What happens if you lose your passport or visa?

Every year, many Bangor University students lose their passport or visa. It can take a long time to get a replacement so you should keep your documents safe.  In the UK, it is not a legal requirement to carry ID with you, so you should leave your documents somewhere secure.

 

Lost passport - in UK

If you lose your passport in the UK, you should contact your Embassy or Consulate for a replacement.  You will also need to get a loss or theft report from the Police. This will be required for your visa replacement application.

To find your Embassy, see the ‘London Diplomatic List’ on the GOV.UK webpages.

If your 'Entry Clearance' visa was in your lost passport and you do not have a BRP (ID card visa), you will need to transfer your visa to a BRP.  You can transfer your visa to a BRP by applying for a ‘transfer of conditions’ (TOC).  Use the guidance and the ‘TOC’ form to apply.  It will cost £223 to apply by post (fee correct on 01/08/16) and £723 in person, using Premium Service. Postal applications can take around 8 weeks to process.

For more information, see the GOV.UK webpages.

 

Lost passport - outside UK

If you lose your passport outside the UK but not in your home country, then you should contact your Embassy in that country.  The Embassy might issue you with a new passport OR they might give you a temporary travel document. You might need to travel to your home country to apply for a new passport.

If you lose your passport in your home country, you should contact your local passport office.  

If your 'Entry Clearance' visa was in your lost passport, you must apply online to transfer your visa to a new passport.  (Except if you are in Cuba or North Korea).  It will cost £189.  (fee correct 01/08/16).  When choosing 'Visa Type' choose the following options:  'Other', 'Others' and 'Vignette Transfer'.

For more information, see the GOV.UK webpages.

 

Lost BRP (visa card) - in UK

- Report the loss/theft to the Home Office as soon as possible.  You can report your BRP lost/stolen here. UKVI will then cancel your visa card and you will not be able to use it even if you subsequently find it.
- Apply for a replacement BRP: Read the guidance on applying for a replacement BRP and apply using form BRP(RC). A replacement BRP costs £56 (fee correct on 08/12/16).  You will need to do biometrics again and pay the biometrics fee. Please note that a Standard Service application is likely to take around 8 weeks, but could take longer. If you need to travel soon, it is possible to apply at a premium service centre, which costs £556 (fee correct on 08/12/16).


Note: You must apply within 3 months of losing your BRP.  You may be fined up to £1000 and have your permission to stay in the UK cancelled if you do not apply in time. If you have lost your BRP, but need to travel outside the UK fairly soon, please get in touch with us to discuss your options. You may not be able to leave the UK without your BRP if you are a national of certain countries and are flying via a EU airport. Further details about this restriction can be found on this webpage under 'Do I need a visa to transit through a EU airport?'.

For more information, see the GOV.UK webpages.

 

Lost BRP (visa card) - outside UK

1) Report the loss/theft to the local police and get a loss or theft report. This will be required for your visa replacement application.

2) Report the loss/theft to the Home Office as soon as possible.  You can report your BRP lost/stolen here. UKVI will then cancel your visa card and you will not be able to use it even if you subsequently find it.

3) You can’t apply for a new BRP until you’re back in the UK. Instead, you must apply for a ‘replacement BRP visa’ which you can use once to re-enter the UK.  A replacement BRP visa costs £189.  (fee correct 01/08/16).

You must apply online for a replacement BRP visa in most countries (except Cuba or North Korea). When choosing 'Visa Type' choose the following options:  'Other', 'Others' and 'Replacement Biometric Residence Permit'. It can take 1-3 weeks to get a ‘replacement BRP visa’.

4) When you return to the UK, you need to apply for a new BRP.  Read the guidance on applying for a replacement BRP and apply using form BRP(RC).  A replacement BRP costs £56.  You will need to do biometrics again and pay the biometrics fee. Please note that a Standard Service application is likely to take around 8 weeks. If you need to travel soon, it is possible to apply at a premium service centre, which costs £556. Note: You must apply within 1 month of returning to the UK. You may be fined up to £1000 and have your permission to stay in the UK cancelled if you do not apply in time.

For more information, see the GOV.UK webpages.

Leaving the UK soon?

If your permission to  stay in the UK is due to expire in four weeks or less, you should not apply for a replacement Biometric Residence Permit. If you are in that situation and want to remain in the UK for a further period, you must apply for permission to remain here on the application form specified for the type of application you  wish to make. If the application is one where you must also apply for a Biometric Residence Permit, you will be issued with a new one with a new expiry date if your application is successful.

UKCISA have a useful webpage about lost documents.