Individuals who are married to, engaged to, or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen can apply for a UK Spouse Visa. The UK Spouse visa, also known as the UK partner visa, is available for non-UK residents who are over 18 years old. Your partner in the UK must also be over … Continue reading Meeting the financial requirement for spouse visa
If you are married to, engaged to, or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen, you may be looking to apply for a spouse visa to allow you to join them living in the UK. The UK Spouse visa, also known as the UK partner visa, is available for non-UK residents who are … Continue reading Proving your marriage is genuine for a spouse visa
This blog post gives information to people who are looking to apply for the investor visa. It gives an overview of what the investor visa is and what you need to invest in to qualify for it. What is the investor visa? The investor visa is designed for individuals with high financial wealth who … Continue reading Which investments will qualify for the investor visa?
This blog gives an overview of the innovator visa, the requirements of the innovator visa and how to get endorsement for the innovator visa, as well as the common issues which applicants may face through the application process. Requirements of the innovator visa The innovator visa is a way for experienced business people to … Continue reading How to get endorsement for the innovator visa
Part 1: Sponsorship Duties Record Keeping As a licenced sponsor, you are obligated to comply with the Sponsorship Duties issued by the Home Office. A full list of the duties can be found in Tier 2 and 5 Guidance for Sponsors. A full list of all documents required to be kept on file for each … Continue reading Tier 2 licence: Preparing for a Home Office visit (pt.1)
This blog forms part of a series of blogs on spouse visas. In particular, this blog looks at relationships that have permanently broken down as well as polygamous relationships. Do you meet the requirements? Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules have eligibility requirements which must be met by every applicant. If your client, or if … Continue reading UK Spouse visas: divorce and polygamous relationships
Somali citizens asylum applications in the UK have significantly reduced in more recent years; however, some persons are still at real risk of persecution in Somalia. In order to establish an asylum claim, a person must show that they have a well-founded fear of persecution for one of a number of reasons. Those reasons are … Continue reading Asylum claims due to fear of persecution in Somalia
Brexit is going to happen. Boris Johnson has promised to the British public to take the United Kingdom out of the European by the end of January 2020, whilst the exact date is still up for debate, as there are concerns over the deal which will be struck, Brexit is going to happen. How will … Continue reading Remember to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme!
As any immigration lawyer or immigration adviser who undertakes deportation cases will tell you, the chance of success in deportation appeals, that is appeals relating to foreign national criminals, has dramatically reduced in recent years. Part of the reason for this considerable push towards deportation of foreign offenders comes from the greater focus on the … Continue reading The public interest in deportation
‘Sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom’ The above phrase is a feature of most of the Immigration Rules in relation to settlement. It is preceded by ‘sufficient knowledge of the English language’. Sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom is achieved by undertaking the ‘Life in the UK’ test. What does the … Continue reading How to pass the ‘Life in the UK’ visa test?
New country guidance been issued on Iraq and is, as with all country guidance cases, essential reading for persons with Iraqi clients. Cases concerning Iraqi and Afghani appellant make up the majority of asylum cases within the Tribunal and therefore, certainly for those practising in the legal aid field, this case will be essential reading … Continue reading New Iraq Country Guidance
British nationals with criminal convictions who want to travel to Europe and British nationals in Europe who have been convicted of offences in Europe may be in for trouble with recent case reports. Case C‑380/18 Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid v E.P. This is the case concerning a ‘third-country national’ or non-EEA national who entered … Continue reading difficulties for UK nationals with criminal convictions
This blog forms part of a series on spouse visas. Spouse or partner visas tend to form a large part of many immigration representative’s caseloads. This series of comprehensive guides, therefore, looks at all the requirements and how you might meet them and also looks at common errors made by practitioners and self-represented applicants. This … Continue reading Marriage, spouse entry clearance and leave to remain
The refugee Convention 1951 and the protocol 1967 outline what is considered legally to be a refugee. A person must be outside their country of nationality and have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or because of their political opinion. There must be unable … Continue reading LGBTQ asylum applications
The Queen has recently faced criticism for allegedly interfering with a 2016 decision when the Home Office stated they would be getting rid of the concession which allowed polo players and grooms people to come into the UK. In 2015 the Home Office approached Hurlingham Polo Association, the recognised endorsing body for Polo and requested … Continue reading The Queen’s polo hot water
1. Mass migration decrease wages Full Fact UK has denied the claim that a 10% rise in immigration has resulted in a 2% reduction in wages. This claim originates from a misreading of the Bank of England’s reporting which had identified that in 2004-2006 and in 2012-2014, there was an increase of 8% in the … Continue reading 3 bogus arguments against migration
The Refugee Convention 1951 and the Refugee Protocol 1967 is the legal framework for how the UK and other signatories to the Refugee Convention accept people fleeing persecution from other countries. The Refugee Convention itself does not explicitly outline rights to family reunion; however, the UNHCR Handbook does set out the minimum requirements. Those requirements … Continue reading Family reunion for refugees
Afghanistan has the highest population of refugees outside Afghanistan after Syria. Refugees have been leaving Afghanistan en masse since the Soviet invasion in 1979. Pakistan hosts the largest number of Afghan refugees, with 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees. It is thought that around a million more live in Pakistan without proper documentation. How do Afghan … Continue reading Claiming asylum as a refugee from Afghanistan
In the 2019 Conservative party manifesto, there is one mention of asylum seekers and refugees. This statement claims that the government will continue to support refugees who are fleeing from life-threatening conflict but states that the “ultimate aim” is to return them when it is safe to do so. In this post, we examine the … Continue reading Is the government preparing for war on asylum seekers?
On Friday, 3 January 2020 the US president Donald Trump ordered an airstrike at Baghdad airport which resulted in the death of Qasem Soleimani, who spearheaded Middle East operations as the head of the elite Quds forces. The Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was killed in a US airstrike on Thursday 2 January 2020. … Continue reading Soleimani death: affect on Iranian & Iraqi UK citizens