This article explains what to do if your visa/BRP card or passport has been lost or stolen. We strongly advise you to ensure that you keep your passport/visa secure and to make photocopies of your important documents. In the UK, it is not necessary for you to carry your passport at all times.

 

Lost/ stolen in the UK

Passport lost/stolen in the UK

  • Report it as soon as possible to your nearest police station. You will be issued with a Crime Reference Number or a Police Report.
  • Contact your national Embassy in London to apply for a replacement passport.

If your VISA was a vignette (sticker) in your passport – once you have received your replacement passport from your Embassy, you should inform the International Student Advisers. You will then need to apply to replace your visa. You will need to complete a Transfer of Conditions (TOC) form.

BRP card lost/stolen in the UK

  • Report it as soon as possible to your nearest police station. You will be issued with a Crime Reference Number or a Police Report.
  • Report the theft/loss to the Home Office.
  • Apply for a replacement BRP card.

If you want to be sure that you have done it correctly, take your application form to the International Student Advisers who can check and send your application form for you.

Nearest police station
The nearest police station to the University is located at the following address: Hampshire Constabulary, Winston Churchill Ave, Portsmouth, PO1 2DG. For further information about your local police station please visit the Hampshire Police website.

 

Lost/ stolen outside the UK

Passport lost/stolen outside of the UK

  • Report it as soon as possible to the police in the country that you are in.
  • Contact your Embassy in the country you are in to apply for a replacement passport or temporary travel document.

If your visa was a vignette (sticker) in your passport

This depends on the type of visa you have. Please see the International Student Advisers based in the Global Office, Nuffield Centre and additional information on UKCISA.

 

BRP Card lost/ stolen outside the UK

If your BRP card has been lost/stolen outside the UK do the following as soon as possible:

  • Report it as soon as possible to your nearest police station. You should be issued with a Crime Reference Number or a Police Report.
  • Report the loss/theft to the Home Office here.
  • Apply for a single use visa that you can use once to re-enter the UK. Using the online form here, you must select the following options:
    • Reason for visit: Other
    • Visa types: Others
    • Visa sub-type: Replacement Biometric Residence Permit 

 

When you return to the UK – BRP card replacement 

You must apply for a replacement BRP card. You must do this before your vignette (visa sticker) expires. You can apply for the replacement BRP card here.

If you want to be sure that you have done it correctly, take your application form to the International Student Advisers who can check and send your application form for you.

The International Student Advisers can check and send your application form for you.

 

Further Information

You may also wish to contact your travel insurance provider if you need to change your flight or if you need to stay extra nights before you return home. Please also contact your Embassy to see how they can help you.


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