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Reportedly, there has appeared travel restrictions because of coronavirus. Due to this some individuals may be facing uncertainty in relation to the expiry date of their current visa or leave to remain in the United Kingdom. These circumstances are outside of your control.

Most people in the UK whose immigration status is affected by the coronavirus outbreak will get an automatic extension of their visa until 31 March 2020. Our immigration solicitors explain more…

Chinese nationals in the UK 

Your visa will be automatically extended to 31 March 2020 if your visa has an expiry date between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020.

You’ll also get an automatic extension if you’re in the UK on a long-term standard visitor visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years and you have reached the maximum stay of 180 days between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020.

You will not automatically receive a new visa or Biometric Residence Permit card.

Non-Chinese, non-EEA nationals in the UK normally resident in China

If you are normally resident in China and your visa in the UK has an expiry date between 24 January 2020 and 30 March 2020 you should contact the authorities, namely the coronavirus immigration helpline, and the team will be able to extend your visa to 31 March 2020 if you can demonstrate you are normally resident in China.

UK Visa Application Centres in China are currently closed.

Published 13 March 2020

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