Lost or stolen BRP

If a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is lost or stolen, this must be reported to the police and the Home Office. The visa holder will then have to apply for a new BRP within three months. If the BRP is lost outside the UK, the visa holder will need to apply for a 'Replacement BRP' visa in their passport to re-enter the UK before then applying to replace their BRP.

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When a BRP is reported to the Home Office as lost or stolen it is immediately cancelled. This cannot be undone if a BRP is subsequently found, so visa holders should ensure they have checked everywhere before reporting.

Visa holders should inform their department/faculty/college and the Staff Immigration Team (SIT) so that they can help with any queries and discuss any other issues which may arise.

A police reference is normally required, so the loss or theft should be reported to the local police, and then reported to the Home Office. There are different links to report a lost or stolen BRP to the Home Office if this happened in or outside the UK.

An application for a replacement BRP must be submitted within 3 months.

If the BRP was lost or stolen outside the UK the visa holder will need to apply for a ‘replacement BRP visa’ in their passport first to re-enter the UK, and then apply for a replacement BRP within 3 months after they return to the UK.


Lost or stolen passports

If a passport was also lost or stolen this will need to be replaced before applying for a ‘replacement BRP visa’ to return to the UK (outside the UK), or to replace the BRP (in the UK).


The new BRP must be presented to the employing department/faculty/college so that a new right to work check can be carried out, with copies of Skilled Worker or Tier 5 visas sent to the Staff Immigration Team.

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Angelina Pelova, Email: angelina.pelova@admin.ox.ac.uk 

Paul Deeble, Email: paul.deeble@tss.ox.ac.uk


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Lyn Davis, Email: lyn.davis@admin.ox.ac.uk

Richard Birt, Email: richard.birt@admin.ox.ac.uk




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