Our immigration law advice clinic has started up again, this time as a telephone service. Call us on 020 7538 4909 to see if we can help and make an appointment.
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.
People in the UK with leave that was due to expire between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 were able to request an extension to 31 July 2020 if they could not leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
If your leave was extended to 31 July under the coronavirus concession, you have until 31 August to leave the UK (the “grace period”).
If you intend to leave the UK but are not able to do so by 31 August 2020, you may request additional time to stay, also known as ‘exceptional assurance’, by contacting the Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Team.
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.
How we can help:
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 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.
Making an application under the scheme is straightforward for many people and only means completing three key steps:
- 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: