Your passport and visa
We recommend that you keep photocopies of your main passport pages and visa
in a safe place, away from the originals.
If you travel outside the UK, carry photocopies in a separate bag to your original passport and visa.
If you have a new passport
If you have been issued with a new passport and your old passport contained your Entry Clearance
sticker (visa) you can apply to the Home Office to have
your visa transferred into your new passport. You will
complete a form and pay and application fee.
If you still have your old passport that contains the Entry Clearance sticker (visa) you can continue
to travel using both your new and old passport, you do not have to apply to transfer your visa into your
If your passport is lost or stolen
Report it to the police and contact your embassy. If your visa was a sticker inside your passport
you will need to apply to transfer it to your new passport when you get it, see the information above.
If you're outside the UK and would like advice, contact our International Services Team advisers either
by email email@example.com or by completing our
online enquiry form.
Your visa will either be a sticker in your passport or an identity card called a Biometric
Residence Card (BRP). The majority of our students will have a Tier 4 visa that will either be an Entry
Clearance sticker in their passport or a BRP. Some students may have other types of immigration
Check your visa
If your Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) is lost or stolen
You will need to apply for a new one immediately. If you are outside the UK you will have to
apply for a single entry visa to re-enter the UK and then when you are back in the UK apply for a
Changes to your details or circumstances
If you change anything after your arrival, for instance you move address or you extend your visa,
you must ensure you inform the relevant authorities such as the Home Office, the Police if you
have a Police Registration Certificate and the
University (via myEssex).
If you have a Tier 4 visa read the UKCISA
guidance ‘Protecting your Tier 4 student immigration status’. This includes information on what to do
if your details and/or circumstances have changed.