UK Visa and Immigration
NHS Inform COVID-19 treatment and immigration statu
NHS inform updated their website to clarify following key messages:
• Covid-19 treatment is free for all and that anyone with symptoms, regardless of their immigration status, should follow the guidance in exactly the same way as those that are ordinarily resident in Scotland.
• Anyone that requires immediate or urgent healthcare in Scotland, not only for Covid-19, will receive it regardless of their immigration status or their ability to pay at the time if charges apply.
• Healthcare provision in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Government and is in no way linked to immigration control, which is a matter for the Home Office. NHS Boards in Scotland never pass on patients’ details to the Home Office for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
Useful NHS Inform web links:
This includes advice and information in other languages and formats; as well as linking to guidance on a range of matters, including mental wellbeing, parent club and support for businesses.
NEW UK Government web page for migrants living in the UK (COVID-19)
The UK Government published an online guidance outlining the support migrants can get if they do not have permission to live permanently in the UK.
I summaries information about:
- Accessing medical treatment
- Support for people in employment
- Support for students
- Support with housing cost
- Support for asylum seeker
SERVICE UPDATE: COVID-19 advice for UK visa applicants and UK temporary residents
On 24th of March the Home office published guidance for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport and who affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.
A dedicated Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre operated by Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) was set up for all immigration queries related to this matter:
Help Centre.Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, calls are free of charge).
SERVICE UPDATE: Visa extension for those currently unable to return to home country due to COVID-19
On 24th of March Home Secretary announced visa extension to anyone whose leave to remain in the UK expired after 24th of January 2020 and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self- isolation. The extension will last until 31st of May but will be kept under a regular review in case further extensions are needed.
Detail of the announcement published on the Government website HERE.