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) 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. However, if you're required to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, or for other Coronavirus (COVID-19) reasons, don't collect your BRP until 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.

You will need your BRP or UKVI letter 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

Guide to collecting your BRP at Armley Post Office (PDF) and map of location

Headingley Library

Guide to collecting your BRP at Headingley Library (PDF) and map of location

The Markets Post Office

Guide to collecting your BRP at The Markets Post Office (PDF) and map of location