There have been quite a few developments in recent months in relation to immigration to the UK. Here we consider these changes and the impact on those wishing to visit the UK or make it their home.
The global pandemic has had a huge impact on visa processing with Visa Application Centres across the world closing. As the situation with the pandemic begins to improve, Application Centres are slowly reopening and those who have had applications on hold for many months can start moving forward with these. However, many application centres remain closed and no information has been released as to when these will reopen. If you would like information as to whether the Application Centres in your home country are open and assistance with your application, please contact our immigration team here to obtain more information.
For those in the UK on visit visas which expire before 31 July 2020, it is now possible to switch in country to a longer termed visa. This is an unprecedented change to the Rules which usually insist on any visitor returning to their home country to make an application to live in the UK. We can assist any applicants in this position with applying for a visa from inside the UK. Applicants will of course need to meet the requirements for the category they are considering and our specialist immigration team will be able to review your case to assess this. Click here to get more information from our team.
It is also worth mentioning that the end of the transition period for Brexit is in sight. From 31 December 2020, EEA nationals and their family members arriving in the UK will be subject to the normal Immigration Rules. Applications under the Immigration Rules are much more complicated with many more requirements to be satisfied. Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19 over the past few months, the government have refused to delay the transition period. As such it is very important that EEA migrants and their family members who are considering moving to the UK obtain legal advice to ascertain whether they should apply prior to 31 December 2020.
If you would like any advice on the above, or any other aspect of applying for a visa for the UK, please do not hesitate to contact our team. Click here to get more information from our team.