Most University of South Wales students arriving for a new course should be able to collect their visa cards (referred to by UK Visas and Immigration as a BID or a BRP) from the University’s Immigration & International Student Advice team (IISA).
However, if you did not use the University code and are collecting from a post office, you will need to check on your UKVI decision letter to see where that is. You should also print out and complete this form to take with you as it will make the process quicker and easier and take it with you when you go to collect.
IISA are situated in the International Zone at H027 on the Treforest campus. This is located at number 8 on the Treforest campus map
You are normally able to collect your BRP card during standard IISA drop-in from one month before the start of your course- dependant on your arrival date. During the International Welcome Programme you will also be able to collect your BRP at other times during that week and these sessions are outlined on the IWP Guide which, when available, you can download from the link above.
You will need to collect your BRP before you can complete your academic enrolment.
In order to be able to collect your card, you will need to bring the following items with you:
- Your UKVI decision letter
- Your passport containing your visa vignette (sticker)
- Your CAS statement
If you have dependants’, they will also be able to collect their cards from IISA and you should bring all their passports also. (Adult dependant’s must sign for their own BID/BRP card)
Please note that you will need to collect your BRP before you can complete your University enrolment. The last date of enrolment for September 2017 entry is Monday 2nd October, failure to collect your BRP by this date could result in the University returning it to the UKVI and your visa being curtailed. Please note that PHD/MPhil Research students fall outside this enrolment period requirement.
Further information about enrolment can be found on the University’s International Students’ Enrolment Information page
Checking your card and rectifying mistakes
It is very important that you check your card carefully to make sure that there are no mistakes This should include:
- Your name
- Date of Birth
- Sponsor licence number (found on your CAS)
- Length of your visa
- Permissable working hours
- Police registration status (This may appear on your vignette and/or your grant letter)
If you believe a mistake has been made please contact the IISA team immediately so they can check this for you. If a mistake has been made they will be able to support you through getting this changed. Dependent on the mistake made, they may be able to get this mistake changed immediately for free or to support you through a Administrative Review.
Do not wait to highlight mistakes as this might affect your future immigration situation.
Please note also that even though your vignette is technically a multiple entry visa, the UK Council for International Student Affairs recommend that you should not attempt to travel outside of the UK until you have collected your BRP.
If you have any queries about this please email the IISA team