COVID-19 Update: Individuals affected by the pandemic
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have made new amendments to the current set of guidance for individuals negatively affected by the travel restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. These changes are for the purposes of providing clarification to individuals who have visas due to expire after 31st August 2020.
It is important for individuals whose leave expires after the end of August to note the following points:
Individuals have been advised to request for ‘exceptional assurance’ before the end of August if their leave expires between 1st September and 31st October 2020 and they intend to leave the UK but have been unable to do so because of coronavirus. Although this does not grant individuals right to remain, it does grant them additional time to stay in the UK and immunity from the repercussions of staying in the UK after their leave expires.
Where individuals have failed to request this from the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) before 31st August 2020, they are advised to make the necessary travel arrangements to leave the UK now.
For those who plan on staying in the UK and their leave is due to expire, they are encouraged to make an application for leave to remain in the UK. Where individuals would normally have to submit their visa applications from their home countries, they can now apply from within the UK.
Applications should be made on the basis that they meet the necessary requirements for their chosen immigration route and pay the UK application fee.
For applications that need to be determined as a matter of urgency, such as their leave expires after 31st August 2020 and they need to immediately begin a new course of study or job, their applications must have supporting documents and a covering letter attached to explain the urgent nature of their application.
Individuals who are applying for entry clearance but their Visa Application Centre (VAC) remains closed, there is a temporary concession where they can select a VAC in any country to submit their application and biometrics. This must be in accordance with the country’s entry requirements and will be subject to review later this year.
Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require legal assistance with your private immigration matters, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.