Updated April 2024

The Home Office have announced that they are phasing out Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cards and replacing them with a digital system by the end of 2024.

A BRP card is a plastic card with your name, photograph and immigration status on it.

What is happening?

The government has said they will no longer use physical BRP cards from the end of 2024. Instead they will use an online system for people to prove their leave to remain.

This means that many BRP cards show an expiry date of 31/12/2024. This is the date that the BRP expires, not the date that leave to remain expires.

When does my leave to remain expire?

If your BRP expires before 31/12/2024, then this is the date your leave to remain expires. You will need to make an application to extend your leave to remain before this date.

If your leave to remain expires after 31/12/2024, your BRP will still show an expiry date of 31/12/2024. This is not when your leave expires and you need to find out when your leave does expire. You can find this information in the Home Office letter that granted your leave to remain. If you can’t find this then you can apply for a copy of your full Home Office file by submitting a subject access request using this link:

What do I need to do?

To access the Home Office’s digital system you will need to make an online UKVI account before 31/12/2024. Some people have been contacted by the Home Office with instructions on how to do this. If you have not been contacted yet, don’t worry – you will be contacted later in 2024. There is more information on this page:  http://gov.uk/evisa

 You can check if you already have a UKVI account via this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-your-uk-visas-and-immigration-account

This is video from the Home Office explaining E-visas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54rPXUHuM3I

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