Are you a temporary migrant living in the UK? Have you been furloughed or lost your employment because of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic?
by Shazia Akhtar, Partner, and Head of Immigration
The Home office guidance, issued on 24th April 2020, confirms that individuals who have limited leave to remain in the UK and no recourse to public funds do have support available to them. Access to public funds If you are currently residing in the UK on a Family or Private Life basis, you can make an application to access public funds if any of the following applies:
- You’re destitute or at risk of destitution
- Your child’s welfare is at risk due to low income
- You’re in other exceptional financial circumstances Medical Treatment relating to Coronavirus (COVID 19)
- Testing and treatment for coronavirus is free of charge even if your result is negative
- No checks are undertaken to confirm an individual’s immigration status when seeking a test or treatment for coronavirus
- If you have a medical condition that makes you vulnerable to coronavirus, then you can get help with deliveries of medication and food, etc.
If you are employed or self-employed in the UK You may be able to apply to access:
- Coronavirus Retention Scheme provided to your employer
- Statutory sick pay
- Contributory Employment and Support Allowance, subject to if you have made sufficient national insurance contributions
- You can apply for a grant through the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme if you are registered as self-employed If you are studying in the UK
- If you are unable to attend your place of study due to coronavirus then your Sponsor should not report you in these circumstances
- You can contact your consulate or embassy for support If you are unable to pay rent or mortgage payments
- Landlords must give tenants 3 months’ notice of evictions
- From 27th March 2020, all evictions and possession proceedings have been suspended for 90 days
Mortgage lenders will be able to offer repayment holidays of 3 months In addition to the above, Local Authority Social Services may be able to provide further support if you or a family member have specific care needs.
At Deo Volente Solicitors, we understand that individuals may face financial difficulties arising from these unprecedented times. We are offering telephone consultations to address any queries that you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01234 350244 and speak to one of our team members within the immigration department.
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