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Past Presence Test and Covid

SG LB C
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Cl claiming PIP. Transpires he was out of the UK in Nigeria from Jan 2020 until June 21. Said he was unable to return due to Covid and had a return ticket initially for a 3 month stay.

Is there any info on this and the past presence test?

Elliot Kent
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In the first instance, his PIP will be stopped to the extent that he has been abroad longer than the permissible 13 weeks. There is likely to be a substantial recoverable overpayment if he did not tell them about his absence.

For the purposes of the PPT, time spent abroad as part of a permitted temporary absence is still counted as a period of past presence, so a person could theoretically leave the UK for a total of 65 weeks and be able to pass the PPT immediately on their return, however it seems your client has exceeded even this limit.

 

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Many thanks Elliot. I think I wasn’t clear in that we were looking to claim PIP, cl isn’t in receipt of PIP at this time.

Elliot Kent - 21 December 2021 09:27 AM

In the first instance, his PIP will be stopped to the extent that he has been abroad longer than the permissible 13 weeks. There is likely to be a substantial recoverable overpayment if he did not tell them about his absence.

For the purposes of the PPT, time spent abroad as part of a permitted temporary absence is still counted as a period of past presence, so a person could theoretically leave the UK for a total of 65 weeks and be able to pass the PPT immediately on their return, however it seems your client has exceeded even this limit.

 

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This thread might be of some use to you:- https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/14162/

Keena
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Has anyone come across any kind of pandemic exception for P&P test.
I have a client who had travelled to Australia on a 1 yr working holiday visa (Dec 19 -  Dec 20). He was unable to return due to Covid travel restrictions and was advised by consulate to stay put and got visa extended for a further year.
After March 21 he became aware of a congenital degenerative spine condition, for which he has undergone 2 spinal surgeries - meaning he could not obtain a fit-to-fly cert until Dec 21.
He then returned to UK and made a claim for PIP - refused on P&P grounds.
Any ideas??