THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Due to the continuing interruption to normal life caused by the Coronavirus, the UK Home Office has announced that visa holders who are unable to leave Britain will be eligible to stay in the UK until July 31, 2020. The new date is an additional extension to the previously announced extension of May 31.
The new extension means that anyone whose leave to remain in the UK expires between January 24, 2020 and July, 2020, will be able to have their visa "extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19)."
If your visa had already been extended to May 31st in line, the Home Office say that your "visa will be extended automatically to 31 July, 2020."
If your visa is expiring and you cannot leave the UK at present but are not planning to stay in the UK in the long term, you must update your record with the Coronavirus Immigration Team - which you can do via this form: https://gov.smartwebportal.co.uk/homeoffice/public/ho_form.html.
If your leave expires between January 24 and July 31, and are planning to apply for a long-term visa to remain in the UK, you can now apply from the UK up until July 31, 2020. The Home Office advice notes that "This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country".
For more information on these updates, go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents