Covid-19 Pandemic – Update for clients
We’re living through unpredictable times, with a constantly changing situation around the COVID-19 virus. We have set up this page to provide our clients with up to date information regarding our operations and updates on UK Immigration guidance.
We continue to operate normally with limited face to face meetings and following government guidelines to ensure staff and client safety in this difficult time. We kindly request to avoid requesting any face to face meetings unless it is absolutely necessary.
UK Visa Extensions
On 01 November 2020, the UKVI updated its Coronavirus guidance for visa nationals whose visa is due to expire between 01 November 2020 and 30 November 2020. If individuals have taken all reasonable steps to leave the UK or regularize their stay but were unable to do so they can apply for a temporary extension of leave, known as ‘exceptional assurance’. This must be done by completing the designated online form.
The extension will grant a temporary lawful stay that provides protection from any breach of immigration due to the pandemic. Rights to work and or study will automatically be extended with the grant of the ‘exceptional assurance’.
Evidence of taking all reasonable steps to leave the UK must be submitted upon the request of the UKVI, and individuals who had been granted assurance during the previous lockdown who require a further extension must re-apply.
UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) will continue to be fully operational during the November 2020 lockdown.
The Coronavirus Immigration Helpline continues to be available over the phone on 0800 678 1767, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM or by email on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk.
It is highly advised to check government websites for the latest official information on consular and visa application centre closings.
Please visit Corona virus update page for more details.