THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The UK Government today revealed details on temporary concessions to those who are applying to enter the UK or for leave to remain on the basis of family or private life. The concessions, which follow a previously announced extension for existing visas to the end of July 2020, are designed to help applicants who are "unable to meet the requirements of the family Immigration Rules to enter or remain in the UK due to coronavirus."
The Government explains that if you're in the UK with a 6 month leave to remain as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, but your wedding or civil ceremony has been postponed due to coronavirus, you can either request an extension to July 31, by updating your records with the Coronavirus immigration team, or by applying to extend your stay for a further 6 months to allow the ceremony to take place.
The Government is also loosening its requirements in terms of minimum income for those who have lost work or are experiencing reduced income due to the pandemic. In their new guidance, they explain that:
"If you have experienced a loss of income due to coronavirus, we will consider employment income for the period immediately before the loss of income due to coronavirus, provided the requirement was met for at least 6 months up to March 2020.
If your salary has reduced because you’re furloughed, we will take account of your income as though you’re earning 100% of your salary.
If you’re self-employed, a loss of annual income due to coronavirus between 1 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 will generally be disregarded, along with the impact on employment income from the same period for future applications".
If you are unable to provide specific documents due to the pandemic, the Government say that "In some cases, we will be able to decide your application without seeing" them. In other cases, you may be asked to submit the specified documents after the date of application.
Full details on these concessions, along with other information on visa extensions and changes to visa requirements can be found via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents.