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UNITED KINGDOM: Delays at Immigration Control When Travelling Without a Biometric Residence Card

Where migrants have recently obtained a visa or visa extension in the UK, the new visa will be endorsed on a Biometric Residence Card (BRP). This has been the case since BRPs were introduced in early 2010. It is not advisable for migrants to undertake travel following the visa approval until they have received their BRP, which usually follows within five days of confirmation of the visa approval. Unfortunately, systems used by immigration officials at the ports are not immediately synchronized with those in use by the BRP team. This has led to migrants being delayed at immigration control for up to two hours if they travel without the BRP, so that checks can be done.

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