Many of our clients are extremely concerned as their UK visa vignettes are expiring during the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and they are not able to travel to the UK.
Fortunately, the Home Office confirmed that if a person has a 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family, and the visa has expired or is about to expire, the person can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates until the end of 2020.
The Home Office also said that applicants in these positions would not be penalised, for not collecting their Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) while the Covid-19 lockdown measures are in place.
Further good news on the issue, is that Breytenbachs can now also confirm that one can request revised validity dates of up to 90 days until the end of 2020. This was confirmed in a written reply in the House of Parliament on 11 May 2020. This is, of course, wonderful news for all our clients with expired visa vignettes.
The replacement arrangements for the visa vignettes will be in place till the end of 2020.
If you need to request a replacement visa vignette, please contact us without delay.
All you need to know about a UK visa vignette
Many persons are unsure what a visa vignette is. The visa vignette is a physical visa or sticker that is added to your passport or travel document. You receive this visa vignette, once your UK visa has been approved.
The visa validity dates and type of visa are indicated on the visa vignette, along with a print of your photo ID.
This visa vignette is valid for 30 days and allows you to travel to the UK during those 30 days. (Note however that the replacement visas during Covid-19 can have a validity date of up to 90 days, as per our news above). One cannot travel before the validity date shown on your visa vignette.
The Biometric Residence Permit
When you arrive in the UK, you have to collect your full UK visa within ten days of arriving.
This full visa will be in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The BRP is an actual card, the size of a standard size bank card. The collection point for one’s BRP is usually a designated Post Office and will be indicated on a notification letter.
You will have to show your BRP card when you travel in and out of the UK, together with your passport. You might also be requested to show your BRP to your landlord or employer when they do the “Right to Rent” and “Right to Work” checks.
You can also read more about Biometric Residence Permits at this link.
How Breytenbachs can help you
Please get in touch with your Breytenbachs consultant for assistance to request your replacement visa vignette. You can contact your consultant directly. If you are not currently a client of Breytenbachs, please send an email to us at email@example.com