On 30 October 2023, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announced the plan to migrate to a fully digital immigration system, which means that all physical documents denoting an individual’s immigration status will be replaced by eVisas.
The new eVisa will be an online record of your UK immigration status, detailing the type of permission you hold and the conditions of your leave. The new eVisa will replace Biometric Residence Permits, Biometric Residence Cards, Passport endorsements (wet ink stamps) and Visa vignette stickers.
Does your physical document expire on 31 December 2024?
Ahead of the introduction of this new system, the Home Office have been issuing physical documents valid until 31 December 2024 in the hope that a fully implemented system will be in place by 1 January 2025. Thus, the expiry of your physical document may not reflect the actual expiry of your visa, and you should check your visa approval letter from UKVI for the correct expiry date of your leave.
If you do currently hold a physical document valid until 31 December 2024, then you will be required to transfer your immigration status to a digital one. The Home Office are yet to confirm when this needs to be done, but we expect further announcements soon.
Whilst UKVI successfully launched the digital system in 2018 for individuals holding permission under the EU Settlement Scheme, there are concerns that users facing technical difficulties will not have a physical document to rely on.
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