Immigration Update: Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme and Increase to Immigration Fees

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 19 October 2023
Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP
Issues covered: Electronic Travel Authorisation, Immigration

Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme Roll Out

The UK's new Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme will begin to roll out from 25 October 2023, starting with Qatari nationals before gradually being introduced through 2024 for most nationals who do not currently need a visa to come to the UK.

As ever, holding an Irish passport makes you exempt from the requirements and if you have permission to live, work or study in the UK, or hold a current visa, you will not need an ETA either.

Applicants will be able to apply online or using an app. The Home Office is targeting decisions on straightforward applications within 3 working days. Successful applicants will receive a digital status

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, register today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Employment Law Update Service? We help hundreds of people like you understand how the latest changes in employment law impact on your business.

Help understand the ramifications of each important case from NI, GB and Europe

24/7 access to all the content in the Legal Island Vault for research case law and HR issues

Ensure your organisation’s policies and procedures are fully compliant with NI law

Receive free preliminary advice on workplace issues from the employment team at Worthingtons Solicitors

Already a subscriber, now or Register

This article is correct at 19/10/2023

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Rob Tubman
A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP

The main content of this article was provided by Rob Tubman. Contact telephone number is +44 28 9031 4466 or email

View all articles by Rob Tubman