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In the midst of the global disruption being caused by the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office has published new immigration guidance for those affected by travel restrictions to and from China.
There has been no legislation passed and no new immigration rules have been announced. This likely reflects the fast-changing nature of the situation and the need for the government to be able to update the guidance quickly in response to how the situation develops. We understand the government plans to update the guidance in the coming weeks, but there is no confirmation as to when this will happen.
The main types of individuals currently affected include:
Have you thought about the location of your current or incoming talent and how the outbreak may affect their immigration status? The new guidance will be relevant to both sponsor licence and non-sponsor licence holders who employ or host Chinese nationals (for example for business meetings), and we encourage organisations to consider the following questions and seek advice if they are affected.
Sponsor licence holders –Tiers 2, 4, and 5
Whilst the guidance itself currently only applies to China, individuals applying for permission to enter the UK in other affected countries may also be impacted by the closure of visa application centres due to local outbreaks.
This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.
All content on this page is correct as of March 6, 2020.