By A Staff Reporter
LONDON July 30: If your visa or leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 there will be no future adverse immigration consequences if you didn’t make an application to regularise your stay during this period. However, you must now do so from 1 August, a UK government notification said.
During the grace period the conditions of your stay in the UK will be the same as the conditions of your leave. So, if your conditions allowed you to work, study or rent accommodation you may continue to do so during August 2020 ahead of your departure.
You do not need to contact the Home Office to tell us you are able to leave the UK during the grace period up until the 31 August.
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 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.
The Coronavirus Immigration Team will provide you with further advice on what you need to do to request an indemnity.
This will include providing details of the reason why you are unable to leave the UK and supporting evidence, for example, a confirmed flight ticket with a date after 31 August or confirmation of a positive coronavirus test result.
Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents