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07 April 2020

Immigration Practitioners’ Group - Home Office Update


On the 6th April 2020 the Home Office issued an online form for people who can’t extend their visa and can’t return home due to Coronavirus travel restrictions.

The guidance states; “No individual of any nationality whose leave has expired or is due to expire between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, and who cannot leave the UK because of COVID-19, will be regarded as an overstayer or suffer any detriment in the future.”

However practitioners should be aware that this extension appears to be limited to people in the UK short term who did not plan to stay but can’t leave due to Coronavirus restrictions. The guidance indicates it is not designed for people who intended to remain in the UK long term. Persons with visas expiring which they intended to renew or persons who intended to apply for long term leave should continue to do so through the normal online application forms. Applications for long term visas will be permitted from within the UK for applications where the applicant is normally required to return to their home country. Further information can be found here:

Practitioners should monitor this guidance carefully. The Law Centre’s coronavirus immigration database is also being regularly updated with information to assist practitioners:


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