The UK extends visas for Indians, other foreigners stranded due to coronavirus till July 31

The UK government on Friday announced a further extension of all expiring or expired visas of foreign nationals, including Indians, unable to return to their home countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, until July 31.

The UK government on Friday announced a further extension of all expiring or expired visas of foreign nationals, including Indians, unable to return to their home countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, until July 31.

The extension, initially announced until May 31, has been extended by two months and will apply to anyone whose leave to remain in the UK expired after January 24 and they are still unable to leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation.

“By extending people’s visas further, we are giving them peace of mind that they can stay in the UK until the end of July if they are unable to leave the country safely,” UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

“As we begin a cautious return to normality those currently in the UK on expired visitor visas should return home as soon as possible,” Priti Patel said.

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The Home Office said that while the extension is offered to help all who are unable to get home before 31 July, those currently in the UK on temporary visas, such as visitor visas, should return home as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. It said that a dedicated coronavirus immigration team is continuing to work with individuals to make the process as “straightforward” as possible.

“Those who contact the Home Office for these visa extensions will be expected to return to their home countries as soon as possible once flight and border restrictions are lifted. No immigration enforcement action will be undertaken during this time for those who email the Home Office as outlined above,” the Home Office said.

“To help those who want to apply for visas to stay in the UK long-term, the Home Office is also extending the in-country switching provisions until July 31,” it added.

This will mean people can apply to switch into long-term routes whilst remaining in the UK, usually possible only from outside Britain.

14-day quarantine for those arriving in the UK

In another travel-related decision made by the UK Home office, it has been decided that anyone traveling to the country from June 8 would need to self-isolate for 14 days in a location of their choice or the “facilities arranged by the government”.

“Once they arrive there, they should not leave their accommodation for 14 days. This means that they should not go to work, school, or public areas, or use public transport or taxis. They should not have visitors, including friends and family unless they are providing essential support. They should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others,” the Home office circular stated.

People will also be encouraged to download the NHS Covid-19 app to be used during the duration of their stay.

“As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.

We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave. fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others,” Priti Patel said.

Enforcement measures include spot checks at the border and “may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and isn’t resident in the UK. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice.”

Anyone not following the mandatory conditions of self-isolation will be fined £1000 or prosecution and unlimited fine and the last resort is “removal from the country.”

Once self-isolation is complete, people should follow the current government guidelines on social distancing measures.

The arrangements are due to come into effect from June 8.