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The Home Office has today published eagerly awaited guidance on the situation of non-EEA nationals in the UK whose ability to make applications or to travel is being impacted by COVID-19.
Concessions introduced so far allowed those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 to stay until 31 July 2020, or alternatively to make applications to “switch” status into a category which would normally require an “entry clearance” application overseas. There was also a concession enabling some persons whose leave was to expire after 31st July to make applications where they had an “urgent need” to do so in the context of COVID-19.
The Home Office had initially stated the concession would not be renewed beyond 31 July 2020. . That has now changed in the light of an announcement made today and set out here.
Whilst the announcement is welcome news for many, it does in certain ways raise as many questions as it answers.
For now, these are the key points to note:
Many questions remain unanswered for our clients, particularly with regard to switching status in the UK and we are seeking urgent clarification from the Home Office on this announcement.
Due to the uncertainty created by this announcement, we would recommend that anyone seeking to rely on these concessions seek urgent advice.
Please contact Chetal Patel if you have any questions on the above.
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.
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