Friday, November 27

UK Visa no longer extended due to COVID, Need to return by August end

Earlier, if you were stuck in the UK with a visa that expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, you were able to request an extension. This was in case you were not able to return home because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus. However, as per the latest updates on 30th July, it no longer holds good. Since travel restrictions are now being lifted globally, you are expected to make arrangements to return to your home country or apply to regularize your stay in the UK.

The government has given ample time in order to make the necessary travel arrangements. And so, if your visa was due to expire between the 24 January 2020 and 31 August 2020, you’ll be able to stay within the UK up to 31 August 2020.  In case you are unable to leave by then, you may request additional time to stay, also known as ‘exceptional indemnity’, by contacting the coronavirus immigration team (CIT). The indemnity does not grant you leave but will act as a short-term protection against any adverse action or consequences after your leave has expired.

Good news is that some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) have reopened for existing customers. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open. Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are offering a reduced number of appointments because of coronavirus. As more appointments are made available, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will invite you to arrange an appointment by email or post.

In case you plan to stay back in the UK after 31st August, you need to submit the appropriate application to make your stay in the UK valid. You need to meet the requirements, pay the application fee and submit it upon appointment. However, UKVI can reuse your biometrics/ fingerprints. You’ll be emailed with instructions on how to send them an image of your face and your supporting documents.

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If you’ve applied for a Tier 4 visa and are waiting for a decision on your application, you can start your course or studies before your visa application has been decided if:

  • your sponsor is a Tier 4 sponsor
  • you have been given a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)
  • you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this
  • the course you start is the same as the one listed on your CAS
  • you have a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if required

If you’ve applied for a Tier 2 or 5 visa and are waiting for a decision on your application, you can start work before your visa application has been decided if:

  • you’ve been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this
  • the job you start is the same as the one listed on your CoS

If you’re on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and your business has been disrupted, you no longer need to employ at least 2 people for 12 consecutive months. The 12 month period you’re required to employ someone for can be made up of multiple jobs across different months.

If you’ve not been able to employ staff for 12 months by the time your visa expires, you’ll be allowed to temporarily extend your stay to give you time to meet the requirement. These arrangements will continue for applications made after 31 May 2020, where the jobs you’re relying on were disrupted due to coronavirus.

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If you are Outside the UK, many visa application centers are reopening and hence you can start your application process. However, note that returning customer passports are given priority and hence your application may take a while.

Source: www.gov.uk