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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the UK immigration system – Where do you stand?

In these testing times of uncertainty, clarity is of the utmost importance. Irrespective of one’s social, political or economic status, we are all impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in some capacity. To shed some light, here is some advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

(Updated as of 26 June 2020)

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020:

“your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must request an extension by updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) if your visa is expiring and you cannot leave the UK at present but are not planning to stay in the UK in the long term.”

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

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk. Your email must be in English.

Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.

You should provide:

  • your full name (include any middle names)
  • date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • nationality
  • your previous visa reference number
  • why you can’t go back to your home country, for example if the border has closed

You will be notified when your request has been received and when your visa has been extended.

If you’re applying to stay in the UK long term:

“during these unique circumstances you’ll be able to apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 July. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country. You’ll need to meet the same visa requirements and pay the UK application fee. This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 July 2020. You can apply online. The terms of your leave will remain the same until your application is decided.”

Application and Service Centres in the UK

“Some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) have reopened for existing customers. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open.

Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are offering a reduced number of appointments because of coronavirus. As more appointments are made available UKVI will invite you to arrange an appointment by email or post.”

English language testing centres in the UK

“Some English Testing Centres are resuming services. For more information on how you can book your English Language Test, contact either:”

If you’ve already made an appointment

“We have contacted you if you made an appointment to attend a UKVCAS or SSC that is still temporary closed to let you know it has been postponed. You’ll be contacted when you can book a new appointment.

Your immigration status in the UK will not change as a result of you not being able to attend an appointment.”

If you’re on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and your business has been disrupted

 “You no longer need to employ at least 2 people for 12 consecutive months each. The 12-month period you are required to employ someone for can be made up of multiple employees across different months.

Time when your employees were furloughed will not count towards the 12-month period.

If have not been able to employ staff for 12 months in total by the time your visa expires, you will be allowed to temporarily extend your stay to give you time to meet the requirement.

These arrangements will continue for applications made after 31 May 2020, where the jobs you are relying on were disrupted due to COVID-19.

If you’ve applied for a Tier 4 visa and are waiting for a decision on your application

You can start your course or studies before your visa application has been decided if:

  • your sponsor is a Tier 4 sponsor
  • you have been given a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)
  • you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this
  • the course you start is the same as the one listed on your CAS
  • you have a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme(ATAS) certificate if required

If your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused you must stop your course or studies.

If you’ve applied for a Tier 2 or 5 visa and are waiting for a decision on your application

You can start work before your visa application has been decided if:

  • you have been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • you submitted your application before your current visa expired and you show your sponsor evidence of this
  • the job you start is the same as the one listed on your CoS

“If your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused your sponsor will stop sponsoring you and you must stop working for them.”

If you need more information about the measures in place for students and their sponsors, check out the information here < detailed guidance on the temporary measures in place for Tier 4 sponsors, their students and short-term students in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you’re working for the NHS

“Some health workers and their families will get their visas automatically extended because of coronavirus. The extension will apply from the date your visa is due to expire.

If your visa is due to expire after 1 October 2020, you’ll need to apply to extend your visa as usual.”

These changes will apply to you if:

  • you work for the NHS or an independent health or care provider
  • your visa expires between 31 March and 1 October
  • you work as a:
    • biochemist
    • biological scientist
    • dental practitioner
    • health professional
    • medical practitioner
    • medical radiographer
    • midwife
    • nurse
    • occupational therapist
    • ophthalmologist
    • paramedic
    • pharmacist
    • physiotherapist
    • podiatrist
    • psychologist
    • social worker
    • speech and language therapist
    • therapy professional

If you’ll be working at a different NHS site than your usual place of work because of Coronavirus

You can work at any NHS hospital during the coronavirus outbreak if your sponsor can maintain their sponsorship duties.

Sponsors will not need to notify UKVI of the change in your place of work.

If you do any different or extra work due to Coronavirus

You can carry out supplementary work in any role at any skill level during the coronavirus outbreak. There is no restriction on the number of hours you can work.

Changes to the current restrictions on the number of hours you can work or volunteer

“There is no longer a limit on the number of hours you can work or volunteer each week if you’re a:

  • tier 4 student
  • tier 2 worker and your NHS job is a second job
  • visiting academic researcher
  • holder of a short-term visa and are permitted to volunteer

If you’re a pre-registration nurse in the UK, the deadline for you to sit the Occupational Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been extended to 31 December 2020. If you do not pass on the first attempt, you’ll have until 31 May 2021 to pass the exam.”

If you’re outside the UK:

“many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed or offering limited services. For advice on visa services in your country, contact”:

  • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS global for all other countries

“In some areas the UK cannot send visa vignettes across some borders and routes due to border restrictions. If you have an appointment and the VAC is now closed, you’ll be contacted and told your appointment will not take place. English Testing Centres are also affected. Visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)’s website here or contact your test centre for more information.”

Getting your documents:

“As VACs reopen we will prioritise returning customer passports. If the VAC where you applied is still closed we will not be able to return your passport. We will reopen more VACs where local restrictions allow and social distancing can be maintained.”

To see if the VAC is open for passport return in your country, check with:

  • TLS contactif you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
  • VFS globalfor all other countries

We are continuing to reopen more VACs where local restrictions allow and social distancing can be maintained.”

British nationals abroad who need to apply for a passport:

“Her Majesty’s Passport Office is accepting online passport applications.

If you are advised that you must book an appointment at your nearest VAC to submit your passport application, you should check if it’s open.

If your country’s VAC is still closed, you won’t be able to apply for a British passport until it re-opens.

If you urgently need to travel to the UK, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to discuss your options. You can also check the latest travel advice from the FCO.”

If you are applying for a Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa

“If your endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because you have not been able to travel to the UK you may still be eligible for a visa. You should make your application as planned and we will consider all applications on a case by case basis.”

If your 30-day visa to work, study or join family has expired

“If your 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.

To make a request, contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. You’ll need to include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number with ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’ in the subject line. If you’ve already contacted us about this, please let us know in your email.

You’ll be contacted when our VACs reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport.

You will not be penalised for being unable collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place.

This process will be in place until the end of 2020.”

If you’re applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life

“There are temporary concessions in place if you’re unable to meet the requirements of the family Immigration Rules to enter or remain in the UK due to coronavirus.

If you’re unable to travel back to the UK due to coronavirus travel restrictions and your leave has expired, a short break in continuous residence will be overlooked. You are expected to make your next application as soon as possible.”

Fiancés, fiancées or proposed civil partners

“If you’re here with 6 months’ leave as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner and your wedding or civil ceremony has been delayed due to coronavirus you can either request an extension until 31 July 2020 by updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team, or apply to extend your stay for a further 6 months to allow the ceremony to take place.”

Changes to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement

“If you have experienced a loss of income due to coronavirus, we will consider employment income for the period immediately before the loss of income due to coronavirus, provided the requirement was met for at least 6 months up to March 2020.

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 31 July 2020 will generally be disregarded, along with the impact on employment income from the same period for future applications.”

If you’re unable to provide specified documents

“In some cases, we will be able to decide your application without seeing certain specified documents if you cannot get them due to coronavirus. Otherwise, you may be asked to submit the specified documents after the date of application.”

Changes to the English language requirement

“If you’re asked to take an English language test as part of your application, you can apply for an exemption if the test centre was closed or you couldn’t travel to it due to coronavirus when you applied.”

For more information on how visa applicants/applications/extensions will be impacted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service will be held remotely on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm (Bolton). Please be advised that our Preston drop-in service held on Fridays have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

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Visa extensions for health workers during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

“If you’re a health worker, you may be eligible for a 1-year extension to your visa for free. This is because of Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 15 June 2020)

To get the extension, you must:

  • have a visa that expires between 31 March and 1 October 2020
  • work for the NHS or an independent healthcare provider in an eligible profession

The extension will apply from the date your visa is due to expire.

If your visa is due to expire after 1 October 2020, you will not get the free extension. You’ll need to extend your visa in the normal way.

If you’re eligible, your family members may also be able to get a 1-year extension.

Eligible professions

Your visa will be extended if you’re a:

  • biochemist
  • biological scientist
  • dental practitioner
  • health professional
  • medical practitioner
  • medical radiographer
  • midwife
  • nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • ophthalmologist
  • paramedic
  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • podiatrist
  • psychologist
  • social worker
  • speech and language therapist
  • therapy professional

Check with your employer if you’re not sure whether you work in an eligible profession.

Family members

Your family members may also be able to get a 1-year extension to their visas for free. To be eligible, all of the following must be true:

  • you’re an eligible health worker and your visa expires between 31 March and 1 October 2020
  • your family member is a dependant on your visa
  • your family member’s visa expires between 31 March and 1 October 2020

The extension will apply from the date their visa is due to expire.

How to get the extension

Your employer will tell UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) if you’re eligible for the extension.

Once your employer tells you to, post your and your family’s current biometric residence permits (BRPs) to UKVI. Your employer might offer to do this for you.

If both you and your family members are eligible, you must send your BRPs together. Family members cannot send their BRPs themselves.

UK Visas and Immigration

PO Box 3468

Sheffield

S3 8WA

UKVI will return your BRPs to your employer after your visa has been extended.

It’s free and you will not have to pay the immigration health surcharge as part of this extension.

If you’ve already applied for an extension

Email the UKVI NHS team to withdraw your existing visa extension application and apply for a refund.

You cannot do this if you have already provided your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) as part of that application.

UK Visas and Immigration NHS team

UKVINHSTeam@homeoffice.gov.uk

For more information on the Visa extensions for health workers during coronavirus (COVID-19), send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

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Apply to the Windrush Compensation Scheme

“You may be able to claim compensation if you suffered losses because you could not show that you had a right to live in the UK.

‘Losses’ can be things like not being able to work, find a place to live or get health treatment. They can also include immigration action, like detention or removal from the UK.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 08 June 2020)

You can apply if:

  • you came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • your parents or grandparents came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • you came to the UK from any country before 31 December 1988 and are now settled here

You can also apply if you are:

  • the close family member of someone eligible to claim and you have had significant losses yourself
  • representing the estate of someone who would have been eligible

You might be able to get compensation for losses relating to:

  • employment
  • immigration fees
  • housing
  • health
  • education
  • driving licences
  • banking
  • daily life – for example, you missed major family events or could not travel
  • detention and removal

Additionally, you can contact the Windrush contact centre on 0800 678 1925. Opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am-3pm

For more information on the Windrush compensation scheme, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

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The UK’s points-based immigration system: an introduction for employers

As free movement comes to an end from 1 January 2021, the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. With the aim of treating EU and non-EU citizens equally, points are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries, and shortage occupations. Thus, visas will be granted to those who accrue enough points and employers must adapt to these changes to comply.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 05 June 2020)

EU citizens already living in the UK

  • The new system does not apply to EU citizens and family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 who are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Employers can continue to accept passports and identity cards of EU citizens as evidence of their right to work until 30 June 2021

Skilled workers

From 1 January 2021, skilled workers must demonstrate that:

  • their job offer is from a Home Office approved sponsor
  • their job is at skill level RQF 3 or above (A level equivalent)
  • they speak English

Additionally:

  • they are eligible to make an application if they earn more than the required minimum salary
  • they may still be eligible (if they earn less than the required minimum salary), if their job offer is in a specific shortage occupation or a PhD relevant to the job

All jobs will have a corresponding Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). Details of which can be found using the ONS Occupation Coding Tool.

Highly skilled workers

“From January 2021, the current Global Talent route will open to EU citizens on the same basis as non-EU citizens. This means the most highly skilled, who can achieve the required level of points, will be able to enter the UK without a job offer if they are endorsed by the relevant competent body.”

Lower skilled workers

“There will not be an immigration route specifically for those who do not meet the skills or salary threshold for the skilled worker route.

The new immigration system provides greater flexibility for employers with changes to salary and skills thresholds. Employers can also benefit from the youth mobility scheme. The UK has arrangements in place with eight countries and territories to enable around 20,000 young people to come to the UK each year.”

Other routes

Initiatives are also being brought forward for scientists, graduates and NHS workers, which will provide businesses with additional flexibility. A new Graduate Immigration Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021. This will enable international students to remain in the UK and work at any skill level for two years after they have completed their studies.”

Becoming an approved sponsor

  • To become an approved sponsor, visit UK visa sponsorship for employers
  • Standard processing time for an application is 8 weeks
  • You cannot get a license if you have unspent criminal convictions for immigration offences or other crimes such as money laundering or fraud
  • You can apply for either a:
    • tier 2 license – skilled workers with long term job offers
    • tier 5 license – skilled temporary workers
    • or a license covering both
  • The sponsorship process must be managed internally with role for:
    • authorising officer – a senior and competent person responsible for the actions of staff and representatives who use the SMS
    • key contact – your main point of contact with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
    • level 1 user – responsible for all day-to-day management of your licence using the SMS

Please note: the roles can be filled by the same person or numerous individuals

For a link to the UK’s points-based immigration system: an introduction for employers (web), click here.

For more information on the UK’s points-based immigration system: an introduction for employers, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

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Guidance on applications under Global Talent

If you are applying for a visa or to extend your stay in the UK under Global Talent and you want to understand the details of the policy for it, the Home Office have issued new guidance.

Click here to find out more.

(Updated as of 04 June 2020)

For more information on Guidance on applications under Global Talent, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

Follow us:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CompassLaw

Twitter: @CompassImmLaw_

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/compass-immigration-law-ltd/ 

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www.compasslaw.org.uk

Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa

If you want to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you must be tested for tuberculosis.

(Updated as of 26 June 2020)

If you’re from Zambia click here.

If you’re from Gambia click here.

If you’re from Rwanda click here.

If you’re from Uganda click here.

If you’re from Tanzania click here.

If you’re from Uganda click here.

If you’re from Cameroon click here.

(Updated as of 26 June 2020)

For more information on Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service will be held remotely on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm (Bolton). Please be advised that our Preston drop-in service held on Fridays have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

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Twitter: @CompassImmLaw_

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www.compasslaw.org.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

As a Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsor, it is imperative to stay updated on procedures which may impact you. If you are currently sponsoring someone affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you must ensure you are acting in accordance to the latest legislations.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 03 June 2020)

If your student or employee is absent:

  • Enforcement action will not be taken against sponsors who continue to sponsor students/employees despite absences due to coronavirus – absences related to coronavirus do not need to be reported
  • Sponsorship will not be withdrawn because of coronavirus
  • Sponsorship will not be withdrawn if student is unable to attend for more than 60 days / employee is absent from work without pay for more than 4 weeks

This will be kept under continuous review.

If you’re sponsoring a student who is distance learning:

  • Tier 4 students whether in the UK or another country can be sponsored if they are continuing their studies through distance learning
  • If a student defers or permanently withdraws from their studies for reasons unrelated to coronavirus, this must be reported as usual
  • You do not need to withdraw sponsorship for new students who have been issued a Tier 4 visa but are distance learning because they have been unable to travel to the UK.
  • New international students who have not yet applied for a visa but want to start a course by distance learning do not require sponsorship under Tier 4. This is because they do not need to travel to the UK.

These procedures apply until 31 July 2020. They will be reviewed.

If you have issued a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) or a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) and the sponsored employee or student has not yet applied for a visa

  • The employee or student will still be able to apply for a visa
  • The start date for the course or employment stated on the CoSor CAS may have changed. We will not automatically refuse such cases

If you’re sponsoring a student who’s waiting for their Tier 4 visa application to be decided

You may allow students to start their studies before their visa application has been decided if:

  • you are a Tier 4 sponsor (other than Tier 4 Legacy Sponsors)
  • you have assigned the student a CAS
  • the student submitted their application before their current visa expired and has shown you evidence of this
  • the course they start is the same as the one listed on their CAS
  • the student has a valid Academic Technology Approval Scheme(ATAS) certificate if required
  • Reporting responsibilities commence from the date you issue the CAS

If you’re sponsoring employees who are working from home

  • If sponsored employees are working from home due to coronavirus, the Home office does not need to be notified
  • Other changes must be reported as usual

If you’re sponsoring an employee who’s waiting for their Tier 2 or 5 visa application to be decided

You may allow employees to start work before their visa application has been decided if:

  • you have assigned them a CoS
  • the employee submitted their application before their current visa expired
  • the role they are employed in is the same as the one on their CoS
  • Reporting responsibilities commence from the date you have assigned them a CoS 

If you cannot pay the salaries of sponsored employees because you’ve temporarily reduced or ceased trading

  • You can temporarily reduce the pay of your sponsored employees to 80% of their salary or £2,500 per month, whichever is the lower
  • Any reductions must be part of a company-wide policy to avoid redundancies and in which all workers are treated the same
  • These reductions must be temporary, and the employee’s pay must return to at least previous levels once these arrangements have ended

Scanned documents

  • You can submit scanned documents as evidence due to the exceptional circumstances of coronavirus. We may write to you to request original or certified documents. Your application will be refused if you do not send us the evidence or documents we ask for and do not contact us to agree an extension within the given time limit.
  • On-site visits have been suspended due to coronavirus. If we need to visit, we will not decide the application until we are in receipt of the compliance visit report.
  • These arrangements will apply until 30 June, when they will be reviewed.

Please be advised that the above information is not an exhaustive list as there are more requirements and points to consider when making an application

For more information on Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

Follow us:

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Twitter: @CompassImmLaw_

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants, and short-term students

If you’re a Tier 4 sponsor, migrant or short-term student, the Home Office has issued temporary concessions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 June 2020)

The guidance stipulates requirements for:

  • education providers seeking to apply for, and hold a license to sponsor international students wishing to study under Tier 4 of the Points Based System
  • applying for a Tier 4 license
  • Applying for a Tier 4 visa
  • Educational oversight
  • Student absences related to Covid-19
  • Distance learning
  • English language requirements and pre-sessional courses
  • Right to work checks
  • sponsorship duties
  • Working hours
  • Right to rent checks
  • Students whose 30 day visa to work, study or join family has expired
  • compliance assessments and sanctions for non-compliance
  • the effect of Higher Education regulatory reform on Tier 4 sponsors

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants, and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service will be held remotely on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm (Bolton). Please be advised that our Preston drop-in service held on Fridays have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Compass Immigration Law LTD:

“The direct route to immigration expertise.”

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Windrush scheme

“Information for Commonwealth citizens and other nationalities who have been lawfully resident in the UK for a long time but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 26 May 2020)

Under the Windrush Scheme you can apply for the necessary documentation for free. You may also be able to apply for British citizenship for free.

You may be eligible for the Windrush Scheme if you are:

  • a Commonwealth citizen who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 or has right of abode
  • a child of a Commonwealth citizen parent who settled before 1 January 1973, where you were born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18
  • a person of any nationality who settled in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is settled in the UK

How to apply

“If you are applying from within the UK, you must print and complete the paper form Windrush scheme application form (UK) (PDF478KB20 pages). If you need a physical copy of the form posted to you contact the Windrush Helpline.

As part of our operating processes the Windrush Helpline may contact individuals by telephone, email, or letter for a variety of reasons. We will only ask for identity documentation if you have applied under either the Windrush Scheme or the Windrush Compensation Scheme. If you have questions or concerns about an approach for information received please call our helpline who will be happy to advise.

If you are applying from outside the UK you must use the online application form.”

Additionally, you can contact the Windrush contact centre on 0800 678 1925. Opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am-3pm

For more information on the Windrush scheme, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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