Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit

If you have a Student visa or a Short Term Study Visa and are attending a course for six months or longer, you’ll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) in Leeds.

Your BRP is the visa that covers the full duration of your course. There are two options for collecting your BRP, depending on the information you included in your immigration application.  

You are required to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, do not collect your BRP until after you have finished the self-isolation period. UKVI have confirmed that they expect you to collect your BRP as soon as reasonably possible after you finish self-isolation and that students will not be penalised for being unable to collect their BRP while coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are in place. This period is extended if the University is closed when your self-isolation ends. 

Collecting your BRP from the University

Step 1 

After you have arrived in the UK, complete your online identity check by uploading an image of your passport and your stamped vignette/visa. You can do this online during self-isolation.  

Step 2 

The University receives and checks your BRP. Once it is ready to collect, we will send an email to your University of Leeds email address with instructions on how to collect your BRP. You can collect your student card at the same time. You will not be sent this email until at least 10 days after your arrival in the UK. 

Step 3 

Follow the instructions in your ‘BRP - Ready to collect’ email and attend your booked appointment. Make sure to bring your passport when you collect the BRP as this will be needed for verification purposes. 

Collecting your BRP from a Post Office or Library

If, instead of the ACL code, you provided a postcode in Leeds in your immigration application then you will need to collect your BRP from a selected Post Office or Library in Leeds.

You should have received a decision letter from the Home Office, which states where you should collect your BRP from and the date it will be available.

You’ll need to collect your BRP before you can complete your online ID check and collect your student card. 

Please note that if you are under the age of 18 and you choose to collect your BRP from a Post Office or Library and you are travelling to the UK with an adult, please ensure that the adult completes a UKVI Nomination form in advance of their travel. This will then enable the adult to collect the BRP on your behalf. Please note that nomination is not required if you choose to collect your BRP from the University. If you are unable to have an adult collect on your behalf please email and we will be able to arrange collection for you. 


You may have received an email from UKVI ( email address) about a delay in production of your biometric card. If you have received this email from UKVI please send a screenshot of the email to from your student email address and include your student number in the email.  

Please also make sure you have completed the online identity check form and uploaded your Passport photo page and stamped vignette.  

We should be able to extend the deadline for completing your identity check if there is a delay in production of your BRP. After we have received and checked the above information we will send you an email to confirm and to book a student card collection appointment.