Receiving your visa and collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
This section provides information on receiving your visa and the requirement to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) when you arrive in the UK.
When you have been granted permission to work in the UK, you will receive a visa stamp in your passport which will allow you to travel to and enter the UK. This stamp is valid for 30 days. If your visa has been issued for more than 6 months, you will be issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which you’ll collect once you are in the UK.
You must collect your BRP from a designated post office within 10 days of arriving in the UK. The letter you receive from UKVI will tell you which Post Office to collect it from. It is important to collect this as you may be fined if you do not. You also need to collect it before starting work so that a complete right to work check can be carried out by the University. However, if you cannot collect your BRP immediately, you will be able to start work based on the stamp in your passport and work until its expiry date.
Arriving at a UK airport
When you arrive at a UK airport you may see ePassport gates. It is not recommended you use these if you are arriving in the UK on your visa for the first time. Your visa needs to be stamped by a UK Border Officer. This stamp activates your visa.
If you are travelling to the UK via the Republic of Ireland you may find there is no UK Border Force Officer to check and stamp your visa. In these circumstances, please keep evidence of your date of travel (for example your ticket/boarding card) as you may need to prove the date of your arrival later.
Keeping in contact
If there are any issues with securing your visa or you are not going to be able to start work on your agreed start date, please keep in touch with your School/College/Professional Services contact.