Collecting your visa card on arrival in the UK

  • Most students will receive a temporary visa that is valid for 30 days as a sticker in their passport. It will only allow you to enter the UK, you will then have to collect your visa for the full length of your course.

    The visa you will collect will be a Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) and is a separate card (sometimes referred to as a Biometric Immigration Document or BID). You need to collect your BRP within 10 days of arrival in the UK and normally you need this to enrol.

    If you are collecting your visa from Oxford Brookes you will need to have your passport with you. 

    January 2020 BRP Collection: Dates, Location and Time to be confirmed by the end of December.

    If you are not collecting your visa from Oxford Brookes, the Post Office you need to go to will be on a letter you will get from the UKVI and could be:


  • Check your visa end date

    If you have not been given the correct end date on your Tier 4 visa, we may be able to get this corrected for you, free of charge.

    • Courses 12 months or longer should get a visa that lasts until 4 months after the course end date.
    • Courses from 6 up to 12 months long should get a visa that lasts until 2 months after the course end date.
    • Courses less than 6 months long should get a visa that lasts until 7 days after the course end date - unless it is a pre-sessional course, in which case the visa should end one month after the course end date.

     If you think you may not have been given the correct time, please contact ISAT.