For people who are in the UK with visas that are expiring and unable to travel on account of restrictions, the UK government has offered options to switch visa categories (if they are eligible) and allowing them to remain in country. The first leave was till 31 March 2020, extended to 31st May 2020 and then to 31st July 2020.

However, this now has come to an end and it would be business as usual from 1st Sep 2020.

Latest UK Government guidance on corona virus now says:

If you’re in the UK and your leave expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020

If you had a visa that expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 you were able to request an extension if you were not able to return home because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Now travel restrictions are lifting globally you will no longer be able to extend your visa automatically on this basis and you are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise your stay in the UK.

There will however be a “grace period”: people whose visas were extended by the coronavirus concession up until 31 July have until 31 August to leave. Visa holders that have a visa or leave that was due to expire between the 24 January 2020 and 31 August 2020, can stay in UK till 31st Aug 2020.

Read How to extend UK Visit Visa due to Covid-19?

Clarifying its stance the Home Office says that it doesn’t need to be notified if someone needs to stay on during the grace period. It may still be possible to request an extension to this grace period beyond 31 August in individual cases. The Home Office calls this “exceptional indemnity”: The indemnity does not grant you leave but will act as a short-term protection against any adverse action or consequences after the leave has expired.

What to do if the UK visit visa is refused?

If you are in the UK and would like to discuss the feasibility of extending your visas in the UK you can speak to our Immigration experts on info@smartmove2uk.com to consider applying for extending their visit visas from within the UK.

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