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September 15, 2022

What Are The Responsibilities Under Electronic Visa Status?

In recent years, the Home Office has steadily progressed toward an improved digitized immigration system, and it appears they will probably continue this way.

Previously, individuals who applied for a UK visa with a timeframe of more than 6 months were given a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to indicate their clearance to live in the UK. A BRP is a physical card approximately the size of a credit card.

In recent times, EU nationals with biometric chips in their passports/ID cards) and individuals who were earlier issued with a biometric chip BRP may instead be given an Electronic Visa Status (EVS) to reveal their clearance to reside in the UK.

An EVS is basically a confirmation of the immigration status of an individual, which is only accessible online. Individuals can access their EVS by logging on to their online account with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) with their date of birth and identity document number (passport or BRP). Click the link in the description box below to access the UKVI online portal.

What Are The Obligations As An EVS Holder?

On top of the general conditions of an individual’s particular visa, with an EVS it must be ensured that the following details are kept up to date on the UKVI account.

The UKVI Account Must Be Updated If The Following Details Are Changed.

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address
  • Identity documents, for example, a passport, ID card (EU nationals only) or BRP
  • UK address

To update these details, you must log on to your online account. Not only is it a requirement of your visa to update your personal information, but it is also crucial to make sure that you maintain all information up to date so that you can continue to review the status of your online immigration, confirm your right to work in the UK, and travel easily into the UK.

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