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Transferring your visa to a new passport

This page explains how you can ask us to transfer your residence permit (known as 'leave to remain') from an old passport or travel document to a new one.

If your old passport contains a residence permit, we can transfer that residence permit to your new passport when the old one expires.

You do not need to transfer your residence permit to your new passport. If you choose not to transfer your permit, you should carry both your old and new passports when you travel to the UK - this will prove to our immigration officers that you have the right to be in the UK. If you cannot produce your residence permit when you arrive at our border, you may not be allowed to enter the country.

We cannot transfer your residence permit to your new passport at passport control when you enter the UK. If you can prove that you are entitled to live here, the immigration officer at your port of entry will put a date stamp in your new passport. You must then send us an application form asking us to place a residence permit in your new passport. You must be in the UK when you make this application.

  • If the residence permit in your old passport says that you have permission to settle permanently in the UK (called 'indefinite leave to remain'), you must apply for a 'no time limit' (NTL) stamp using form NTL. You can download this form and a detailed guide from the right side of this page.
  • If the residence permit in your old passport says that you have permission to be in the UK for a limited period (called 'limited leave to remain'), you must apply for a 'transfer of conditions' (TOC) stamp using form TOC. You can download this form and a detailed guide from the right side of this page. You will also need to apply for a compulsory identity card.

The pages on completing the NTL or TOC form and supporting documents contain more information about the application process. You should also read the detailed guide in full before you complete your form. We will not refund your application fee if we refuse your application or if you withdraw it.

The new residence permit may look different from your old stamp, because a UK residence permit has replaced all former stamp and ink endorsements for permission to stay in this country for longer than six months.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel documents are up to date and valid. An immigration officer will decide whether to let you enter the country, based on the evidence you produce.

Application forms

Application for a no time limit (NTL) stamp by someone who already has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

Application for a transfer of condition (TOC) stamp and a biometric immigration document by someone who already has limited leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Contact

  • Visa services

    Visa Customer Services, Visa Services Directorate, International Group, UK Border Agency, c/o Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR9 2BY If you are outside the United Kingdom, you should contact your nearest British diplomatic post.

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