COVID-19 Update: Latest Changes for Those Affected by Travel Restrictions
As of 15th April 2020, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) broadcasted its recently updated guidance to individuals affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19.
Crucial changes to note are the following: –
- Applicants completing an application will not incur any negative effects to their immigration statuses if they cannot attend their respective appointments. This is because UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVAS) and Service Support Centres (SSC) are now closed. Individuals will be contacted in due course detailing what they need to do next.
- Applicants who have already submitted an online application will have their terms of leave remain unchanged to the ones at the point of their applications. They will not be reprimanded for not attending their biometric appointments etc.
- Sponsors can permit students (Tier 4) to commence studies before their visa applications have been decided if:
i) Sponsors are Tier 4 sponsors
ii) Sponsors have given students a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
iii) Sponsored students already submitted their applications before their visa expiry date and has shown evidence of this
iv) The studies they commence are identical to the one listed on their CAS
v) The student has a legitimate Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate
If an application is refused by the Home Office, then sponsors must end their studies imminently.
- Sponsors can permit workers (Tier 2 and 5) to commence employment before their visa applications have been decided if:
i) Sponsors have assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for them
ii) Workers have already submitted their applications before their visa expiration date
iii) Their job roles are identical to the one listed on their CoS
If an application is refused by the Home Office, they must cease their employment with immediate effect
- For specified workers or volunteers in the NHS, visa extensions will occur automatically by 1 year if they are due to expiry before 1st October 2020. This is free of charge and the UKVI will contact employers and staff who qualify for this extension. There are now an unlimited number of hours an individual can work if they fall within specified categories. For further information of this, please visit: https://www.hudsonmckenzie.com/covid-19-update-immigration-frequently-asked-questions/
If the employee is a pre-registered nurse who resides in the UK, the deadline to sit their respective examinations has been extended to 31st December 2020.
Should you have any immigration queries associated with coronavirus or you are a sponsor and would like further information, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44(0) 2033185799.