Have you found a mistake on your visa?

14 Feb 2024, 57 mins ago

Errors in visa conditions are not very common; however, if you do spot one, you must apply to have it corrected. This blog looks into the steps you need to take, depending on what kind of visa contains an error, i.e. a visa vignette or a Biometric Residence Permit (“BRP”).

What happens if there is an error on your visa vignette?

Visa vignettes are typically issued to individuals applying for permission to enter the UK from abroad. If your passport has been endorsed with a visa vignette (i.e. you have received a sticker in your passport) and you notice an error in either the visa start date, or your personal details, you must immediately return your passport to the UK Visa Application Centre before travelling. It is particularly important to correct such errors if you have been issued with a UK work visa, and your permission begins after the start date on your Certificate of Sponsorship, provided the start date of your work has not already passed.

The error correction on a visa vignette could take several weeks, which should be taken into account, as it would delay your travel to the UK. If, however, you find an error only after you have arrived in the UK, you can request to have it amended in the UK.

Errors on Biometric Residence Permits (“BRPs”)

If you have spotted an error on your BRP card, you must report this to the UKVI immediately. The type of report you have to file will depend on whether you applied for your visa from inside or outside of the UK.

If you applied for your visa from the UK, and there is an error in the length or conditions of your visa, you will need to ask for an ‘Administrative Review’. This costs £80 and involves making an application to a separate team within the Home Office, which will review it and make a decision. The processing of such an application can take up to 6 months, and sometimes even longer. If the mistake is confirmed, the full fee of £80 will be refunded to you.

If you find errors in your personal details listed on your BRP card, you will need to report this online to the UKVI team immediately. The UKVI team will usually respond within 5 working days with advice on the next steps. This service is free of charge and can be initiated by filling out a quick online form found here.

If you have been issued with more than one BRP card, then, based on the UKVI guidance, you can assume that the first one is not valid, and it should be cut into pieces and returned to the Home Office in a windowless envelope to the following address: Returns Unit, PO Box 195, Bristol, BS20 1BT.

BRP Expiry Date 31 December 2024

If your BRP card expires on 31 December 2024 whilst your visa remains valid beyond this date, you do not need to contact the UKVI or apply for a replacement. From 1 January 2025, the UKVI are looking to migrate to a fully digitalised system. The UKVI will release information on how to convert your permit to a digital status closer to this date. In the meantime, you do not need to do anything, and your immigration status will notbe affected.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on XFacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

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