Transfer your visa from your passport

You might need to transfer or replace your visa if either:

  • your passport has expired
  • your name or personal details have changed

Your passport has expired

What you need to do depends on if you use your visa to:

  • travel to and from the UK
  • prove your right to work in the UK

Travel to and from the UK

You can use the valid visa in your expired passport when you’re travelling to and from the UK. You’ll need to travel with your expired and your new passport.

You can also choose to either:

Prove your right to work in the UK

You cannot use a valid visa in your expired passport to prove you have the right to work in the UK. You must replace your visa with a biometric residence permit.

Your name or personal details have changed

You must replace your visa with a biometric residence permit if your overall stay in the UK is longer than 6 months and any of the following details change:

  • name
  • nationality
  • facial appearance
  • date of birth
  • the sex listed on your passport

You usually need to show that your passport has your new details when you apply for a visa. You do not need to do this if you’ve changed your name because you:

  • are a victim of crime, for example domestic violence
  • are a witness of crime
  • have changed gender (and the law in your country of origin does not recognise or permit a change in name or marker of gender or sex)
  • are a dual national and cannot change the name on your non-British passport
  • are a recognised refugee, stateless person, or are subject to humanitarian protection, and are unable to approach your national authorities

Contact UK Visas and Immigration if your passport does not have your new details. Your application may be refused.

You do not need to get a biometric residence permit or report any changes if your stay in the UK is less than 6 months.