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20 March 2024

Updates to new eVisas and BRP cards – How and when to set up your eVisa

On 31 December 2024, most BRP cards will expire. These cards are being phased out in favour of all information being online instead. We will talk you through how to set up your eVisa.
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Your BRP card is used to prove your immigration status in the UK. When this card expires on 31 December 2024, your immigration status will not be affected. This is how you will prove your status in the UK once your BRP has expired.

All personal information will be proven via the new eVisa online portal. The eVisa is an electronic record of a person’s immigration status. It removes the need to carry around a BRP card at all times as the eVisa portal can be accessed anywhere at any time. It can not be lost, stolen or tampered with, removing this worry that comes with keeping a physical card.  

Read on to find out how this works and how you can set it up. 

Official email from the government

You may have received an email from ‘donotreply.evisadirectmail@notifications.service.gov.uk’ on or after 20 March 2024. If you have not, please check your spam folder as often government emails can get filtered there. 

This email outlines all of the next steps you should take to move your immigration information online. It also includes a number of links to take you to the government website they are as follows:

You should only proceed in setting up your eVisa if you have received an email from the above email address asking you to do so.

How to set up your eVisa

If your BRP card expires on 31 December 2024 and you have received an email from the Home Office, you should take action now.

Please use this link to set up your eVisa: https://www.gov.uk/get-access-evisa 

You must provide the following information to do this:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your BRP Number
  • Your passport (if you do not have a BRP)


You also need:

  • Access to an email address or phone number
  • Access to a smartphone


If you already hold an eVisa you do not need to set up a new account. 

Editing or updating your eVisa information does not affect your immigration status or the conditions of your visa.

Useful links:

To create your eVisa account: https://www.gov.uk/get-access-evisa 

For help creating your eVisa account: https://www.gov.uk/assisted-digital-help-online-applications 

To check if you already have an eVisa account: https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status 

For the latest guidance:  https://www.gov.uk/evisa 

Update your details before travelling: https://www.gov.uk/update-uk-visas-immigration-account-details 

If your BRP has been lost, damaged or stolen: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/lost-stolen-damaged 

We have a blog available to read on the topic of why BRP cards expire on 31 December 2024 if you would like more information: https://woodcocklaw.co.uk/why-does-my-brp-expire-on-31-december-2024/ 

FAQ

You should always carry your BRP card with you until it expires.

As soon as you receive the email from ‘donotreply.evisadirectmail@notifications.service.gov.uk ‘ you should set up your eVisa as soon as possible.

Please follow this link if your BRP has been lost, stolen or damaged: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/lost-stolen-damaged

This link www.gov.uk/evisa allows you to register to receive updates whenever it is updated throughout 2024.

How we can help

Woodcock Law can assist with all UK immigration matters. We offer a free initial 10-minute call for all new clients. After this, if we decide that we can help you, then you can book a longer, paid consultation that lasts either 30 minutes, or an hour.

Please get in touch today if you require the help of an immigration advisor.

All of our contact details can be found here: https://woodcocklaw.co.uk/contact/

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