MAJOR CHANGES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM 5th October 2020

From 5th October 2020 the Tier 4 ( General) and Tier 4 (Child) student routes will be replaced by a new Student and Child Student route. No new applications can be made under the existing routes after this date.

This route will apply to EEA national students from January 2021 but not until then.

There seem to be quite a few positive changes in the new route.

 Evidence of maintenance will not be required for student applicants who have already spent longer than a year in the UK.

 Students will be able to show that they meet maintenance requirements by relying on a wider range of accounts and will be able to rely on electronic bank statements.

 Students at higher education providers with a track record of compliance won’t routinely need to provide evidence of academic qualifications.

 Applicants will only need to prove their English language ability once.

 There will be no limit on the time that can be spent on postgraduate courses.

This is just a short summary and there is lots more detail to the new route. For more information on this or on any aspect of the immigration rules please email us on info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk

NEW IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO BE INTRODUCED IN JANUARY 2021

There has been a lot of recent press coverage of the Government’s new immigration system, due to be introduced at the beginning of next year.

The most radical change is that it will apply to EU nationals as well as to those from outside the EU.

Employers who anticipate needing to employ skilled workers after January 2021, perhaps to adapt to no longer being able to employ EU nationals as easily as they can currently do, are urged by the Home Office to apply for a “ Sponsorship licence” as soon as possible. There is likely to be a long queue of employers applying so this is good advice. If you would like further advice on applying for a licence please contact us on info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk

One welcome introduction will be a new graduate route enabling international students who have completed a degree in the UK to stay here for up to 2 years (or 3 years for Ph.D. graduates) to work.

The “Global Talent Scheme” will be opened up to EU EEA and Swiss nationals and will allow highly skilled scientists and researchers to come to the UK without a job offer.

Please look at our website for further updates and contact us if you would like advice on any of the issues raised in the Government’s recent information about the scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-immigration-system-what-you-need-to-know?utm_source=5400821d-c203-483c-8cfa-0769c711d5d4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Coronavirus “Travel Corridors” in place as of 10th July

If you arrive in the UK  after 10th July 2020 you may no longer need to self-isolate , depending on where you arrive from and where else you have been in the last 14 days.

Arriving from one of the countries on the relevant Home Office list means that you will not need to self-isolate unless you visited or transited through a country which is not on the list within the 14 days before you arrive .

The list of countries can be found on this link but is subject to change.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors##countries-and-territories-with-no-self-isolation-on-arrival-in-england

You must still provide your journey and contact details in advance of your arrival by completing a “ Passenger locator form”.

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

FINANCIAL CONCESSION FOR FAMILY AND PRIVATE LIFE APPLICATIONS WHERE THERE HAS BEEN LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

If you have lost your job or have a reduced income due to coronavirus this does not mean that you or your family member will be refused a visa or an application to extend leave to remain in the UK.

Employment income will be assessed for the period immediately before your income loss as long as you met the income requirement for at least 6 months before March 2020.

Similarly, if you have been furloughed and have a reduced salary, the Home Office will treat your income as being 100% of your salary.

Government Guidance

For further information on this or any other aspect of the immigration rules please contact us on info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk

HOW TO SELF-ISOLATE AFTER ARRIVING IN THE UK

Most people must self-isolate for 14 days if they arrive in the UK from today. This applies to UK residents as well as to visitors.

Although it will not generally apply if you are travelling from the “Common Travel Area”( the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man) it WILL apply if you have been outside the “Common Travel Area” within the last 14 days. Please check the detailed guidance below, or contact us, to see exactly how this will work.

You must go straight to the place you are staying at – which can be your own home, the home of a friend or family member, or a hotel or other temporary accommodation – and should only use public transport if you have no other option.

You should not have visitors unless they are providing essential care.

You must not go out to work, to school or to the shops and you will not be able to walk your dog.

Failure to self-isolate could lead to a fine of £1000.

It is vital to read the detailed Government guidance below before you arrive.

Government Guidance

PROVIDING JOURNEY AND CONTACT DETAILS IF YOU ARRIVE IN THE UK FROM 8TH JUNE 2020 ONWARDS

If you plan to arrive in the UK from today onwards you will (with a few exceptions) need to complete a form with information about when and how you will be arriving and where you will be staying for the first 14 days. This applies to UK residents as well as visitors to the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

This is the link to the form which must be completed in advance of your journey and which you will need to show when you arrive, either with a printed copy or by showing it on your phone.

Everyone should complete their own form unless you are arriving with a child under 18 years old who will be arriving and leaving with you and staying at the same address as you in which case you can include their details on your form.

For more detailed information, please see the section on entering the UK in the updated guidance below.

Click here for more information.

Updated Home Office guidance for temporary UK residents and UK visa applicants affected by Coronavirus

If your permission to be in the UK will end before the 31st  July 2020, and you are unable to leave due to travel restrictions or self-isolation , you will be able to request an extension of leave until 31st July.

You must complete a special form to request the extension and will be expected to leave the UK as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

If you were planning to leave the UK but to apply for a visa to return here you may be able to “ switch” status whilst in the UK. This will only be the case if your leave is going to expire before the end of July and if you meet the usual requirements of the rules.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents?utm_source=b48a0935-278b-4b38-a4df-0f1b931e60a4&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

For advice on any aspect of the new guidance or any other immigration issue, please contact us on info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk

14 days of self-isolation for arrivals in the UK from 8th June 2020

It has been announced that travellers arriving in the UK from 8th June 2020 must self-isolate for 14 days. This will apply to residents and visitors though there will be some exemptions.

People planning to travel to the UK will need to complete an on-line form, giving journey and contact details, before they travel.

Upon arrival , they will need to go straight to the place where they will self-isolate and should only use public transport if there is no other option.

The rules will not apply to travellers from Ireland, the Chanel Islands or the Isle of Man .

Please see the recent guidance below and contact us if you have questions on this or on any other aspect of entering the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

FREE VISA EXTENSIONS- WITH NO IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURCHARGE FOR FRONTLINE HEALTH AND CARE WORKERS

It has today been confirmed that the previously announced automatic extension of leave for NHS doctors, nurses, and paramedics will apply to frontline workers including midwives, radiographers, social workers, and pharmacists, whether they work for the NHS or for the independent sector. Their family members will also have their leave extended for one year.

This will apply to health and care workers whose leave is due to expire before 1st October 2020 and will be automatic.

NHS workers who have already paid to extend their leave will be able to apply for a refund.

Please see attached press release for further details.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-secretary-announces-visa-extensions-for-frontline-health-and-care-workers

FREE OF CHARGE REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISAS UNTIL THE END OF 2020

If you have been granted a visa to travel to the UK within the next 30 days, in order to collect a biometric residence card, what do you do if you cannot now travel to the UK?

The Home Office has confirmed that if your visa has expired, or is about to, you will be able to apply for a replacement one with revised validity dates. There will be no charge for such a replacement until the end of this year.

You will need to make a request for a replacement visa by contacting the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk and you will be contacted once the appointment centres are open again so that the new endorsement can be placed in your passport.

The information you need to supply with your request is set out in the Home Office guidance of 24th April.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents?utm_source=1b9655f9-d25e-405b-b691-29aa736d7a48&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

If you have questions about making a request or about anything else arising from the guidance please email Jenny Harvey on info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk