If you have applied for a UK visa, you might be wondering how to check the status of your application and when you can expect to receive a decision. In this article, we will explain how you can track your UK visa application using your smartphone, what information you will need, and what to do if you encounter any problems.
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What is an online immigration status (eVisa)?
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is developing a digital immigration system that will replace physical documents with an online record of your immigration status. This is known as an eVisa. An eVisa is an online record of your immigration status and the conditions of your permission to enter or stay in the UK. You need to register for a UKVI account to view and share relevant information about your status securely with third parties, such as employers or landlords. You can also update your personal details through your UKVI account, such as your contact details or your current passport details.
How to get an eVisa and a UKVI account?
You will get an eVisa and a UKVI account if you:
applied to the EU Settlement Scheme
applied for a visa and used the UK Immigration: ID Check app
created one when applying for a visa (you’ll have received a UKVI account confirmation email)
How to use your UKVI account to track your UK visa application?
You can use your UKVI account details to log in to the View and Prove service to see your eVisa and check the status of your UK visa application. You can also use this service to check what rights you have in the UK, for example your right to work or claim benefits. You can also use this service to prove your status to others, such as employers, landlords or education providers, by generating a ‘share code’ which gives them time-limited access to relevant data. You’ll need to provide this share code, along with your date of birth, to the person who needs to check your information.
Step By Step Guide
To track your UK visa application using your smartphone, follow these steps:
Visit the View and Prove service website on your smartphone browser.
Enter your UKVI account email address and password and click on ‘Sign in’.
You will see a dashboard with your eVisa details and the status of your UK visa application. The status will show one of the following:
Application submitted: This means you have successfully submitted your application and paid the fee, but you have not yet provided your biometric information (fingerprints and photo).
Biometrics enrolled: This means you have provided your biometric information at a VAC, SSC or using the UK Immigration: ID Check app.
Decision made: This means your application has been decided and you will receive an email with the outcome.
Application withdrawn: This means you have withdrawn your application and you will not receive a decision.
Application invalid: This means your application has been rejected as invalid and you will not receive a decision. This could happen if you did not pay the correct fee, provide the required documents, or attend your biometric appointment.
If you want to see more details about your eVisa, such as your expiry date, conditions, or history, click on ‘View your status’.
If you want to share your eVisa with someone else, such as an employer, landlord or education provider, click on ‘Prove your status’. You will need to enter the reason for sharing, the organisation name, and the email address of the person who needs to see your status. You will then receive a share code that you need to provide to the person, along with your date of birth. The share code will expire after 30 days or after it has been used, whichever is sooner.
How to update your personal details on your UKVI account?
It is important that you keep your personal details on your UKVI account up to date so you can continue to access your account, and to avoid any unnecessary delays at the UK border. You can update your details through the update your UK Visas and Immigration account details service or by using the ‘update details’ function in the View and Prove service. You’ll need to update your details if there are changes to:
your date of birth
your contact details, such as email address, phone number or address
your travel document details, such as passport number, expiry date or issuing country
You will need to provide evidence of the change, such as a copy of your new passport, marriage certificate, or deed poll. You will also need to pay a fee of £20 if you are updating your travel document details.
How to contact UKVI if you have any questions or problems?
If you have any questions or problems with your UKVI account or your eVisa, you can contact UKVI by:
using the online contact form
calling the UKVI helpline on +44 (0)300 790 6268 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm UK time)
emailing [email protected] if you have applied for a health and care visa
emailing [email protected] if you have applied for a skilled worker visa, an intra-company transfer visa, a global talent visa, a start-up visa, an innovator visa, or a student visa
You will need to provide your name, date of birth, nationality, and application reference number when contacting UKVI.
We hope this article has helped you understand how to track your UK visa application using your smartphone. If you need more information, you can visit the UKVI website or the [GOV.UK website] for guidance on visas and immigration.
To conclude, tracking your UK visa application using your smartphone is a convenient and secure way to check the status of your application, view and share your eVisa, and update your personal details. You will need to have a UKVI account and an eVisa to use this service, which you can get if you applied for a visa online or used the UK Immigration: ID Check app. You can also contact UKVI if you have any questions or problems with your account or your eVisa. We hope this article has been helpful and informative for you. Thank you for reading.