COVID-19, Lockdown and Leave to remain in the UK 

The COVID-19 pandemic has defacto impacted UK immigration rules where the government issued a temporary extension for all those whose leave to remain status was meant to expire between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020. With about 2 weeks left until the end of May, it is still unclear if the government will enact a further extension.

Immigration solicitors London confirm that the Home Office has extended peoples visas to ensure safety for those individuals and also to make sure that essential services are kept running. The Home Office has also stated that there could well be another extension put in place at the end of May and that due to the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, no one with legal status in the UK whos status has been impacted by the virus will be scrutinised.

Moreover, if a migrant has been granted a visa extension until May 31st, 2020 it is possible for them to switch their visa and gain a long-term visa. There are a number of immigration applications where a migrant must leave the UK and apply from abroad. Such visa applications can now be handled within the UK if leaving is not an option. In order to do this, you must meet all the requirements for the application that is of relevance to you.

In his most recent COVID-19 address, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson confirmed that the lockdown in the UK has been extended until further notice, most likely past May 31st. This will no doubt affect the immigration situations of many. The Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) is in discussion with various governmental officials and is urging them to once again extend UK visas until September, this is however yet to be approved. We will update you in a blog article when a new official statement is made about this.

Our team of expert immigration lawyers are watching the situation closely and are staying up to date with all information regarding COVID-19 and its effects on UK immigration law. We are here to help you achieve the UK immigration status you deserve and can consult you on your specific case through various remote options.

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