Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration resources

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration resources
  • Update: ending of restrictions from 19 July 2021 and switching
  • Initial response: 17 February 2020 guidance
  • Guidance updates from 24 March 2020: visa extensions (including NHS workers), switching and exceptional assurance
  • NHS workers
  • Global Talent
  • Returning residents
  • Guidance from 24 March 2020: sponsored migrants and sponsor duties/applications
  • Students
  • Guidance from 9 June 2020: family and private life applications
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration resources

This Practice Note is a compilation of links to useful information, news and news analysis in relation to the immigration implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This Practice Note will be updated on an ongoing basis with relevant materials.

Note that links to all relevant government/third party guidance resources are found below at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration resources—Information resources.

For the National Archives webpage containing links to previous versions of the main Home Office guidance page for individuals from 27 March 2020, see here.

Update: ending of restrictions from 19 July 2021 and switching

From 19 July 2021, the majority of coronavirus restrictions in England have ended, and the restriction measures which were set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/364 have been revoked. For further information, see: LNB News 16/07/2021 22.

There is still a complex set of provisions relating to international arrivals and travel, and various other Covid-19 related immigration policies and concessions remain in place.

The full history of relevant immigration policies are set out below. For ease of reference, note that on 1 June 2021, the Home Office updated its guidance webpage to provide that the switching concession would only apply where an individual's permission expired on or before 30 June 2021. As detailed below, such persons could switch into any category of the Rules if they met the

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