Lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Card

This information is only applicable to University of Bristol students. 

If you are in the UK

  1. Report your lost or stolen BRP to the UKVI immediately. 
  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 the UKVI replacement BRP application form instructions.
  4. Complete the replacement BRP application form and collect a 'student status' letter from your faculty office.
  5. Come to a drop-in session to see the International Student Visa Advice and Compliance Team who can send your replacement BRP application form for you.

If you are outside the UK

  1. Report your lost or stolen BRP to the UKVI immediately.
  2. Report it to the police and obtain a police report/crime reference number.
  3. Follow the UKVI replace your BRP outside the UK instructions prior to returning 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 replace your BRP outside the UK instructions
  5. Complete the replacement BRP application form and collect a ‘student status’ letter from your faculty office.
  6. Come to a drop-in session to see the International Student Visa Advice and Compliance team who will send your replacement BRP application form for you.
  7. If you are outside the UK it is very important that you contact your faculty so that they are aware of your absence 

If you send your own application form, your new BRP card must be checked and scanned by the International Student Visa Advice and Compliance Team as soon as you receive it. 

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

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