U.K. Immigration 2020 Update: Coronavirus

As per latest updates may 2020, International travelers Entering the U.K. may have 14-Day Quarantine Rules and after arriving will go into quarantine for two weeks. This measures has been implemented from 8 June as announced by the home office UK. Those travelers that are without Pre-arranged apartments or staying facility will be mandate to self-isolate in facilities arranged by the government. This quarantine subject to individuals must be strict and can’t leave their residence for 14 days otherwise they will face heavy penalties.


A new fixed penalty of £100 fine will be charged by the Home Office for those individuals who fail to comply with a request to complete the required form and provide the required details. For those who fail to self-isolate will have a new penalty of £1,000 fine. Further criminal prosecution including unlimited fines comply to those who continue to fail to with these rules.


Visa Extension

Visa Extensions was granteed to those who could not leave the U.K. due to coronavirus. And on request by home officials extension granted with leave expiring after 24 January 2020 and before 31 May 2020


Switching Visa Categories In-Country

The Home Office guidance permits individuals to “apply from the U.K. to switch to a long-term U.K. visa until 31 July 2020. It also includes information relating to switching visas that if your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.


Bereavement Scheme for Family Members of NHS and Health and Social Care Workers

Family members of NHS workers who die from COVID-19 will be entitled to indefinite leave to remain for free. This bereavement scheme by home Office will be extended to NHS support staff and social care workers. This should be given automatically, but those having problem can contact UKVINHSTeam@homeoffice.gov.uk.


Immigration Heath Surcharge

The Prime Minister has promised to scrape the Immigration Health Surcharge for all NHS workers. This fee is payable by foreign national migrants coming to U.K. officials of U.K. government are currently working on how to implement this change and it covers the cost of the NHS whether the foreign national migrants use the service or not.


U.K. Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS)

On 1 June 2020, some UKVCAS will reopen. It will be reopen  to the existing customers that mean the existing customers are applicants who have already booked an appointment to attend an application centre and had their appointment put on hold or deferred will be able to process their applications. UKVCAS will contact applicants directly to advise them of their next steps.


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