COVID-19 guidance update

If a migrant’s leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, they will automatically be granted a grace period of up until 31 August 2020. This is in order to make any necessary arrangements to leave the UK or apply for a long-term visa. The 1-month grace period is automatically granted and migrants will not need to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT).

If migrants are unable to leave the UK before 31 August 2020, they will need to contact the CIT to apply for additional time, also known as ‘exceptional assurance’. Please note that migrant will need to provide evidence to show that they cannot leave the UK before 31 August 2020. For example, if you can’t leave the UK due to travel restrictions, you will need to submit a copy of a travel ticket for after this date. If you can’t leave the UK because you have coronavirus, you will need to submit evidence of the positive coronavirus test result.

If your leave expires after 1 September 2020

Where individuals would usually need to apply for entry clearance from their home country, they will be able to submit an application from within the UK. However, migrants will need to evidence that their application is urgent, for example if they need to start a new job or course of study.

Migrants will need to pay the relevant UKVI fees and meet all requirements of their visa as normal.

If you are applying for a Global Talent visa

If your endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because you have been unable to apply for a visa, you may still be eligible.

Your endorsement will be accepted if:

  • It was granted on or after 24 January 2020
  • You apply for your visa before 1 January 2021

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