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UK Visas Update: Our Guidelines and Advice on Visa application during this global pandemic crisis of COVID-19

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First of all, we continue to serve our clients and provide UK Visas & Immigration advice in the UK.

We advise you to take an opportunity due of the COVID -19 situation in order to make sure you remain first in the queue to make your immigration application and apply as per your own planned schedule.

Please read our guidelines and advice on following agendas:

  1. If You are applying from outside the UK
  2. If You are applying from within the UK
  3. If You cannot get all the mandatory documents needed in time due to disruption caused by COVID-19
  4. If You are already past the deadline of applying the visa within the UK

IF YOU ARE APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE THE UK

We strongly advise that you do not delay visa application, even if travel to the UK is not immediately possible.

Why our clients are applying nowadays and not delaying visa process:

  • Submission of documents via uploading it online and online visa application form

This step is not required Preparation attendance of the UK visa application centre yet, so your visa case will be prepared by our immigration lawyers and necessary documents will be submitted online along to the visa application form. Prior of submission of visa application form we will state the DATE OF ARRIVAL TO THE UK which for some visas can be 3 MONTHS FROM DATE OF SUBMISSION OF VISA APPLICATION FORM, so that you can defer your plans of entering the UK.

  • Appointment to UK Visa Centre in their home country

Then usually applicant has up to 30 days to attend UK Visa Centre in their home country since online visa application form was submitted and provide biometrics and relevant identity documents such as passport and national ID card.

  • Visa Granted and Visit to the UK within next 30 days

The initial visa is granted to allow the applicant to travel, there is sticker (vignette) in applicant’s passport within 30 days stated on it, if your visit will be postponed for more than 30 days since you granted the visa, then our immigration lawyers can explain and guide you with further legal steps which needs to be taken.

IF YOU ARE APPLYING FROM WITHIN THE UK

Your application should not be delayed as there are will be a deadline, either a visa expiry date or a date whereby Indefinite Leave to Remain can be applied for. We would like to highlight that The Home Office have not waived deadlines to apply due to Coronavirus, apart some deadlines for Chinese citizens, please consult with our immigration lawyers to learn further information based on updated UK immigration law.

We strongly advice, that you must not delay process of submission of visa application, as it could jeopardise future immigration status or lead to detention/removal in the UK. Even though services will be affected and could well be further disrupted, submissions must be made on time by you.

IF YOU ARE ALREADY PAST THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING THE VISA WITHIN THE UK

Your current extension leave/visa has already expired and you couldn’t apply due to COVID-19, then our immigration lawyers are able to advice you whether you are not able to apply  or you can make the application as soon as possible, even if late, and our lawyers will then  correspond with the Home Office explaining the situation, seeking discretion if possible.

IF YOU CANNOT GET ALL THE MANDATORY DOCUMENTS NEEDED IN TIME DUE TO DISRUPTION CAUSED BY COVID-19

The clients, who is facing this issue in regards of not providing relevant documents, must explain in greater details to us why delay caused due to COVID-19 and highlight when documents can be ready, as we are contacting the Home Office for them. In this situation, it is best option, to make the application without the documentation, however, provide full explanation to Home Office.

We believe that UK government will continue to monitor and deliver national policy to improve current circumstances due to situation with Health Matter of global virus spreading.

Home Office set up HOTLINE in regards of Coronavirus and Visa matters, you can find details below, however I would like to notify you, that each case will be treated separately on their own merits.

The Home Office – “Coronavirus Immigration Helpline”: 
Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

CONSULTATION FROM IMMIGRATION LAWYERS IN LONDON

You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers over the phone as in person.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.