Students Staff

Your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)

Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) are biometric identity cards issued by the UK Government that contain details of your immigration permission. The Home Office provide guidance about biometric residence permits online.

Who is issued with a BRP?

If you are given UK immigration permission to enter or stay as a Student and it is for longer than 6 months, you'll be issued with a BRP.

How and when you receive your BRP from the Home Office will depend on whether you made your Student immigration application from overseas or inside the UK.

How will I obtain my BRP?

  • I applied for my visa in the UK

    Your BRP will be sent to the address you gave in the application form you submitted online. You will receive an email from the Home Office telling you if you have been granted permission to stay in the UK as a Student. If you have, your BRP will be sent to the address you put on your application form approximately 10 days after you receive the outcome email.

  • I applied for my visa overseas

    You will have selected a UK collection location when you completed the visa application form you submitted online and will need to collect it from there. The address of the collection location you chose will be on the outcome letter you receive from the UKVI.

    If you are studying at our Colchester or Loughton Campuses, you may have chosen the University as your collection location.

    If you are completing your application form read our Applying for a Student route information to find out which location to choose.

Collecting your BRP when you arrive in the UK

If you applied for your visa overseas, you should have an Entry Clearance vignette (sticker) in your passport you must collect your BRP by the date it expires or, within 10 days of your arrival in the UK whichever is the latest date.

Due to COVID-19 you will have more time than usual to collect your BRP after your arrival in the UK and we can keep it for longer. Don't worry if you are in quarantine upon arrival in the UK, you should not go to collect it during that time please wait until your quarantine period has ended.

  • How do I collect my BRP from the University of Essex, Colchester or Loughton Campus?

    If you made your visa application overseas and your UKVI outcome letter says that you are collecting it from University of Essex, Colchester Campus, C/O Tier 4 Compliance Team (or you chose the University of Essex International College, Constable Building and aren't studying with them):

    Our International Services Team will email you to let you know when your BRP has been processed and how to arrange collection. We usually issue BRPs in person, however, during periods of national or local lockdown due to Covid, we may have to issue BRPs in a different way.

    Please note if you are collecting your BRP in person:

    • You'll need to bring the passport containing your entry clearance vignette and your UKVI decision letter showing the BRP collection location.
    • If you are self-isolating after travelling in or because of COVID-19, you won't be able to collect your BRP until you've finished self-isolating.
    • If you also need to complete your right to study check and collect your registration card, we'll do this when you collect your BRP.

    If you are studying a Kaplan pathway course at the University of Essex International College you'll need to contact the college to arrange collection.

    Southend Campus students should not have selected the University as their collection location but if you have done so, we'll let you know how to arrange collection.

  • How do I collect my BRP from the Post Office?

    You'll need to visit the Post Office address on your UKVI outcome letter. You can use the Post Office branch finder to find details of when the branch of the Post Office you have selected is open and where it is located (enter the Post Code stated on your decision letter). You may have to take a bus or train depending on the branch you have selected. Here are details for Post Offices nearest to our Campuses:

    • Southend Campus: Southend-On-Sea Post Office, 199/201 High Street, Southend On Sea, Essex SS1 1LL. A short walk from the University.
    • Colchester Campus: Travelling to the Colchester Post Office from the Colchester Campus (.pdf)
    • Loughton Campus: Walthamstow Central E17 7JH or Leytonstone E11 1HG (these are the easiest to travel to from Loughton).

    Please note:

    • You'll need to take your passport containing your entry clearance vignette and your UKVI decision letter showing the BRP collection location.
    • If you are self-isolating after travelling in or because of Covid, you won't be able to collect your BRP until you've finished self-isolating.
    • It is possible to redirect BRP's from one Post Office to another, but not between a Post Office and the University. Read the Home Office guidance to find out how.
  • Collecting a BRP if you're under 18 years old

    If you're making your visa application before you are 18 years old, you will have had to supply additional information and evidence when you made your Student visa application.

    If you select the University of Essex as your BRP collection location, you won't need to do anything additional and can collect your BRP yourself from us.

    However, if you have chosen to collect your BRP from a Post Office, you will need to nominate a 'responsible adult' and collect it when you receive Home Office authorisation.

    If you have travelled to the UK with a parent, you can collect your BRP with them provided they are also collecting a BRP at the same time. If this isn't the case, you will have to nominate your parent as your 'responsible adult'. If you don't have a parent with you, maybe you can nominate the emergency contact you've given us or another adult you know that lives in the UK.

    If you don't have anyone who can do this please contact our International Services Team as soon as possible so we can advise you what you can do.

What to do when you have received your BRP

Your BRP will contain lots of information, it's your responsibility to check it immediately. If there are any errors, you must take action to report this to the Home Office and have it corrected, you only have a limited time to do this. Most errors must be reported within 10 days after you received it.

We recommend that you keep your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) in a safe place with your passport and don't carry it around with you, unless you need it to prove your immigration status. If it is lost or stolen you will have to pay to replace it, if you are outside the UK you'll have to apply for a temporary replacement to travel back into the UK and this can take at least a couple of weeks to obtain.

  • Check your BRP

    Check all the information on the card is correct, including the following:

    Your personal details

    The type of permission and the Sponsor Licence Number:

    You should have been granted permission as a Student or Tier 4 (General) student and the University of Essex sponsor licence number, as shown on your CAS.

    Work conditions

    Essex degree students should be given 20 hrs per week (term time).

    The expiry date

    You should have been given some additional time after the course end date on your CAS, often referred to as the 'wrap up period'. Read the Periods and Conditions of Grant section of the Student Immigration Rules to find out how much extra time you should be given. Most Essex students will receive either an additional 2 months or 4 months depending on the length of their course.

    If your expiry date is 31/12/2024 this is not an error, read the Home Office guidance for more information.

  • Report errors to the Home Office

    How to report and correct the error depends on the type of error and where you applied for your visa. Read the Home Office guidance and find out how to report the problem with your BRP. if you are issued with a new BRP, let our International Services Team know and we'll tell you where to bring it.

    If one of your conditions are wrong, you must comply with any visa condition stated on the card, until you are issued with an updated BRP with a new condition.

  • Bring your BRP to the University

    If you didn't collect your BRP from the University, you'll need to bring it to us so we can check it and take a copy, here's how:

    Students starting a new Essex course

    You'll need to bring it to your in-person right to study check at your Campus with your passport.

    If you are collecting your BRP from a Post Office, you'll need to collect it before your right to study check. If your BRP isn't available to collect before your right to study check you should come along and take your UKVI decision letter with you.

    If you've applied to extend your Student immigration permission inside the UK, you'll need to bring it to us when you receive it, see below.

    Students continuing the same course

    Contact the International Services Team to find out where to bring it.

    New or replacement BRP's received later

    Contact the International Services Team to find out where to bring it.

BRP problems

  • I have a new BRP

  • My BRP hasn't arrived

    Applied in the UK

    If you applied in the UK and your BRP hasn't been delivered within ten days of receiving your Home Office decision letter:

    • you must inform the Home Office and tell our International Services Team
    • if your UK address has changed since making your immigration application, make sure you tell the Home Office and don't forget to update your Police Registration Certificate if you have one
    Applied overseas

    If you applied overseas and your BRP isn't available for collection on the date your decision letter from UK Visas and Immigration says it will be:

  • Lost, stolen or damaged BRPs

    If you can’t find your BRP, search for it everywhere and if you are sure it’s missing, report it to the Home Office and apply for a replacement BRP by the deadline given. Your BRP will be cancelled straight away.

    If it was stolen, report it to the police as well, if it happened in the area covered by Essex Police you can report it online. Keep evidence of any report you make to police as you may need to provide evidence of this when applying for a replacement BRP. You won’t be able to report a lost BRP to the Police and get a crime reference number.

    Applications for replacement BRPs may take up to 12 weeks to be processed. If you have lost your BRP and need to travel outside the UK, contact our International Services Team for advice before reporting the loss to the Home Office.

    When you have your new BRP, let our International Services Team know straight away and we’ll tell you where to come so we can take a scanned copy. If you are required to register with the police, update your Certificate within 7 days.

    Obtaining a replacement BRP - inside the UK

    If you are inside the UK apply for a replacement BRP within 3 months of this having been lost/stolen/damaged. A fee will be payable. If your BRP is valid for less than 3 months, you must still report it as lost/stolen/damaged but you won't need to get a replacement.

    Obtaining a replacement BRP - outside the UK

    If you are outside the UK, apply for a single-entry replacement BRP visa before travelling back to the UK – select the following route: reason for visit: other, visa type: others, visa sub type: replacement Biometric Residence Permit.

    No CAS is needed but we recommend submitting a standard certificate of registration. Once you are back in the UK, apply for a replacement BRP on form BRP(RC) – you must apply within 1 month of returning to the UK.

  • Changes to your name or nationality

    You must report changes to your name, address, or nationality to the Home Office: Updating the personal details on your BRP and get a new BRP.

    When you have your new BRP, let our International Services Team know straight away and we’ll tell you where to come so we can take a scanned copy.

    If you are required to register with the police, update your Certificate within 7 days.

    Read our guidance to find out what you need to do about other changes to your personal details or circumstances.