UK’s Digital Immigrations Plans with eVisas Explained

UK's Digital Immigrations Plans with eVisas Explained

As the world becomes more tech-savvy and the digital space is expanding at a rapid rate, organisations across the world are turning to digital services in an attempt to save time and streamline operations.

The same can be said for the United Kingdom government who have plans to fully digitise immigration processes with an innovative new eVisa immigration system. In the past, those who have not obtained British citizenship have been required to possess physical documents to prove their right to stay in the United Kingdom.

Due to the government expanding immigration services into the digital space with digital technology, the way the UK manages its immigration system is changing. Here is everything you need to know about the UK’s digital immigration plans with the new eVisas.

What Is An eVisa?

An Electronic visa, better known as an eVisa is the collective term for the documents required from non-UK citizens to apply for, obtain, and prove their visa status within the United Kingdom. The new digital system allows all of these documents to be stored in one place via an online system, making the current process more efficient and cutting down the need to handle multiple items of paperwork.

Traditional UK visa application methods have been seen to be lengthy and often complex, therefore, the new immigration and eVisa system bring about a new way to manage your visa applications and right-to-work and live documents. The eVisa system offers a more secure way to store your personal information and documents.

The streamlined method of handling immigration and visa processes sees the UK government moving in unison with the new age of digital technology in the hope of making processes easier and more manageable for the government, the Home Office, and  UK visa holders.

What Type of Documents Are Being Replaced?

A new digital system has been developed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), which will allow visa holders to view all of their documentation via a UKVI account on the new digital immigration platform. The documents that will be made digital are as follows:

  • Biometric Residence Cards (BRC)
  • Biometric Residence Permits (BRP)
  • Entry clearance stamps on passports
  • Visa vignettes on passports
  • Physical Indefinite Leave to Enter Stamps on passports (wet ink stamps)

The new eVisa scheme has already seen many individuals receive their new eVisa documents through the previous EU Settlement Scheme. Many more millions of non-UK residents can expect to go paperless by the end of 2024.

What Type of Documents Are Being Replaced?

Your New UKVI Account

You can use your new UKVI account to oversee your eVisa. Using the UKI account, you can:

  • View your eVisa
  • Share information on your immigration status
  • Update your personal information

The multi-use account will act as your hub for all things to do with your immigration status and proof of your permission to reside within the United Kingdom.

When you create a UKVI account online, it will show you the following information:

  • When your documents expire
  • The type of permission you have to remain in the UK, e.g: Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or a worker visa
  • The conditions of your stay in the United Kingdom
  • Your Immigration Documents

Your Passport

You can add your passport to your UKVI account and link it to your immigration documents. It is essential to keep the passport information on your UKVI account up to date at all times. If you need to report a change regarding your passport, it should be done so immediately to avoid any further action on your immigration status.

Even though your passport will be stored digitally on your UKVI account, you must ensure you carry it with you at all times when travelling to and from the country.

Sharing Your Immigration Status with a Third Party

In the instance that you have to share your immigration status with a third party such as a landlord or a work employer, you can use your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account to generate a share code with the desired third party.

Each share code is unique and can only be used for a limited amount of time, therefore, the third party should ensure they make use of the share code to view your immigration status in a timely manner to avoid it timing account- this will mean a whole new code will have to be generated by the UKVI account holder.

Biometric Residence Card Holders

For those who have been issued a Biometric Residence Card (BRC) under the United Kingdoms EU Settlement Scheme, there is no need to set up a UKVI account as you will already have an eVisa.You should still carry your Biometric Residence Card with you at all times, however.

If you are a Biometric Residence Card holder granted stay under the EU Settlement Scheme and you don’t have access to your UKVI account and eVisa, you can find the correct details on how to claim your account on your grant letter issued by the Home Office.

I have a Biometric Residence Card NOT Issued Under the EU Settlement Scheme

If you have a Biometric Residence Card that was not issued under the EU Settlement Scheme, it is likely that your residence card is no longer valid- this is due to the United Kingdom leaving the EU. You should seek advice to update your immigration status and make the relevant applications for permission to stay in the United Kingdom.

Biometric Residence Permit Holders

If your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is due to expire in December 2024, the government will contact you with details on how to claim your eVisa and UKVI account before your Biometric Residence Permit is due to expire. This will usually be by post or email if you have submitted an email address as part of your details.

If you have recently been granted permission to stay with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), then you may have already received instructions on setting up your UKVI account in your decision letter from the Home Office.

Indefinite Leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Enter

If you have other documents to prove you have been granted either ILR or ILE settlement in the United Kingdom, then you will be required to make a No Time Limit application. This will allow you to obtain a Biometric Residence Permit to prove your right to reside in the United kingdom. In turn, you can then continue to set up a UKVI account to view and manage your immigration documents and settlement status.

British Citizens

If you are a British citizen with a full UK passport, there are no requirements for you to set up a UK Visas and Immigration account to manage your eVisa, as you are not legally required to have one. This just means you should continue to use your British passport to prove your right of abode in the United Kingdom.

British Citizens

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