Visas and Immigration for study in the UK

Collecting your BRP

When you arrive in the UK, you'll need to collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) from the university or a local Post Office.

When you make a Tier 4 visa application from outside the UK, you will usually be granted a short visa in your passport (this is called a vignette). Your vignette will be 30 days in length and will allow you to enter the UK.

Your full visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which you can collect when you arrive in the UK.

You will need to choose where you want to collect your BRP from when you make your visa application. We recommend you choose the university, so that it is ready for you to collect at registration. Alternatively, you may have it delivered to a local Post Office.

The address of your BRP collection point will be shown on your decision letter.

You must collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK. If you do not collect your BRP, you can be fined £1,000, so it is very important that you collect it as soon as you can.

Collection from the university

If you choose to collect your BRP card from the university, we will send it to the Student Centre on your specific campus.

To collect your BRP, you must have your passport, visa vignette, and also the decision letter issued by UKVI.

Collection from the Post Office

If you would like to collect your BRP from the Post Office, you can use their branch finder to locate the branch closest to your accommodation. Please note that only some Post Offices will offer this service.

The nearest Post Office to the Greenwich Maritime and Avery Hill campuses is the Lewisham Branch: 59 Riverdale Lewisham Centre, SE13 7EP.

The nearest Post Office to the Medway campus is the Chatham Branch: 17-19 Military Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4JG.

To collect your BRP, you must have your passport, visa vignette, and also the decision letter issued by UKVI.

Under 18s

If you are under the age of 18, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult when you collect your BRP. You cannot collect it yourself.

To do this at the Post Office, you must nominate someone you trust who can go with you. They will need to provide evidence of their identity. Please allow enough time for the nomination to be approved.

If you collect your BRP from the university, you do not need to nominate someone.

Dependants

If you are travelling to the UK with dependants, you will need to present their passport(s) and their decision letter(s) to collect their BRP(s). 

Further Information

For further information please see UKVI guidance on collecting your BRP.

The information on this page is correct at the time of writing. Whilst we try to make sure the information we provide is accurate, immigration policy changes frequently. You should therefore always refer to the official gov.uk website to ensure that you have up-to-date information: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration