Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit
If you have a Tier 4 (General) 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) when you arrive in Leeds.
Your BRP is the visa that covers the full duration of your course. You should collect your BRP within ten days of your arrival in the UK. If it is not available when you arrive in the UK, then you should collect it within ten days of your BRP being ready for collection. At the moment, we appreciate that you may not always be able to collect your BRP within ten days if you are self-isolating for 14 days on arrival in the UK. UKVI have confirmed that you can collect your BRP as soon as reasonably possible and after any required self-isolation period has finished.
You will need your BRP to register with the police, if required.
There are two options for collecting your BRP, depending on the information you included in your immigration application:
Collecting your BRP from the University
If you provided the University of Leeds Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code in your immigration application, you’ll be able to collect your BRP from the University.
When your BRP is ready to collect, we’ll send you an email to explain what you need to do and where you need to go.
You will receive an email invitation to book an appointment to collect your Student Card and BRP at the same time. This invitation will be sent after the University has received and processed your BRP, and this has been checked against the information and documents you have provided through online registration and your online identity check. It can take around a week for your BRP to be processed after it reaches the University, so do not worry if you don’t receive an invitation straight away; please be patient.
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.
You can find information about how to collect your selected Post Office or Library:
Armley Post Office
The Markets Post Office