Several countries have been slowly moving away from physical forms of confirming the immigration status of foreign nationals (e.g., vignettes or visa stickers in passports and residence permits) and towards the adoption of digital authentication methods. Most commonly, we are seeing eVisas or digital visas introduced for short-term visitor travel; however, some countries are also now adopting them for long-term stays. This article will focus primarily on the changes being made to the UK’s immigration system and also describe briefly some other interesting recent developments.
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