Need to apply in normal way using relevant application form 22nd July 2011: The UK Border Agency has clarified that Libyan national, legally here but unable to return, may now be allowed to temporarily extend their stay in the UK.
The UKBA has asserted: Any Libyan national, with continuing lawful leave or previous lawful leave that has expired since 22 February 2011, who does not meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules, but is unable to return to Libya, may now be allowed to temporarily extend their stay in the UK.
Elaborating, it says: `Libyans wishing to extend their leave under the Immigration Rules should apply in the normal way using the relevant application form.
`Where an individual is unable to meet some requirements of the Rules or provide some of the required evidence they should state why this is not possible, explaining any exceptional circumstances. We will consider applications on a case-by-case basis and we may use our discretion when reviewing cases.
`Applications can be made on the FLR(O) form. Discretion may be applied in exceptional circumstances to grant a further period of leave for up to 6 months outside the Rules. Please see the FLR(O) application form on the right side of this page.
`We have also made provision for those Libyan nationals who are unable pay the necessary application fee. In these circumstances Libyan nationals should complete the ‘questionnaire for Libyan migrants of limited means’.