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Biometric Residence Permit collection

If you're entering the UK on a visa you'll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit within ten days of arrival. You'll need this card before you enrol on your course and, if required, to register with the police.

What is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?

A BRP is a card (the size of a bank card) that contains your personal information; details of your unique physical characteristics that can be used to identify you (fingerprints, photograph etc.) and your immigration status and any conditions of your stay.

When must I collect my BRP?

You must collect your BRP within ten days of arriving in the UK. If you fail to do this within the ten days this could result in your visa being cancelled or a penalty being charged. You'll also need to collect it before your enrolment date, as you  must have this to enrol at Kingston University. Please note: For students starting September 2020, the BRP will be held for 90 days as opposed to the usual 10 days. As enrolment will be online, you will need to upload this once it has been collected to OSIS.

Where must I collect my BRP?

If you applied for your visa from overseas, your BRP will be available for collection at the post office.

At the end of your Student Visa application, you will be asked to enter a postcode of a post office where you can collect your BRP in the UK. Please enter KT1 1TP – this is the Kingston upon Thames Post Office, Unit L7 Bentalls Shopping Centre, Dolphin Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1TP.

If you wish to collect your BRP at another post office, you must enter the postcode of that post office. The post office it has been sent to will be confirmed in your 'decision letter' that you'll receive before you leave for the UK.

Do not enter the University postcode as Kingston University is not an Alternative Collection Location for BRPs and this will delay the delivery of your BRP.

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