Coronavirus has been effecting nearly everyone on the planet and the only way to break the chain is to practice social distancing. While you are at home, this is the time for you to plan for your future! If you were planning for UK Immigration earlier this year, below is some really important information you need to know.
The UK government has decided that those who are in the country right now with some visas can now apply for Visa extension due to travel restrictions imposed for self-isolation. Initially, there were complaints that the previous policy for those wishing to stay in the UK due to the coronavirus COVID-19 related travel restrictions, was limited to Chinese nationals. Now any national can apply to remain in the UK if their visa runs out between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020.
Since the WHO (World Health Organization) declared a global pandemic, many have been worried about their immigration and travel plans, but now they can apply for a visa extension. Whereas those who applied for immigration applications before the pandemic, their applications will still be processed, however processing times may vary due to fewer workforce now.
Specific for those who applied Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa before COVID-19 Pandemic. If your endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because you have not been able to travel to the UK you may still be eligible for a visa. You should make your application as planned and we will consider all applications on a case by case basis.
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 May 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 automatically extended to 31 March 2020. You can apply online. The terms of your leave will remain the same until your application is decided.
COVID-19 Pandemic & UK Immigration: Frequently Asked Questions - Can I Still apply for UK Immigration? Yes, you can! There is no effect on immigration policies to date. However, there will be delays in processing & your application might be on hold, but rest assured this does not mean that it is a bad impact, once the situation gets normal it will be processed smoothly. - I have submitted my immigration application online, but my appointment has been canceled. Would this impact my immigration status in the UK? No, the Home Office has confirmed that your immigration status in the UK will not change as a result of you not being able to attend an appointment. If you have already booked an appointment, it is likely that the appointment will be rescheduled at a later stage.
Source & Credits: www.gov.uk | UK Officials Disclaimer: We will try to update our website as much as possible when information becomes available however we strongly recommend you to check with official sources for the latest information.
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