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UNITED KINGDOM – Conversion to eVisas for BRP Holders
November 1, 2023
In view of the digitalisation of immigration statuses scheduled for 31 December 2024, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have published some initial guidance on the practicalities of the transition.
The following documents are scheduled to be replaced:
- biometric residence permits (BRP)
- biometric residence cards (BRC)
- passport endorsements (e.g. indefinite leave to enter wet ink stamps)
- vignette stickers in passports (e.g. entry clearance or visa vignettes)
Applicants holding any of the above documents by this date will switch to digital immigration statuses (eVisas) rather than holding physical documents. This is currently the case for EU passport holders applying via the digital app.
Some applicants may be required to provide biometric information in person, but they will be made aware of this requirement in advance.
The guidance explains that those holding the above documentation will need to register for a UKVI account in order to view and prove their immigration status. Applicants are unable to make the changes for now, but the Home Office will issue further guidance as we approach the 31 December 2024 date, revealing details and deadlines for the transition.
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