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Corona Virus Immigration Update

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Immigration Guidance

Home Office

Guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to travel restrictions because of coronavirus some individuals may be facing uncertainty in relation to the expiry date of their current visa or leave to remain in the United Kingdom. The Home Office understands that in many cases this is because of circumstances outside of your control.

Subject to the below guidance, most people in the UK whose immigration status is affected by the coronavirus outbreak will get an automatic extension of their visa until 31 March 2020.

Read the guidance below to find out if your visa will be automatically extended or if you need to contact the Home Office’s dedicated coronavirus immigration helpline to discuss your circumstances and arrange an extension.

Coronavirus Immigration Helpline

Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Calls are free of charge.

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

 

 Licensed Tier 2, Tier 4 or Tier 5 sponsors: absences due to coronavirus

Some Tier 4 students or Tier 2/5 employees may be prevented from attending their studies or employment due to illness, the need to serve a period of quarantine or the inability to travel due to travel restrictions caused by coronavirus.

Sponsors do not need to report student or employee absences related to coronavirus which they have authorised.

Sponsors do not need to withdraw sponsorship if they consider there are exceptional circumstances when:

  • a student will be unable to attend for more than 60 days
  • an employee is absent from work without pay for four weeks or more

Decisions on whether to withdraw a student from their studies or terminate an employment are for sponsors to make. The Home Office recognises the current situation is exceptional and will not take any compliance action against students or employees who are unable to attend their studies/work due to the coronavirus outbreak, or against sponsors which authorise absences and continue to sponsor students or employees despite absences for this reason.

The Home Office will keep this under review, especially if the length of absences mean a potential repeat of period of studies become necessary.

Guidance on COVID-19

Switching to a Tier 2 category in the UK

If you are a Chinese national in the UK on a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa and want to switch to a Tier 2 General visa you normally need to return to China to make your application.

You can exceptionally apply to switch from a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer to a Tier 2 General visa from within the UK if your visa has an expiry date between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020.

You will still need to pay the relevant fee and meet all the requirements of a Tier 2 General visa, other than the requirement that you usually have to apply in China.


Right to Work Checks for the UK Employers

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The Right To work Checks: For an Employer in the UK

It has become very essential to do the RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS if one is employing the non-EU Immigrant work force or Employee.

Home office Right to work Checks are available online now on the GOV.UK website. It gives the Employers the access 24 hours online for up-to-date and real time information about migrant's right to work and making it easier for both to know their rights and proves that the migrant is eligible to work and how many hours of allowance to them with complete guidance related to your questions.

Right to work is Free and secure to use online unlike the previous paper based services where you need to send the documentations to Home Office and wait for their response.

These changes will mean that the Employers can use the Online Servies to demonstrate that they have carried out the Rights to work checks for their Immigrant Employees and can avoid the penalties in future if found employing theillegal immigrants. This services is Voluntary for Employers as well as for individuals to check.

It is also good for the immmigrant, who can use the online document checking service to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

The Right to Work check can be used by Non-EEA/UK or non-UK Settled nationals. For the other EU nationals with family permits or EU family members would need the necessary documents to prove their right to work in the UK.

For further queries please contact our immigration consultant.

UK Immigration Fees are Changing from 29 March 2019

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UK Visa Immigration, Nationality and the UKVCAS fees are changing from 29 March 2019

UK Visa and Immigration department of GOV.UK had already announced the from 2% till 41% rise in the fees from the last year for the Immigration fees and UKVCAS services provided by Sopra Steria. An extensive list can be found on GOV.UK website.

There are also many major changes has happened since 02nd January 2019.

The fees for Indefinite Leave to Remain has remained same as the last year £2389 and the Naturalisation fees to £1330 and other nationality fees has not changed since last year.

The UKVCAS Super Priority fees has risen 31% in the UK so now it will cost the applicant s £800 on top of the normal application fees, if they are looking to get the 24 hours visa approval.

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News Story

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Home Secretary announced plans for citizenship reforms

The Home Secretary has proposed reforms to British citizenship including tougher English language requirements and changes to the Life in the UK test.

The Home Secretary proposed a series of reforms to British citizenship on this day,Tuesday 2 October2018. The reforms include tougher English language requirements for people applying for British citizenship and proposals to reform the Life in the UK test to give greater prominence to the British values and principles expected of those wishing to call the UK their permanent home.

A public consultation will be brought forward on the Life in the UK test, which is the test an individual is required to take as part of their application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK, and accompanying handbook. The proposals would ensure that the test is more relevant to daily life and culture in the UK.

In addition, the level of language proficiency expected for adults seeking to naturalise as British citizens will be raised.

Home Secretary also outlined that powers to deprive individuals of their British citizenship will be applied to individuals convicted of the most serious criminal offences, where it is in the public interest.

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Latest from Home Secretary for Commonwealth Citizens’

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Commonwealth Citizens' Update

The new dedicated team will work across government to help individuals identify and gather evidence to confirm their existing right to be in the UK.

The package of measures is being introduced to support individuals, who have resided in the UK for an extended period and encourage them to come forward and regularise their stay.

Home Secretary said: This is about individuals, people who have built their lives here in the UK and contributed so much to our society. "I don’t want them to feel unwelcome or to be in any doubt about their right to remain here. There is absolutely no question about their right to remain".

The new team will work with HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education and other relevant bodies to help people evidence their right to be here.

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