Important Announcements: COVID-19
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UK Immigration and Indian Law
UK Visa Extensions
Temporary visa extensions will be granted to anyone whose leave expired after 24th January and who cannot leave the UK because of self-isolation or travel restrictions.
The UK government has announced that individuals whose visas have expired and are unable to return home due to COVID-19 will have their visas extended until 31st May.
A foreign national whose visa is due to expire on 31st May will need to apply for a visa extension (or apply to switch their visa) if they wish to remain in the UK after 31st May. If an individual receives an extension on their visa, their immigration status in the UK will be secured.
The Home Office is temporarily extending its in-country switching provisions, which will enable those who wish to remain in the UK long-term to switch their visas more easily. This means that those who would normally need to leave the UK to apply for entry clearance in a different immigration category will now, at least temporarily, be able to do so in the UK.
The government has said that no immigration enforcement will be undertaken against those who email the Home Office.
However, the Home Office did emphasise that individuals who are given a visa extension through this new scheme must still leave the country as soon as possible after flight and border restrictions are lifted.
UK Sponsor Licence
In light of the current advice on social distancing, the Home Office has also relaxed some of the conditions which sponsor licence employers need to abide by. These changes permit non-EU national workers to undertake their work and study at home.
Here at the Whytecroft Ford we can provide expert guidance to those who wish to extend their UK Visa, or apply to switch their visa, in order to remain in the UK long-term. To speak to one of our immigration law specialists, please call us now on + 44 (0)208 7575751.
22.03.2020: Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, India
In view of the prevailing situation arising due to outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the order dated 22.03.2020 passed by the Chandigarh Administration has been conveyed to this Court vide endorsement No. F-2071/F-II(6)-2020/5000. Keeping in view the grave situation, an emergent meeting of the Hon’ble Administrative Committee was convened at the residence of the Hon’ble Chief Justice wherein it has been resolved as under:
In the state of Punjab and Haryana as well as Union Territory, Chandigarh, all the District and Sub Divisional Courts will also function restrictively from 23.03.2020 to 31.03.2020 and the District and Session Judges will make arrangement in their respective Sessions Divisions in such a manner that one or two Additional District & Sessions Judges along with one or more Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates and the minimum supporting staff so required, shall attend the urgent matters on rotation basis.
The cases already fixed in the Courts during the period from 23.03.2020 to 31.03.2020 shall be adjourned by making appropriate arrangements by the respective District and Sessions Judge(s).
The filing of fresh cases in which the limitation period is going to expire during this period shall be allowed to be filed.
All cases (Urgent, Motion and Regular) listed for Monday, 23.03.2020 shall be adjourned by the NIC to 24.04.2020. The Cause list of the cases listed from 24.03.2020 to 31.03.2020 will not be generated. The next date would be updated by the NIC as under:
16.05.2020: HIGH COURT OF DELHI: NEW DELHI
ORDER No.R-201/RG/DHC/2020 Dated: 16.05.2020
SUBJECT: EXTENSION OF SUSPENDED FUNCTIONING OF DELHI HIGH COURT TILL 23.05.2020
The Hon’ble Administrative and General Supervision Committee of this Court while considering further extension of suspended functioning of this Court and taking note of the prevalent situation, in continuation of this Court’s Office orders No.373/Estt./E1/DHC dated 23.03.2020, No.194/RG/DHC/2020 dated 25.03.2020, No.R-43/RG/DHC/2020 dated 15.04.2020 and No.R-125/RG/DHC/2020 dated 02.05.2020, has been pleased to order that the functioning of the High Court of Delhi shall continue to remain suspended till 23.05.2020 on same terms. The arrangements qua mentioning and hearing of urgent matters by this Court through videoconferencing shall continue as before. However, the number of Single Benches has been increased to ten.
All the pending matters listed before this Court (including the courts of Registrars and Joint Registrars) during the period from 18.05.2020 to 23.05.2020 would stand adjourned as under:-
16.05.2020: Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, India
Order No 21/RG/Spl.Misc. dated 16.05.2020
SUBJECT: EXTENSION OF SUSPENDED FUNCTIONING OF COURT
Keeping in view the prevailing situation due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and after considering the prevailing situation in the States of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh where the conditions of lockdown and the containment zone continues and with a view to ensure the safety of the Honourable Judges, Advocates, Staff and litigants; the Honourable Administrative Committee has resolved that all the cases already fixed/listed from 18.05.2020 to 31.05.2020 shall be adjourned by the NIC for the dates mentioned herein below and all interim orders passed in the said cases shall continue till the next date of hearing:
24.03.2020: New Delhi High Court, New Delhi, India
Pursuant to Order No.40-3/2020-DM-1(A) dated 24.03.2020 issued by the Government of India regarding nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days w.e.f. 25.03.2020 and in continuation of this Court’s Office Order No. 373/Estt./E1/DHC dated 23.03.2020, Hon’ble the Chief Justice has been pleased to order that the functioning of the High Court of Delhi shall now remain suspended till 15.04.2020.
13.04.2020: Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, India
Keeping in view the prevailing situation arising due to outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Hon’ble Administrative Committee, after considering the prevailing lockdown situations, has approved that the applicability of the order dated 24.03.2020 shall be extended and be further made applicable for all working days of the Honourable Court during the period 15.04.2020 to 01.05.2020.
Further, it has been decided that all the cases already fixed/listed from 15.04.2020 to 01.05.2020 shall be adjourned by the NIC for the dates mentioned herein below and all interim orders passed in the said cases shall continue till the next date of hearing:
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