Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
A biometric residence permit (BRP) is a residence permit which holds your biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints).
It also shows your immigration status and entitlements while you remain in the UK. If your student visa is longer than 6 months you will receive a BRP once you arrive in the UK. To find out how to get a BRP, please see the GOV.UK website.
When you'll receive it
If you are successful with your visa application, you will be issued with a vignette (sticker) in your passport which is valid for 30 (or 90) days and will allow you to travel to the UK. If you do not travel to the UK within this 30 day period, your visa will expire and you will need to apply for another.
How you will receive it
Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card will be posted to you if you used our Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code when you made your visa application to collect your BRP from the University. This year, due to COVID-19, UKVI are going to send your BRP card directly through the post to you so you do not need to collect it in person. You will receive an email from us when your BRP is ready to be delivered.
To ensure prompt delivery you need to:
- confirm when contacted by International Student Advice, that you are in the UK and that the correct UK address is on your SIMS account
- attach a photo or scan of the vignette (sticker) in your passport that was stamped when you arrived in the UK
- complete and return the form attached to the email.
- You may have received a letter from the UKVI advising you to collect the BRP from the Students’ Union. This is a UKVI error and cards cannot be collected.
Our Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code
If you have not yet applied for your visa, you should select Cardiff University rather than the Post Office as a collection point.
When you apply for your visa you will need to include the ACL (Alternative Collection Location) code 2HE562 on the visa application. Your BRP will then be posted to you.
If you haven't used our ACL code
If you've already applied for your visa and you haven't chosen Cardiff University as a collection point, your BRP will be sent to a Cardiff Post Office. You will receive a letter from the Home Office to confirm the Post Office branch which you will need to visit to collect your BRP.
The relevant Post Office branches in Cardiff are:
- 47-49 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 3YX
- 234a Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff. CF5 1XB
- 54 Clare Road, Grangetown, Cardiff. CF11 6RT
The Post Office branch will be allocated to you based on the postcode you submit in your visa application. It is possible to request collection from a different Post Office branch on payment of a fee, but you cannot request collection from us.
If you are under 18
Please use the Cardiff University ACL number to ensure that your BRP is delivered directly to you.
If you are under 18 years old and need to collect your BRP from the Post Office, you will need to be accompanied by an adult. The adult, this can be a parent or guardian, will will need to be nominated and have the correct documentation with them. They must accompany you to the Post Office in order to collect BRP. If you do not have a parent or guardian to accompany you, Cardiff University staff will be available to help. Please email email@example.com with the subject line - Under 18 BRP Collection.
Please note the University can only assist under 18 year olds with collection from Albany Road Post Office.
If you have lost your decision letter
If you have lost your decision letter and can't remember the Post Office branch holding your BRP, you must request a new letter via the Home Office website.
You must provide them with the following details:
- your full name
- your date of birth
- your nationality
- your passport number
- a contact email and telephone number.
Collecting your Student ID Card
You can book to collect your Student ID card when you have your BRP and have completed any required period of self-isolation after travel. You will receive an email to book an appointment to collect your ID card. You will need your BRP and identity documents (e.g. passport) for a right to study check to be completed when you pick up your student ID card.