Legal Minute: Brexit and immigration during the pandemic

Doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year. The extension will apply to around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, employed by the NHS whose visa is due to expire before 1 October. From Gov.UK.


An elderly woman with lung cancer has been told by the Home Office she must return to Ukraine despite a ban on all air traffic to the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, her lawyer has said. From Independent.


Campaigners fear that EU citizens who have made their homes in the UK are at risk of becoming illegal as the government diverts resources to fight coronavirus. From The Guardian.


Two thirds of Britons want Boris Johnson to delay post-Brexit trade talks so he can focus on coronavirus, a poll suggests. The PM has repeatedly insisted that the deadline will not be extended, and it has been enshrined in law as part of the Withdrawal Act.  From Daily Mail.


The largest group in the European parliament has urged the UK government to do the “responsible thing” and extend the Brexit transition period, as coronavirus plays havoc with the timetable for an EU-UK deal. From The Guardian.


With EU migrants prevented from travelling, UK agriculture gets a preview of a post-Brexit world. From Emerging Europe.


High-skilled migrant workers have been left stranded between jobs with no income after the Home Office closed all of its fingerprint processing services overnight because of the coronavirus outbreak. From iNews.

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LEGAL MINUTE: immigration during the pandemic

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


Why are Britain’s borders STILL open? From Daily Mail


The UK logistics sector has demanded that Prime Minister Boris Johnson extends the Brexit transition period, due to end in December, warning that the “once in a lifetime” coronavirus pandemic must be dealt with first. From Business Insider.


United Kingdom immigration officials have detained and tested nearly 100 migrants attempting to enter the country Wednesday during the coronavirus outbreak. From Fox News.


Hundreds of refugee doctors have called on the government and the General Medical Council to fast-track their accreditation so they can help the NHS tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. From The Guardian.

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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.


The Immigration Health Surcharge is to increase from £400 to £624 in October 2020, the government has announced. This measure increases the Immigration Health Surcharge from the current level of £400 per year to £624 per year for each surcharge liable non-EEA temporary migrant (including dependants). From LH4U.


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.