UK Visas and Immigration news

Keep up to date with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) changes and other immigration updates.

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24 June 2019 - Use of ePassport gates

Since 20 May 2019, people from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA have been able to enter the UK using ePassport gates. 

However, there are some exceptions; if you're a national of one of the above countries you still need to see a Border Officer and get a stamp in your passport if you're entering the UK:

  • on a Permitted Paid Engagement visa
  • on a Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) visa
  • on a National Identity Card
  • on a passport which doesn't have a biometric chip
  • with children under 12
  • on a Short Term Study visa to to study for up to 6 months (if you'll be in the UK for 11 months for an English language course, you'll need to apply for a visa in advance)

The Home Office has produced a leaflet which you can download below and which may help if you're not sure. 

January to March 2019

Travelling while you're awaiting a decision on your extension/switch application

The Home Office has confirmed that, even though in many cases you can now keep your passport rather than having to send it to UK Visas and Immigration, you shouldn't travel outside the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) until you receive your new BRP. 

If you do, UKVI will consider your application as withdrawn and your leave to remain will expire.

You can travel if you're just having a stamp in an expired passport transferred to a BRP, but UKVI advise taking any documentary evidence you have with you. 

Digital application service within the UK (UKVCAS)

The option to go to a Post Office to submit your biometric data has been closed, so everyone applying within the UK will need to attend a UKVCAS Centre appointment.  The nearest centres to Leeds are in Burnholme (York), Wakefield and Manchester. 

When you complete a visa application, you'll automatically be redirected at the end to the UKVCAS website.

Applying for reimbursement of a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), Tier 2 (General) or Indefinite Leave to Remain application fee

Instructions for how to reclaim the cost of your application have been updated. If you're apply for your visa within the UK, you should select the "Visa - Tax and NI" option; if you submit your visa application from overseas, you should pick "Visa - No tax/NI".

Visit the immigration news archive page for older news. 

Page last updated: 25 June 2019