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BRP Information

Important Update

Please note that we do not have the capacity to respond to all of the BRP email enquiries that we are receiving. If your email is relating to the collection of your BRP card, please be assured that we will be in touch when we are in a position to issue this directly to you.

It is possible that you have received an email from the TNT Courier service confirming delivery of your BRP card to Queen’s University Belfast. This is just for your information. Once your BRP card has been received and processed by the ISS Compliance Team we will email you and invite you to book an appointment to come in and collect your BRP card.

Please note: we are currently receiving hundreds of BRP cards daily and it will take at least 7 days to process your card and send you an invitation to book an appointment.

What is a BRP?

BRP Information
What is a BRP?

A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is proof of the holder’s right to stay, work or study in the UK.

It can also be used as a form of identification e.g. to open a bank account in the UK.

What does a BRP look like?

An example BRP is shown below. It is credit card sized:
BRP Front

1. Holder's Digital Image
2. Holder’s Name
3. Visa Expiry Date
4. Place and Date of Issue of Visa
5. Type of Permit
6. Conditions of Stay & Sponsor Licence Number
7. BRP Number
8. Holder’s Signature

BRP Back

 9.  Biometric Chip
10. Holder’s gender
11. Holder’s date and place of birth
12. Holder’s Nationality
13. Further Conditions of Stay and may include Holder’s National Insurance Number
14. Machine readable zone (MRZ) – this allows information printed on the card to be read by machine

Who gets a BRP?

You will get a BRP if you:

You do not have to apply separately for a BRP. You will automatically get one if your visa or immigration application is approved, or you’re replacing an older document.

What options are available to me for BRP collection?

Queen's University, Belfast

To collect your BRP from Queen’s University, during your online visa application form please choose the ‘Alternative location’ option and enter the code 2HE572. Your dependants can also use this code in their application. We would highly recommend you choose Queen’s University Belfast as collection point if you are aged under 18.

Our Immigration Compliance Team will contact you by email once your BRP has been delivered to the International Support Office and advise you on how to book an appointment so you can collect your BRP. Collection of BRP cards is by appointment only so please do not come to the office without an appointment.

Please be aware that there is a significant delay on the Home Office site in production of BRP CARDs so your patience is appreciated, we will contact you to arrange collection as soon as your card has been received. You will not be penalised for not collecting your card within 10 days from the date of your arrival as it is out of your control.

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

Please refer to your UKVI decision letter if you are unsure of your BRP collection location.

Please note we are unable to connect a Dependant BRP to the Main Applicant BRP. This means we will not be able to contact you about your dependants. When you book an appointment, please enter your dependants’ details in the relevant section of the booking form.

You must attend the appointment in person and arrive on time and you must bring your original passport and your UKVI decision letter.

Post Office 

Alternatively, you can collect your BRP from the Post Office in Belfast on arrival.

To collect your BRP at the Bridge Street, Belfast City Post Office, select ‘Sponsor Address Postcode’ on the online visa application form and enter BT7 1NN. You will be provided options and you can select Bridge Street, Belfast City Post Office.

If you want to choose another Post Office location in the UK, you can enter your residential address and postcode.

Bridge Street, Belfast City Post Office Details:

Address: 12-16 Bridge Street, Belfast City, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 1LT.

For further details including opening hours, accessibility details and map please see the Post Office website.

Alternatively, you can contact Bridge Street Post office on 0345 611 2970.

How do I get my BRP?

Entry Clearance BRPs

Queen's University Belfast

Our Immigration Compliance Team will contact you by email once your BRP has been delivered to the International Support Office and advise you on how to book an appointment so you can collect your BRP. Collection of BRP cards is by appointment only so please do not come to the office without an appointment.

Please be aware that there is a significant delay on the Home Office site in production of BRP CARDs so your patience is appreciated, we will contact you to arrange collection as soon as your card has been received. You will not be penalised for not collecting your card within 10 days from the date of your arrival as it is out of your control.

Before you book your appointment, please complete your Immigration Documents Check (it is a part of your registration online) and upload all necessary documents. Please click on the below button for more information on what documents should be uploaded. This includes but is not limited to copy of your passport, UKVI decision letter, vignette with an entry stamp confirming the date of your arrival in the UK, and a boarding pass. If there is any documents missing from this check, our Immigration Compliance Team will contact you directly.

Documents Required for Immigration Document Check

COVID-19 Self-Isolation
During the current pandemic you may be required to self-isolate upon arriving in the UK. You must complete your self-isolation period before collecting your BRP from either the Post Office or Queen’s University. You will not be penalised for not collecting your BRP if self-isolation is the cause for your delay.

Please see the current UK government travel restrictions for information on who is required to self-isolate.

Post Office Collection

If you selected to collect your BRP from the Post Office, you must complete any required quarantine period first and subsequently visit the selected Post Office to collect your BRP.

Please refer to your visa decision letter for details of the Post Office you selected.

We understand you may be anxious about receiving a fine due to collecting your BRP late. Please do not worry, we have been assured that any student quarantining will not be adversely affected regarding the date they collect their BRP.

Queen's University Staff BRPs

Staff and academic visitors will need to collect their BRP at the Post Office.

If you did not select the Post Office option during your visa application, and instead you entered the QUB Alternative Collection Location code – please contact us at isscompliance@qub.ac.uk for assistance.


Leave to Remain BRPs

If you applied for your visa in the UK, our International Student Support team will likely have assisted you in making your Leave to Remain visa application and requested that you indicate for your BRP to be delivered to your UK address.

As soon as you receive your BRP, please email a clear copy of the front and back of it to isscompliance@qub.ac.uk.

Replacement BRPs

All replacement BRPs should be delivered to the BRP holder at their UK address.

If you lose your BRP while you are travelling inside the UK or outside the UK the following information should help you identify the next steps that you need to take.

As soon as you receive your BRP, please email a clear copy of the front and back of it to isscompliance@qub.ac.uk.

Error Corrected BRPs

All error corrected BRPs should be delivered to the BRP holder at their UK address.

Please contact us if you have found your BRP to have an error and we will report assist you by reporting it on your behalf. We will request the corrected BRP be delivered to you directly at your UK address.

As soon as you receive your BRP, please email a clear copy of the front and back of it to isscompliance@qub.ac.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Flying Directly to Dublin

Some students may choose to travel to Belfast via Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. Please note that you will need to ensure that you have valid immigration permission to travel to the Republic of Ireland. You will need to retain evidence of the date you entered Northern Ireland where possible and we will need to retain a copy of this for our records. You can find further information on immigration permission for the Republic of Ireland here - http://inis.gov.ie/. Unfortunately we are unable to provide advice on applying for visas for the Republic of Ireland. Further information is also available here - https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Visas-and-Immigration/Arriving-via-Ireland.

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