Free Visa Extensions For Healthcare Workers During COVID-19

03 Aug 2020, 43 mins ago

The Home Office have released a policy to allow certain health workers to automatically extend their visas for a period of one year. This is available to health workers who work for the NHS or an independent healthcare provider (in an eligible profession) whose visas are due to expire between 31 March 2020 and 1 October 2020. The extension will apply from the date the migrant’s visa is due to expire.

It will also be possible for dependent family members of qualifying health workers to extend their visas for a further year, in line with the main applicant. The one-year extension will be free and no application fees will be charged.

For those healthcare migrants whose leave expires after 31 October 2020, an application to extend leave to remain must be made as usual, for which the relevant Home Office fees will be payable.

If you believe that you or your family member may fall within the concession for health workers, please do contact us and we would be happy to advise you on the process of extending your leave.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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Navka Raja 

  Navka Raja

  Immigration Consultant and Trainee Solicitor in our Private Client department