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 you may need to wait before an appointment is available. UKVI has confirmed that applications on AccessUK will now remain live for 240 days, to allow sufficient time for you to attend an appointment. Following the launch of the IDV app, certain applicants will also be able to upload their photo and documents via the app rather than attending an appointment. Eligible applicants will receive an email.
If you are in the UK lawfully, and you planned on returning home, but still cannot leave the UK due to coronavirus, you are able to request additional time if your leave expires between 1 September and 31 October 2020. You will need to complete the COVID-19 UK Visas & Immigration form – Exceptional Assurance, and must explain the reason that you are unable to travel.