eVisas Set to Replace Biometric Residence Permits in UK Starting 2025

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The introduction of a fully digital system by the UK government is a big step towards modernising its immigration procedures. With the help of this project, paper documents such as Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) will be replaced, beginning in 2025, with electronic records called eVisas.

The Shift from Physical to Electronic

The electronic visas, or eVisas, will gradually replace the conventional Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) in 2025. With its streamlined procedures and improved accessibility for both residents and authorities, this modification represents a turning point in immigration proceedings.

The UK Home Office will stop issuing physical documents such as Biometric Residence Cards (BRCs) and BRPs on January 1, 2025, due to the transition to eVisas. Rather than using paper documents, people will switch to digital ones where they may view their immigration status online.

Embracing the Digital Future

With this new system, those whose BRPs expire on December 31, 2024, will need to register for an account with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to get an eVisa before the expiration of their present permit. This change is a tactical as well as a logistical one that will lead to a more contemporary and effective immigration system.

The digital immigration system created by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will replace paper records, such as passport endorsements, with online records, according to Yash Dubal, Director & Senior Immigration Associate at A Y & J Solicitors in London. This will streamline procedures and minimise paperwork for residents.

eVisas will be the digital equivalent of comprehensive records of an individual's immigration status; they will include a wide range of visa categories, including work, graduate, family, and dependant visas and student and work visas (including Health and Care visas).

The conditions of an individual's immigration status or their ability to enter or stay in the UK are unaffected by this shift. All it does is bring the paperwork procedure up to date, which is in line with the worldwide tendency of immigration systems to become more computerised.

Immigration in the UK is going digital, with eVisas set to take the lead in securely and efficiently handling immigration statuses and resident permits.


Which visa categories will be available through the eVisa system?

A variety of visa categories will be covered by the eVisa system, such as graduate and student visas, family and dependent visas, and job visas such as the skilled worker visa (which includes health and care visas).

What occurs if I don't make the switch to eVisa before my BRP expires?

To maintain your immigration status, you must switch to the eVisa system before your BRP expires. If you don't, you can have trouble travelling or maintaining your UK residency.

Can I still travel to the UK with my current physical document after 2024?

You should travel with your physical document until the end of 2024. After that, tangible documents will no longer be required when travelling to the UK; all you'll need to bring is your passport linked to your UKVI account.


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