to pay a fee for this new application and provide your biometric information again, but you will not have to submit a new Tier 4 application.

    You should use the same online application form that you used to apply for your Tier 4 visa but you should select the following options:

    • Reason for Visit: Other
    • Visa Type: Others
    • Visa Sub Type: Vignette Transfer

    At the end of the application form you should use the 'Any other information' field to explain that you have been granted a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK but you need a new 30-day vignette and give the relevant reason.

    You must ensure that you will still be arriving by the latest start date on your CAS.

  • This is not possible.

    The Home Office have confirmed to us that in this circumstance it is not possible to apply for a new temporary travel visa to allow you to enter the UK earlier than originally planned.

    You are advised to change your travel plans so that you arrive after the start date of your temporary travel visa.

    Please be aware that we will be unable to enrol you on your course if you fail to enter the UK within the validity of your Tier 4 temporary travel visa.

  • We would recommend that if possible, you choose to have your BRP sent to the University using the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code in your CAS email.

    However, if you have already submitted your Tier 4 application and have not used the ACL code, you will need to follow a certain procedure to enable you to collect your BRP from a Post Office if you are under 18 at the time of your arrival.

    It is not possible to change the delivery of your BRP to Warwick if you have submitted your application and chosen for the BRP to be sent to a Post Office.

    The IFP team will assist you in this procedure, please complete our online enquiry form, providing us with confirmation you will require assistance with this and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

  • We would recommend that, if possible, you choose to have your BRP sent to the University using the ACL code in your CAS email as this will mean we will receive it on your behalf and there is no need for an adult to accompany you to collect it.

    However, if you have already submitted your visa application and have not used the ACL code, you will need to follow a certain procedure to enable you to collect your BRP from a Post Office.

    It is not possible to change the delivery of your BRP to Warwick if you have submitted your application and chosen for the BRP to be sent to a Post Office.

    As you will be under 18 you need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, someone who is over 18 years, when you go to the Post Office.

    You should follow the process below:

    1) You should identify someone over 18 years old in the UK who will be able to accompany you to the Post Office
    • You must register the responsible adult who will be accompanying you by informing the UKVI using the online service at with the following information:
      • your full name;
      • your date of birth;
      • your nationality;
      • your passport number;
      • a contact telephone number;
      • your case reference number.
      • You must also provide the following information about the responsible adult accompanying you to collect your permit:
        • their full name;
        • their date of birth;
        • their nationality;
        • the document they will use to prove their identity;
        • their identity document reference number;
        • the identity document expiry date;
        • their email address;
        • how the responsible adult is related to you.
    • If approved, you and the responsible adult will receive an authorisation email.
    • You and the responsible adult will need to present these to the Post Office Customer Service Adviser at the time of collection and you will not be able to collect your permit without them.
  • No.

    You should only have one BRP at a time.

    If you hold an old BRP, you should return it to the Home Office UK Visas & Immigration in a plain windowless envelope to the following address:

    BRP Returns
    Returns Unit
    PO Box 163
    BS20 1AB

  • Please feel free to contact the BRP team using the online enquiry form.