Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
Last updated: 10/08/2023 15:54
Your biometric residence permit (BRP) is a residence permit that holds your biographic details (name, date, and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints).
It also shows your immigration status and permissions while you remain in the UK. If your student visa is longer than 6 months you will collect a BRP once you arrive in the UK.
For more information about BRPs see GOV.UK website.
When you will receive it
If your visa application is successful, you will be issued with a vignette (sticker) in your passport which is valid for 90 days and will allow you to travel to the UK.
If you do not travel to the UK within this validity period, your vignette will expire and you will need to apply for another.
You must arrive in the UK and enrol on your course by your latest enrolment date, even if your vignette is valid beyond this.
Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement will include the latest start date for your studies. If you cannot arrive by this time, contact your school.
How you will receive it
At the point of submitting your visa application, you will have selected to collect your BRP from the university or a post office. You will need to collect your BRP from the location you selected.
Our Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code
If you used our Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code when you made your visa application and so selected to collect your BRP from the University, the collection will be from the Centre for Student Life.
Wait for an email from the university with a date to collect your BRP card.
If you have not used our ACL code
If you did not select Cardiff University as a collection point, your BRP will be sent to a Cardiff Post Office. You will receive information from the Home Office to confirm the Post Office branch you must attend 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.
Further information on collection, changing location, and other questions you may have are available at Biometric Residence Permit | Post Office
If you are under 18
Please use the Cardiff University ACL number to ensure that your BRP is delivered directly to us to issue 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, who can be a parent or guardian, will need to be nominated and have the correct documentation with them. This documentation would include a “Letter of Authority” approved by the Home Office, the nominee’s identity document as well as your passport which holds the vignette sticker.
They must accompany you to the Post Office in order to collect the BRP.
If you do not have a parent or guardian to accompany you, Cardiff University staff will be available to help. Contact Student Connect with 'Under 18 BRP Collection' as the subject line of your email.
Please note the university can only assist under 18-year-olds with collection from Albany Road Post Office.
Collecting your Student ID Card
To collect your ID card, you must ensure you have your BRP.
You will receive further information about how to collect your ID card via email.
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.
Collection of the Student ID card completes the enrolment process and you are only fully enrolled on your course once you have completed this step. You must do so by your latest course start date.
If your latest course start date is imminent and you do not have your BRP, contact Student Connect.
See our guidance for those international students who have requested to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from us.