I lost my BRP card (I have a Tier 2 ICT visa) and subsequently reported the loss to the Home Office on January 15, 2018. My visa was valid until May 25, 2018. Since my employer was anyway planning to file a visa extension, I called the Home Office and checked if I needed to file for replacement of the BRP or wait for 1-2 months for my company to file a visa extension (which will anyway result in a new BRP card being issued). I was told that I could wait for my company to file for a visa extension.
Unfortunately, it has taken quite a long time for my company to decide on my extension in the UK and it was confirmed just today. The company will take another 2-3 weeks from now to file the extension. However, by next weekend, 3 months will have passed since I lost my BRP card. As per the Home Office website, you need to apply for a replacement BRP within 3 months of losing it, else there could be a 1,000 GBP fine and deportation.
I want to know if I should file for a replacement BRP immediately (it will cost me around 100 GBP overall) and let my company file for my visa extension in another 2-3 weeks time. I am not sure if filing for extension will supersede the replacement process or both will happen in parallel, in which case I will get 2 BRP cards, one after another (one with the original end date of May 30, 2018 and another with the extended date).
Or should I wait for 2-3 weeks more (in which case I would end up spending 1-2 weeks more than 3 months and could result in a penalty). Or should I call the Home Office and take their advice?
Any pointer on this would help.