Biometric Residence Permits (BRP)
Your BRP explained
Your BRP is an important document. It shows your permission to be in the UK, and when that permission expires. It also shows the type of permission you have, and other conditions such as whether you are allowed to study and work.
- You must either leave the UK or make a valid visa application before the expiry date on your BRP.
- Keep your BRP in a safe place. If you need proof of age or identity, use a Citizens Card instead. See below for more detail.
- Have you lost your BRP? Follow the steps below to report and replace it.
- If you collect your BRP from a post office, or you receive a replacement BRP at your UK address, please email PBSHelpline@uwe.ac.uk so that UWE Bristol can arrange to scan it for our records.
The front of your BPR shows:
- A photograph of your face
- Your unique BRP number
- Your name (if you have a family name, it should appear on the top line, with other names below)
- The date your leave expires under 'VALID UNTIL'. Apply for a new visa or leave the UK by this date
- The place and date the BRP was issued
- The type of leave, eg 'student visa'
- Conditions, including work restrictions. Y0GU9EHG2 is UWE Bristol’s licence number, showing you are allowed to study here. If you have Skilled Worker permission, your employer’s licence number will show
- Your signature.
The back of your BRP shows:
- Your date and place of birth
- Your sex and nationality
- A chip containing your biometric data
- Remarks, such as 'No public funds'. This means you cannot claim certain state benefits. If you have leave other than student visa, your National Insurance Number may appear here
- A machine readable zone, which includes much of the information shown elsewhere on your BRP.
Check the personal details on your BRP carefully. They must match those in your passport at all times. If any personal details change, you must notify the PBS Compliance Team at PBSHelpline@uwe.ac.uk, because the University has a duty to inform UK Visas & Immigration.
It is your responsibility to leave the UK or make a valid visa application before the expiry of your visa. It is likely you will not receive a further CAS from UWE Bristol should you overstay.
The expiry shown on your BRP is based on the end date which appeared on your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) if you have a student visa. Most students at UWE Bristol will have four months’ permission added to their end date. For example, if your end date is May 2022, your leave may expire in September 2022. However, if your course is less than 12 months long, only two months are added. So if you are attending only the final year of your programme at UWE Bristol – from September 2021 to May 2022, for instance – your permission will expire in July 2022.
If your course is more than 12 months long in total (ie from the original start date of your programme as shown on the CAS), you should receive four additional months, even if your most recent visa application was for less than 12 months (for example, to attend retakes).
If you are returning from a placement year, or moving on to the Masters part of an integrated Masters (eg from BEng to MEng), with a new visa, your new expiry date should reflect the additional four months.
Please contact the Visa Hub if you have any doubts or you believe an error has been made.
Your BRP shows whether you are allowed to work in the UK, and any restrictions such as the maximum number of hours per week. Please see our Working During Your Studies web page for more information. UWE Bristol Student visas allow up to 20 hours' work per week during term time. Contact us if you think your BRP is wrong.
Please be aware that UWE Bristol recommends you work no more than 16 hours per week in order not to jeopardise your academic progress.
If you are considering a work placement, please discuss your plans with the Visa Hub. You must notify the PBS Compliance Team at PBSHelpline@uwe.ac.uk and the Placements Team before going on a work placement.
The process for correcting errors will depend on whether you applied for your visa in the UK or in your home country, and on the type of error.
Correction of errors made on in-country applications usually requires ‘Administrative Review’, for which a fee of £80 is charged. The fee is refunded if the error is acknowledged.
Errors made on overseas applications can usually be corrected online, free of charge.
The Visa Hub will assist with either type of correction.
The requirement to register with the police is no longer shown on the BRP, but still applies to certain nationalities on long-term visas such as the student visa. It may appear on your vignette (the entry clearance stuck into your passport) or in the decision letter (usually 'UKVI 01') which accompanied your documents when your visa was granted. Please see our police registration page for details.
What you need to do if your BRP is stolen
You must report your BRP missing. Make sure you are certain it is lost before taking this step. Once reported missing, your BRP will be cancelled (and must be replaced if required) - even if you find it again. Replacing your BRP can be time consuming and expensive. Report your BRP missing on the Gov.uk website.
If you are in the UK
If your permission expires in less than three months, and you will not need to re-enter the UK during that time, you are not expected to replace your BRP. Otherwise, you must either make a new visa application or apply for a new BRP using the Gov.uk online form, within three months of losing it.
If you would like any assistance from an immigration adviser, we recommend you complete as much of the form as you can, up to - but not including - the declaration and payment, and then contact us.
If you are overseas
Apply for a single entry Replacement BRP Visa. This costs £154 and may take up to 15 working days to arrive unless you can access premium services. Please note that this is an entry clearance and not a replacement BRP. You must arrive in the UK within the validity period of your entry clearance.
- Complete the online form to apply. Please select 'BRP Vignette Transfer'.
You will be asked to provide your biometric data.
Once you are back in the UK, you must apply for a new BRP within one month of arrival by following the instructions on how to replace your permit above and paying the appropriate fee.
Returning to the UK without a BRP (if lost when overseas)
If you are a visa national, your airline or other carrier will prevent you embarking for the UK without your BRP.
While we advise against it, if you are a non visa national you can travel back to the UK without your BRP. There is a risk you will be either refused entry, or admitted in a category other than your student visa which could prevent you studying. However, if you have no alternative but to travel, please carry in your hand luggage:
- a copy of your BRP (UWE Bristol can provide this if you don't have one - email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- evidence of the loss of your BRP (preferably a police report, translated into English if necessary)
- a student status letter (downloadable from the Documents tab in myUWE).
Readmission is at the discretion of the Border Force officer you encounter at the port of entry.
The standard service costs £75.20. This includes the fee for enrolling your biometric data. Please be aware, however, that there may be an additional, variable fee payable depending on the date, time and location of your biometric appointment. Biometric enrolment is managed by a third party contractor, and neither UWE Bristol nor the Home Office can influence the speed, cost or convenience of the process. The earliest and cheapest appointments may not be in Bristol.
The standard service will aim to give you a decision within eight weeks of enrolling your biometric data. The earlier you get an appointment, the sooner you will receive your new BRP.
Leaving the UK before your new BRP arrives
While we advise against it, if you need to leave the UK urgently it is possible to do so without your BRP. You should consider carefully whether this is absolutely necessary, as your eligibility to return to the UK - particularly if you are a visa national - will depend on obtaining a new entry clearance.
If you have an entry clearance which is still valid for multiple entries, you can continue to use this until it expires. You may have to explain to a Border Force officer why you do not have your BRP yet.
We strongly recommend you use your BRP only to demonstrate your immigration status (for example when travelling, or when it is requested by an education provider, bank, landlord or employer). When you don't need it for this purpose, leave it at home, locked in a safe place. If you need to prove your identity or age (eg to rent a car, buy certain restricted items or get into a club) we suggest you use another form of ID, or obtain a Citizen Card.
To apply for a Citizen Card:
- get a form from any Information Point or download it (PDF).
- complete it and hand it in to an Information Point
There is no charge providing you apply through UWE Bristol.
Replacing a lost BRP is inconvenient and can be expensive. Keep it safe!