Lost passports and visas

 

If your passport and/or biometric residency permit (BRP) is lost or stolen, the steps you will need to follow are different if you are inside or outside the UK.  Please see the information below which corresponds with your situation.  You can also write to visaoffice@law.ac.uk if you need assistance.

If you are outside the UK...
1.      Report your passport and/or BRP as lost or stolen to the nearest police station and ask for a police report.  You will need the report to apply for a new passport and/or replacement visa.  You must also report your BRP as lost or stolen to the Home Office by following the instructions on this webpage.
2.      If your passport was lost or stolen, contact your national embassy to apply for a new or temporary one to return to the UK.  Do not attempt to return to the UK without a passport, as you will be refused entry by UK Border Control.
3.      If your visa was lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement online and pay an application fee of £189. 

If your visa was a BRP, select the following options at the start of your application:

  • Reason for visit: Other
  • Visa type: Others
  • Visa sub type: Replacement Biometric Residency Permit

If your visa was a vignette (sticker) in your passport, select the following options at the start of your application:

  • Reason for visit: Other
  • Visa type: Others
  • Visa sub type: Vignette transfer

You must not make your application until you receive your new passport, as the vignette will be inserted into it.
 
4.      When you return to the UK, you will need to do the following:

  • If you applied for a replacement BRP, it was only temporary so that you could travel to the UK.  You must apply for a new BRP within one month of your return to the UK by completing this form.  The fee for a new BRP is £56.
  • If you were issued a new passport, you must notify UK Visas and Immigration by completing this form.
  • Bring your new passport and/or BRP to Student Services at your centre so that your student record can be updated.
  • If you were required to register with the Police when you first arrived in the UK, you must bring your new passport and/or BRP to your local police station with your police registration certificate.

If you are inside the UK…
1.      Report your passport and/or BRP as lost or stolen to the nearest police station and ask for a crime reference number.  You will need this number to apply for a new passport and/or replacement visa.  You must also report your BRP as lost or stolen to the Home Office by following the instructions on this webpage.
2.      If your passport was lost or stolen, contact your national embassy to apply for a new one.
3.      If your visa was lost or stolen, the steps are different depending on whether your visa was a BRP or a vignette (sticker).
 
If your visa was a BRP, you must apply for a replacement BRP within 3 months of the loss or theft.  Failure to do so can result in a fine or your immigration permission being cancelled.  You can apply by following the link in the email you received after reporting the loss or theft to the Home Office (see Step 1 above), or by completing the form on this page.  The fee for a new BRP is £56.
 
If your visa was a vignette (sticker) in your passport, you will need to apply for a transfer of conditions by completing the form on this page.  The fee for a transfer of conditions is £223.
 
4.      You must also do the following:

  • If you were issued a new passport, you must notify UK Visas and Immigration by completing this form.
  • Bring your new passport and/or BRP to Student Services at your centre so that your student record can be updated.
  • If you were required to register with the Police when you first arrived in the UK, you must bring your new passport and/or BRP to your local police station with your police registration certificate.