Family or Private life applications
Individuals wishing to make an application to enter or remain in the UK on the basis of family or private life should be aware of updated information from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
Those who have expired visas but have had to stay in the UK because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in their home countries, may not be subject to any immigration penalties. This concession only applies if their leave expired between 1st March and 31st August 2020. Applications to stay made after 31st August 2020 or not made at all means that overstayers must now make travel arrangements to leave the UK.
Individuals who have 6 months’ leave, are seeking to get married or have a civil ceremony but this has been interrupted because of the pandemic can apply for an extended stay. This will last for a further 6 months so the ceremony or wedding can go ahead.
Income and maintenance requirement
The Home Office has made changes to the minimum income and adequate maintenance condition to facilitate applicants who have suffered financial loss because of the pandemic. These concessions will apply to:
- Self-employed individuals who incurred a loss of yearly income between 1st March 2020 and 1st January 2021
- Individuals who were placed on the furlough scheme and received lesser salaries
- Anyone who received a reduced income because of coronavirus up to 1st January 2021
Applicants will benefit either from loss of annual income being disregarded completely, reduced salaries being treated as if they were full salaries or the Home Office’s consideration of remuneration for the time before the loss of income was incurred because of the virus.
Should you wish to discuss any of your immigration questions regarding the above-information or if you require legal assistance with your visa application, 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.