Visas: China

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd April 2020.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will further extend the relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese nationals in the UK beyond 31 March 2020.

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

Visa nationals whose leave expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to extend their visa.

A dedicated COVID-19 immigration team has been set up within UKVI to make the process as straightforward as possible. Anyone in this situation just needs to contact this team, via the following email address, CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, to let them know their visa has expired and they will be issued with an extension.

This will last until 31 May, but will be kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed.

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