What if my visa is expiring and I can’t get an appointment?
You shouldn’t worry; the submission of an in-time application online will protect your status in the UK, so you’ll be able to lawfully remain in the UK until an appointment is available. If it is your intention to remain in the UK long-term, you can still submit an application to remain, even though centres to submit your biometric information are closed. You can then attend an appointment once they have re-opened. UKVI has confirmed that applications on AccessUK will now remain live for 240 days, to allow sufficient time for you to attend an appointment.
If you are in the UK lawfully, and you planned on returning home, but now cannot due to coronavirus, your leave to remain will be temporarily extended. The Home Office has announced that everyone in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January and 31 July 2020 will have their visa extended to 31 July 2020. However this is not automatic – you must complete the The COVID-19 UK Visas & Immigration Form online. Examples of information that should be included in the form include:
- Your Home Office/VAF/GWF reference number(s)
- The type of visa you held
- Your recent passport number
- The reasons why you can’t go back to your home country, for example if the border has closed
The Home Office have confirmed that the form must be submitted for each person that would like their leave to be extended until 31 July 2020. If the dependents do not submit a form their leave will not be extended.