Employers must prepare for BRPs expiring on 31 December 2024

09 May 2024, 17 mins ago

As the UK prepares to move towards a fully digital immigration system by 2025, it is vital that employers adapt to new regulations in order to continue being compliant. An important upcoming milestone is the expiry of all Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) on 31 December 2024.

Employers must take several steps to ensure a seamless transition to the digital immigration system and maintain uninterrupted operations:

  • Update Right-to-Work Checks: Audit current right-to-work documents to identify any that list the BRP expiration date of 31 December 2024. It is critical to switch to digital verifications where necessary to reflect the correct visa expiration dates.
  • Inform and Train Staff:
    • Employee Awareness: Make sure that employees understand the shift to a digital visa system and encourage them to inform HR when they receive their new digital status.
    • Travel Guidelines: Advise employees to keep their physical BRP until the end of 2024 when traveling internationally. Although digital visas should be accepted upon re-entry to the UK, the physical BRP can prevent travel delays.
    • HR Training: Equip HR teams with the necessary tools and knowledge to perform digital right-to-work checks effectively.
  • Prepare for New Entry Requirements: With the upcoming introduction of the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for certain non-EU nationals, it is essential for employers to brief international guests from overseas branches about this change to avoid complications.

Taking proactive measures to address these changes not only ensures compliance with immigration laws, but also supports international employees through significant transitions, enhancing the employer’s reputation as a responsible and proactive workplace.

By actively engaging with the new system and ensuring that all stakeholders are equipped with up-to-date knowledge, employers can facilitate a smooth transition to the digital immigration framework and continue to support their international workforce efficiently.

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