Further to our article published on 28 July 2020, the Home Office has announced today that they will allow an extra month grace period for UK visa applicants to plan their departure. The announcement states that applicants do not need to inform the Home Office that they are staying in the UK until 31 August 2020.
During the grace period all applicants will have the same conditions attached to their original grant of leave. If your condition of leave permits you to work and study in the UK you can continue to do so until 31 August 2020.
If your visa expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 and you were unable to leave the UK due to travel restrictions, or having to self-isolate you will be able to take advantage of this current concession. With travel restrictions currently lifted, you will be required to leave UK by 31 August 2020 and make all the necessary arrangements for your departure.
The Home Office also confirmed that you may request additional time to stay if you cannot return, known as “exceptional indemnity”. This can be achieved by contacting the Home Office’s coronavirus immigration team (CIT).
This indemnity does not mean that you will be granted leave to remain, however it will allow you additional time against any adverse action after your leave has expired. There is currently no further guidance on the “exceptional indemnity” scheme, but the Home Office has confirmed that their coronavirus team will provide further assistance to applicants taking advantage of this scheme.
If you wish to stay in the UK and need to acquire leave then you need to submit an appropriate application for leave to remain. Whilst your application is pending the terms of your leave will be extended automatically until a decision is given on your application.
If your visa or leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 there will be no future adverse immigration consequences if you did not make an application to regularise your stay during this period. However, you must now do so from 1 August 2020.
We are stringently following the government advice here at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and can advise and assist you with all your immigration enquiries.
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