Covid-19Posted on 17.04.2020

Immigration and visa renewals

The Government has published its latest guidance for employers on its forthcoming points-based immigration system.

The guidance outlines the structure of the scheme as previously proposed in the policy statement, with the salary threshold set at £25,600. Those who earn less than the threshold, but no less than £20,480, may still be eligible if they can demonstrate that they have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation.

The shortage occupation list is currently under review with the Migration Advisory Committee and a response is due by September of this year.

Visa expiry and renewals

You should contact the Home Office if your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020.

If you cannot leave the UK because of an inability to travel or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19) you should complete the Home Office form to stay longer. This also applies to people whose visa has already expired.

The form can be found here.

Some people, who would usually have to apply from overseas for a longer term visa, such as Tier 2 General, can now apply from within the UK.  Please note that this only benefits people whose visa will expire by 31 May 2020. This will not apply to people who come under the one year cooling off period requirement.