Lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Card

This information is only applicable to University of Bristol students. 

If you are in the UK

  1. Have a good look for your BRP. If you cannot find it, then report your lost or stolen BRP to UKVI immediately. Please note that the card will be cancelled as soon as you do this; even if you find it later, you will not be able to use it and will be required to apply for a replacement
  2. Report it to the police and obtain a police report/crime reference number
  3. Within 3 months of reporting this, you must apply for a replacement BRP card. Follow UKVI replacement BRP application form instructions
  4. Complete the replacement BRP application form and collect a student status letter (which should state your UK term-time address) from your Faculty office
  5. Come to a drop-in session with the documents listed in the checklist so that a Student Visa Adviser can check and send your replacement BRP card application for you

If you are outside the UK

  1. Report your lost or stolen BRP to UKVI immediately
  2. Report it to the local police and obtain a police report/crime reference number
  3. Follow the UKVI instructions to replace your BRP outside the UK in order to obtain a replacement visa to return to the UK
  4. When you are back in the UK, you must apply for a replacement BRP card within one month. Follow the UKVI instructions to apply for a replacement BRP 
  5. Complete the replacement BRP application form and collect a student status letter (which should state your UK term-time address) from your Faculty office
  6. Come to a drop-in session with the documents listed in the checklist so that a Student Visa Adviser can check and send your replacement BRP card application for you
  7. If you are outside the UK it is very important that you contact your Faculty office to make them aware of the situation and of your absence

If you send your own replacement BRP card application, your new BRP card must be checked and scanned by Student Visa Services as soon as you receive it. Come to a drop-in session with your card

It can take several months for a replacement BRP to be issued. It is very important that you do not let your visa expire while you wait for the UKVI to send you a new BRP. If you need more time in the UK to complete your studies, then you should submit a Tier 4 application before your visa expires and include a letter explaining why you are unable to send your BRP card.

Read the UKVI Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) information

Document checklist for BRP (RC) application

  • BRP (RC) paper application form, printed out and filled in
  • Print out of email confirmation of cancelled BRP card (following report to UKVI)
  • Police report
  • Passport (if required)
  • Police registration certificate (all details on it must be up to date)
  • Student status letter (stating UK term-time address)
  • 2 new UK passport photos (must be less than 1 month old)
  • Original UKVI decision letter
  • Postal order payable to 'Home Office' for £56 (can be purchased from a Post Office)
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