07 Nov UK eVisas in 2025 – further instructions expected in 2024
Many migrants might have heard that after 31 December 2024, Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) will no longer be used and will be replaced by the digital immigration system known as eVisas. Similar to BRPs, eVisas serve as an online record of your immigration status and the conditions of your permission to stay in the UK. To access and securely share your status information with third parties such as employers or landlords, you will need to register for a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) account.
The Home Office updated the information on 30 October 2023, providing details about how it will work and reminding individuals to update their physical documents to their UKVI accounts in a timely manner. It also emphasizes that an eVisa will not affect your immigration status or the conditions of your permission to stay in the UK for leave to remain applications made using the IDV app.
Currently, the UKVI government continues to issue physical BRP cards to successful applicants. As per the latest announcement, individuals holding a BRP, Biometric Residence Card (BRC), or any other physical document indicating immigration status need not take any action at this moment. Throughout 2024, updates will be provided regarding the registration process for a UKVI account and the necessary steps to follow.
In the future, everyone will be able to use an eVisa linked to their UKVI accounts for travel to the UK. This method will eliminate the need to carry any physical documents except for your current passport. It will bring many benefits, including:
- Enhanced security as they cannot be lost, stolen, or tampered with, unlike physical documents.
- No need to wait for or collect a physical document once your application is decided. However, you might still need to provide biometric information in person (if required, you’ll be informed).
- Quicker and easier verification of your status at the UK border.