Updated 29th July 2020
Below you will find an official update from the UKVI regarding 30 day entry clearance vignettes that have expired or are about to expire.
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Official update from UK Visas & Immigration regarding 30-day entry vignettes:
If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.
This process will be in place until the end of 2020.
To request a replacement visa you can either:
1) contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre
2) arrange to return your passport to your Visa Application Centre (VAC) if it has re-opened (see this LINK on how to do this).
To make a request, contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. You’ll need to include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number with ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’ in the subject line. If you’ve already contacted the UKVI about this, please let them know in your email. The CIH are currently dealing with a high number of requests and will reply as soon as they can, they do not wish you to contact them again unless you need to tell them about a change in your circumstances.
You’ll be contacted when the VACs reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport. Your replacement visa will be valid for 90 days.
BUT - if you don't want to wait for their reply or have been waiting for months now, you can arrange to return your passport to your VAC - click this LINK on our advice on how to do this!
You will not be penalised for being unable to collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place.
And remember this process will be in place until the end of 2020. So if you are not sure what to do yet, you can make a decision towards the end of the year, but Restless World recommends that you have your passport back with a VAC by the 2nd week of December!!
Coronavirus Immigration Helpline Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
Telephone UK: 0800 678 1767
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm / calls are free of charge)
Due to Data Protection Regulations the UKVI can only speak to the visa holder or applicant about their specific query.