If you applied from outside the UK, your passport will be endorsed with a 30-day travel vignette and you will be provided with a letter confirming permission has been granted. The 30-day travel visas should be valid from the intended travel date, as stated on your visa application form. You must travel to the UK within the 30-day validity of the travel visas or it will expire, and you will need to apply for a replacement visa.
Your “full visa” will be issued in the form of Biometric Residence Permits (BRP’s) and will be available for collection once you arrive in the UK. Once in the UK, you must collect your BRP’s within 10 days of arrival, from the Post Office branch detailed in the decision letter.
If your visa is for a period of 6 months or less, your “full visa” will be issued as a stamp in your passport and you will not need to collect a BRP upon arrival to the UK.
If your application is approved from inside the UK, the Home Office will issue your BRP card for the duration of your Certificate of Sponsorship and send this to you directly upon approving your application.