Westkin Associates

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LGBTQ+ Immigration to the UK

We offer a compassionate and confidential service to LGBTQ+ individuals and couples who want to live together safely in the UK.

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Our LGBTQ+ Services

Westkin has a proud history of providing all clients, whatever their background, with immigration assistance. Our lesbian and gay solicitors in London offer immigration visa assistance to LGBT couples wanting to reside together in the UK. We are proud to offer a compassionate and confidential service.

We have a number of lawyers in our specialist Gay friendly and LGBT immigration practice group. Whatever your background, a member of our team will be on hand to assist you with your case. Many of the team have advanced qualifications in LGBT issues, sensitivity training for those who are gay but are from highly conservative cultures abroad, and ongoing links to LGBT immigration advisory groups.

Our team, whose details are below, can assist in all applications for gay immigration clients, whether their sexuality is a specific part of their case or not, and whether their matter raises specialised gay issues or not.

The Westkin Associates team were extremely professional and helpful in order for me to obtain a visa as a partner of a person present and settled in the UK. My case had a few complications but they helped navigate the situation and secure a favourable result. I would not hesitate to recommend them to my friends and colleagues.

Meet our LGBTQ+ Immigration to the UK Team

Further detail

Detailed information about our LGBTQ+ service

Our LGBTQ+ of immigration lawyer team specialise in:

  • Immigration applications on the basis of gay marriage and same sex relationships.
  • Immigration applications on the basis of civil partners and proposed civil partnerships.
  • Specialist applications for those who come out as gay whilst on a spousal visa.
  • Our team are experienced in working with gay asylum seekers in London, including matters where persecution is feared based upon sexual orientation.
  • Other asylum matters where someone is perceived as gay, and fear persecution as a result.
  • All applications based on medical issues or Discretionary Leave applications.
  • All applications based upon European Union applications.
  • Our team operates on a discreet basis. This means that the information you disclose to us is yours and remains confidential at all times.

Every case that we deal with for our lesbian and gay clients is different and can be dependent on a number of factors, including the type of visa which you’re applying for, and whether you’re already in the UK or applying from overseas. In most cases, we will speak to you on the phone or in a face to face meeting before we begin working with you, so we can get an idea of your situation and so that you can decide if we’re the right immigration firm for you. After this, we’ll work with you to begin securing your visa.

For more information on our processes and the right visa for you, please get in touch

FAQS

Your frequently asked questions

  • Depending on the visa category and your partner’s immigration status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply as an unmarried partner or fiancé.
  • If your partner is a British citizen or settled in the UK, you can apply as fiancé or proposed civil partner, which will facilitate entry to the UK to marry or enter into a civil partnership. Once in a legal relationship, as issued by UK authorities, you can further apply to remain long-term as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen or settled person in the UK.
  • If your partner is a British citizen, settled in the UK or applying for a UK visa, including work and study visas, and you have been living together for at least 2 years, you can qualify as an unmarried partner. Partners who have been living together for at least 2 years in a relationship akin to a marriage are eligible for the same visas as a couple in a legal marriage or civil partnership.
 
  • Westkin will work with you to ensure your documents and information are handled in a secure and confidential manner. Regardless of the application, no one in your home country needs to know what kind of visa application you are making. Depending on the circumstances, Westkin can submit certain documentation directly to the Home Office in the United Kingdom.
  • Depending on your circumstances and the application, Westkin will make clear representations on your behalf to ensure the government official assessing you or your partner’s application is clear regarding your chosen name. Whilst the name on your passport will be required on certain documentation, your representative will work with you to ensure your circumstances are handled sensitively and wherever possible, using your chosen name.
  • Depending on your circumstances and the application, Westkin will make clear representations on your behalf to ensure the government official assessing you or your partner’s application is clear regarding your gender and preferred pronouns. Whilst the gender on your passport will be required on certain documentation, your representative will work with you to ensure your circumstances are handled sensitively and wherever possible, using your preferred pronouns.
  • Westkin will work with you to ensure the specific circumstances of your relationship are clearly evidenced to ensure the Home Office are able to assess the genuineness of your relationship.
Westkin will work with you to assess the specific circumstances in your case, including regarding your partner’s immigration status and the history of your relationship, to advise the best immigration route. Depending on your circumstances, it may still be possible to join your partner in the UK whilst legally married to someone else.

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Had a fantasic experience! Very kind, professional, and communicative. As I had experienced a few law firms, I would definitely fefer this one to my friends and family and highly recommend to anyone.

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