Coronavirus and the UK immigration system (as of 23 June 2020)

Student Visas

For short-term students:

  • In-country switching: into Tier 4 from short-term routes “will be allowed on an exceptional basis” until at least 31 July 2020.
  • Permitted study: “Short-term students who have been given an exceptional extension of leave in this category as a result of Covid-19 will be permitted to study on a further course other than that which they originally entered the UK to undertake”.
  • Extending short-term study leave: not catered for, would need to be an application for leave outside the Rules.

Visa centres overseas

All UK visa application centres overseas were closed for some time but some are now re-opening in stages. The latest batch reportedly pulled up the shutters on 22 June.

To check whether the visa application centre for a particular country is open, go to the website of either TLScontact (for Europe, Africa and the Middle East) or VFS Global (for the rest of the world) and select that country from the dropdown menu.

Applications from within the UK

All visa application centres within the UK closed in late March. Some are now reopening.

Sopra Steria, which runs the network of Visa and Citizenship Application Centres on behalf of the Home Office, says “we are working hard to open up more Service Points over the next few weeks to increase our capacity”.

It should now be possible to make appointments again, with the system returning to “planned stage-by-stage booking processes” as of 22 June. However, as of now it is only possible to book appointments for those whose visa applications have been submitted in the period between 01 January and 27 March 2020.

The list of centres that have reopened as of 22 June is as follows:

Belfast

    22 June

Birmingham (Core)

    1 June

Birmingham Premium Lounge

    1 June

Cardiff Bay (Temporary Core)

    22 June

Chelmsford

    1 June

Edinburgh

    22 June

Exeter

    1 June

Glasgow (Core)

    22 June

Leeds

    1 June

London – Croydon (Core)

    1 June

London – Premium Lounge

    1 June

London – Mark Lane ESP

    1 June

London – Victoria

    1 June

Manchester Fountain Street ESP

    1 June

Manchester (Temporary Core)

    22 June

Sheffield

    1 June

Southampton

    1 June

 

Others will follow from next month:

 

Aberdeen

    w/c 20 July

Bournemouth

    w/c 20 July

Canterbury

    w/c 20 July

Cardiff (Core)

    w/c 6 July

Coventry

    w/c 3 August

Gloucester

    w/c 27 July

Hemel Hempstead (Library)

    w/c 6 July

Hull

    w/c 6 July

Ipswich

    w/c 6 July

Llandudno

    w/c 20 July

London – Edmonton Green

    w/c 6 July

London – Enfield

    w/c 6 July

London – Stratford

    w/c 3 August

Manchester (Core)

    w/c 6 July

Newcastle

    w/c 27 July

Newport

    w/c 20 July

Peterborough

    w/c 6 July

Reading

    w/c 20 July

Swindon

    w/c 20 July

Taunton

    w/c 6 July

Wolverhampton

    w/c 3 August

Опубликовано 22.06.2020.

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