The UK Goes Digital: eVisas Replace Traditional Documents for Foreigners

The UK government has begun digitizing its immigration system. As part of this initiative, foreigners with Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) will receive emails from the Home Office starting April 17th, 2024. These emails will encourage them to create UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) accounts. These online accounts will serve as a replacement for physical BRPs and allow access to eVisas.

Foreigners in the UK will be invited by the authorities in phases before the process officially opens to all holders of physical immigration documents, scheduled for this upcoming summer.

eVisas: Modernizing UK Border Management for Improved Security

This digital initiative aims to streamline the process while strengthening border security through pre-travel screening and reducing the risk of fraudulent documents.

 

Here’s what eVisas offer:

  • Convenience: Free and accessible to holders of physical documents. Creating a UKVI account is simple and won’t affect your current immigration status.
  • Security: Unlike physical documents, eVisas can’t be lost and can be accessed anytime, enhancing communication between you and the authorities.
  • Efficiency: Streamlined processing and improved data collection contribute to stronger border security.

The UK’s New eVisa System: Building on Proven Success

  • The UK is launching a streamlined eVisa system, drawing on the experience of millions who used the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). This proven approach to digital visas will enhance convenience and security for travelers.

A Smooth Transition

As part of this change, most Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs/BRCs) will be gradually phased out. Most of these permits expire by the end of 31 December 2024, paving the way for a more efficient eVisa system.

The United Kingdom is one of many countries that are planning or have already started the automation and digitisation of their immigration systems. It would be a more efficient substitution for the Electronic Travel Authorization.

Conclusion

If you have a biometric residence permit (BRP) that expires on 31 December 2024, then create a UKVI account and access your eVisa before the expiry date of your BRP. 

If you have already been contacted to create an account, either by email or in a decision letter, you can now follow the instructions we sent you to create a UKVI account. 

If you have not yet been contacted about creating an account, you’ll be able to create your account and access your eVisa later in 2024. 

 

References:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/online-immigration-status-evisa#:~:text=EU%20Settlement%20Scheme.-,What%20is%20an%20eVisa%3F,able%20to%20access%20your%20eVisa.

 

 

 

Here are a few of the updates that have been implemented or will be rolled out in the coming year. We provide valuable insights into the recent changes in UK immigration requirements, categorized according to visa types. Whether you’re a prospective student, skilled professional, or family member, understanding these updates will help you navigate the application process with confidence.

Various categories that is being affected by changes?

Immigration Officers believe that immigration in is “far too high” than it should be. Net migration (the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants) was provisionally estimated to be 745,000 in the 12 months ending on 31 December 2022 leading to problems like the housing crisis, rise in unemployment rates and much more.

Family and Dependant Visas

The government plans to replace the current Shortage Occupation Lists (SOLs) with Immigration Salary Lists (ISLs). The ISLs will eliminate the 20% discount on the minimum wage for shortage occupation roles. However, it is understood that the general salary threshold discount is maintained. 

This change combined with the Migration Advisory Committee’s review may affect industries like technology, engineering, and construction. As a result, employers should expect to see a decrease in the number of jobs on the list, which could affect recruitment efforts in particular industries adding more problems to sectors like construction as there already is a shortage of workers. 

Conclusion

A recent announcement by the Home Secretary marks a major change in the UK’s immigration policy, as it seeks to balance controlling immigration levels with tackling skills shortages. Further information will be available once the government publishes a Statement of Changes on the Immigration Rules.

References:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-secretary-unveils-plan-to-cut-net-migration

 

 

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