It is an unsettling situation at the moment for those in the UK with leave to remain due to expire. Home Office guidance was updated on 24 March and states the following:
No individual who is in the UK legally, but whose visa is due to, or has already expired, and who cannot leave because of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, will be regarded as an overstayer, or suffer any detriment in the future… A visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if an individual cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID19). Individuals must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team email to advise of their situation.
Although this guidance provides some level of reassurance for people who were expecting to leave the UK, but are unable to do so, it remains unclear exactly what will happen to people with limited leave to remain, who wish to extend their leave and remain in the UK. We are waiting for further guidance from the Home Office.
Some of the UK Visa Application Centres have been listed as closed, including the core centre in Manchester. However, we are reassured that those affected by cancellation of appointments at the centres do not need to do anything, as their appointment will be rearranged automatically.
If your leave is due to expire, and you need assistance in making an in-country application to extend your leave, we are happy to assist you with your application. Please contact us today.
Our immigration caseworkers are continuing to work remotely, so we will ensure a smooth digital service is provided to communicate with you throughout the process.