Entry Clearances: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people with a multiple entry visa are not penalised for overstaying in the UK in the event that their home country is affected by covid-19.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

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.

We are taking steps to ensure foreign nationals will not be regarded as breaking their continuity of residence as a result of coronavirus and related travel restrictions.

Visas for Chinese nationals which were due to expire between 24 January and 30th March 2020 have already been automatically extended until March 2020. We continue to monitor the situation in all countries and we are keeping this under constant review.

A coronavirus immigration helpline https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-immigration-guidance-if-youre-unable-to-return-to-china-from-the-uk#helpline has been set up for those who wish to discuss their circumstances. The freephone number is 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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