The Home Office has introduced a new concession for individuals whose leave in the U.K. expired while they were abroad and unable to return because of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • Individuals who left the U.K. with valid leave before March 17, 2020, and who intended to return to apply for Indefinite or Further Permission to Stay, but were unable to because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, can fill out this online form to find out if they are eligible for the Covid Visa Concession Scheme. Information provided on the form will then be sent to a case working team who will contact the individual to explain whether they may be eligible under the Covid Visa Concession Scheme and, if so, the next steps.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email after submitting the form and must reply to the confirmation email within 48 hours. Those who fail to do so will have to submit the form again. Once a response to the confirmation email is received, officials will aim to respond to the applicant within 10 business days.
  • The concession is available until March 31, 2021.

Analysis & Comments: Individuals who may be eligible for the new concession are encouraged to complete the form, as described above, and to contact Deloitte if they need assistance. The U.K.’s response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in the U.K. and other countries.

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