Thursday 2 July 2020 2:46 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON July 2: The UK government website on 1st April has updated their advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.
If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020
Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
You must request an extension by (https://gov.smartwebportal.co.uk/homeoffice/public/ho_form.html) updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) if your visa is expiring and you cannot leave the UK at present but are not planning to stay in the UK in the long term.
If you’ve already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020, your visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020. You are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK before this date where it is possible to do so.
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 July 2020 if your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.
You can also apply from the UK if your leave expires after 31 July 2020 but you urgently need to make a new application, for example to start a new job or course of study, and cannot leave the UK to make an application from overseas.
This includes applications to switch into a different work route or to change jobs in the same route using a new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). You’ll need to meet the requirements of the route you’re applying for and pay the UK application fee.
This includes those whose leave has already been extended to 31 July 2020.
You can apply online. The terms of your leave will remain the same until your application is decided.
Application and Service Centres in the UK
Some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) have reopened for existing customers. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open (https://www.gov.uk/ukvcas)
Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are offering a reduced number of appointments because of coronavirus. As more appointments are made available UKVI will invite you to arrange an appointment by email or post. https://www.gov.uk/visas-and-immigration-service-and-support-centres
For further information on various other visa categories please visit the following link
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