Thousands of people could be forced out of the UK in the coming weeks as their visas run out at the end of May. The Home Office has been reported as saying on the 24th March that anyone whose visas ran out at the start of lockdown and could obviously not repatriate would have them extended until the end of May. However, no further update has been forthcoming as to what happens then,
Lawyers for immigration have accused the department of leaving people in a “dangerous and precarious situation” and are calling for their visas to be extended again to September. A spokesman for the Home Office stated that visas had been extended to 31st May for all foreign nationals legally within the UK and unable to return home. We are keeping it under regular review and no-one will be penalised for circumstance that are out of their control.