THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
From Thursday, November 4, England will be entering a 4-week lockdown to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. As part of this announcement, the government has updated details on options for those whose visa to remain in the UK is due to expire during November.
Although the government say that "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" - they have also confirmed that if your visa expires between November 1 and November 30, 2020, you can request additional leave to remain. This is known as 'exceptional assurance'.
According to the government, if you are granted 'exceptional assurance', "it will act as a short-term protection against any adverse action or consequences after your leave has expired. If conditions allowed you to work, study or rent accommodation you may continue to do so during the period of your exceptional assurance. Exceptional assurance does not grant you leave."
If you want to apply for exceptional assurance, you need to complete this form. You'll be asked to show evidence that explains why you are unable to leave the UK - for example, if the earliest flight available is after your visa expires, you can submit a copy of a confirmed flight ticket. As another example, if you have been tested positive for coronvirus, you can submit a copy of your positive test result.
For further details on exceptional assurance, go to www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents#if-youre-in-the-uk