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BRP cards and Right to Study checks

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Collection and Right to Study

BRP Collection

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Collection and eVisas

When you apply for your visa outside of the UK, for a programme longer than 6 months, you will either be issued with a 90-day vignette in your passport to allow you to enter the UK, or you may be given an e Visa which you can access through the UKVI View and Prove your immigration status web pages.

If you are issued with a 90-day vignette, you will also be issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, which you should collect on your arrival in the UK.

You should collect your BRP card as soon as you can on your arrival in Newcastle. 

Right to Study

Proving your Right to Study

To complete your registration on your programme and collect your SMART card, the University will need to check that your immigration permission permits you to study in the UK. You will also have to provide any new immigration documents you receive, if you extend your UK immigration permission or obtain a new passport while you are registered at Newcastle University.

If you are collecting your BRP card from the University, your right to study will be checked at your appointment to collect your BRP card. You do not need to make additional arrangements to have your right to study checked.

Right to study check

A right to study check is the process where the university checks you immigration documents to determine if you have the correct permission to study in the UK.

This process involves:

  • Taking a copy of your current passport
  • Checking and taking a copy your visa or BRP card
  • Checking the date entered the UK

Your right to study check

If you:

  • have collected a BRP card from the Post Office or had a BRP card delivered to your home; or
  • have an entry clearance vignette in your passport covering the whole of your programme; or
  • have entered the UK through an e Gate without a visa, or an immigration stamp; or
  • have any other evidence of your immigration permission,

You do not need to make an appointment to have your right to study checked, but please refer to the procedure for BRP collection if you are collecting your biometric residence permit card from the University.

You should bring the following documents to your right to study check:

  • Your passport (in all cases)
  • Your BRP card (if you have one), or other cards showing your immigration permission.
  • Your boarding pass or ticket, if you entered the UK through an e Gate, or your passport was not stamped on your arrival at the UK border.

You can complete your right to study check on Level 2, King’s Gate at the following times:

Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Electronic or ‘e’ Visas – UK Immigration ID check

eVisas are issued when applicants use the UK Immigration ID check to make a visa application. Some students making a visa application in the UK will only receive an eVisa, while some students will receive an eVisa and a BRP card.

You can view your eVisa online.

eVisa and a BRP card

If you receive a BRP card and an e Visa, please bring your BRP card to a right to study check, as above.

eVisa only

If you have entered the UK an eVisa, you should send a copy of your passport, your share code and your boarding pass or ticket to compliance@ncl.ac.uk. Please give your full name and student number in the e-mail.

If you have been issued with a eVisa following a visa application in the UK, you should send your share code to compliance@ncl.ac.uk

Other evidence of immigration permission for study

If you have other documents which prove your right to study, for example, evidence of a recent visa application, please send it to compliance@ncl.ac.uk

It is very important that you provide documents which prove your right to study. If you fail to do so, your registration is at risk. If you have any queries about what you should provide for your right to study check, please e-mail compliance@ncl.ac.uk

If you have any queries or concerns about your immigration status, please contact the Visa Support Team at visa@ncl.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Check your visa

It is important that you check your BRP card or your eVisa, and follow the recommended steps to correct any mistakes

You should check your BRP card or your eVisa 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 Student Route visa will normally last for the duration of your programme, plus some additional weeks or months at the end.

You must make sure that the length of your visa is correct:

  • programmes of 12 months or more: duration of programme + 4 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.

Correcting mistakes

If there is a mistake on your visa, please follow the steps below to get the visa corrected.