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Lost or stolen passport and/or BRP

If your passport and/or BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) card is lost or stolen, follow the steps below according to your situation, and contact internationalsupport@ucl.ac.uk if you have any issues.

The steps you have to take depend on whether your passport and/or BRP is lost/stolen in the UK or while you are travelling abroad.


What should I do if my passport and/or BRP is lost or stolen while I am travelling outside of the UK?

Step 1 Report your passport and/or BRP as lost or stolen to the local police and obtain a police report. You may need this to apply for a new passport and you will need it to apply for a replacement visa. If you no longer have your BRP, you must report it as lost/stolen to the Home Office immediately using their online form.

Step 2 If you no longer have your passport, contact your national 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.

You must not try to travel with a photocopy of your passport and/or BRP. The Border Force officers will not permit you entry to the UK without an original passport and/or BRP.

Step 3 If you are a visa-bearing student, you will need to apply for permission to return to the UK. What you need to do depends on whether your visa was a sticker (vignette) in your passport or a BRP:

BRP card
Sticker in passport (vignette)

Step 4  Visit the Student Centre when you return to UCL with your new passport and/or BRP so they can update your record.

If applicable, you must also update UK Visas & Immigration with your new passport details by filling in a Migrant Change of Circumstances form.

If you are also required to register with the police, you must take your new passport and/or BRP to the police to update your Police Registration Certificate.


What should I do if my passport and/or BRP is lost or stolen in the UK?

Step 1 Report your passport and/or BRP card as lost or stolen to the local police and obtain a crime reference number. You may need this to apply for a new passport and you will need it to apply for a replacement visa. If you no longer have your BRP, you must report it as lost/stolen to the Home Office immediately using their online form.

Step 2 If you no longer have your passport, contact your national embassy to apply for a new passport. You can find details of all embassies in the UK on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.

Step 3 If you are a visa-bearing student, you will need to apply for a replacement visa/BRP. What you need to do depends on whether your visa was a sticker (vignette) in your passport or a BRP:

BRP card
Sticker in passport (vignette)

Step 4 Visit the Student Centre when you have your new passport and/or BRP so they can update your record.

If applicable, you must also update UK Visas & Immigration with your new passport details by filling in a Migrant Change of Circumstances form.

If you are also required to register with the police, you must take your new passport and/or BRP to the police to update your Police Registration Certificate.