The change over to digital immigration status documents looks set to accelerate in 2024.

Starting with more trusted assurance of someone’s real identity during the application process, a common loophole which fraudsters take advantage of, the UK’s scheme will be massively improved by implementing digital documents.

eVisas already exist within the UK immigration system, however, in the new year a bigger tide of changes to make digital visas permanent as part of the EU Settlement Scheme will get underway.

The changes will be constant throughout visa applications, to entering the UK border and evidencing a legitimate right to work.

Positive impacts will also be felt by international recruitment by being able to identify eligible workers more effectively who can add value back into the economy. The e-visa will be more robust and secure to reduce counterfeiting unlike a physical document, as well as reduce waiting times to physically collect a visa in-person.

The trust and assurance that digital provides generates convenience and better processing at border controls.

Throughout 2024, all relevant visa holders – skilled workers first – will be contacted to register an UKVI account and switch to an e-visa, which their relevant information can be shared on securely to third parties and constituents like employers.

Applicants will be able to update personal details, such as passport information and work history, and provide access codes to potential employers to demonstrate their right to work.