LEGAL MINUTE: COVID and the end of visa extensions

Now travel restrictions are lifting globally you will no longer be able to extend your visa automatically on this basis and you are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise your stay in the UK. From Gov.UK

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A lack of translated coronavirus guidance is jeopardising the safety of non-English speakers in the UK, a joint letter to the health secretary claims. The government said it has translated public health information into 25 languages, reaching a “wide audience”. From BBC

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Boris Johnson faces Eurotunnel test. The EU wants the UK to drop its opposition to a role for the European court of justice in British affairs to ensure trains keep running between France and the UK after Brexit is implemented on 1 January. From The Guardian

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BORIS Johnson’s points-based immigration policy risks opening up Britain to over 600 million people, an alarming report has found. MigrationWatch UK said the lack of a cap on numbers combined with a salary cap of £25,000 – less than the UK average wage – will make it easier for the vast majority of citizens from across the world to come to Britain. From The Sun

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A gridlock in the UK’s visa processing system has left people unable to work or travel to see dying relatives during the pandemic despite being legally resident, prompting renewed criticism of the Home Office’s privatised visa service. From Independent

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