UK alters overstay applications
The United Kingdom Home Office’s Border Agency altered its applications for those who overstayed leave by more than a month on June 29, and the new rules could have an impact on those involved in a corporate immigration program with visa expiry dates approaching.
Starting in October, those who have overstayed in the UK by more than 28 days will be refused any further applications to stay in the country.
The alteration will include those in multiple visa programs such as visiting routes, long residency routes, students, workers, those who claim ancestry in the UK and the country’s point-based system, as well. Those who were discharged from the British armed forces are also included.
The UK’s immigration rules for family migration change in mid-July, and these changes are meant to work in tandem. The government warned those who are legally in the country and have leaves expiring need to be proactive to extend their leave at the earliest possible point.
The penalties for inaction are much more inconvenient. Those who overstay past the 28-day mark and then need to remain in-country need to physically leave the UK and then reapply for a visa.
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