COVID-19 guidance update

On 26 June 2020, the Home Office updated the COVID-19 guidance.

Applicants who are applying to stay in the UK on a long-term basis can switch from within the UK until 31 July 2020, if their leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020. This includes applications where the applicant would usually need to apply for entry clearance from their country of nationality or residence.

In addition, migrants can also apply from within the UK if their leave expires after 31 July 2020 and they need to urgently submit a new application. For instance, the applicant is going to start a new job or course of study, but cannot leave the UK to make an application overseas. This includes applications to switch into a completely different employment field or changing jobs and using a new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Migrants will still need to meet the requirements of the visa category they are applying for and pay the UKVI fees.

This includes applicants whose leave has already been extended to 31 July 2020.

UKVCAS Service Point Status

Sopra Steria UKVCAS is planning to open 8 brand new service points throughout July and August 2020.

Service Point      Forecast to open during

Bath                                w/c 3 August

Guildford                        w/c 13 July

London – Croydon 2       w/c 13 July

Luton                              w/c 13 July

Maidstone                       w/c 13 July

Norwich                          w/c 13 July

Nottingham                     w/c 13 July

Sunderland                      w/c 13 July

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