Those who have applied for a Tier 5 visa for six months or more must collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days after arriving in the UK, or before their vignette expires, whichever is sooner. The Home Office letter which confirmed their application had been granted will list when and where they will need to collect their BRP.
Occasionally a BRP is not ready for collection on the stated date and the visa holder will need to return a day or two later to collect the BRP. If a BRP is still not available for collection the visa holder can report this to the Home Office to receive further instruction but should also inform their employing department/ faculty/ college and the Staff Immigration Team (SIT).
BRPs should be carefully checked when they are picked up as any errors in details or dates will need to be corrected. If there are errors on a BRP the visa holder should inform their employing department/ faculty/ college and SIT.
More detail on these issues is found in Home Office guidance on Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs).
Evidence Right to Work before visit starts
Tier 5 visa holders will need to provide a share code to their employing department/ faculty/ college to evidence their right to work in the UK before they can commence work, and an online check will need to be carried out.
If BRP collection is delayed and a share code cannot be obtained, the visa holder may be able to start after a right to work check on their vignette but must provide a share code before their vignette expires to complete the check and fully establish their right to work in the UK.
EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland nationals who used the 'UK Immigration: ID Check' app will not receive a vignette or BRP, instead their digital immigration status can be checked via the Home Office online Right to Work check process
The Home Office requires evidence of the date a Tier 5 visa holder enters the UK to be kept as part of their record-keeping requirements. Usually, the vignette will be date stamped upon arrival. In the absence of an entry stamp – for example, if the Tier 5 visa holder entered through Ireland or another part of the Common Travel Area, or through an 'eGate' – other evidence, such as the boarding card or travel itinerary will need to be presented to the host department/ faculty/ college when the right to work check is being completed.