Lost passport

This information is only applicable to University of Bristol students.

If you are in the UK

  1. Report it to the police and get a police report/ crime reference number. 
  2. Apply for a new passport at your embassy. You can find details of your embassy in the UK on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office list.

If your passport contained your visa

  1. Report it to the police and get a police report/ crime reference number. 
  2. Apply for a new passport at your embassy. You can find details of your embassy in the UK on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office list.
  3. If your visa was in the form of a sticker in your passport, you need to apply to transfer your old visa to a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card:
    • You must fill out the UKVI Transfer of Conditions (TOC) form and provide your biometric information.
    • Postal applications cost £223 and can take several months to be processed.
    • If you apply in person (premium), you can get your passport back on the same day and your BRP card posted to you within around 10 days. Premium applications will be charged an additional fee.

If your visa was due to expire (within 4 weeks of you losing your passport) you don't need to apply for a UKVI Transfer of Conditions (TOC), instead you can make a new application to extend your stay in the UK. 

If you are outside the UK

  1. Report your passport as lost or stolen to the local police and get a police report.
  2. Contact your embassy to obtain a temporary passport to return to the UK. Embassies have different processes to enable you to travel so contact your embassy to find out what you need to do.

If your passport contained your visa

  1. Report your passport as lost or stolen to the local police and get a police report.
  2. Contact your embassy to obtain a temporary passport to return to the UK. Embassies have different processes to enable you to travel so contact your embassy to find out what you need to do.
  3. If your visa was in the form of a sticker in your passport you will need to apply for permission to return to the UK.
    • You will need to complete a Tier 4 application form again and apply for permission to return to the UK in the same way that you applied for a visa to come to the UK.
    • You will have to pay the full application fee but you do not need a new CAS and you will not need to show financial documentation unless it is specifically requested.
    • You will need your police report and evidence that you are still a Bristol student. Ideally this will be an original letter from Bristol.
    • You can read UKVI transfer your visa to a new passport guidance.
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