Say goodbye to the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) as the UK government announces its phaseout. Instead, the eVisa, an all new digital immigration status system, will be effective on January 1, 2025. The government expects to improve security and enhance the efficiency of the immigration process.
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Through the eVisa system, the UK immigration status of an individual will be recorded online. One of the main advantages is that there won’t be any physical cards, unlike the BRP, and there is no risk of loss or theft. Furthermore, an individual’s immigration rights, which include work rights and rental permissions, could be viewed through the eVisa system.
What Are the Benefits of the eVisa System?
Enhanced Security and Efficiency
You can easily prove your immigration status since the eVisa system is in a digital format. This could massively help frequent travelers with convenience and security.
With no more requirements to produce and administer physical BRP cards, visa holders and the UK government can cut back on the costs.
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How Does the BRP Transition Work?
If you currently hold a BRP, you can use it until it hits the expiration date. Irrespective of your expiration date, BRPs that are issued post-announcement will expire on December 31, 2024.
Following this date, you will be transitioned to the eVisa to prove your immigration status.
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Note: The expiration date applies to the BRP card and does not extend to the period of leave for an individual.
If you are a BRP holder or a future applicant, it is crucial that you understand the changes and the implications properly.
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