Lost/Stolen Passports or BRPs

Where your passport or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) has been lost or stolen, the procedures will differ depending on document type and whether they were lost/stolen inside the UK or overseas.

Lost/Stolen Passport Outside the UK

Where your passport has been lost/stolen outside the UK and contains your current UK visa you should:

1. Report it to the local police and obtain a police report.

2. Get a replacement passport from your country’s Embassy (in the country where your passport was lost/stolen).

3. Contact Student Administration Service to update your new passport details.

Contact Student Administration Service

4. Apply for a Vignette Transfer to get a replacement UK visa printed inside your new passport.

You must provide a student status certificate and the police report (translated to English) detailing the loss of your passport in your application.

When completing the application online, under ‘visa type’ select the following options:

  • Reason for visit: Other
  • Visa Type: Others
  • Visa Sub Type: Vignette Transfer

You may be required to return to your home country to make this application.
Where your replacement visa is issued inside a temporary/emergency travel document you should transfer your visa into your full replacement passport after you return to the UK.

Transfer Your Visa

Lost/Stolen Passport Inside the UK

Where your passport has been lost/stolen inside the UK and contains your current UK visa you should:

1. Report it to the local police and obtain a police report.

2. Apply for a replacement passport from your country’s Embassy.

3. Contact Student Administration Service to update your new passport details.

Contact Student Administration Service

4. Apply for a Transfer of Conditions (TOC) to transfer your current (lost) visa to a BRP.

Where your lost/stolen passport contains your 30 day entry clearance vignette and you have not collected your BRP you should:

1. Report it to the local police.

2. Apply for a replacement passport form your country’s Embassy.

3. Report it to the UKVI using their online form.

Report Lost/Stolen BRP to UKVI

4. The UKVI will then inform you on how to collect your BRP.

Lost/Stolen BRP Outside the UK

Where your Biometric Residence Permit has been lost/stolen outside the UK you should:

1. Report it to the local police and obtain a police report.

2. Report it to UKVI using their online form.

Report Lost/Stolen BRP to UKVI

3. Apply for a temporary replacement BRP visa.

Apply for a Replacement BRP

You must provide your passport and a police report (translated to English) detailing the loss of your BRP in your application.
When completing the application online, under ‘visa type’ select the following options:

  • Reason for Visit: Other
  • Visa Type: Others
  • Visa Sub Type: Replacement Biometric Residence Permit

You can use your temporary BRP only once to return to the UK. You must apply for a permanent replacement BRP within one month of arriving back in the UK.

Lost/Stolen BRP Inside the UK

Where your Biometric Residence Permit has been lost/stolen inside the UK you should:

1. Report it to the local police.

2. Report it to UKVI using their online form.

Report Lost/Stolen BRP to UKVI

3. Apply for a replacement BRP online.

Apply for a Replacement BRP

You must apply for a replacement BRP within three months of reporting it to the UKVI.

See Also:

Find a Visa Application Centre

Contact International Student Support