4 EASY STEPS TO FOLLOW IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BRP IN THE UK
CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING IT BACK TO THE UK (& SURVIVING THE FIRST PHASE OF LOSING YOUR BRP).LET’S GET MOVING TO THE NEXT STEP NOW, SHALL WE?
Before we start the discussion of the steps to getting a replacement BRP, please note that this is based on my personal experience of losing my permit in Portugal. This is not in anyway affiliated with any agencies or the home office. I thought it would be good for you to read a real experience and take back from it.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POST IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN GRANTED A SINGLE ENTRY BACK TO THE UK AND NEED TO APPLY FOR A REPLACEMENT BRP WITHIN THE UK. THIS WILL ALSO APPLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR BRP WITHIN THE UK. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BRP OUTSIDE THE UK AND NEED TO GAIN A SINGLE ENTRY VISA.
Before I begin with the steps, i have outlined the process and duration of each step below :
19/08/2018 - Filled in application form online
21/08/2018 - Sent in my supporting documents + Visa Application (printed)
03/10/2018 - Received the letter to provide my biometrics
08/10/2018 - Enrolled my biometrics
17/10/2018 - Received all my documents
24/10/2018 - Received my BRP (hooray!)
I must admit that the reason it took me long to receive the Biometrics letter was because the first one they sent out never reached me. So the second one was a warning letter. So it should be quicker for you :)
so lets get straight to the point:
FILLING IN THE APPLICATION FORM ONLINE -
Considering you have followed the steps to applying for single entry visa, the first step to getting your replacement BRP is the application form (sorry to state the obvious here).
The application form is very straightforward so it would be quite a waste of time to list all the Questions and answers here. However, I have listed a few important ones:
PART 2 (NO PAGE NUMBERS INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION):
I entered all of the following but there is an option of not doing so :
When was it lost/stolen
How was it stolen and where
Have you reported it
When did you report it and how - I reported it in Portugal when I lost it but did so through the online form
Have you reported it to the police - I did (in Portugal again!).
Location of police report, date and have you got the report
PAY THE APPLICATION FEE & PRINT APPLICATION FORM AND CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTS
FEES : £56
I paid the application fee after completing the form and printed out the form. Although this is not required, I like having extra documents on hand (best not to risk it!). I printed the document checklist via the link received through email.
NOTE : PRINT APPLICATION FORM
PREPARE DOCUMENTS AND POST -
The documents I sent forward were :
2 UK passport photographs of yourself taken within the last month. Photos should be on a grey or cream background.
POLICE REPORT + TRANSLATED REPORT (IF IT IS NOT IN ENGLISH)
EMPLOYMENT LETTER (OPTIONAL)
LOST BRP PHOTOCOPIES
PROOF OF ADDRESS
I printed my bank statements and had it stamped at the bank
NOTE : SEND IT FIRST CLASS SIGNED FOR (as this is trackable)
ENROL BIOMETRICS -
Once you receive your biometric letter, you must drop by the post office (where they offer the service) and enrol your biometrics.You must take with you the letter with the barcode.
FEES : £19.20
my advise to you :
Not much on this one. It is such an easy process and there is absolutely no reason to be stressed or worried about it. Once you have sent in the application, you should receive the BRP quite quickly.
I would be more than happy to answer any questions if you are still confused. Feel free to drop any comments below.