COVID-19 & UK Visas – What you need to do.
With the worldwide pandemic around the globe with COVID-19, it causes great concern to Nationals living in the UK under Temporary Residence.
We would like to inform you that the Home Office have extended visas for Nationals expiring visas till the 31st of May 2020. This means where your visa is due to expire from now till the 31st of May 2020, you will have an automatic extension of leave.
For more guidance you can make contact with our office on 0207 237 3388.
How should I plan my travels?
It is clear that over the next 8 months, till January 2021 the entire tourism industry will be vigilant on security of passengers.
Generally, it is the basics you will need to get right and remain consistent throughout. As a traveller yourself you will need to ensure you have Protection Equipment and avoid Surface Contact as much as possible, restricting risk of contact with COVID.
You should travel when you feel safe to do so.
What if I do not want to go to my home country, due to the risks of travels?
This is a valid point; the Home Office have the provision of applying for Further leave to remain on the basis of Exceptional Circumstances. At ICS Legal, we would feel that this would fall under this area. You can consider to make an application; however, you would need to prepare prior to submitting an application. It is best to obtain legal advice prior.
My visa is going to expire just after the 31st of May 2020, what can I do?
We are still awaiting directions from the Home Office on those visas that are due to expire, pretty much after the 31st of May 2020. Prospectively around June or July 2020, especially for Students under the Tier 4, or Tier 2 Visa holders who will be made redundant due to the pandemic and businesses finding it difficult to sustain finances.
Under this area it is advised that you should plan from now on wards on the next visa application or where you intend to stay after 3 – 6 months, in which we anticipate rules to be more relaxed and more free movement. We would suggest consulting your family members also when making such huge decisions, and of course you can obtain legal advice with one of our Lawyers.
Furloughed, when do things go back to normal?
The Chancellor announcing the scheme enables employers to have some sustainability. It is difficult for employers maintaining huge monthly costs whilst business services are closed. The Government has enabled employers to obtain up to 80% of earnings covering up to £2,500 per month.