Lost Passports and Visas

The visa in your passport or your BRP visa card is your evidence of your right to be in the UK. We strongly advise that your BRP & passport are kept in a safe place at all times and are not used as evidence for proof of age, or carried with you on a daily basis, to avoid them being lost or stolen. 

If you lose your passport you must:

  1. Talk to the Visa Advice Team in the International Office.
  2. Report the loss to the police. They will no longer provide a crime reference number for lost passports, but you will be able to declare that you have done this.
  3. Obtain a new passport. To do this you will need to begin by contacting your embassy in the UK to find out the conditions you must fulfil in order to obtain the passport.
  4. If your visa is in your passport, obtain a replacement visa. This new visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit. In order to obtain this you will need to start by applying to the UKVI. Go to: www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/replace form
  5. Bring your replacement passport to the International Office so that your records can be updated.
  6. If your current visa was in your passport you will need to apply for a replacement. Speak to the Visa Advice team in the International Office or email them at visaadvice@beds.ac.uk for further information.

If you lose your BRP you must: 

  1. Talk to the Visa Advice Team in the International Office.
  2. Report the loss/theft to the police. They will no longer provide a crime reference number for lost BRPs, but you will be able to declare that you have done this.
  3. Report the loss/theft to the Home Office by going to: www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/lost-stolen-damaged
  4. Apply for a replacement BRP by going to: www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/replace form   

    You will need to apply within three months if it was lost/stolen. The Home Office advise that it takes eight weeks for an application to be processed. This is a straightforward application form but if you have any questions about the application, you can email us or come to see Visa Advice in the International Office.
  5. Bring your new BRP to the International Office so that your records can be updated. 

If your immigration permission was about to expire (within 4 weeks of you losing your passport or ID card), you don't need to apply on the BRP (RC) form, and you can make a new application to extend your stay in the UK.

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