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    19 October 2020 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145023 (WhatsApp/Viber)

    >>> COVID19 and the UK Immigration updates

    Spouses and minimum income (UPDATED 16 October)

    Another group of people under particular pressure during the crisis is families where one partner is on, or about to apply for, a spouse visa. Loss of earnings as a result of the coronavirus-induced economic crash may mean that the family fall foul of the financial requirements.

    Until 8 June there was no published concession for people in this situation. There is now a section of the guidance on Changes to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement. It says:

    "If you’ve experienced a loss of income due to coronavirus up to 1 January 2021, we will consider employment income for the period immediately before the loss of income, provided the minimum income requirement was met for at least 6 months immediately before the date the income was lost.

    If your salary has reduced because you’re furloughed, we will take account of your income as though you’re earning 100% of your salary.

    If you’re self-employed, a loss of annual income due to coronavirus between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 will usually be disregarded, along with the impact on employment income from the same period for future applications."

    This concession initially applied only for loss of income up to 31 August, but was extended to 1 January 2021 on 16 October.

    There is a bit more information on page 69 of the Appendix FM 1.7: financial requirement guidance.

    Students (UPDATED 16 October)


    The Home Office released a separate guidance document about coronavirus and student visas on 20 April. It covers a number of temporary immigration concessions for those on student and short-term student visas which “will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal”.

    The section of the document aimed at individual students covers:

    "Distance learning: now permitted. This is both for existing students and, since a 16 June update, for new students “provided they intend to transition to face-to-face learning as soon as circumstances allow”. Students who do not intend to travel to the UK and will do the course entirely from abroad “do not require sponsorship”.
    Extending an existing visa: students who need to complete a course delayed by coronavirus can apply in-country for an extension to complete the course. If looking to extend to start a new course, officials will exercise discretion to overlook the normal requirement that the new course should begin no more than 28 days after the student’s permission expires, so long as the new course starts before 31 December 2020.
    Police registration: students normally required to do this need to check if their particular police force is facilitating it. If not, they can register “once social distancing measures are lifted”.
    Working hours: students working for the NHS in various listed professions are exempt from the normal 20 hour a week cap.
    Time limits: “discretion may be applied” if someone applies for an extension that would take them over the normal maximum period allowed for undergraduate or below degree-level study.
    Graduate route: still “scheduled to be launched in summer 2021″. Students who begin their course through distance learning can still switch into it so long as they ” enter the UK before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK”."

    For short-term students, in-country switching onto a full student visa was “allowed on an exceptional basis” until 1 October, provided the person arrived in the UK before 31 July. That has now been dropped from the latest version of the guidance, published on 5 October.

    Start-up and Innovator visas (NEW 16 October)

    The guidance for the Start-up route was updated on 12 October to include a coronavirus concession. It says:

    "Where an migrant [sic] holds leave in the Start-up route and their business has been detrimentally impacted by COVID-19, they are able to apply for a one-time grant of additional leave of 12 months, beyond the normal maximum 2 year period permitted in the Immigration Rules."

    There is also a newish coronavirus section in the guidance for Start-up and Innovator endorsing bodies. Among other things, it advises those handing out endorsements to have “frank discussions” with would-be applicants, who may wish to think about “whether they are likely to be able to start developing their business in the UK under the current situation”.
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  2. #92

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    >>> COVID19 and the UK Immigration System


    Exceptional assurance


    Exceptional assurance was initially available only to those with a visa expiring up to 31 October, but has now been extended to 30 November as part of the second England-wide lockdown.


    People requesting exceptional indemnity/assurance need to fill in an online form to explain why they can’t leave by 30 November. If the form isn’t working, the Home Office advises emailing cihassuranceteam@homeoffice.gov.uk with the subject line “Request for an assurance” instead.


    The guidance also allows people to apply for further leave to remain in the UK even “where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country” — provided that the application is “urgent”.

    NHS Workers



    On 20 November came a further extension: the scheme will now cover visas expiring up until 31 March 2021. However, unlike the first phase in which extensions were “automatic”, those with visas expiring between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021 will have to apply to have them extended for free. At time of writing, the second phase of the scheme was not yet open but people will be able to claim back visa fees paid in the meantime. More information here.


    Family members of NHS workers who die from COVID-19 can get indefinite leave to remain for free. On 20 May, this was extended to cover “NHS support staff and social care workers” as well. This should be automatic, but those affected can contact UKVINHSTeam@homeoffice.gov.uk.
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    >>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): EU Settlement Scheme - guidance for applicants: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...for-applicants

    Guidance for EUSS applicants in or outside the UK who have been affected by restrictions associated with coronavirus.

    >>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 - guidance for applicants: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...for-applicants

    Guidance for applicants for documentation issued under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 who have been affected by restrictions associated with coronavirus.
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    09 January 2021 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145023 (WhatsApp/Viber)

    >>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student sponsors, migrants and short-term students: https://www.gov.uk/government/public..._content=daily

    Guidance for Student sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

    >>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): Worker, Temporary Worker and Student sponsors: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...and-5-sponsors

    This is advice for Worker, Temporary Worker and Student sponsors in the UK who are sponsoring those affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

    >>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...y-uk-residents

    This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

    Added continuation of service notice regarding new coronavirus restrictions.
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    14 January 2021 – Just useful and interesting UK & EEA Immigration Law news and updates from the Legal Centre – Open 7 days a week - www.legalcentre.org - +44(0)3300010342, +44(0)7791145023 (WhatsApp/Viber)

    >>> COVID19 and UK Immigration Update


    - UKVCAS retains designation as an essential service under the National Lockdown
    - Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures
    - Extension of Southern Africa travel ban and amendments to the Travel Corridors list
    - COVID-19 Visa Concession Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/government/public...on-scheme-cvcs

    Covid Visa Concession Scheme

    On 11 January 2021, the Home Office published the Covid Visa Concession Scheme. The guidance applies to those who left the UK before 17 March 2020 when FCO travel guidance changed and who had, or are seeking to apply for, leave on an eligible route. Visitors are not eligible under this concession.

    To be eligible, a person must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    they left the UK before 17 March 2020
    their leave expired and they were unable to return to the UK before its expiry due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
    they intend to return to the UK once confirmation they are eligible is given by UKVI, not less than 21 calendar days’ notice of their date of travel, unless either:

    - they cannot travel because travel restrictions remain in place

    - they choose not to travel due to a COVID-19 risk to themselves or their family, for example, showing symptoms, a requirement to self-isolate or being high-risk and unable to travel

    Provided the eligibility criteria are met, authority for the passenger to travel without a visa will be processed by Border Force to allow travel under the concession scheme. After the Border Force Officer is satisfied the criteria are met (following the completion of identity and security checks) people will be granted leave outside of the Immigration Rules for 3 months with the same conditions as their previous grant of leave. People will not be able to leave and re-enter the UK under the same concession.

    UKVI will communicate with all those who have contacted the CIH regarding their leave expiring while they were outside the UK and outline the next steps for returning to the UK to make their leave to remain application.

    It should also be noted that there is an exceptional circumstances section of the guidance. It gives examples of exceptional circumstances that may justify consideration under the scheme even if the eligibility criteria are not met (see page 8).
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  6. #96

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    >>> Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi..._content=daily

    Updated exceptional assurance visa expiry dates to 1 January 2021 and 28 February 2021.

    Updated content under ‘If you intend to stay in the UK’ section:

    "If you decide to stay in the UK, you should apply for the necessary permission to stay to regularise your stay. You’ll be able to submit an application form from within the UK, whereas you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.

    You’ll need to meet the requirements of the route you’re applying for and pay the UK application fee.

    The terms of your permission will remain the same until your application is decided. If you are switching into work or study routes you may be able to commence work or study whilst your application is under consideration, depending on the terms of your current permission.

    You are also able to apply for leave to remain to regularise your stay if you have been issued with ‘exceptional assurance’. You must submit your application before the expiry of your ‘exceptional assurance’."
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