I have ECAA leave but I’ve been affected by the Covid restrictions

If you are a Turkish ECAA applicant who is stuck outside the UK due to Covid and your leave has expired, you need to make an entry clearance application as soon as possible, and before 31 December 2020. You will need to provide evidence of why you were unable to return to the UK.

If you  wish to apply for ILR, but have been stuck outside the UK for over 180 days due to Covid, this may be overlooked if you can provide evidence of why you could not return. This will need to amount to “serious and compelling circumstances”.

If you were furloughed for a period, you will still be classed as being in work provided you were in genuine and effective employment in line with the conditions of your ECAA leave immediately before being furloughed, and remained under contract with your employer. You will need to provide evidence of furlough payments or a letter from your employer confirming you were furloughed.

When Covid has caused you to lose your job, or stop working due to ill health, you will need to provide evidence of why you were unable to work, and that you were/are seeking work with JobCentrePlus.