NRPF & Other Immigration Issues

Each of the subjects below expand to provide further information.

No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)


If a person with NRPF is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, they may be able to get assistance from their local council. In order to protect vulnerable individuals during the pandemic, councils in England have been asked by the UK Government to provide people with no recourse to public funds with accommodation. Please check with your local authority how to access this service.

Free School Meals

On 6th April 2020 eligibility for free school meals support was extended to some families with NRPF for a temporary period as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

You can find information from GOV.UK on the scheme here.

You can find help and information from Project 17 here.


There can be no charge made to an overseas visitor for the diagnosis or treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

All overseas visitors, including anyone living in the UK without permission, should be aware that:

  1. No charges apply to testing for COVID-19, even if the result is negative, or to any treatment provided for COVID-19 if the result is positive or up to the point that it is negatively diagnosed. The same is true of most other infectious diseases.
  2. NHS trusts have been advised that no immigration checks are required for overseas visitors that are known to be only undergoing testing or treatment for COVID-19

Further information can be found here.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

The NRPF Network have produced guidance for Local Authorities supporting those with NRPF which can be found here.


The NRPF Network have added a coronavirus hub on their website covering a range of subjects which can be found here.

Other Immigration Issues


You need to attend a citizenship ceremony if you’re 18 or over and have successfully applied to become a British citizen.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you’ll have 6 months to book your citizenship ceremony after receiving an invitation from the Home Office. Any delays caused by COVID-19 will not affect decisions around your application.

For further information click here.

Legal Aid

Please click here for advice setting out what the Legal Aid Agency is doing to help providers continue legal aid services for clients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

UK Visa Applicants and Temporary UK Residents

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For full details and links to the Coronavirus Immigration Team click here.


Some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) reopened for existing customers on 1 June 2020. You can check which UKVCAS centres are open.

Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are temporarily closed because of coronavirus (COVID-19).