Home Office announced on 31st March 2020 that NHS front line worker visas will be extended automatically as part of the national effort to combat corona virus.
Doctor, Nurses. Paramedics and their family members will benefit visa extension of one year, if their current leave is due to expire before 1st October 2020. Such extension will be automatic and free of charge. The same individuals will also be exempt from Immigration Health Surcharge and will not need to make an application, as the Home Office will directly contact those who are eligible for the extension.
In addition to this, Tier 4 students, Tier 2 workers, Visiting Academic Researchers as well as those who hold a short-term visa and are permitted to volunteer, are no longer subject to a limit on the number of hours they can work or volunteer each week. This also applies to those who work for NHS as a second job. In addition, the Occupational Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been extended to 31st December 2020.
The Coronavirus Immigration Helpline continues to be available over the phone on 0800 678 1767or by email on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk. For further information, you can contact our offices at 0330 058 3929 Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.