Internationals who are stranded in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to extend their visas, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary of the UK announced.
All persons whose visas have been expired after January 24 and are ineligible to travel back to their countries due to travel restrictions or other precautionary measures will be included in the visa extension process that will last until May 31.
“The UK continues to put the health and wellbeing of people first and nobody will be punished for circumstances outside of their control,” Patel pointed out.
According to the Home Secretary, with the process of visa extension, the UK is ensuring the citizens who are working in vital services, that can continue to work still, VisaGuide.World reports.
Border restrictions and flight cancellations might have complicated the travel for a considered number of foreign nationals amid the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
For that reason, the latest UK’s Home Office decision has been put in place to help them throughout this situation, ensuring that they will not be penalized for overstaying after the expiry date of the visas.
The internationals who contact the Home Office for visa extension issues will be able to return to their countries when the flights and travel restrictions will be lifted.
Amid the coronavirus, immigrants will not be subject to any enforcement action for the persons that email the Home Office.
On Monday, the UK advised all British citizens abroad to return to the UK, while commercial flights are still in function.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), announced the unprecedented changes that were applied to travel advice, initially for 30 days period.
The Home Office has also announced that Indians and other foreign citizens, currently in the United Kingdom, who aren’t able to travel abroad due to the visa expiring issue will not be penalized.