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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020

Your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If your visa is expiring, contact LondonHelp4u to update your records.

If you’re applying to stay in the UK long-term

During these unique circumstances you’ll be able to apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.

You’ll need to meet the same visa requirements and pay the UK application fee.

This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 March 2020.

LondonHelp4u can help you to apply for his visa.

If you’re outside the UK

Many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed or offering limited services.

English Testing Centres are also affected.

From Gov.UK

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LondonHelp4u continues to work to help immigrants understand their immigration status in the UK. If you need immigration advice and want to guarantee your stay in the UK, contact us and our team will make your application.

Here is the list of contacts for you to choose the best one for you:

By phone:
Calls from Brazil: +55 11 3283 0906
Calls from rest of the world: +44 20 7636 8500

Mobile or Whatsapp:
UK +44 78 9176 4830
UK +44 77 6082 9277
UK +44 75 8566 8158


Social networks:

Website and chat:

LEGAL MINUTE: immigration during Coronavirus crises

How LondonHelp4u is fighting Coronavirus. We are prepared for social distance and we continue to serve our customers. From LH4U.


Boris Johnson has said there is ‘no talk’ of extending the Brexit transition period despite the coronavirus crisis. The outbreak has cancelled trade talks between the EU and the UK but the British Prime Minister said the deadline remained December 31. From Metro.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance. Guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). From Gov.UK.


Fears are growing for people living in the UK on a working visa who face redundancy due to businesses being put under pressure by the new coronavirus measures. Those who move to the UK with work have strict conditions relating to their right to live in the country and if they lose their job they could be given just weeks to move back to their country of birth. From iNews.


The U.K. human rights charity Detention Action has taken a legal challenge to the government to release thousands of detainees in U.K. Immigration Removal Centers during the Covid-19 crisis. From Forbes.


The latest statistics on the government’s EU settlement scheme, published on Thursday, show 300 people have been refused settled status. These individuals will not have a right to live in Britain after the deadline of June 2021, unless they successfully appeal the decision. From Independent.

LEGAL MINUTE: new immigration system in the UK

The government set out the details of the UK’s points-based immigration system. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the EU has ended. From LondonHelp4u.


Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology. From BBC.


Migration will be limited to skilled workers who have a job offer, speak English and command a salary of at least £25,600 a year. From Telegraph.


EU nationals and their family members in the UK throughout the transition period should not be asked for proof of settled or pre-settled status to access healthcare, to rent property or to gain employment until 1 January 2021. From Free Movement.


Priti Patel: With Brexit done it is time to deliver promised points-based immigration system and take back control of who we let in. From The Sun.


A six-year-old boy who has lived in the UK all of his life has been prevented from returning home to his mother following a holiday after the Home Office revoked his passport. From Independent.


There has been a 10% drop in the number of skilled workers from overseas applying to work in private companies since the Brexit vote, a new report suggests. From Metro.


A 95-year-old Italian man who has been in the UK for 68 years has been asked to prove he is resident in the country by the Home Office in order to remain after Brexit, despite receiving the state pension for the past 32 years. From The Guardian.

LEGAL MINUTE: Brexit after the elections

Can Boris Johnson really ‘get Brexit done’ by end of 2020? The UK and the EU have still not decided on a trade agreement for when the UK leaves the bloc. From Sky News.


What the general election result means for Brexit: here’s what happens now we have a Conservative majority. Boris Johnson is predicted to win a large majority, which could leave him free to pursue his chosen Brexit plan without opposition. From iNews.


PM insults the 3.6m EU citizens who have made the UK their home. “Boris Johnson thinks I have been able to treat the UK as if it is part of my own country for too long.” From The Guardian.


The Home Office has been unlawfully forcing trafficked people to wait for months and sometimes years before granting them leave to remain in the UK, the High Court has ruled. From Independent.


An NHS physiotherapist has told how she has run up debts of almost £10,000 and resorted to using foodbanks – as she fights Home Office attempts to kick her out of the UK. Nigerian Uju Onuigbo was told to leave when her work visa became invalid after losing her job at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in August 2017. From Stoke Sentinel.


A former PhD student’s life was left “in tatters” after she claims a Home Office error forced her to abandon her studies and her dream of becoming a law professor in the UK. Myriam Cadinouche claims the Home Office wrongly accused her of staying in the UK illegally and retained her passport and documents when she was in the third year of her doctorate.  From Independent.


The mum-of-three, who is originally from California, said she lost her right to the spouse visa she was on after her husband walked out on her after Christmas last year. From Manningtree Standard.


More than 22,000 EU nationals have left the NHS since the EU referendum in 2016, new figures suggest. Responses by 88 NHS hospital trusts to freedom of information enquiries revealed that the 22,600 EU nationals leaving the service over the past three years included 8,800 nurses and midwives. From Independent.

Minuto Legal:Brexit, Boris e União Europeia

LEGAL MINUTE: Brexit, Boris and the EU

The Brexit secretary has told EU leaders the UK’s withdrawal agreement must be revised or no-deal Brexit “is coming down the tracks”. From The Guardian.


Boris Johnson is to introduce fast-track visas for the world’s top scientists, engineers and mathematicians as he announces a relaxation of his predecessor’s immigration controls. From Independent.


Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his “central scenario”, European diplomats have been told, amid hardening evidence in Westminster that the government is expecting to crash out of the EU. From The Guardian.


The EU will only start talking if the UK makes pledges on: the rights of citizens, financial obligations, and the Irish border. From BBC.


Boris Johnson could simply ignore a parliamentary vote of no confidence and proceed with a no-deal Brexit followed by an election, unless MPs can form an alternative government in 14 days, a former senior judge has said. In those circumstances, the prime minister would have the power to set the date of the election for after 31 October, following the UK’s departure from the EU with or without a deal. From The Guardian.


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