Covid-19 – Immigration Law Update

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Vina Madhavji considers updates in relation to the quarantine requirements for those entering and re-entering the UK and  the re-opening of visa application centres

Entering and re-entering the UK from 8 June 2020

From 8th June, new rules will apply to those entering the UK (including those ordinarily resident in the UK): –

  • It will be necessary to fill in an online form (yet to be published) to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK and it may be necessary to show that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border.
  • If you refuse to fill in the form you may be fined £100 and non-UK residents may in addition be refused entry into the UK.
  • Information from the online form will used by the government to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops coronavirus symptoms, and to check that you’re self-isolating for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK.
  • Upon entry, it will  be necessary to self-isolate ( i.e. remain in  the place you’re staying) for the first 14 days you’re in the UK, except in very limited situations.

Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements in England and Wales could lead to a £1000 fine.

Further information can be found here

 

Government announces re-opening of certain visa application centres within the UK on 1st June 2020

The government has announced that certain visa application centres in the UK will re-open for the submission of biometric information and supporting documents.

It was announced on the gov.uk website that the following service points will be open from 1st June: –

  • Birmingham
  • Birmingham Premium Lounge
  • Chelmsford
  • Croydon
  • Exeter
  • Leeds
  • London Mark Lane Premium Lounge
  • London Victoria
  • Manchester Fountain Street Enhanced Service Point
  • Manchester Premium Lounge
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton

Visa Applications Outside the UK

It is possible to check whether visa application centres have re-opened in your current location via the gov.uk website

Certain English language test centres will also re-open and can be checked here

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