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COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

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COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by mhkhan619519 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:18 am

Hi All,

My mother (Pakistani National) is here in the UK since 25 January 2020 on a visitor visa which is expiring on 8th April 2020, her return flight was booked for 26th March 2020. Due to COVID19, all the flights all cancelled and now we are worried about her visa situation. can anyone help if they have any information regarding other nationalities apart from Chinese?

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by THO » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:42 pm

I would not worry, given that her flight has been cancelled and she can't leave the UK HO are not going to say she overstayed. Just get the next flight available. The issue is getting in touch with anyone at the HO.

An idea, might be to call the local police and ask them what to do. You could do it anonymously. Or border control at the airport, and speak to them. Ask them how you can ensure she does not get into trouble.

But she will not be alone, so do not worry.

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by Zerubbabel » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:11 pm

The Home Office has a helpline put in place for this crisis:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus ... k#helpline

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by alterhase58 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:34 pm

This is just my opinion as a member of this forum and does not constitute immigration advice.
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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by CMOS » Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:38 am

I'm a bit confused. There is an announcement about this COVID-19 related visa extension, but only tier visas are mentioned. Is this simply because visitor visas are out of scope of this forum?

We have a visiting relative (on a standard visitor visa that expires on 19th April 2020) here in UK. We have emailed CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk on 28 March 2020 with all the details requested and have not received any reply yet (not even automated receipt confirmation). Has anyone got any response from CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, and how long it took?

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by iwolga » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:52 am

CMOS wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:38 am
I'm a bit confused. There is an announcement about this COVID-19 related visa extension, but only tier visas are mentioned. Is this simply because visitor visas are out of scope of this forum?

We have a visiting relative (on a standard visitor visa that expires on 19th April 2020) here in UK. We have emailed CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk on 28 March 2020 with all the details requested and have not received any reply yet (not even automated receipt confirmation). Has anyone got any response from CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, and how long it took?
The link above clearly states any visas before going into paragraph specifying tier visas. So seems like you did the right thing.

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by honeybadger168 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:20 am

CMOS wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:38 am
I'm a bit confused. There is an announcement about this COVID-19 related visa extension, but only tier visas are mentioned. Is this simply because visitor visas are out of scope of this forum?

We have a visiting relative (on a standard visitor visa that expires on 19th April 2020) here in UK. We have emailed CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk on 28 March 2020 with all the details requested and have not received any reply yet (not even automated receipt confirmation). Has anyone got any response from CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, and how long it took?
I emailed them on the 27th of March as I am also here as a visitor visiting my husband and my leave has expired. I've not yet received an email back or even an automated receipt.

I'll keep you updated if I receive an email back. I'm hoping to receive one this week.

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by CMOS » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:21 am

honeybadger168 wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:20 am
I emailed them on the 27th of March as I am also here as a visitor visiting my husband and my leave has expired. I've not yet received an email back or even an automated receipt.

I'll keep you updated if I receive an email back. I'm hoping to receive one this week.
I've got a reply yesterday saying they need more information. There is a link to the web form in the email. Be prepared to fill it in with "as much information as you can provide" (within the limit of 500 characters). And CIT swear this time they can manage it in 5 days.

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Re: COVID19 Visitor Visa Expiry on 8th April 2020. Travel Restriction and now stuck??

Post by honeybadger168 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:31 pm

CMOS wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:21 am
honeybadger168 wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:20 am
I emailed them on the 27th of March as I am also here as a visitor visiting my husband and my leave has expired. I've not yet received an email back or even an automated receipt.

I'll keep you updated if I receive an email back. I'm hoping to receive one this week.
I've got a reply yesterday saying they need more information. There is a link to the web form in the email. Be prepared to fill it in with "as much information as you can provide" (within the limit of 500 characters). And CIT swear this time they can manage it in 5 days.
I just received the same email today asking me to complete the online form which I did on 14/04. Hopefully hear back soon but since it took 16 working days I’m not holding my breath for a quick reply.

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