Transitioning to the UK’s eVisa System: A Guide for Visa Holders

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is at the forefront of modernising its immigration processes through the development of a digital system. This initiative aims to streamline procedures, enhance security, and provide greater convenience for visa holders.

Central to this transformation is the introduction of the electronic visa, or eVisa, which will replace traditional physical documents with an online record of immigration status.

Transitioning to the eVisa System: Steps and Requirements

As of 31 December 2024, individuals holding a biometric residence permit (BRP) will need to transition to the eVisa system to maintain proof of their immigration status.

While the expiration of a BRP card on this date does not affect one’s immigration status, it signifies the beginning of the shift towards the new digital framework.

For those with BRPs expiring on 31 December 2024, who do not already possess a UKVI account, it is imperative to create one and access the eVisa before the BRP’s expiry.

The UKVI account can be created at the designated portal: https://www.gov.uk/get-access-evisa. It’s worth noting that individuals may already have a UKVI account if you have previously engaged in certain immigration processes, such as applying to the EU Settlement Scheme or utilising the UK Immigration: ID Check app during a visa application.

You do not normally have a UKVI account if you went to a Visa Application Centre (VAC) or Service Support Centre (SSC) to prove your identity when applying for a visa.

If one has permission to stay in the UK, the UKVI account facilitates access to the view and prove service where the eVisa details can be accessed. To create a UKVI account, individuals will require their date of birth, BRP number, passport details (if a BRP is not held), an active email address, phone number, and access to a smartphone.

You can watch a video on how to create a UKVI account and access your eVisa.

Once the UKVI account is established, users gain the ability to view essential details of their eVisa online, including the type of permission granted, expiration date, and conditions of stay in the UK.

Furthermore, the account allows for the updating of personal information, such as contact details, ensuring accuracy and relevance.

Crucially, the eVisa is linked to the passport within the UKVI account. Therefore, it is imperative to keep passport or ID card details updated within the account to facilitate seamless identification of immigration status at UK borders.

While carrying a current passport remains necessary, the digital integration significantly enhances accessibility and efficiency.

Moreover, individuals can share their immigration status information with third parties, such as employers or landlords, by generating a share code through the “view and prove service.”

This feature grants time-limited access to relevant immigration status information, eliminating the need to remember a single unique code for validation purposes.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the transition to the UK’s eVisa system represents a pivotal advancement in immigration procedures, offering increased accessibility, security, and efficiency.

By familiarising oneself with the process outlined above and embracing the digital platform, visa holders can navigate the evolving landscape of immigration with confidence and ease.

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