Passport stamps, vignettes and codes—examples and common problems
Produced in partnership with Kathryn Bradbury and Rhona Azir of Payne Hicks Beach
Passport stamps, vignettes and codes—examples and common problems

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Kathryn Bradbury and Rhona Azir of Payne Hicks Beach provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Passport stamps, vignettes and codes—examples and common problems
  • Reading passport stamps and vignettes issued pre-March 2015—key information
  • Example
  • The format of immigration stamps/vignettes
  • Immigration codes and conditions
  • Examples of immigration stamps/vignettes
  • Stamps/vignettes that prohibit all types of work
  • Stamps/vignettes that allow specific employment or work subject to restrictions
  • Stamps/vignettes that permit work without restriction
  • Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Immigration?

This Practice Note explains and gives examples of the different immigration stamps and vignettes (stickers) endorsed in non-EEA nationals’ passports and common problems with these.

Since the completion of the rollout of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) and Short Stay Permits (SSPs) in all categories of entry clearance and leave to remain (see Practice Note: Biometric Immigration Documents), the only passport endorsements issued to non-EEA nationals by UK immigration authorities which confer leave to enter or remain in the UK (rather than rectangular landing stamps endorsed on arrival during the currency of a person’s existing leave) are stamps granting leave to enter which can be issued by an Immigration Officer at a port of entry. One common example is the grant of leave to enter as a visitor to a non-visa national.

However, it is important to be aware of what stamps and vignettes

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