COVID-19: Further visa
22 May 2020
The Home Office has released updated guidance on provisions for overseas nationals in the UK who cannot return home due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
The government has confirmed further visa extensions will be granted to give foreign nationals peace of mind that they can stay in the UK until it is safe to travel.
The extension will last until 31st July and applies to anyone whose leave expired after 24th January and cannot leave the country due to travel bans or self-isolation. To get the extension, those affected should contact the dedicated coronavirus immigration team via an online form. If you have already had your visa extended to 31st May 2020, your visa will be extended automatically to 31st July 2020.
For overseas nationals planning to stay in the UK long-term, the Home Office is also extending in-country switching provisions until 31st July.
The latest statement from the Home Office confirms that although visa extensions will be granted, people currently in the UK on temporary visas, such as visitor visas, should still make arrangements to return home as soon as it is possible to do so.
Smith Stone Walters will continue to provide updates on the latest government advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents affected by COVID-19. Please check our website for the most up to date information.