Lost or Stolen BRP

main content

Recently there has been a significant increase in students losing their BRP cards and having to go through the long, and sometime complicated, process of obtaining a new card.

Like your passport that has been issued by your home government, the BRP is an official immigration document issued under very strict criteria by the UK Government.  It is therefore important that you do everything you can to prevent its loss or theft.

The monetary cost of replacing your BRP is £56 application fee plus £19.20 to register your biometrics.  The process takes approximately 8 weeks and, like all visa applications, there is no guarantee that the Home Office will issue you with a new one and this may result in you having to return to your home country and applying for a new visa.  We do not have any control over how long the Home Office will take to replace the BRP and you should not make any travel arrangements until you have received your new BRP.

It should be noted that if you lose your BRP outside of the UK you will have to pay an additional £169 for a single entry visa to enable you to return to the UK; therefore the total cost to you would be £244.20 plus any additional expenditure incurred whilst waiting for your single entry application to be decided e.g. hotels, change of flights.

The difficulties you may experience by being without your BRP for an extended period are listed below (this list is not exhaustive):

  • You will not be able to confirm your right to be in the UK to any authorities who may request you to present it
  • You will not be able to apply for a Schengen visa to travel to Europe. 
  • You will not be able to return to the UK if you lose your card in your home country or any other country you may be visiting and will have to go through the lengthy process of gaining temporary admission to the UK
  • You may have difficulty in buying age restricted items such as tobacco or alcohol, or entering age restricted establishments such as bars and nightclubs
  • You will have to re-register with the Police (if applicable) once you receive your new BRP

 It is therefore important that you take steps to ensure that your BRP is protected at all times.   Keep it in a safe place when you take it out and be vigilant about keeping your bag, wallet or purse in your possession at all times if you are out and about in the city.

If you do lose your BRP in future, it is essential that you inform the University as soon as possible so that we can advise you on your options and keep your visa record up to date.  Please email us at infoandadvice@strath.ac.uk

The Home Office would expect that you seek the assistance of the International Student Support Team to guide you through this process.   The links to the right will help you begin the process of replacing your BRP. 


Replacing your BRP Useful Links