Sunday 5 April, 2020

Trinidadians trapped in the UK offered temporary visa extensions

The Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in London is urging all Trinidadian nationals whose visas are expiring to apply for extensions. 

In a social media post, the High Commission said the purpose of the measure is to ensure that foreign nationals who are legally in the UK but unable to leave because of COVID-19 related travel restrictions will not be regarded as an overstayer by the British Home Office and will not suffer any immigration detriment in the future or be pursued during the crisis.

The development comes after Trinidad and Tobago halted all international flights from March 23, 2020, to prevent the spread of the virus. 

The High Commission said Trinidadians in the UK should visit https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-vis… for more information and to follow the guidelines listed therein.

The High Commission said the temporary extension applies to all foreign nationals in the United Kingdom whose leave to remain has expired since 24 January 2020 and were unable to leave the UK due to COVID-19.

The period of extension is from 24 January 2020 to 31 May 2020, inclusive. The Mission has been further informed that if circumstances require, the Home Office will update their guidance ahead of 31 May 2020.

Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago falling within this category are strongly encouraged to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) by email at CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk being sure to provide the following information:

 full name (including any middle names);
 date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy);
 nationality;
 previous visa reference number; and
 reasons preventing return, such as self-isolation, flight cancellations or closed borders.

"As communicated to the Mission, the purpose of this measure is to ensure that foreign nationals who are legally in the UK, but are unable to leave because of COVID-19 related travel restrictions, will not be regarded as an overstayer by the Home Office; will not suffer any immigration detriment in the future; and will not be pursued during the crisis," the High Commission said. 

See this link for additional information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents 

 

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