A Nottingham law firm is increasing its opening hours in a bid to guide business and individuals through temporary changes to the immigration rules due to COVID-19.
The team at OTB Legal offer free consultations and are extending their availability until 10pm Monday-Friday, to support those juggling long working hours in professions like the NHS or parents fitting their time around home schooling.
Their aim is to help people through the changes brought about by the relaxing of rules that require some migrants to return home to apply for a visa.
Short-term changes mean that those who have visas that expire between January 24th and May 31st 2020, may now be eligible to apply for a long-term visa from within the UK until May 31st 2020.
The move comes alongside the Home Office extending visas for those whose visa expired after January 24th but are unable to travel home due to flight cancellations, border restrictions and self-isolation.
Co-founder and director at OTB Legal Aldijana Hoad said: “We understand that individuals and businesses will be adjusting to the new way of working following the Coronavirus outbreak and there will be many priorities competing for their time.
“We want to take this particular burden off their hands and help them prepare the applications urgently, so that individuals and business can benefit from this temporary relaxation to the switching rules.”
She added: “We hope that by extending our hours until 10pm during the week, we are available to help our clients as and when they need us, especially those working for the emergency services who are juggling long and stressful working hours. We also have video-conferencing facilities set up so we can easily chat at a time that works best.”