Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Guidance for international students who have requested to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the University.

Initially, you will be issued with a 30-day visa vignette in your passport which will allow you to enter the UK during this period.

You will also be given a letter referred to as the 'BRP letter' which will confirm conditions of your visa, as well as where and when to collect your BRP.

Collecting your BRP

You'll be notified by email when your BRP is ready for collection. Please don't attempt to collect it before you receive this email.

You will be able to pick up your BRP from the Students' Union from mid-September. You'll need to collect it within 10 days of your arrival in the UK, or within 10 days of the BRP becoming available from the University, whichever is latest.

Once you've done that, you can collect your Cardiff University student card.

Identity verification

When you come to collect your BRP, you must bring your original passport – the passport number must match that on vignette. You must also bring your original BRP letter stating Cardiff University as the collection point.

There must be a valid UK entry officer's arrival landing stamp endorsed in the passport. The photograph on the passport and the vignette must closely resemble you.

If you're collecting a dependant BRP, you'll need to bring the original passport of the dependant and their BRP letter. The photo on the BRP must resemble the photo on the vignette and passport of the dependant.

If any of these identity verification points fail, or you haven't collected your BRP within the 10-day timescale, then we won't be able to issue a BRP without first checking with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).