From February 2015 to July 2015 the way in which Tier 4 student visas are issued is changing. If you are applying for a visa which will last more than six months from 31st July 2015, your visa will be issued in two parts. You will first receive a 30day visa that will allow you to enter the UK. Once you are in the UK you will then be issued with Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which will cover your full duration of studies. 

For students who apply for their visa between now and the 31st July 2015, it will depend on which country you apply for your visa from as to whether you will be issued a visa under the new or old system.

We hope the following FAQs will explain the Biometric Residence Permit process in more detail. If you have any queries relating to this, please do get in touch with the relevant Admissions team. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a BRP?

A Biometric Residence Permit or BRP is a document issued by the Home Office to students (and their partners and children) as evidence of their immigration permission (also known as leave to enter or remain): this is your full study visa. It is the size of a credit card and will detail your visa information, including how long it is valid for and that you are in the UK as a student studying at Imperial College London. 

I’ve lost my BRP – what do I do?

For detailed information on what you need to do if your BRP is lost or stolen please visit our International Student Support HELP! pages. 

Will I get a BRP?

From 31st July 2015, if you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa which lasts more than six months your visa will be issued in two parts: you will be first issued with a 30day visa that allows you to enter the UK. Once you are in the UK you will need to collect your full visa, your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

If you have applied for your visa after 1st February 2015 but before 31st July, the country in which you have applied for your visa will determine whether you will be issued a BRP. Please see below for whether you will receive a BRP or not:

Applying for a visa between February 2015 and 29th May 2015

You will receive a BRP if you make your visa application from the following countries: Aremenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Gibralter, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Libya, Maldives, Matla, Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand or Vietnam.

Applying for a visa between 30th May 2015 and 30th July 2015

You will receive a BRP if you make your visa application from one of the above countries or one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Ascension Islands, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Guyana, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, St Helena, St Lucia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, USA or Yemen. 

Applying for a visa after 31st July 2015

All Tier 4 students who will be in the UK for six months or more will recieve a BRP. 

I would like to collect my BRP from Imperial College London – how do I do this?

We recommend all students choose to collect their BRP from Imperial College London. In order to do this, when you are completing your visa application form enter the code 2HE497 in the Alternative Collection Location field on the Biometric Residence Permit section of your application. For help on completing your visa application please visit our International Student Support pages.

I’ve asked to collect my BRP from Imperial College London – where do I need to get it from?

Your visa decision letter will state thatyou can collect your BRP from the International Student Support Office on Level 3 of the Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus. However, the International Student Support Office is a very small and busy office and we will not be able to handle large volumes of visitors. Therefore, throughout the start of term Imperial will be running a number of sessions where you will need to collect your BRP from. The start date of your course will determine where and when you need collect your BRP. You will be emailed full details of this but as a guide our BRP collection locations are detailed below. 

Course Start DateBRP Collection Location

Before 24 August 2015 

International Student Support Office, Level 3 Sherfield Building (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm only)

 24 August to 30 September 2015  

Student Hub, Level 3 Sherfield Building (for opening times please visit the Student Hub website). Please note BRPs can only be issued until 3.30pm each day. 

 3 September to 7 September 2015

 Imperial College Business School students only (BRPs will be distributed as part of induction activities)

 1 October to 9 October 2015   

Sherfield Building (more details on location and how to book a collection time slot will be sent to you once we have received your BRP)

12 October to 23 October 2015

 

Student Hub, Level 3 Sherfield Building (for opening times please visit the Student Hub website). Please note BRPs can only be issued until 3.30pm each day. 

 26 October 2015 onwards  

International Student Support Office, Level 3 Sherfield Building (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm only)

If you are based on the Silwood Campus, you will be emailed details of your BRP Collection time and location once you have registered
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I’ve asked to collect my BRP from a Post Office – where do I need to get it from?

If you have asked to collect your BRP from the Post Office, please see your visa decision letter for the address of the Post Office where you can collect your BRP and the date from which it will be available. Most Imperial students based on the South Kensington Campus who have selected Post Office collection will be asked to go to the Post Office on Kensington High Street, which is around a 20 minute walk from the College. The Post Office’s address is: 208-212 Kensington High Street, London, W8 7RG. You can check opening times on the Post Office's website 

When do I need to collect my BRP?

You will need to collect your BRP within 10 days of entering the UK. Failure to do this may result in your visa being cancelled. 

If you are collecting your BRP from Imperial College London you will receive an email when your BRP is ready for collection and what you need to do in order to collect it. If you are collecting your BRP from the Post Office, the letter you receive with your 30day visa should tell you when your BRP will be ready for collection from the Post Office. 

What will I need to bring with me to collect my BRP?

Whether you are collecting your BRP from Imperial or the Post Office you will need to bring your passport and your visa decision letter with you when you collect your BRP. Neither Imperial College nor Post Office staff will be able to issue you with your BRP unless you have your passport with you. The staff member issuing your BRP will also need to check your 30day visa has been stamped by the UK immigration official who checked your passport at the airport. Please ensure the UK immigration official has done this before leaving the airport. 

If you are under the age of 18 and are collecting your BRP from the Post Office, you will also need to be accompanied by a member of Imperial College London staff when you collect your BRP. To arrange someone to come and collect your BRP with you please contact the Admissions Office (admissions.enquiries@imperial.ac.uk). 

When will I need to show my BRP?

Your BRP is not a form of identification but you will need it, along with your passport, when you travel in and out of the UK. 

How do I collect my dependent's BRP?

If you are bringing dependents with you to the UK, you will need to collect their BRP as well as your own. In order to do this please bring your dependent's passport with you when you come to collect your own BRP.