Those who have applied for a Skilled Worker visa for six months or more and have a vignette in their passport allowing them to arrive to the UK, must collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days after arriving, or before their vignette expires, whichever is sooner. The Home Office letter which confirmed their application had been granted will list when and from with Post Office 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 any work starts
Skilled Worker visa holders will need to present either
- their vignette and BRP or
- their digital immigration status if EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland nationals
Vignette and BRP
Skilled Worker visa holders will need to present their vignette and BRP to their employing department/ faculty/ college to evidence their right to work in the UK before they can commence work.
If a visa holder visits their employing department/ faculty/ college to complete a right to work check but has not yet collected their BRP, they will need to collect and return with their BRP so that both their vignette and BRP can be checked.
If BRP collection is delayed they may be able to start work after a right to work check on their vignette but must then collect and present their BRP before their vignette expires to complete the check and fully establish their right to work in the UK.
The Home Office requires evidence of the date a Skilled Worker 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 Skilled Worker 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 employing department/ faculty/ college when the right to work check is being completed.
Digital Immigration Status
Visa holders who only have a digital immigration status, and do not receive a vignette and BRP, will need to provide a 'share code' to enable access to their visa the information online. Detailed guidance is provided in our Online Right to Work check process.
Those who are required to register with the police must do so within 7 days after arriving in the UK. If police registration is required this will have been stated in the Home Office letter which confirmed their application had been granted. More information is provided in our guidance on Police registration.
Attending visa holder briefing session
The Staff Immigration team will send an invitation to attend a Visa holder briefing session via email to new employees who are Skilled Worker or Tier 5 visa holders.