Home Office extends visas for those effected by COVID-19
Foreign nationals who cannot return home because of the pandemic will be able to extend their visas.
Recently (24 March 2020), the Home Office announced that it will extend the visas of people unable to return to their home countries due to COVID-19. Foreign nationals whose UK visas expire after 24 January 2020 and are unable to leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to COVID-19 will have their visas extended to 31 May 2020.
The UK’s digital tech sector employs a significant proportion of international talent to complement its domestic workforce, and techUK had been lobbying for this change to give businesses, individuals and their families certainty.
Individuals must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team via email (CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk) to update their records. techUK will continue to call on the Home Office to make this an automatic process – giving peace of mind to individuals whilst lessening the burden on the Home Office.
The Home Office has also temporarily expanded the in-country switching provisions to help those who want to apply for visas to stay in the UK long-term.
Home Office guidance can be found here.
techUK will continue to provide updates when new Government guidance becomes available, please visit our COVID-19 Information Hub for further details and also reach out to us at email@example.com.
Latest News from
COVID-19, protein folding, and the crowd-sourced quest for a cure27/03/2020 16:10:00
Whilst not a new application, the advanced adoption of technology to power computer simulations of protein folding is helping scientists combat COVID-19.
Chancellor unveils wage guarantee scheme for the self-employed27/03/2020 14:05:00
After a comprehensive COVID-19 package for full time workers, the Chancellor extends support to the self-employed.
Supporting Health Services during the Coronavirus Pandemic27/03/2020 13:05:00
An update on how and where to offer support for the NHS.
techUK’s round up of the 2020 Budget27/03/2020 11:05:00
techUK has taken a deep dive look at one of the most consequential budgets for UK tech in recent years.
COVID-19: Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances27/03/2020 09:20:00
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to assist in the national effort...
How to offer support to UK Government26/03/2020 16:25:00
The Cabinet Office has established two websites where UK businesses can register to assist the Government in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Government Procurement Policy Note: Supplier relief due to COVID-1926/03/2020 13:33:00
The Government has published a Procurement Policy Note surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, setting out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their...
How 3D printing is stepping up to fight COVID-1926/03/2020 11:25:00
As supply chains become increasingly limited by COVID-19, 3D printing can offer a viable solution for some products & components beyond the medical supply chain.