If you lose or your passport and / or Tier 4 visa is stolen the first thing you must do is report this to the Police. Regardless of where you are (UK or abroad) you should be issued with a police report or at the least a crime reference number. You will need this when you report the loss to UKVI to replace your missing documents.
If your passport is lost or stolen in the UK or abroad you will need to apply for your Embassy or Consulate for a replacement passport or travel document. Once you have obtained this, if you also have to replace a missing Tier 4 visa, then the procedure that you would need to follow depends on whether you are inside the UK or abroad, and the format that was used when your visa was issued.
Visa issued inside the passport
If your lost / stolen visa was issued as a sticker (vignette) on to a page in your passport and this passport is now missing you will have to make anew Tier 4 visa application. You will need to submit the full visa application fee to the British Embassy in the country where you lost / stolen the visa.
Please see the website to apply for this: apply for a UK visa
Please be aware that whilst applying for a replacement visa you would not need to submit any financial documentation, and should use your old CAS number that you used to apply for the visa that is missing. If you need a copy of your old CAS number please email the UKVI Compliance and Visas Advisor on email@example.com . You will have to provide details of the police report along with your visa application. Once your replacement visa has been issued into your new passport you can then make arrangements to come to the UK.
Alternatively, you can if you wish return back to your home country and apply for the passport / visa from there. If you are looking to stay in the country that you lost your supporting documents please ensure that you have enough funds to support yourself whilst you are waiting for the Embassy to reply.
If you were travelling on overseas on a Schengen visa, you must ensure that your lost passport / visa does not lead you to staying in the country after your Schengen visa has expired. In cases, as such it might be an idea to return back to your home country before applying to come back to the UK.
If lost whilst in the UK
Once you have obtained your new passport you will need to submit a Transfer of Conditions (TOC) application to the Home Office at a cost of £161. Please contact the UKVI Compliance and Visas Advisor for assistance on completing your TOC application form and guidance on the supporting documents required.
Lost your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP)
If lost abroad
If your lost visa was a visa that was in the form of a Biometric Resident Permit issued in the UK you will first need to report the loss to the Police and then to UKVI. You will then need to apply for a Single Entry visa in order to get in the UK and apply for a Replacement BRP card.
Again you can come and see the UKVI Compliance and Visas Advisor for assistance on completing the BRP Replacement form and gathering the supporting documentation.
If you are overseas on a Schengen visa, you must ensure that your lost passport / visa does not lead to you staying in that country after your Schengen visa expires. If this happens it may be an idea to return back to your home country before applying to the UK.
Reporting the loss
If you BRP card is lost or stolen abroad you must first contact the local police, report to them the circumstances under which the BRP card has gone missing. You must ensure to obtain a police report. This is essential as you will need this to make a replacement BRP application. You must also report this loss to the Home Office by going onto the following link: Biometric residence permits (BRPs): Report a lost or stolen BRP - GOV.UK
Once you have reported this you will be advised to complete the Replacement BRP application form.
Replacement BRP to enter the UK
The Replacement BRP visa is only valid for a month. This means that you have one month within which you can travel back to the UK. This does not replace your lost visa. The cost of this application is £154 (or local equivalent currency). You can use the Gov.uk website to apply.
In your application for the Replacement BRP visa you should choose the following options when creating your online application form:
- Reason for Visit – other
- Visa type: - other
- Visa sub type: Replacement Biometric Resident permit
When completing your online application form you will have the opportunity towards the end of the form to provide any additional information on the circumstances under which your BRP was lost or stolen and details of the police /crime report.
Replacing the BRP card
Once you have got the replacement visa in your passport allowing you to return to the UK you will need to come and see the UKVI Compliance and Visas Advisor. You will then be advised to apply to the Home Office for a replacement BRP visa card at the cost of £56 using the Form BRP (RC). It is good practice to apply for the replacement BRP as soon as you are back in the UK.
Failure to apply for your BRP card within one month of returning to the UK can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
If lost in the UK
If your BRP visa card is lost or stolen on the UK you must first contact the local police, report to them the circumstances under which the card has gone missing, and obtain a police report or crime reference number. You must then report the loss to the police.
Once you have reported the loss of your BRP visa card you will need to apply to the Home Office for a replacement at a cost of £56 using Form BRP (RC). You should apply as soon as possible so that you do not forget to do this. Failure to apply for your new BRP card within 3 months deadline after card loss can lead up to £1,000.
If you require assistance please feel free to email the UKVI Compliance and Visas Advisor on studentvisas@stmarys’ac.uk.