Biometric Residence Permit

What is a Biometric Residence Permit?

As part of your visa process you will be issued a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). This is a secure card that is proof of your right to be in the UK as a student for more than 6 months

Your BRP will contain personal and biometric information. This includes: 

  • Name, date and place of birth 
  • Fingerprints and a photo of your face 
  • Immigration status and any conditions of your stay 
  • Any access to public funds 

Do I need a BRP?

You need a BRP if you have applied for permission to come to the UK for more than 6 months. 

How can I apply for a BRP?

You do not have to apply separately for a BRP. It is part of your visa process. 

Will I receive my BRP before I arrive in the UK?

No. Before you arrive in the UK you will receive a decision letter, which will show that you need a BRP and this will be collected. Keep this decision letter safely in your hand luggage when you travel to the UK. You may be asked to show this letter with your passport and visa when you arrive at the airport. You will collect your BRP after you arrive in the UK.

Where can I collect my BRP in the UK? 

Your collection location will depend on the information you provide in your visa application. Your decision letter will confirm the location you have chosen to collect your BRP.

We recommend you collect your BRP from Coventry University – especially for all students under the age of 18. 

Alternatively, you can collect your BRP from a local post office. 

You must collect your BRP within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. You must bring all of your original documents with you required to enrol.

i. Collecting from Coventry University 

To collect your BRP from the university, you must enter our unique code into the ‘Alternative Location’ field on the BRP collection page. 

Coventry University unique code: 2HE 452

ii. Collecting from a local post office 

Your decision letter will confirm which post office you have to collect your BRP from. Use our map to view the post offices in the Coventry city centre area. 

What if I arrive before enrolment starts?

If you arrive before enrolment starts you can still collect your BRP. Just contact the  International Student Compliance Team ( and we can then book you an appointment to collect your card.

Please note, if you are unable to collect your BRP card because you are self-isolating or in quarantine after travelling, please contact us at the above email address to let us know.

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