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Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Collecting your BRP card on arrival in Newcastle

When you apply for your visa outside of the UK, for a programme longer than 6 months, you will be issued with a 30-day vignette (or 90 days until the end of 2020) in your passport to allow you to enter the UK. You will then need to collect your BRP card from a local Post Office in Newcastle.

You should collect your BRP card within 10 days of your arrival in the UK, if possible. If you have to quarantine, you will not be penalised for collecting your card at a later date.

Newcastle University does not currently provide an Alternative Collection Location (ACL).

The three participating Post Offices in Newcastle are:

You need to take with you:

  • your visa decision letter, given to you when you were granted your visa
  • your passport

Students aged under 18

If you’re under the age of 18 you will need to have a member of staff from the University or INTO Newcastle assist you with your BRP card collection.

Please look out for an email from the University asking you to provide:

  • your date of arrival
  • details of your visa decision letter
  • your passport number

If you do not receive an email requesting this information about 4 weeks before the start of your programme, please contact the Visa Support Team.

BRP card collection for dependants

As the main applicant (or student) you should accompany dependants collecting their BRP cards from the Post Office.

If you have dependants under the age of 18, you will have to nominate yourself as the responsible adult to collect their BRP cards, even if you are the child’s parent.

Check your BRP card

You should check your card immediately and report any errors to the Visa Support Team as soon as possible.

It should show:

  • your full name
  • visa expiry and issue date
  • type of visa
  • Newcastle University’s sponsor licence number: CKTK52NU0
  • working conditions

Duration of your visa

Your Tier 4 or Student Route visa will normally last for the duration of your programme, plus some additional weeks or months at the end.

Make sure that the length of your visa is correct:

  • programmes of 12 months or more: duration of programme + 4 months
  • students applying under the Tier 4 Pilot scheme: duration of programme + 6 months
  • programmes of 6-12 months: duration of programme + 2 months
  • pre-sessional programmes: duration of programme + 1 month
  • programmes of less than 6 months: duration of programme + 1 week

Your BRP card is your visa, showing your permission to stay in the UK and the conditions under which you can stay. Keep it in a safe place.

If you lose your BRP card or passport, follow our advice on replacing lost and stolen immigration documents.