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.
You can arrange for your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to be delivered to a nominated Post Office branch in the UK. You can find your nearest Post Office branch by using the online Post Office branch finder tool: www.postoffice.co.uk/ BRP Collection
To find your closest branch please use the following postcodes:
Please note that the University of Sunderland no longer accept the delivery of BRP cards to the University’s address.
Do not collect your BRP if you’re self-isolating because of COVID-19. The Post Office will keep your BRP for 60 days. Collect it when you finish self-isolating.
What you’ll need
You must normally collect your BRP before the vignette sticker in your travel document expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK, whichever is later.
Bring your passport or travel document with your vignette sticker to the Post Office when you collect your BRP. You’ll get your vignette sticker when your visa application is approved.
For further guidance regarding the collection of your BRP card please visit:
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.
Your BRP card is your visa document, this is proof of your valid permission to study in the UK. When you receive your BRP card, you must assess the details printed on the card to they are correct. It is recommended you have a copy of the CAS Certificate you used for your current visa application available to you when you assess both sides of 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.
Please read the information below taken from the UKVI website:
If your BRP expires on 31 December 2024
You do not need to tell UKVI if your BRP expires on 31 December 2024 but your immigration status (for example, your visa) allows you to stay longer.
You will not need a BRP from 1 January 2025. You’ll be able to prove your immigration status online, without a BRP.
UKVI will update their information on how to prove your immigration status in early 2024. You do not need to do anything and your immigration status will not be affected.
The University of Sunderland is aware of this BRP process development. Your visa decision letter should confirm your official visa permission expiry date so it is important you keep this letter safe. This will be your official evidence confirming your Student Route visa permission expiry date.
No action can be taken towards changing your BRP card at this time, and your current visa permission will be protected and maintained. The University of Sunderland will update this information following UKVI announcements.