How to extend a visa if you are facing problems due to COVID-19

Written by HMI

June 17, 2020

The most effective method to extend your visa on the off chance that you are stranded due to COVID-19.

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Visa Extension due to COVID-19

The world is confronting a phenomenal circumstance today. Travel has ground to a halt. Remain at home, remain safe is the new mantra.

If you have been remaining at home, amazing! Be that as it may, consider the possibility that you have been travelling and have been abandoned in a remote nation. Flights are suspended. Transport has stopped. Also, your visa is going to lapse.

I was in the same circumstance a month ago.

I explored. I calculated my choices. Also, I extended my visa.

Today I will discuss how you can extend your visa in the event that you are abandoned in an outside nation due to COVID-19.

You might be abandoned in an outside nation for one of the beneath reasons.

The nation is in a lockdown

Global trips all through the outside nation are suspended

Your nation of origin is in a lockdown

Global trips in and out your nation of origin are suspended

Land fringes with the neighboring nations are shut

As a matter of first importance, don’t go in this circumstance. Simply wait any place you are. It’s safe for everybody.

Second, research your alternatives to broaden your visa. On the off chance that you come up short on all alternatives, look for help from your consulate to repatriate.

In this article, I will mostly go over the choices to stretch out your visa due to COVID-19. Here are a portion of the alternatives.


Automatic visa Extension due to COVID-19

Check if the nation where you are as of now abandoned has declared programmed visa expansions for those abandoned in their nation. Numerous nations so far have made such declarations and allowing free programmed visa augmentation due to COVID-19.

Do a brisk Google search. Check the outside undertakings sites, migration entries and news sites.

Regular Visa Extension

Most nations offer customary visa expansions for a little charge. Exploration if there is such a choice and the standard system to expand your visa. Check movement entrances and other government sites for qualification and system.

I would say, Facebook bunches have demonstrated entirely significant during this pandemic time. There are a great deal of conversations on expat and voyager Facebook bunches on points, for example, visa outstays, visa augmentations and repatriation. Query and join expat and travel/exploring Facebook gatherings.

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Look for help from your Embassy

Contact your consulate to check whether they can help. Government offices are offering an assurance or support letters for those abandoned, which can be utilized to broaden your visa for nothing.

Not all consulates are giving such letters. In any case, there is no damage in asking your international safe haven.

In the most pessimistic scenario, they will at any rate assist you with repatriating to your nation of origin.


To make it simpler, I have accumulated a rundown of the top vacationer and advanced traveler nations, their most recent migration declarations and visa augmentation techniques for guests as of now abandoned due to COVID-19.


NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Canada doesn’t offer programmed visa extension for guests abandoned in Canada due to COVID-19. Rather, IRCC suggests applying for a customary stay extension before your present visa lapses.

Stay expansion can be applied online on the IRCC site. The application expense for expansion is $100 CAD.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

USA

US doesn’t offer programmed stay augmentations for nonimmigrant visa (B1, B2 and B1/B2) holders abandoned in the US due to COVID-19.

Rather, the US Department of Homeland Security suggests applying for a stay augmentation preceding the lapse date of your approved time of affirmation.

You may not be charged any outstay punishments regardless of whether you apply for your stay augmentation after your approved time of affirmation is terminated.

ESTA holders can get for a 30-day augmentation by reaching the USCIS contact focus.

Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


Central AMERICA

Belize

Belize doesn’t offer programmed visa augmentations for guests at present abandoned in Belize due to COVID-19.

Movement workplaces are right now shut because of the highly sensitive situation. Guests abandoned in Belize must take care of visa exceed punishments when the migration workplaces open.

Source: Government of Belize Press Office Facebook page

Guatemala

Guatemala has reported programmed visa expansions until the suspension of movement limitations for guests as of now abandoned in Guatemala due to COVID-19.

On the off chance that you have entered Guatemala ON or AFTER 5 March 2020, you can keep on remaining in Guatemala until the suspension of movement limitations set up by Guatemalan migration office due to COVID-19. You don’t need to do anything during this period, your visa is consequently expanded. You won’t be charged any visa outstay punishments or fines.

On the off chance that you have entered Guatemala BEFORE 5 March 2020, you should visit the movement office in Guatemala city to expand your visa. Not doing so will prompt visa exceed punishments.

Source: Institute of Immigration and US Embassy in Guatemala City

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has declared programmed visa expansion until 18 August 2020 for guests at present abandoned in Costa Rica due to COVID-19.

In the event that you have entered Costa Rica ON or AFTER 17 December 2019, you can keep on remaining in Costa Rica till 18 August 2020. You don’t need to do anything, your visa is consequently broadened. You won’t be charged any visa outstay punishments or fines.

Source: General Directorate of Migration and Immigration


EUROPE

United Kingdom

UK is against giving visa extension until 31 July 2020 for those abandoned in the UK due to COVID-19.

On the off chance that you are as of now abandoned in the UK and your visa has terminated or going to lapse, you should present the structure for augmentation of leave on the UK Home Office site.

Source: UK Home Office

Schengen and EU nations

European Commission has declared visa augmentation of an extra 90 days for guests abandoned in the Schengen zone or EU due to COVID-19.

In the event that you are right now abandoned in any Schengen or EU nation and your 90 days consent to remain is going to terminate, you should promptly contact the specialists skillful for expanding visas.

On the off chance that the extra 90 days are likewise going to terminate, at that point you should contact the specialists again to give you a national long-stay visa or a brief home grant until you can securely leave the Schengen zone or EU.

Source: European Commission’s public statement and direction notice


Middle EAST

Joined Arab Emirates

UAE has declared programmed visa augmentations until 31 December 2020 for all guests at present abandoned in the UAE due to COVID-19.

On the off chance that your visa lapsed in March 2020 or later, your visa is consequently reached out till 31 December 2020. You don’t need to do anything.

Source: UAE Government official gateway


SOUTH EAST ASIA

Thailand

Thailand has reported programmed visa expansions until 31 July 2020 for all guests at present abandoned in Thailand due to COVID-19.

You don’t need to do anything, your visa is consequently broadened. you can keep on remaining in Thailand until 31 July 2020.

You won’t be charged any visa exceed punishments or fines.

Source: Thai Immigration Bureau

Vietnam

Vietnam has declared programmed visa augmentations until 30 June 2020 for guests right now abandoned in Vietnam due to COVID-19.

In the event that you have entered Vietnam on visa-excluded, traveler visa, e-Visa or Visa on Arrival ON or AFTER 01 March 2020, your visa is consequently stretched out until 30 June 2020. You don’t need to do anything. You will be charged any visa exceed punishments or fines.

In the event that you have entered Vietnam on visa-absolved, traveler visa, e-Visa or Visa on Arrival BEFORE 01 March 2020, you should give evidence that you were abandoned in Vietnam due to COVID-19 at the hour of leaving Vietnam. You should leave Vietnam before 30 June 2020 and present the verification. Else, you will be liable to visa outstay punishments or fines.

Source: Immigration Department of Vietnam

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Cambodia

Cambodia has declared programmed visa augmentations until you can securely leave Cambodia for all guests as of now abandoned in Cambodia due to COVID-19

In the event that you have entered Cambodia ON or AFTER 01 January 2020, your visa is consequently reached out till you can securely leave Cambodia. You don’t need to do anything. You won’t be charged any visa exceed punishments or fines.

This declaration originated from the US government office in Phnom Penh, yet it applies to all nationalities as of now abandoned in Cambodia.

Source: US government office in Phnom Penh

Myanmar

Myanmar is forgoing visa exceed punishments and allowing visa augmentations until you can securely leave Myanmar.

On the off chance that you are at present standard in Myanmar, you can broaden your visa at Myanmar Ministry of Labor, Immigration, and Population with a suggestion letter from your international safe haven.

You won’t be charged any visa outstay punishments or fines on the off chance that you expand your stay at the Ministry of Labor.

This declaration originated from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon. It MAY NOT APPLY to all nationalities, subsequently contact your international safe haven or Myanmar Ministry of Labor.

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon

Philippines

The Philippines is postponing visa outstay punishments and conceding visa expansions until you can securely leave the Philippines.

On the off chance that you are right now standard in the Philippines, you can broaden your visa at the Bureau of Immigration with no expense or punishments after the Enhanced Community Quranteen (ECQ) is lifted.

Source: Bureau of Immigration


SOUTH ASIA

India

India is allowing free visa augmentations for those abandoned in India due to COVID-19 until the outbound worldwide flights continue activities.

You can broaden your visa online at e-FFRO site for nothing out of pocket.

Source: Bureau of Immigration

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