Step-By-Step: How to apply for a new entry vignette for your UK visa

If you have decided not to travel now due to COVID, or your entry vignette has expired, or you just want to push back the date you want to come here, then you need to apply for a replacement vignette. Let us guide you through how to do it.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Vignette Replacement Process

This article follows on from our previous article 'Replacing your Visa Entry Vignette (Transfer of Conditions)'. If you are looking for answers to common questions on this topic then head over to that article first as this one is a step-by-step guide to getting a new vignette with revised travel dates.

Read this first!

One of the most confusing parts of the vignette replacement process is that none of the pages or links use words that will reassure you that you are doing this right! The UK Government has mashed together a few different processes but has not dedicated any section to what I believe should be called 'How to replace your entry vignette' or even "how to arrange new travel dates for your UK Visa'. Remember that this vignette is just your entry window, it is not your visa, your visa is the BRP card that you will collect once you have arrived in the UK. The phrase "Transfer of Conditions' appears to be the closest to what we would describe as getting another sticker in your visa with new travel dates.

Now, having assisted with lots of these over the past year due to COVID, you can rest assured that I am sharing the correct way with you!

If you are worried about doing this yourself, then you are welcome to engage my assistance - click here to get this going and then head to the VISA tab and then VIGNETTE REPLACEMENT.

10 Things you need to know about applying for a replacement vignette

1) You will have to attend another Biometrics Appointment

2) You cannot change your visa start date, only your revised arrival date

3) You will have to send your passport away, unless the VAC in your country offers a "keep your passport when applying' option.

4) You do not have to include another bank statement (proof of maintenance)

5) You can also upgrade to Priority Processing, so that they put you 'to the top of the queue'.

6) If your last vignette had a 30-day window, you will find this one will have a 90-day window as since COVID they have increased the arrival window.

7) I would strongly recommend using the same passport, if your previous passport has been lost or stolen you will need to provide evidence that you have reported this to the police.

8) You can apply for a replacement vignette at anytime provided your visa is valid. So if you have a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa that is valid for two years, you can apply for a vignette at any point during the two year validity.

9) You do not need to wait for your existing vignette to expire before applying for a replacement.

10) You can do this as many times as you need to! But you will have to keep paying the £154 and go through the same process.

Step 1

To begin the process head here: https://visas-immigration.serv...

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click [APPLY NOW]

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Step 2 - Choose the application category

Select [To transfer or replace your visa (vignette)]

Step 3 - Register your e-mail

Probably safer to use the same e-mail as last time, though I can't imagine it would be an issue to change it if you really needed to.

Step 4 - Check your answers

Step 5 - Complete Application

The application is almost the same as you completed before. So it will be very familiar to you.

However there are some different screenshots (as below)

New Arrival Date - please pay attention to the stage where you choose your new arrival date. As per the image below. I have added a couple of comments on here. if you cannot travel in the next 3 months then consider waiting longer to complete this application.

Your Visa or Leave - in this section it asks "How was your visa or leave granted?" It is printed at the top of your current / expired vignette. I have included a screenshot below.

Your Home Office Reference Number - "Do you have any Home Office reference numbers?" - if you have not yet been in the UK then the likely answer here will be NO

Vignette Replacement Application - Your planned travel information

Vignette Replacement Application - Your visa or leave

Vignette Replacement Application- Entry Clearance

Vignette Replacement - information about your application

Step 6 - Evidence

At this stage you are being advised that you will need to include additional evidence if you are applying for a vignette transfer. This is where you will be submitting your passport in order to show your "immigration status in the UK" as this will be the current vignette showing the visa type and validity dates.

Step 7 - Demonstrating your permission to be in the UK

I don't really understand why you need to put down a postcode for your BRP collection as you have already done this previously! The most obvious reason is that this is a 'catch-all' application for a few different scenarios. But as you can't skip it then you need to complete it!

Perhaps this overrides the previous BRP location, I am not sure. But if it does then you might be able to correct your location if you are staying somewhere different to when you completed your application.

Step 8 - Payment of Fees

Just like the first time around you will be directed to World Pay. The current fee (February 2021) is £154 and this will be converted into your local currency.

Step 9 - Booking your Biometrics

The last step now is to book an appointment to do your Biometrics. In most cases you will not have any documents to upload as you should only need your passport, which you will hand over at your appointment.

If you want to speed the process up then you may have the option to pay for Priority Processing.

All in all, the turnaround time for the standard process is the same as when you applied the first time, around 3 weeks (15 working days)

Have I missed anything - or do you have any questions?

If I have missed out any section that you feel should be included or you have anything to share then please do get in touch. (Sarah)

Please remember..."that the information that I have put together above is from my knowledge and understanding of the UKVI system, with a large dose of your fabulous feedback. I am not able to comment or guide everyones situations but will always try and give you some direction, where I can. However, for the official source and a response to your particular situation you should contact the UKVI here.

If you are able to provide more guidance to help others, then please do share it with me! (Sarah)