Good News for International Nurses!
If your 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.
To make a request, contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. You’ll need to include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number with ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’ in the subject line. If you’ve already contacted us about this, please let us know in your email.
You’ll be contacted when our VACs reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport.
You will not be penalised for being unable to collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place.
This process will be in place until the end of 2020.
If you have applied for Tier 4, and awaiting a decision for your application:
You can start your course or studies before your visa application has been decided if:
If your application is eventually rejected as invalid or refused you must stop your course or studies.
If you have applied for Tier 2 or Tier 5 and waiting for a decision on your application:
You can start work before your visa application has been decided if:
If you are working for the NHS:
Due to the COVID-19, some NHS workers and their families can get their visas automatically extended for 1 year. To get the extension, you must:
The extension will apply from the date your visa is due to expire.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will contact your employer to confirm your visa has been extended.
You must have current permission to enter or stay on Tier 2 (General) visa.
You must be in the UK to extend your visa.
You must also meet the following conditions:
If you are a Pre Registered Nurse in the UK:
If you’re a pre-registration nurse in the UK, the deadline for you to sit the Occupational Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been extended to 31 December 2020.
Changes to Number of hours you can work or volunteer:
There is no longer a limit on the number of hours you can work or volunteer each week if you work for the NHS as a doctor, nurse or paramedic and you are a:
If you are in the UK:
If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020
Your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you’re outside the UK:
All UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:
In some areas, UKVI cannot send visa vignettes across borders and routes due to restrictions.
If you have an appointment and the VAC is now closed, you’ll be contacted and told your appointment will not take place.
Source Reference: www.gov.uk