Collecting your visa once you are inside the UK.
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Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Deliveries
As part of your student visa application, you would have entered a code known as the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code. This allows your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to be sent directly to Goldsmiths so the team can check your visa for errors and report any problems on your behalf to the Home Office.
When your visa is granted, you normally then receive a letter confirming when you can collect your BRP and the address for collection.
If you have selected Goldsmiths as your delivery location, at the bottom of the letter it should state that you can collect your visa from ‘Goldsmiths, University of London, Deptford Town Hall, London, SE14 6NW’.
It will also suggest the earliest date that your BRP will be delivered and that you have 10 days to collect it.
The date of delivery may be some time before the team can process it and email as our staff will not always be on campus. A short delay in hearing from the team after your BRP is delivered to the office is absolutely normal.
If you are collecting your visa from the office, you do not need to worry about this 10-day collection deadline, especially this year as you may have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival to the UK.
Collecting your BRP from Goldsmiths
In light of the current national lockdown measures that were announced on 4 January 2021, Goldsmiths has had to temporarily suspend all BRP collection appointments in line with the latest government restrictions. We will be re-assessing the situation on a weekly basis and will inform students and update this webpage once our BRP collection service is back in operation again.
The measures we are putting into place are intended to help Goldsmiths play its part in preventing the spread of the virus, protecting students, staff and our local community and shielding the NHS. Your BRP will be kept securely on campus until you are able to collect it from us.
If you need to open a bank account, you should still be able to do this online using a current student status letter which you can download from your My Goldsmiths account. If your bank still requires further confirmation of your status, please contact us and we will advise you accordingly.
Students who wish to travel outside of the UK should check travel advice directly with their embassy and also with their chosen airline. If you are travelling and require your BRP for your return to the UK please do let us know the details of your travel and we will get back to you with further information.
Collecting your BRP from another location
The post office should still be open during the current lockdown, however, it is vital that you consider any quarantine restrictions that may apply to you if you have just entered the UK. You must not attempt to collect your BRP if you are subject to any quarantine restrictions.
If you are unsure whether this applies to you, you can check GOV.UK which will confirm whether you need to self-isolate upon arrival to the UK. Please be aware that this website is being updated continually as the situation with Covid-19 is changing rapidly and so it is advised that you keep checking this website for changes.
If you are still unsure then please do not hesitate to contact the Immigration Advisory Service who will be able to guide you.
If you are collecting your visa from a post office, then you will need to let the team know as soon as possible by emailing immigration (@gold.ac.uk) as it could delay your enrolment.
You will not need an appointment in this case, but you can get in touch for advice about your situation.