A vignette is a sticker placed in your passport following a successful entry clearance application. It contains basic details about you and the permission you have been granted. A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a document in the shape of a card issued by the Home Office to students (and their partners and children) as evidence of their immigration permission (also known as leave to enter or remain). The BRP card includes a microchip which contains two of your fingerprints and a digital photograph. As part of the process of applying for leave (outside, or inside, the UK) you have to give your fingerprints and have your photograph taken (these are known as your "biometrics"). For more details on the process for giving your biometrics, please see our information on applying for Tier 4 immigration permission from outside the UK and inside the UK.
If you make a successful immigration application, you will be issued with one of the following documents: a vignette for full length of leave; or a 30-day vignette; or a biometric residence permit (BRP). The following information outlines the steps to take if you are in possession of one of these documents and it is lost, stolen, or damaged, and/or it contains errors, and/or you receive a new passport while you are in possession of the document. See Report change of circumstances about what to do if you have a change of circumstances while in possession of one of these documents.