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Biometric Residence Permit

Find out more about how to collect your Biometric Residence Permit, what information is included on your BRP, and what to do if you lose it.

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Temporary visa

Once your application has been processed and approved you will receive a temporary visa sticker (vignette) in your passport. 

Please check that the details on this visa are correct. You will need to pay attention to the following:

  • The end and start dates of your visa
  • Your working rights
  • The UCL licence number - X3W1RGWT9
  • your name and details

If there are any errors it is advisable to have these amended before entering the UK.


Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

The temporary visa in your passport is valid for 30 days only from the date you wish to enter the UK. Once you enter the UK you will be required to collect your full visa, called a Biometric Residence Permit (identity card) within 10 days of arrival. You can find more information about this on the UKVI website.

Biometric Residence Permits will be distributed by UCL and will be available to pick up from the date you enter the UK.

UCL will not allow you to start your studies unless you have collected your BRP and are able to show it at enrolment. It is therefore advisable that you allow enough time before your enrolment date to enter the UK and pick up your BRP. 

In order to collect your BRP from UCL, you will need to enter an Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code as part of your visa application. The ACL code for UCL is 2HE484. You should enter this code into the Alternative Location field in the BRP Collection Page on Visa4UK

Ensure the address is as follows in your application:
University College London
c/o Immigration Compliance Team
Student & Registry Services
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

You will be sent an email with your pick-up location when your BRP is ready for collection.

If your family members have also used the ACL code in their visa applications, please email the UCL Visa Compliance team for further details about BRP collection.


Information on your BRP

When you collect your BRP you should check to make sure the information is correct:

BRP Information

Lost or stolen BRP or passport

If your passport and/or BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card is lost or stolen, follow the steps below according to your situation, and contact internationalsupport@ucl.ac.uk if you have any issues.

The steps you have to take depend on whether your passport and/or BRP is lost/stolen in the UK or while you are travelling abroad.

What should I do if my passport and/or BRP is lost or stolen while I am travelling outside of the UK?

Step 1

Report your passport and/or BRP as lost or stolen to the local police and obtain a police report. You may need this to apply for a new passport and you will need it to apply for a replacement visa. If you no longer have your BRP, you must report it as lost/stolen to the Home Office immediately using their online form.

Step 2

If you no longer have your passport, contact your national embassy to obtain a temporary passport to return to the UK. Embassies have different processes to enable you to travel so contact your embassy to find out what you need to do.

You must not try to travel with a photocopy of your passport and/or BRP. The Border Force officers will not permit you entry to the UK without an original passport and/or BRP.

Step 3

If you have a visa vignette (sticker) in your passport, you will need to apply for a replacement visa/BRP. What you need to do depends on whether your visa was a vignette (sticker) in your passport or a BRP.

BRP Card

Your card will be cancelled and you will need to apply online* for a replacement BRP visa, which you can use for a single re-entry to the UK. The fee for a replacement BRP visa is £154.

Select the following options when applying:

  • Reason for visit: Other
  • Visa type: Others
  • Visa sub type: Replacement Biometric Residence Permit

You will then need to apply for a replacement BRP within one month of your return to the UK. The fee for a replacement BRP is £56.

*You must submit a paper application form in Cuba and North Korea.

Sticker in pasport (vignette)

When you have obtained your replacement passport, you will need to complete the Tier 4 visa application online and apply again for permission to return to the UK, in the same way that you applied for your original visa. The fee for a replacement visa vignette is £154. 

Select the following options when applying:

  • Reason for visit: Other
  • Visa type: Others
  • Visa sub type: Vignette transfer

Unless requested to do so by UKVI, you should not have to provide a new CAS or evidence of funds, qualifications etc. However, you should show that you are a student at UCL by submitting your Statement of Student Status.

Step 4 

Visit the Student Centre when you return to UCL with your new passport and/or BRP so they can update your record.

If applicable, you must also update UK Visas & Immigration with your new passport details by filling in a Migrant Change of Circumstances form.

If you are also required to register with the police, you must take your new passport and/or BRP to the police to update your Police Registration Certificate.


What should I do if my passport and/or BRP is lost or stolen in the UK?

Step 1 

If your passport and/or BRP is stolen, you should report this to the local police and obtain a crime reference number. You will need this number to apply for a replacement passport and/or BRP. 

If your passport and/or BRP is lost, you should register the loss on ReportMyLoss. You will need this report to apply for a replacement passport and/or BRP. 

Step 2

If you no longer have your BRP, you must report it as lost/stolen to the Home Office immediately using their online form.

Step 3

If you no longer have your passport, contact your national embassy to apply for a new passport. You can find details of all embassies in the UK on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.

Please note: If you have a visa vignette (sticker) in your passport, you will need to apply for a replacement visa/BRP. What you need to do depends on whether your visa was a vignette (sticker) in your passport or a BRP:

BRP Card

If you have more than three months' leave remaining, you will need to apply for a replacement BRP. You must apply for your replacement BRP within three months of the loss/theft. To apply, you should follow the link in the email response sent to you by the Home Office when you reported the loss/theft to them online. If you do not have this link, you can complete this form. The fee for a replacement BRP is £56 (or £666 for an application in person).

You must apply for a replacement if you have more than three months' leave remaining, even if you intend to leave the UK soon. Failure to do so may result in a fine, curtailed leave or implications for future UK visa applications.

If you have less than three months' leave remaining, you should either apply for further immigration permission (if you're eligible to do so) or exit the UK before your leave expires.

Sticker in pasport (vignette)

You will need to apply for transfer of conditions using this online form. The fee for transfer of conditions is £168 (or £758 for an application in person). 

You will be sent a BRP to replace your old vignette.

If you have less than eight weeks' leave remaining, you should either apply for further immigration permission (if you're eligible to do so) or exit the UK before your leave expires.

Step 4

Visit the Student Centre when you have your new passport and/or BRP so they can update your record.

If applicable, you must also update UK Visas & Immigration with your new passport details by filling in a Migrant Change of Circumstances form.

If you are also required to register with the police, you must take your new passport and/or BRP to the police to update your Police Registration Certificate.