If you are applying to study at the University of Sunderland for 6 months or more, you will be issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
Your BRP is the same size as a bank card and is issued by the UKVI. This is evidence that you have valid leave in the UK.
Your BRP card is your visa, this is proof of your valid leave in the UK. Your BRP card should state the following details:
If you made your visa application from within the UK, you should have stated a corresponding address on your application form. This is where your BRP card will be delivered.
If you made your visa application from outside the UK, you will be issued a vignette in your passport that will allow you to enter the UK once. When you have arrived in the UK, you must collect your BRP card within 10 days. Please check your decision letter as this will tell you where to collect your BRP card from. This may be a named Post Office branch or the University.
Under the age of 18?
You must be over the age of 18 to collect a BRP card. If you need to collect your BRP card from a Post Office, please contact International Student Support. An adviser will need to travel to the Post Office with you to collect your BRP card.
When you receive your BRP card, please check this carefully as mistakes can happen. If you believe that there is an error on your BRP card, please speak to an International Student Support Advisor as soon as possible. Errors must be reported within 10 days of receiving your BRP card.
If there is an error on your BRP card, we may need to post this back to the UKVI for correction. During this time, you should not make any travel arrangements until you have received your corrected BRP card back from the UKVI.
If you believe that there is a mistake regarding the length of leave stated on your BRP Card, International Student Support will assess this against your course dates. If your leave is incorrect, we will report this to the UKVI and update you once we have received a response.
If your BRP card is valid for 3 months or more and your card is lost or stolen this must be reported.
If you lose your BRP card from within the UK, you must:
If you lose your BRP card outside the UK, you must:
You can book an appointment with an International Student Support Adviser to check your application form before you submit. You should not make travel arrangements whilst your BRP card application form is pending.