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    Default Coronavirus changes to our [ILR] plan

    Hi,

    My wife was due to apply for ILR this June but due to Covid-19, we are now unable to get her through her Life in the UK test and B1 English as we are self isolating so cannot go to test centres (if they are even open, which I imagine they aren't).

    A few quick questions please if anyone can help:

    1. From reading recent notifications on Coronavirus, I understand that if anyone's temporary visa is due to expire by the end of May (my wife's expires mid-june so she would not be eligible for this), they get an automatic extension of 6 months if they call through with their details. Is anyone aware of extensions for ILR of a similar nature to our situation due to Coronavirus? i.e. delayed tests so we can't complete her ILR now..

    2. Re FLR (which looks like the best option at this stage) - my wife will have been here in June for 5 years. Can we apply for FLR and then go for ILR at a later date?

    3. What form are we supposed to fill in - FLR(FP) or FLR(M)?

    Thanks in advance!

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    If visas are not extended then you could apply for another 2.5 years FLRm..Bad news is the health surcharge is going up to approximately £1500..

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    Thanks. Is it definitely FLRm we need to apply for not FLR (FP)? and does applying for another FLR affect our ability to apply for ILR when the current Coronavirus situation is over?

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    Yes it's FLR(M) and she can make as many FLR applications needed until your wife satisfies the ILR criteria

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    Unfortunate for you but you'll get there. Best of luck.

    Yes the coronavirus has disrupted our plans too, although in the other direction.

    This was the year we were retiring to Thailand, and we put the house on the market days before the lockdown. We took it off and will put it back when the lockdown ends in a meaningful way, but prices will dip at least in the short term as some people will be desperate or forced to sell. So we may have to hold off further. I'd say Coronavirus may delay our plans up to two years which is massively disappointing. But at the same time, I'm grateful still to have my job and that I remain healthy so far. Not everyone is so fortunate.

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    Sorry to hear that. Coronavirus is having it's impact felt far and wide. Hope all goes ok for you too in the long run.

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    i am in the same position as the first post test centers for life in the UK are closed at the moment ,so stuck at the moment all be it the wife has till September this year ,to pass .
    I do believe the government are keen to get these departments back up and running i did read somewhere they want to open the passport offices .

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmith View Post
    ...and does applying for another FLR affect our ability to apply for ILR when the current Coronavirus situation is over?
    No. As soon as your FLR time commitment has been met, regardless of how much longer left on a third (or more) FLR, you can apply for ILR as soon as you can meet the conditions.
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    Thats ok gary all ok but if the wife has not passed LITHUK then its an extension at a lot off £ signs .the offices are not even open at the mo .

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    Indeed. I don't think there is any option presently but to incur more cost and apply for FLR is there? More money!

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    I am in a similar position as my wife has been here for 5 years next month & we are due to apply for ILR.
    However she has passed her life in the UK test so we can still apply for ILR?
    Is that correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbage62 View Post
    I am in a similar position as my wife has been here for 5 years next month & we are due to apply for ILR.
    However she has passed her life in the UK test so we can still apply for ILR?
    Is that correct?
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    Yes you can still apply but I don’t think you will be able to book an appointment to submit biometrics until the UKVAS centres reopen.

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    thanks for the info
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    asmith, and anyone else in the same position, I urge you to email your MP, set out the problem, and ask them to take up the matter with the Home Office.

    OK, it may not work, but as they say, if you don't ask, you don't get!

    I think what you are seeking is an automatic extension, without application, to the current visa, thereby giving time to do the necessary before the ILR application is made.
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    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...y-uk-residents

    at the bottom of the page are contact details if anybody needs them.

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    Surely if applicants are being denied the opportunity to meet the ILR requirements (by way of not being allowed to take the LITUK test, or language test) they should get a free temporary extension rather than pay extra thousands? I’m in a similar boat to the OP in that my wife needs to take the LITUK test (and was booked to take it on 5 April, before the test centres closed due to lockdown). She has already satisfies the B1 language requirement. I’ll be doubly affected as my stepson is due to apply for ILR at the same time.

    A bit of common sense needs to be applied here by the government.
    Last edited by Phil; 15th May 2020 at 00:18. Reason: missed a bracket

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    I saw an MP ask about this in PMQs the other day. She asked two questions and Boris completely ignored the one about people stuck in this ILR situation! So there are people that are aware of this but whether or not anything gets done is a another question.

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    Thought you may all like to know that if you still need the LITUK and/or B1 test when it’s time to apply but have been unable to take them due to the test centres being closed, you should answer No to those questions and explain the reason being is the test centres are closed and therefore you’ve been unable to take the test, and still submit the ILR application. You can then send the evidence once the test has been retaken (assuming you pass).

    I was told this advice this morning when I called the Home Office helpline (0800 678 1767) for visa applicants affected by Covid-19. No waiting in queues either! If people later take a test and fail I don’t know how that affects things, may have to call back and check.

    Hope this helps. They really ought to be putting this information out there more widely as it’s not even on their website and could save people thousands if they instead apply for a FLR extension, not realising they can still go ahead and apply for ILR.

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    Phil, as pointed out by stevie57, there is a procedure in place to cover visas expiring up to 31.05.2020. So the advice must be, write to your MP and urge him/her to press the Government to extend that 31.05.2020 to much later.
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    July is were i got to this morning regarding bookings for LITUK now i did not confirm or pay which is the last 2 stages in the process but when the wife comes home from work later today we shall be testing if we can get in to do the test in July .
    Fingers crossed we can book .

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