ArticleWhat BRP holders need to know about eVisas

The UK Home Office is ushering in a significant digital transformation in its immigration system, replacing the physical Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) with electronic visa (eVisas). This shift aligns with the UK’s digital strategy for immigration, aiming to streamline and modernise the way individuals prove their legal status in the UK.

The Home Office has initiated the process of transitioning from BRPs to eVisas, which are set to become the primary proof of an individual’s immigration status in the UK. eVisas provide digital confirmation of one’s right to work, rent properties, and access banking services, among other rights in the UK.

BRP holders should note that all new BRPs issued since 1 January 2020 have an expiry date of 31 December 2024. This deadline heralds the complete shift to eVisas on 1 January 2025, and consequently, the phasing out of BRPs. The Home Office has begun reaching out to BRP holders, urging them to set up a UKVI account to transition to and access their eVisa before their current BRP expires.

The process requires holders to provide personal details, such as date of birth, BRP number, passport details, and have access to an email and a smartphone. The UKVI account can be created via a dedicated link provided by the Home Office.

Guidance for different scenarios:

  • British citizens with a BRP: Those who have become British citizens and possess a BRP need not take any action if they hold a British passport. However, if they have a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode, future actions might be required.
  • Non-British/Irish citizens: These individuals must act before their BRP expires on 31 December 2024 to avoid any disruption in proving their legal status in the UK.

For those needing help with creating a UKVI account, the Home Office offers assistance through its online portal. Additionally, the Home Office has ensured that it will reach out to individuals if further information is required during the transition process.

BRP holders should regularly check their emails and post for any communication from the Home Office and take action as instructed. Legal advisers associated with the BRP holders’ applications should also remain vigilant to support their clients through this transition.

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