Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration resources
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: relaxation of restrictions from 6 January 2021
  • Initial response: 17 February 2020 guidance
  • Guidance updates from 24 March 2020: visa extensions (including NHS workers) and switching
  • 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: relaxation of restrictions from 6 January 2021

England is currently in a period of phased relaxation of restrictions, further to the most recent national lockdown which commenced on 6 January 2021. See: LNB News 06/04/2021 44. From 29 March 2021, the restriction measures are set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/364 (see: LNB News 24/03/2021 19), and the relevant guidance can be found here. Note in particular that:

  1. in relation to the restrictions on gatherings, attending a tribunal hearing will fall within the ‘legal obligations and proceedings’ exception and is therefore permitted

  2. individuals can only travel to a destination outside of the UK if they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ or are an ‘exempt person’. They must also be in possession of a completed travel declaration form. From 17 May 2021, the Department of Transport has

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