A new BRP must be applied for if any of the following change:
- Name (as a result of marriage, civil partnership, divorce or deed poll, for example);
- Nationality (if British or European citizenship has been granted, a visa may no longer be required);
- Gender (see below);
- Facial appearance (only in cases where there has been a substantial change);
- Date of birth (if this was incorrect).
Those who are required to register with the police must also report these changes to the police and have their police registration certificate updated.
Please see Home Office guidance on reporting a change of circumstances for more information.
The titles Miss, Ms, Mr, Mrs, Mx are social titles and have no legal status and are not listed on passports or BRPs so there is no need to report changes of title to the Home Office. However, if you wish to use a certain title, or change your title, you can inform your department/ faculty/college and the Staff Immigration Team (SIT).
Change of gender
Those who change gender and/or name will need to apply for a new BRP. There currently is no option to list a non-binary gender in Home Office forms when applying for a visa, BRP, or passport.
The University of Oxford respects the dignity of all transgender staff, students, visitors, and alumni, and will take steps to meet individual requests for changes to name and gender identity where possible. All decisions about which details are changed in records will be taken in consultation with the individual. To request a change, contact should be made with the relevant department, faculty, college, or with SIT directly.
For further information and support, please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU) (firstname.lastname@example.org). The University's transgender policy and guidance can be found on the EDU website.