The Coronavirus Crisis has affected many of the immigration procedures in the UK. The Home Office has issued some guidance to deal with a few of the problems caused by the crisis. For example:
- Exceptional Assurance– If you intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so and you have a visa or leave that expires between 1 September and 31 October 2020 you may request additional time to stay, also known as ‘exceptional assurance’, by contacting the coronavirus immigration team (CIT).
- Switching – You can apply from within the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa in cases which were not permitted in the past (for example, visitor – spouse of British citizen).
- Financial Requirement for spouse visas – If you have suffered a loss of income due to Coronavirus, the Home Office will consider your employment income for the period immediately before the loss of income, providing the requirement was met for at least 6 months up until March 2020.
If your immigration procedure has been affected by Coronavirus, please contact us. We will advise you on the best course of action in these difficult times.
Here is short video about Covid-19 Crisis and Immigration procedures: