International studentsCheck your BRP

You have been directed to this page as you have been issued a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Your biometric residence permit (BRP) is an ID card issued by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).  Your BRP is your UK visa.  It contains your biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints).  Your BRP will also show your immigration category and confirms the conditions of your visa, for example, your working conditions.

You must carry your BRP when you travel outside of the UK.  If you travel without your BRP, you will not be permitted to re-enter the UK and will have to apply for a BRP replacement visa from your home country to return to the UK.

Checking your BRP

While uncommon, there can be errors made by UKVI when issuing your visa. This guide is intended to inform and guide you through the process of getting the error corrected as soon as possible to prevent future issues.  You should check the details of your BRP thoroughly and report any errors as soon as you notice them.

One of the most common errors on BRPs is the length of leave you have been granted to undertake your studies in the UK.  You should carefully read your visa decision email as soon as you receive it.  You must check that you have been given the correct amount of leave for your studies and for the wrap-up period noted in the table below:

Type of Course

Period granted before course start date

Period granted after course end date

A course of 12 months or longer

1 Month

4 Months

A course of 6 months or longer but shorter than 12 months for example, PGDE, PG Diploma courses

1 Month

2 Months

A pre-sessional course of less than 6 months

1 Month

1 Month

A course of less than 6 months in length which is not a pre-sessional course

7 Days

7 Days

When you receive your passport containing your single-entry Entry Clearance vignette (sticker) you should also check the following information:

Valid from date

Do not attempt to travel to the UK before this date; you will not be permitted to enter


This must match your passport exactly

Date of birth

This must match your passport exactly

University of Strathclyde Sponsor Licence Number must be noted on the vignette


Working conditions

Work limit 20hrs p/w term time (unless pre-sessional where it will be 10hr p/w term time

If you find any of the errors noted above, it is vital that you have them corrected before you travel to the UK.

Have you noticed an error in your visa decision email/letter or vignette?  Contact your Visa Application Centre immediately and tell them exactly what you believe the error is. 

You must do this before you travel to the UK.

If you discover an error on your BRP after collection, please report it immediately.  You have 10 days to notify UKVI of any errors.

To report an error, use the "Report a Problem" button available on the UK Government website.

If you fail to report any errors within 10 days, you may have to apply and pay for a replacement BRP.

If you applied for your visa from inside of the UK and find an error in the length or conditions of you visa, you must ask for an administrative review.  You must apply within 14 days of receiving your BRP.

If you have an eVisa and you notice an error in your immigration permission, please contact the International Student Support Team from your University of Strathclyde email account.

In your email you should include the following information so we can report your error to UKVI:

  • your full name as stated on your passport
  • your date of birth
  • your Unique Application Number (UAN) - starting with 3434-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX
  • your CAS number
  • brief description of the error(s) on your eVisa

This is a temporary measure whilst the longer-term process for all eVisa customers is finalised.

We've identified a recent rise in errors on dependant visas.  To ensure a smooth correction process, please take note:

  • Individual error reporting:  Even if you applied for your visas as a family unit, each dependant must report their own visa error following the instructions above.
  • Reporting instructions:  Refer to the previous sections for reporting procedures.  These will differ depending on whether you're currently inside or outside the UK.

You do not need to tell UKVI if your BRP expires on 31 December 2024.  As long as your visa decision email/letter shows the correct length of visa permission granted you do not need to take any action.

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 throughout 2024.  You do not need to do anything and your immigration status will not be affected.

Take a copy of your BRP and keep it safe at all times