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Immigration Corner | Transferring a visa to a new passport

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2019 | 12:30 AM
John S Bassie
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Dear Mr Bassie,

My passport has expired and it contains my current United Kingdom visa. Will I be able to transfer it to my new passport/?   

Please advise.

– NI

Dear NI,

Persons might need to transfer or replace their visa if either the passport has expired or if those persons’ names or personal details have changed.

When a person’s passport has expired, what he/she will need to do will depend on if the visa is used to travel to and from the United Kingdom and/or to prove a person’s right to work in the United Kingdom.

With respect to travelling, persons can use the valid visa in their expired passports when they are travelling to and from the United Kingdom. Persons will need to travel with both the expired and the new passport.

Persons can also choose to either replace their visa with a biometric residence permit if they are in the United Kingdom, and the cost depends on the visa status or they can transfer their visa to a new passport online if outside of the United Kingdom, the cost being £169.

Proof of right to work in the UK

Persons cannot use a valid visa in their expired passport to prove that they have the right to work in the United Kingdom. Persons must replace their visa with a biometric residence permit.

Persons must replace their visa with a biometric residence permit if their overall stay in the United Kingdom is longer than six months and if any of the following details have changed or needs to be corrected: name, nationality, facial appearance, date of birth and/or gender. Persons do not need to get a biometric residence permit or report any changes if their stay in the United Kingdom is less than six months.

All the best.

- John S. Bassie is a barrister/attorney-at-law who practises law in Jamaica. He is a justice of the peace, a Supreme Court-appointed mediator, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a chartered arbitrator and a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (UK). Email: lawbassie@yahoo.com