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Travelling Without A Brp? (When Alreading Having Another Visa)

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#1 MrBurnley


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Hey All,

Apologies if this has been asked before, but I did a search and couldn't find any circumstances that exactly matched this one.

So, my girlfriend came to the UK on a "Prospective Student" visa, which grants her leave to remain for 6 months. She has since finalised her position at a University and applied for a full Tier 4 Visa. She has received her passport back and the letter confirming her acceptance, and of course the BRP was supposed to be sent within 10 days. This has not happened.

About 3 months ago we booked Eurostar tickets for the 15th of December, not imagining that this would ever take this long. My question is, will my girlfriend still be able to travel if she has not received her BRP? I know that in normal cases this wouldn't be the case, however she technically already has a Visa. The "Prospective Student" Visa which she arrived on states she has leave to remain, and this doesn't expire until the end of January. It seems as though she should be able to travel and return on this visa, however, I am a bit worried that her prospective student Visa will have been nulified upon acceptance onto the tier 4 Visa. If this has happened then she won't be able to travel until the BRP arrives, which would be a pain.

A follow up question regards how they get the BRP to her. Do they use Royal Mail Special Delivery, as with the documents and acceptance letter? And if so do they need a signiture from her? Or will a house mates signiture suffice? I ask just out of interest, as obviously if we are out of the country then she won't be there to sign for it.

My thanks for any help you can provide.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

They use Secure Mail Service.

When were her docs returned?

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