I am currently outside of the UK, unable to return, and my leave expires before 31 July 2020. Am I able to extend my leave from outside of the country using the Covid-19 extension form?

The Home Office website confirms that no individual of any nationality whose leave has expired or is due to expire between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, and who cannot leave the UK because of COVID-19, will be regarded as an overstayer or suffer any detriment in the future. It is not clear whether migrants who are currently outside of the UK due to the inability to travel, will be able to extend their leave to remain using this provision if it expires before 31 July 2020.

We have heard contradictory information from the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline, so at present it is best to proceed with caution before published guidance is released. If you are currently outside of the UK, and your leave expires before 31 July 2020, please contact one of our experts to discuss your options.