Home Office permits sponsors to scan documents during coronavirus
The Home Office has updated its guidance webpage ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors’ on 3 June 2020 with a new heading, ‘Scanned documents’, which confirms that both prospective and current sponsors may submit scanned copies of supporting documents due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Home Office has discretion to request the originals or certified copies. Non-compliance with this request or failing to agree an extension within the agreed time limit may result in the application/request being refused. The same heading also states that on-site compliance visits have been suspended. Where this is required, the Home Office will wait until it is in receipt of a compliance visit report before considering a pending application. These arrangements will apply until 30 June 2020, where they will be subject to further review.