The immigration home office has issued new guidelines considering the present situation. Here we have assembled some major immigration law related issues that are required to keep in mind to consider the implications of COVID-19 on the organizations. Hiring an Immigration Advisor will make it easier for you to go through all the proceedings as per the new update.
- UK Visa Processing
Due to the present situation, the UK visa service centres and other centres inside the country are currently closed which has made UK visa proceedings complicated and slow. The home office due to circumstances related to pandemic has updated its refund policies. Now applicants can withdraw application and request for refunds accordingly.
- Passport application for the British citizens living abroad
The British passport application can be registered and made online. However, the applicants those who live abroad, and will have to attend UKVCAS, can only be able to complete their application if local UKVCAS is open.
- Visa applicants with the expiry date
The home office has also updated the rules for those who have a temporary UK visa. The applicants whose visa was about to get expired between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 were supposed to apply to extend their visa till 31st July if they failed to leave the country due to the pandemic and travel restrictions. Migrants were allowed to apply for visa extension via an online form. For those who have already applied on time but did not receive any reply from home office were also asked to register through an online form. If you are still finding it difficult, Immigration Lawyers London can help you in the procedure making it easier for you.
- Switching Immigration Categories
The applicants were allowed to apply for a visa from the UK if their visa got expired after 31 July 2020. But the home office did not define what is required for an urgent need of extending the visa. Those who are willing to submit their application within the United Kingdom will have to go through all the procedures as per relevant visa category such as screening, language testing etc.
It is announced in April that those applicants who have applied for tier 2 or tier 5 and their in-country applications are pending may start their work. All you need to do is provide evidence of the application submitted on time to the sponsors.
- Right to work checks
Due to the social distancing measures being taken, the conventional right to work is not possible. In RTW the employee and employer should meet face-to-face. But due to the current scenario, it is not possible to meet with individuals face-to-face. The employers must still conduct RTW checks even if they are not able to meet face-to-face.
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