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.

Queen’s University will be operating a different BRP distribution process this year for all students who have selected QUB as their Alternative Collection Location (ACL). Please refer to your visa decision letter if you are unsure of your BRP collection location.

Please do not visit Queen’s University to collect your BRP as we will not have it. We will arrange for your BRP to be delivered directly to you after your arrival in the UK.

After your arrival in the UK, we will carry out checks with you remotely to verify you are in the UK, and entered the UK within the validity of your entry clearance vignette.

Following successful checks, we will ask you to complete a brief form to provide us with your details including your UK address for delivery of your BRP. The Home Office will send us a fortnightly list of BRPs that are ready for dispatch. As soon as your BRP is ready for delivery, we will provide them with your details including your email and UK address. The Home Office will then deliver your BRP directly to you in the UK.

Please be aware that the Home Office will share your email and address details with TNT/Fedex to deliver your BRP.  You will be required to consent to this when completing your delivery information on the form. You will then receive an email notification regarding your BRP delivery from TNT/Fedex where you will be able to track your BRP and if necessary change the delivery date.

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


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

Queen’s University will be operating a different BRP distribution process this year for all students who have selected QUB as their Alternative Collection Location (ACL). Please refer to your visa decision letter if you are unsure of your BRP collection location.

Please do not visit Queen’s University to collect your BRP as we will not have it. We will arrange for your BRP to be delivered directly to you after your arrival in the UK.

After your arrival in the UK, we will carry out checks with you remotely to verify you are in the UK, and entered the UK within the validity of your entry clearance vignette.

Following successful checks, we will ask you to complete a brief form to provide us with your details including your UK address for delivery of your BRP. The Home Office will send us a fortnightly list of BRPs that are ready for dispatch. As soon as your BRP is ready for delivery, we will provide them with your details including your email and UK address. The Home Office will then deliver your BRP directly to you in the UK.

Please be aware that the Home Office will share your email and address details with TNT/Fedex to deliver your BRP.  You will be required to consent to this when completing your delivery information on the form.  You will then receive an email notification regarding your BRP delivery from TNT/Fedex where you will be able to track your BRP and if necessary change the delivery date.

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

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.


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 us 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 us 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 us a clear copy of the front and back of it to isscompliance@qub.ac.uk.


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.

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.

Online Information Sessions

International Student Support

Immigration Document Check & BRP Distribution Process Information Session

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Immigration Document Check & BRP Distribution Process
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Visas & Immigration

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International Student Support

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