The Government has introduced several visa extensions and concessions because of the coronavirus. The Government guidance on these concessions is updated frequently, and can be found here.
The guidance says that if your visa or leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 August 2020 there will be no future adverse immigration consequences if you didn’t make an application to regularise your stay during this period. Although at first the Home Office asked people to contact them to request an extension, the guidance has been changed since – it now simply says there will be no adverse immigration consequences if you overstayed during the period from 24 January to 31 August 2020 (whether you made a request to the Home Office or not).
If you have a visa or leave that expires by 30 June 2021, and you intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so, you can request additional time to stay, which is called “exceptional assurance”. You have to submit a request to the Home Office for exceptional assurance.
Further information on what to do if you’re applying to stay in the UK long-term or applying from outside the UK can be found in the guidance.
The Free Movement blog publish a frequently updated guide to the coronavirus concessions here.
How we can help:
Our immigration law advice clinic has started up again, this time as a telephone service. It is run every fortnight on a Wednesday evening. Call us on 020 7538 4909 to see if we can help and make an appointment.
We help people fleeing persecution overseas to be granted asylum in this country. We help to reunite families separated by international borders. We help women escape violence at home.
We can help with things like:
- Asylum claims and appeals
- Entry clearance
- Applications for leave to remain in the UK
- Domestic violence
- Victims of trafficking
- Judicial Review
European Union Settlement Scheme:
The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens and their family members to continue to live, work and study in the UK after the UK’s exit from the European Union. Here’s the Home Office Guidance on the subject.
If you are currently relying on EU free movement rights, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by the deadline of 30 June 2021, or you will lose many vital rights: including the right to work, and the right to claim benefits.
Making an application under the scheme is straightforward for many people and involves only three things:
- prove your identity
- show that you live in the UK
- declare any unspent criminal convictions
But for some people, applying is more complex. For example, you may need advice if:
- You cannot obtain a valid passport or national ID card
- You were in a relationship with an EU citizen, but this has ended
- You have children who might have a claim to British citizenship
- You have criminal convictions
We can help with these more complex cases.
If you are vulnerable or at risk of not being able to apply to the scheme without our help, we may be able to help you free of charge. Contact us to see if we can help.
You can also find information and guidance here: