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COVID-19: Extended Visa for foreign nationals

25.03.2020 Immigration

Alan Platt

Alan Platt Director of Immigration

The Home Office has announced that foreign nationals currently in the United Kingdom who cannot return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to extend their visa.

This will apply to those foreign nationals whose leave to remain expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation. This concession will last until  31 May but will be kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed.

A dedicated COVID-19 immigration team has been set up within the Home Office to make the process as straightforward as possible. Anyone in this situation just needs to contact this team, via this email address CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, to let them know their visa has expired and they will be issued with an extension.

To help those who want to apply for visas to stay in the UK long-term, the Home Office is also temporarily expanding the in-country switching provisions.

This will mean people can apply to switch routes, such as from Tier 4 (student) to Tier 2 (General Worker), whilst remaining in the UK. UKVI will continue to process applications as quickly as possible, however some applications may take longer than usual due to COVID-19 related operational pressures.

The Immigration Team at Ince remain available to advise on the above and any other UK immigration matter whilst we work through this difficult time. 

Contact alanplatt@incegd.com for more information.

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Alan Platt