UPDATE: New Corona UK visa extensions (to 31 July 2020)

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020

Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020 you visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020.

You will be expected to return to your home country as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

If you’re applying to stay in the UK long-term:

You can apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 July 2020 if your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.

You’ll need to meet the requirements of the route you are applying for and pay the UK application fee.

This includes those whose leave has already been extended to 31 July 2020.

You can apply online. The terms of your leave will remain the same until your application is decided.

If you’ve already made an appointment
If you’ve already made an appointment to attend a UKVCAS or an SSC, you will be contacted to be informed that it has been cancelled. You’ll be advised when you can book a new appointment.

Your immigration status in the UK will not change as a result of you not being able to attend an appointment.

Application and Service Centres in the UK:

UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) and Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are temporarily closed because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You cannot book an appointment.

Hi I’m Tommy in this video we’re going to talk about the visa extensions to the 31st of July you may have already applied for an extension under the coronavirus provisions in the UK until the end of this month so the 31st of May that’s now been extended I’m going to go through how you can apply for an extension if you haven’t applied yet so this is the letter that you would receive you may have already received it if you applied under the older provisions so it says thank you for contacting the coronavirus immigration team I confirm that you’re permitted to remain beyond your 180 stay that’s it in this case it was my client I’d stay only and under a vista visa 480 days with the same conditions that you are that you are already here in the UK under until the 31st of May now if you’ve already applied then you don’t need to make a further application to apply there’s an automatic extension but if you haven’t applied yet then you should and let’s just go through what the guidance is and how you can apply this is the form which I’ll go through in detail in a minute so the position now is if you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24th of January 2020 and 31st of July 2020 then your visa will be extended until 31st of July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of the travel restrictions or self-isolation related to that coronavirus if you’ve already had your visa extended to 31st of May 2020 then your visa will be extended automatically until 31st of July 2020 and it also says you’ll be expected to return to your home country as soon as it’s safe and possible to do so now there’s a box in the forum here let’s just go to that which requires you to give your reasons says reasons for remaining in the UK egg of flight restrictions or self-isolation now I just give you some examples of where like my clients have done this I mean in one case it was in relation to you know a child in other words they had a young child and it wouldn’t be appropriate to get on a plane in these circumstances and potentially expose the child to other passengers and risk of contracting coronavirus in another case it was to do with the situation at home and the fact that there were vulnerable people at their home country of origin so if they were to return there from the UK they would have nowhere else to live and the only place to live would be in a place where it would expose their close relatives to the current or potentially expose them to coronavirus where they were vulnerable so I think this is going to be quite fact-specific and it may be that you can rely on the domestic provisions in other words requiring people to exercise caution not to go out and unless it’s necessary but it’s on the basis of my reading that those sort of reasons alone may not be sufficient that it very much depends it depends on the facts and as it states here just go back to the guidance you will be expected to return to your home country as soon as it’s safe and possible to do so now some of my clients haven’t needed to lodge this extension because they have made applications to stay in the UK long term through other visa routes and exceptionally now you can do this in country you can make an in-country application in circumstances where otherwise you would need to do an out of country application so I have clients who applied for start-up visas innovative visas client using applying for the investor visa all in country and circumstances where they would otherwise be required to make those applications out of country and if you’ve done that then you don’t need to use this form to apply so it says you can apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa which then you visa longer than six months until the 31st of July 2020 if your leave expires between 24th of January and 31st which are 2020 this includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country you will need to meet the requirements of the routes you are applying for and pay the UK application fee so in order for it to be recognized as a valid application this includes those whose leave has already been extended to 31st of July 2020 and you can apply online under terms of your leave well I remain the same until your application is decided so it’s very similar to the situations where section 3c leave under the immigration ad would normally apply and the current position is that the application and service centres in the UK are closed and it says they says some UK visa and citizenship applications will reopen for existing customers from the 1st of June 2020 and you can check that this is a jurisdiction specific so you can check by going through the UK fee CAS site and then it says service and support centres are temporarily closed because of the coronavirus so just to go to the forum so you access the forum by clicking on this link in the in this grey box you must request an extension by updating your records with the coronavirus immigration team so let’s just let’s just go to that so the information that you enter in some cases you won’t you won’t have been given a visa expiry date that so if you’ve come in under a visitor permission but the rule of thumb is 180 days so ID calculate it on that basis and for example you’re a non-visa national and you’ve come in on Vista permission but you don’t have a stamp and I would just treat it as being a hundred eighty days in the last twelve months again not everyone will have a home office reference VF reference or gaff reference so you can just say not applicable but I would use the full character limit of 500 I’ve available to explain why you can’t why you can’t return so you can just explain the reasons there so that is the process for applying and once you do apply in that way then you can receive a letter which will you’ll receive by email which is which is set out here and it will say confirmation of extension and in this case it will states that your leave has been expired up to the 31st of July so these are of course important matters and this is for general information purposes if you do require legal advice then then you should take a specific legal advice on your circumstances but I hope this is a helpful overview of what you need to do thank you very much and I will see you in the next video bye for now

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