Passport and visa checking

Information for international students about getting passports and visas checked.

Visas and registration

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we’ll need to check and scan your documents.

We’ll have a Passport Check and BRP Collection Point on Frenchay Campus for you to have your passport, visa and qualifications checked.

Please note: qualification checking is required for all PGCE courses and for Primary Education (ITE). If you’re studying on one of these courses, please bring your original qualifications and English Language qualification.

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Passport Check and BRP Collection Point

Our Passport Check and BRP Collection Point is located on Frenchay Campus.

  • We are monitoring BRP deliveries and all cards are being kept in a secure location.
  • BRP cards must be collected by appointment only.
  • We will send out instructions to your UWE Bristol email address of how to arrange an appointment.
  • You will be contacted via email when their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is ready to collect. Don’t worry if you don’t get an email straight away - it can take some time between getting your visa and UWE Bristol receiving your BRP.


  • If you are currently self-isolating, you must choose an appointment slot which is outside your 14 day isolation period
  • Guidance on how to self-isolate is available at the website.
  • View a list of self-isolation exempted countries (travel corridors).

What to bring

You'll need to bring the following:

View further information about Biometric Residence Permit collection.