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Hastily Announced UK Digital Visa Deadline Endangers Millions

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UK Rushes Digital Visa Deadline, Placing Millions in Legal Rights Crisis

The UK government’s shift to digital visas, which has been criticized as haphazard and hurried, puts the legal rights of more than 4 million non-EU immigrants living in Britain at risk. There are concerns of extensive interruptions as a result of the Home Office’s attempt to replace Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) with digital “eVisas” by December 31.

Important Points:

Deadline Concerns: Over 4 million people need to switch to eVisas in order to keep documentation of their eligibility to live, work, and use public services in the UK as the BRP expires soon.

Difficulties with Implementation: Charities report major difficulties reaching out to impacted migrants, citing out-of-date contact details and a lack of knowledge about the new regulations.

Possible Repercussions: If the deadline is missed, immigrants may not be able to provide proof of status for housing contracts, employment applications, or other necessities.

Call for administration Action: In order to avert a possible humanitarian crisis analogous to the Windrush affair, advocates implore the next administration to take immediate action regarding the digital visa changeover.

Response and Worry:

Activists and nonprofit organizations caution about a potential “cliff edge” situation in which vulnerable groups—such as refugees and victims of human trafficking—may suffer grave repercussions as a result of administrative errors.

The hurried digitization plan was denounced by Zoe Dexter of the Helen Bamber Foundation, who also warned of the possibility of widespread injustices if prompt, coordinated action is not done by all government agencies.

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