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COVID-19 Update: Additional Advice for Entering and Staying in the UK

On Friday 1st May 2020, the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) renewed its current guidance for temporary residents in the UK and individuals who would like to apply for a visa.

Amendments:

If you are an NHS worker:

  • Some frontline workers will have their visas automatically extended if their leave expires between 24th January and 31st May 2020. This will also apply to their families.
  • The following healthcare professionals within the NHS and independent professionals will also be subject to changes in the terms of their visas:
  • biological scientist
  • dental practitioner
  • health professional
  • medical practitioner
  • medical radiographer
  • midwife
  • nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • ophthalmologist
  • paramedic
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • podiatrist
  • psychologist
  • social worker
  • speech and language therapist
  • therapy professional
  • NHS staff can carry out any extra or different frontline work during the pandemic. Equally, you can work at any NHS hospital if your sponsor maintains their sponsorship duties.

If you are currently overseas:

  • If your 30-day visa to either travel, study or work in the UK is due or has expired, you can apply for a replacement visa. You must submit a request to the Coronavirus Immigration Health Centre. In this request, you must include the following in the subject line:
    name, nationality, date of birth, your GWF reference number and the quote “REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA”.
  • If your country’s Visa Application Centre (VAC) is shut and you have an urgent need to come to the UK, you can apply for emergency travel documentation.

If you have applied for a Tier 2 or 5 visa and awaiting approval:

You can commence employment prior to the decision of your application if:

  1. You submitted your application prior to your visa expiration. You must show evidence of this.
  2. You have been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  3. Your employment is identical to the one stipulated on your CoS.

If you have applied for a Tier 4 visa and awaiting approval:

You can commence your studies prior to the decision of your application if:

  1. You have a legitimate ACADEMIC Technology Approval Certificate (ATAS)
  2. You have a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) and the course for your studies is identical to the one stipulated on your CAS
  3. Your sponsor is a registered Tier 4 sponsor
  4. You submitted your application prior to your visa expiration. You must show evidence of this.

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or require legal services, please contact a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com or by telephone +44 (0)20 3318 5794.