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UK Government advice for UK Visa Applicant affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted by on March 27, 2020

 

 

UK Government advice for UK Visa Applicant affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 24th March 2020, the UK Government announced that those in the UK with leave expiring between 24th January 2020 and 31st May 2020 will be granted an extension of stay until 31st May 2020. This applies to those who cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The extension is intended to reassure individuals that they will not be adversely affected by a situation which is out of their control.

Those affected will need to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk providing the following information:

  1. full name (as stated in their passport)
  2. date of birth
  3. nationality
  4. previous visa reference number
  5. an explanation as why return is not possible, for example if the border has closed

Those intending to stay in the UK long term will also be able to apply in-country to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31st May. This has been specially implemented for those who would usually be required to return to their home country to submit an application. For instance, switching from Tier 4 (Student) to Tier 2 (General Worker). Individuals applying for long-term visas will still need to meet the visa requirements for which they are applying and pay the correct application fee.