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Lost or Stolen Visa Advice

Lost or stolen passport

If your passport is lost or stolen, you need to report this to the police to obtain a reference or crime number and then apply for a replacement passport or temporary travel document to enter the UK.  Contact your country's embassy, consulate, or high commission in the country where you are now for information on how to obtain a replacement passport. You can search for your nearest embassy here. You may need to wait some time before you are given your new passport.

Once you have received your new passport and returned to the UK, you need to show it to the Tier 4 Compliance Team in the Student Centre so the University’s records can be updated.

If your visa was a sticker in the passport you lost, please read the information below called ‘vignette (sticker) in passport


Lost or stolen visa in the UK

Vignette (sticker) in passport

(This should not be the one month entry clearance vignette used to enter the UK before collecting your BRP card).

After you have obtained a replacement passport, you will need to apply to replace your visa if it was in the form of a vignette (sticker) in your lost/stolen passport (pictured below).

Vignette Example


You can do this by completing form TOC (Transfer of Conditions). Your new visa will be issued on a Biometric Residence Permit, but will carry the same conditions and details as your previous visa. 

More information about applying for a Transfer of Conditions can be found on the UKVI website.

Please book an appointment with an International Student Adviser in the Student Centre if you require any support with this application.


Biometric Residence Permit

If your biometric residence permit (pictured below) has been lost/stolen whilst in the UK, you need to follow these steps:

  • Report the loss/theft to the local police.
  • Report the loss/theft of your BRP to UKVI using the online form which can be found here.
  • Apply for a replacement Biometric Residence Permit within 3 months of reporting the loss to the UKVI using application form BRP(RC)

More information about applying for a replacement Biometric Residence Permit can be found on the UKVI website. Click here for the BRP(RC) application form. 

BRP example

Lost or stolen visa outside of the UK

Vignette (sticker) in passport

If your Tier 4 visa was an entry clearance sticker in your passport, you must make a normal Tier 4 application in order to replace it. You must pay the full application fee, but you do not need a new CAS: you should use the details of your original CAS for the application.

If required, you may be asked for supporting documentation to establish that your circumstances have not changed. This can be in the form of a Student Status Letter which can be requested online from Nova or your most recent results letter.

This process can take a number of weeks and therefore you will need to make arrangements to either stay where you are and do this or fly back to your home country to make your application. You cannot return to the UK before you have the new visa.


Biometric Residence Permit

If your visa is a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, you must inform the UKVI as soon as possible by clicking here so that they can cancel your BRP.

You will then need to apply for a single entry visa that you can use once to re-enter the UK. You can do this by filling out the relevant application form found here. When asked for the visa type, select Other > Others > Replacement Biometric Residence Permit. An example is below:

Visa Application Screenshot 

This visa does not replace your BRP card and you will need to apply for a replacement BRP within 1 month of your return to the UK.

Further information can be found here.