TEMPORARY GUIDELINES FOR UK VISA HOLDERS
In this blog we will be talking about the Guidelines issued for UK Visa Holders & Temporary UK Residents who have been granted ‘exceptional assurance’ until 31 October 2020
If you are presently in the UK on the Home Office’s ‘exceptional assurance’ concession, your grace period to stay in the UK will terminate on 31 October 2020.
‘Exceptional assurance’ is a temporary shield against any bad effects a migrant may encounter if they stay in the UK after their leave to remain ends. This promise is not an extension of the visa, but only a concession that permits those migrants whose visa has ended in the UK without any adverse effects. This allowance by the UK Home Office terminates on 31 October 2020.
For those migrants who realize themselves in this category, the surplus time which is allowed under the exceptional assurance policy should be utilized to make preparations to leave the UK on or before 31 October 2020.
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As per the present guidelines by the UK Home Office, if your visa ends between 1 September 2020 and 31 October 2020 and you are not able to depart from the UK (for instance, due to the fact that you cannot find a flight before your visa ends or because you have tested positive for Covid-19), you must appeal an additional time to stay under the ‘exceptional assurance’ concession.
If you have presently been allowed ‘exceptional assurance’ but your conditions have reformed and you are still not able to depart from the UK, you should reapply for ‘exceptional assurance’. You will be obligated to give new supporting documents and state openly that this is an ensuing application. If you do not follow these rules you will be believed to be staying in the UK illegally and may encounter hostile immigration effects in the future.
At the time of publishing this udpate, the UK Home Office has not issued any updates to extend the 31 October 2020 cut-off date for ‘exceptional assurance’.
Those who are presently in the UK benefiting from this allowance will no longer be safeguarded against any confrontational action or penalties after 31 October 2020, if they make a valid immigration application for leave to remain in the UK or unless latest guidance is issued by the UK Home Office to prolong the ‘exceptional assurance’ policy.
Those who are not able to depart from the UK by 31 October 2020 and who need a temporary extension of leave to remain until they are able to travel back to their home country are strictly recommended to get advice as soon as possible.