Collecting your biometric residence permit

Find out where to pick up your biometric residence permit and which office at Sussex needs to see it after you arrive.

Getting your BRP

Your biometric residence permit (BRP) is a card issued by the Home Office which shows your immigration permission. It holds biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints). 

If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa from outside the UK, collect your BRP from the Sussex campus. Enter the Alternative Collection Location code from your CAS statement when making your visa application. Do this for any dependants who are applying with you.

Depending on which is the later date, you either collect your BRP:

  • within 10 days of arriving in the UK 
  • before the 30-day vignette in your passport expires.

Where to collect it from depends on your type of study.

If you’re:

If you already have your BRP

If your BRP was delivered to your home address in the UK, or you picked it up from a post office, we need to scan a copy of it for our records.

Take it to:

  • the Student Systems & Records Office Office, if you are an undergraduate or Masters student
  • the Research Student Administration Office, if you are a PhD student.

Important: If you’re arriving late and you have a Tier 4 visa, we’re obliged to tell UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Take your BRP to the Student Systems & Records Office Office as soon as possible.

Checking your BRP

Make sure all the details on your BRP are correct, including your:

  • name, nationality and date of birth
  • visa expiry date
  • university sponsor number
  • working conditions
  • police registration condition – if this applies to you.

If something isn’t right, find out about correcting errors on your BRP.

You need to correct any errors within 10 days of collecting your BRP.

Your BRP and other forms of Sussex ID

Your BRP is different from your student ID card, which you also need to collect as a new student.

You’ll need to have completed all elements of the Sussex registration process, and show your BRP and passport, to get it.

You can also get an NUS card from the Students’ Union, which gives you deals and discounts, but it’s not an official form of identification.

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