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 BRP to the police and obtain a police report/crime reference number.
  2. Request and collect a student status letter (which should state your UK term-time address) from your Faculty office. This will serve as a proof of address and you will need it to apply for your replacement BRP card.
  3. Within 3 months of reporting your lost BRP, you must apply for a replacement BRP card online. Once you have your student status letter, please complete the replacement BRP card application form online following this comprehensive step-by-step guide - Applying for a Replacement BRP card guide (PDF, 141kB).
  4. Currently a replacement BRP card application costs £75.20 (this is standard service where decision is issued within 8 weeks from the date of your biometric appointment). If you wish to apply with a Super Priority Service, the costs are considerably higher.

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. 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, and request a student status letter (which should state your UK term-time address). As you are overseas, please ask your Faculty to send the letter to you electronically via email. You will need this letter to support your replacement BRP visa application.
  4. Follow the UKVI instructions to apply for a replacement BRP visa outside the UK in order to obtain a replacement BRP visa to return to the UK. The application fee is £154 and this visa will only be valid for a 30-day period and will allow you to enter the UK only once.
  5. When you are back in the UK, you must apply for a replacement BRP card within one month. Please do so by following this comprehensive step-by-step guide - Applying for a Replacement BRP card guide (PDF, 141kB).
  6. If you used a 'Replacement BRP Visa' visa to travel back to the UK, you will need to bring your passport to our visa drop-in so that we can take a copy of your one month vignette and update your record. Once you get your new BRP card, please come and see us again so we can check your BRP and update your record again.
  7. Currently a replacement BRP card application costs £75.20 (this is standard service where decision is issued within 8 weeks from the date of your biometric appointment). If you wish to apply with a Super Priority Service, the costs are considerably higher.

When asked for your postal address, please enter the Student Visa Services address. This way, when your new BRP is delivered to us, we can check that it is correct and update your student record. The address is: c/o S Sherwin / K Videnskaya, Student Visa Services, University of Bristol, 5 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1UD.

If you do not use our office address and your documents are sent back to you, your new BRP card must be checked and scanned by Student Visa Services as soon as you receive it. Please 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

  • Passport (if your original BRP was issued more than 2 years ago)
  • Document proving your UK term-time address, e.g. student status letter containing your address (can be requested from your Faculty Office)
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