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Key Points

  • The United Kingdom published clarifications and guidance for foreign nationals transitioning from a physical immigration document to an electronic visa

The Latest Requirements for Physical Immigration Documents and eVisas

The UK government has updated its guidance regarding physical immigration documents transitioning to eVisas. Here’s what to expect:

  • Holders of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) expiring on December 31, 2024, will be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to create a UKVI account and access their eVisa before their BRP expires
    • Those already contacted should follow UKVI’s instructions to create their account
    • Those not yet contacted can create their account and access their eVisa later in 2024
  • Individuals with permission to stay in the UK can use the view and prove service to access their eVisa once their UKVI account is created
    • Those with indefinite leave to enter or remain should apply for a ‘No Time Limit’ (NTL) BRP to prove their rights. Once obtained, they can create a UKVI account to access their eVisa
    • Individuals with a Biometric Residence Card (BRC) under the EU Settlement Scheme already have an eVisa and need no further action. They should carry their BRC when traveling internationally
    • Those with a BRC but no status under the EU Settlement Scheme or other immigration leave should apply for immigration status promptly and avoid international travel until obtaining proof of their status

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the UK government’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Home Office of the United Kingdom

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