Newfields
30 July 2020

Immigration update – extending temporary permissions to remain in the UK

The Home Office has announced that those with visas which expire before 31 July 2020 must now begin taking steps to either leave the UK or apply for an alternative route to stay in the country.  We have outlined each of the positions below.

I intend to leave the UK, but I cannot do so before 31 July

Many individuals currently in the country may not have time to leave before 31 July.

The Home Office is therefore giving a month’s grace period to accommodate arrangements to depart the UK. This means those who have visas that expire before 31 July 2020 can remain in the country until 31 August 2020.  Any ongoing rights to work, study and to rent accommodation will be protected up to and including 31 August.

I intend to leave the UK, but I cannot do so before 31 August. Can I extend my temporary stay for a little longer?

Those who intend to leave the country but are not able to so before 31 August must request permission for an extended temporary stay. If granted, that permission would simply allow the individual to stay in the UK without being penalised for overstaying. It would not amount to any new visa route.

Details of this process will be announced by the Home Office in due course. However, applicants should be prepared to provide reasons or evidence for not being able to leave the UK before 31 August, together with a confirmed flight ticket dated after 31 August or a confirmation of a positive coronavirus test result.

Is there anything I should do before 31 August?

A visa holder whose leave expires before 31 July must report their intention to stay in the UK until 31 August 2020 if they have not done so already. If a report has been made already, then there is no need to issue a new report.

What happens if I want to stay in the UK for a longer period beyond 31 August 2020?

The Home Office guidance currently permits those with visas that expire in August to make applications to remain in the UK long term. Unfortunately, the information is not clear, and we are awaiting further clarity. The process will require an application, and the requirements for that visa route must be met at the point of applying.

Please do contact us if you intend to stay in the UK for a longer period beyond August or if you have any queries about temporarily extending your time in the country.

Testimonials

Admiral Insurance

“With Admiral Insurance being a global brand with offices all over the world we have a lot of visa and immigration queries. We have used Newfields for a number of years now and I have found every interaction with them to be a very positive and helpful experience. The customer service they provide is second to none and I know I can always count on their fantastic service and advice.”

Eddie Jones

Coach

“Newfields did an exceptional job in helping us with our immigration requirements - very professional and personal with a minimum of fuss. I recommend their practice very highly”

John Mitchell

Coach

“We have had nothing short of exceptional service from Glyn and his team at Newfields. Their attention to detail for our visas was beyond anything that we had anticipated with every step of the process being made as simple as possible for us - even to the point where Glyn went out of his way after hours to meet me to receive my BRP. We couldn't have asked for a better service and have recommended Glyn to numerous other South Africans engaging in the visa process”

Bryan Habana

Rugby Union player

“The efficiency, professionalism and swiftness with which Glyn handled the situation I presented him with (at very short notice) was absolutely outstanding. I will definitely be using his services in future.”

Eloise Sohier

Presenter

“My experience with Newfields and Glyn was second to none! All of our correspondence was via email in which Glyn would reply within hours if I had any questions or concerns. I was very impressed with Glyn and would have no hesitation in using his services again.”

Gareth Anscombe

Welsh National Rugby Union player

“With the help of Glyn, our visa applications that at first were a challenging and daunting prospect, were made straightforward and were done in a very efficient manner. I would definitely use Glyn and his team's services again.”

Brad Barritt

English Premiership and England National Rugby Union player

“Glyn provided a fantastic service to my family and I, they were professional, extremely helpful and very efficient, and were always on hand for friendly advice.”

Jamie Roberts

International and professional rugby player

“Perhaps one of the most stressful things about moving abroad is all the admin around the visa application procedure. I was very fortunate that before and during my time in South Africa I had Glyn on hand to help with my application. He was extremely helpful and very professional, which certainly helped alleviate quite a lot of my stress! I would definitely recommend Glyn to anyone looking for assistance with their Visa application Abroad.”

Federico Fernández

Premier League football player

“Glyn was always available when needed and made our applications, which were time sensitive and very daunting at first, less stressful and more straightforward. Highly recommended.”

Rugby Football League

“The RFL have worked with Newfields on a wide range of immigration issues and have found that they have an excellent understanding of many immigration matters. Glyn is always available for both the governing body and the clubs to answer the most straightforward or complex query; his attitude and work ethic are outstanding.”

Ayaka Suzuki

Professional and international rugby player

“Newfields has supported me in the challenge of playing rugby in England. Despite facing difficulties due to the pandemic, Glyn has handled the matter promptly and professionally. With that great support, I am looking forward to a great start in the UK”

Jo Trip

Netballer, Saracens Mavericks

“I have used Newfields for numerous visa applications, and I am so grateful to Glyn and his team for their commitment and hard work to make sure each application was seamless. Glyn personally went above and beyond; efficiently communicating what was required, and taking the time to walk me through the process, making sure I understood each step. He made a very overwhelming application process a lot easier and a lot less stress!”

Tania Hoffman

Head Coach, Celtic Dragons

“Glyn and Newfields make the visa process seamless each season; from the moment we inform them of the signing of our import players to the day they arrive in the UK. Glyn has always given sound advice and I would recommend Newfields Law wholeheartedly”

Rugby Football Union

“Glyn has been instrumental in advising the England Rugby Football Union as well as many clubs on a wide range of immigration matters, and is always on hand to steer us in the right direction. He and his colleagues always respond promptly, efficiently and often with very little notice, which is essential in the fast moving environment within which we work.”

Hadleigh Parkes

Welsh International Rugby Union player

“Newfields provided a seamless service – from preparing all the paperwork and personally attending the Home Office with me, through to returning all of my documents in person. Very approachable, reassuring and quick to answer queries – a great service for international athletes.”

Sean Maitland

International and professional rugby player

“Very professional and makes life a lot easier, amazing to work with”

Francois Louw

English Premiership Rugby Union player

“Outstanding and efficient service for my family and I”

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