Category Archives: Immigration & Asylum

Immigration Bail Application

Immigration bail is an application to a court for release, usually under certain conditions. When a detainee makes an application for immigration bail they are brought to an immigration court (the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal) where an independent Immigration Judge makes a decision on whether detention should be maintained. The case may be presented by a legal representative and will generally be opposed by a Home Office Presenting Officer.

Immigration bail guidance

You can apply for immigration bail if the Home Office is holding you on immigration matters. This means you might be released from detention but you’ll have to obey at least one condition.

Conditions of your immigration bail

If you’re granted immigration bail, there will be at least one condition you have to obey.

You might have to:                                          

  • report regularly to an immigration official
  • attend an appointment or hearing
  • be restricted on where you can live
  • have an electronic monitoring tag
  • have restrictions on the work or studies you can do
  • obey any other condition decided by the person granting your bail

You or your financial condition supporter might have to promise to pay money if you break one of the other conditions of your bail. This is called a ‘financial condition’.

These conditions can be changed after you’re granted immigration bail.

If you do not follow the terms of your immigration bail you might:

  • have your immigration bail conditions changed so that there are tighter restrictions
  • be charged with a crime
  • have to pay the money agreed at the hearing – or your Financial Condition Supporter might have to pay
  • be returned to detention

 

Can I apply for immigration bail?

You can apply whether you’re held in an immigration removal centre, a detention centre or a prison. You must be held on immigration matters.

When you’re more likely to get immigration bail

You’re more likely to get immigration bail if you have a place to stay.

Your immigration bail application is also more likely to succeed if you have at least one ‘Financial Condition Supporter’. This is a person who:

  • will pay money if you don’t follow the conditions of your bail
  • can attend your bail hearing

Give information about where you’ll stay and your Financial Condition Supporters in the application form.

Immigration bail application refusal

You may find it harder to get immigration bail if you:

  • have broken bail conditions in the past
  • have a criminal record, and there’s a risk you might offend

If you were refused bail in the last 28 days, you won’t get another hearing unless your situation has changed significantly. If you are refused bail, you’ll get a written statement telling you why.

 

Contact Expert Immigration Solicitors

As Immigration bail solicitors based in the easily accessible area of Colchester, Chelmsford and London, we can assist in making an immigration bail application and represent the detainee in the immigration court.

For more information, please contact us at 01206500181 or send us an email- info@hs-legal.co.uk

 

 

 

Immigration detention

We specialise in helping those who are held unlawfully, or whose rights are abused in custody.

What is immigration detention?

Immigration detention is the practice of holding people who are subject to immigration control in custody, while they wait for permission to enter or before they are deported or removed from the country. It is an administrative process, not a criminal procedure. This means that migrants and undocumented people are detained at the decision of an immigration official, not a court or a judge. Unlike most other European countries, there is no time limit on immigration detention in the UK.

UK Immigration Detention policy

Immigration detention in the United Kingdom is the policy of the United Kingdom government in holding individuals suspected of visa violations, illegal entry or unauthorised arrival, and those subject to deportation and removal in detention until a decision is made by immigration authorities to grant a visa and release them into the community, or to repatriate them to their country of departure.

Overview of Immigration Detention matters

Home Office policy says that immigration detention must be used sparingly and for the shortest possible period. In our experience, immigration detention is the norm rather than the exception: many thousands are held each year, and some for very lengthy periods, causing serious mental distress.

Who is detained?

Numbers of people are held under Immigration Act powers every year, for a range of reasons. Some are asylums seekers who have had their claim refused. Others are asylum seekers who have a claim in the process and are being held while that decision is made (under what is known as the Detained Fast Track). Some will have overstayed or breached the terms of their visas or will be foreign nationals who have completed a prison sentence and are to be deported. Some will newly arrive in the UK; others will have lived lawfully here for many years. These categories are fluid and can overlap, for example, a foreign national may claim asylum from prison.  The single most common category of immigration detainee is the asylum seeker. Around 50% will have claimed asylum at some point.

Immigration Detention statistics

  • Around 30,000 people are held under Immigration Act powers every year.
  • In 2017, 27,331 people entered immigration detention.
  • In 2017, 42 children entered detention, despite the government’s claim to have abolished child detention in 2011.
  • At the end of 2017, there were 2,545 people in detention. The top five nationalities were Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nigerian and Polish.

Whatever the circumstances, being held in prison-like conditions without a time limit causes anxiety and distress. Many detainees already have traumatic backgrounds, and the psychological impact of being held is absolutely damaging.

Our work includes:

  • Advice on the legality of immigration detention for individuals across the range of immigration status including Foreign National Prisoners, failed asylum seekers, citizens of EU member states, those on work permits or other forms of temporary leave.
  • Claims for damages for unlawful immigration detention in respect of an entire period of detention or for those detained unlawfully at the end of a prison sentence or lawful period of detention.
  • Public law challenges the legality of immigration detention.
  • Claims for damages and public law challenges to conditions of immigration detention including the Human Rights Act 1998 claims engaging Article 3 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • Claims for damages or public law challenges in respect to the immigration detention of vulnerable groups, including torture victims, children, elderly or pregnant persons, those with serious medical conditions or disabilities.
  • Claims for assault on removal or in immigration detention.
  • Advice and representation after deaths in immigration custody.

Our clients have brought claims against the UK government, privately run immigration detention centres and private escort and removal companies.

For more information, please contact us on 01206500181 or send us an email- info@hs-legal.co.uk

 

UK Student Visitor Visa

The Student Visitor visa category is for nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. If you are a short-term student and wish to come to the UK to study you must have been accepted on a course of study in the UK. In order to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visitor Visa you must satisfy certain criteria. When entering the UK your passport will be stamped, stating the duration of your stay. Your stay cannot be extended beyond this provision. If you wish to stay in the UK longer to study a longer course or if you wish to work and study you will have to apply for a Student Visa.

How we can help with Student visitor visa application?

If you wish to apply for a Student Visitor visa we can help you with your visa application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your student visitor visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your student visitor visa application to the Home Office.

Qualifying criteria for Student visitor visa

For your Tier 4 Student Visitor Visa application to be successful:

  • You will need to prove that you are registered on a course of study;
  • You must plan to visit the UK for a maximum of 6 months and leave at the end of that period; and
  • You must be able to show that you also have enough money to support your stay in the UK.

Documents you must provide for student visitor visa

When you apply for student visitor visa you need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example, bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans – you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
  • contact details for at least one parent or guardian in your home country (if you’re under 18 years old)

You need to provide the original documents.

You also need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

 

What happens once you are in the UK on student visitor visa?

You can only stay in the UK for up to six months with a Student Visitor Visa. However, English language students wishing to attend exclusively English language courses will be able to apply for a student visitor visa allowing them to stay for up to 11 months. The extended student visitor visa will only be available to applicants outside the UK.

You will not be able to take a work placement, bring dependants, extend your stay or switch into other courses at the end of your stay with a Student Visitor Visa.

Why we provide the best legal advice

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Immigration Expert

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including student visitor visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the student visitor visa application process.

Contact us for successful student visitor visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of student visitor visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers call us now on 01206500181

UK Fiancé Visa

The UK fiancé visa permits a person who has settled status in the UK to bring their prospective spouse to the UK with the intention of getting married. The fiancé visa is issued for six months, during which time the applicant will need to get married. After the marriage, the applicant can apply immediately for a two-year provisional spousal visa before the expiry of their visa by making a fiancé visa application for Further Leave to Remain from inside the UK, which grants the visa holder conditional permanent resident status and allows to remain in the UK initially for two years.

Home office criteria for successful UK Fiancé Visa

Over the years the Home Office has introduced stringent criteria which you will need to meet in order to make a successful Fiancé visa application. There is an extensive amount of documentary evidence that you will need to provide in order to support the fact that you are in a genuine relationship and that you meet the financial requirements as set by the government. Most fiancé visa applications are refused because applicants have not been able to fully substantiate this.

How we can help with UK Fiancé Visa application?

If you wish to apply for a UK Fiancé Visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your Fiancé visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful fiancé visa application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.

 

Qualifying criteria for a UK Fiancé Visa

In order for your UK Fiancé Visa application to be successful:

  • You must intend to live together in the UK;
  • You must be able to substantiate that you and your fiancé have a genuine relationship;
  • You must be able to support yourself entirely or be supported by your partner, without access to public funds and there must be adequate accommodation in place;
  • The sponsor must be either a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK; he/she must hold an indefinite leave to remain or right of abode in the UK.  EEA nationals can also use this category to bring their non-EEA-national fiancé/proposed civil partner to the UK.
  • You must show that you are present and settled in the UK or, if living overseas, expect to return to the UK to live prior to or at the same time as your fiancé arriving in the UK on a Settlement Visa;
  • You and your fiancé must be legally free to marry in order to apply for a settlement fiancé visa. This means that both of you are single and that any previous marriages and/or registered civil partnerships have ended through divorce, annulment or death; and
  • Both you and your fiancé must have a serious intention to marry in the UK within six months after receiving a prospective marriage visa.

What will I need to show to apply for a UK Fiancé visa?

As part of your UK Fiancé visa application you will need to demonstrate:

  • You intend to marry your fiancé within the six-month duration of the visa.
  • There will be adequate accommodation for you and any dependants, and that you will be able to maintain yourselves and any dependents without the support of public funds.
  • Any of your or your fiancé’s previous relationships (married or unmarried) must have ended.
  • Your fiancé earns more than £18,600 per year or has enough savings to be able to support you without claiming public funds. If you have dependent children, the minimum financial requirement is higher.
  • You must satisfy the English language requirements.

 

What happens once you are in the UK on a Fiancé Visa

With a UK Fiancé Visa, you will be able to travel to the UK for up to six months, this has to be solely for the purpose to get married. Following the six month period, you may apply to stay in the UK. After you have applied to stay in the UK your UK Fiancé Visa is changed over to a two-year Spouse Visa. You will then be able to start working and will hold the same rights as your partner who has settled status in the UK. Once UK Fiancé Visas are granted and you have lived in Britain for two years or more you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (ILR) and British nationality.

Why we provide the best legal advice for UK Fiancé Visas

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including UK Fiancé visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the UK Fiancé visa application process.

Contact us for successful UK Fiancé Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process UK Fiancé visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our  online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181.

Turkish Nationals

In 1973, the UK became bound by the Turkish European Community Association Agreement (ECAA), also referred to as the Ankara Agreement. Under this agreement, Turkish nationals in the UK under student visas can apply to set up in business as a self-employed person. Turkish nationals are also afforded rights under the Turkish Workers Agreement whereby they may be able to make an application for further leave to remain as an employed person.

Our expert team of lawyers have extensive knowledge of making applications for leave to remain for Turkish nationals under the Agreement and under the Turkish Workers Agreement. We also handle immigration appeals for those who have had their Ankara agreement applications refused. We can assist you with the preparation of your visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding unnecessary expense of re submitting your application to the Home Office.

UK Visas under the Ankara Agreement

As a Turkish national, you can apply to come to the UK as a business person from outside the UK or you can switch into this category if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Amongst the requirements which you will need to meet, you will need to show that you have the skills and ability to establish your proposed business, you have the funds to establish this business, you can bear the costs of running the business and your share of profits will be sufficient to support you and any dependents. If you are joining an existing business in the UK as opposed to starting one up, you will need to meet additional requirements.

UK Visas under the Turkish Workers Agreement

If you are a Turkish national working legally in the UK and wish to extend your stay you may apply for further permission to stay in the UK (after working here for a year), change employers after working in the UK for 3 years (if you are continuing to work in the same occupation) or work in any type of job for any employer after you have worked in the UK for 4 years.

Why we provide the best legal advice in relation to UK Visas for Turkish Nationals:

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist your with your applications for any type of Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.

Contact us for successful Visa application

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181.

Tier 4 Student Visa

The Tier 4 Student visa and Child categories under the points-based system are for those international students who wish to come to the UK to study and experience life and culture in the UK. As this is a point’s based application, points will be awarded for Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) and funds for maintenance.

How we can help with the Tier 4 Student visa application?

We can help with your Tier 4 Student Visa applications and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 4 student visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules, we will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding unnecessary expense of resubmitting your Tier 4 Student Visa application to the Home Office.

Qualifying for a Tier 4 General Student Visa

For successful Tier 4 Student Visa application:

  • You must have a secured place at a UK-based institution which is registered with the Home Office for full-time study. Full-time means a minimum of 15 hours of classroom study per week;
  • You will need to have English ability just below GCSE in a foreign language to gain entry to the UK on a tier 4 student visa. This will cover those who wish to study English in the UK and those who wish to study at below degree level;
  • You will only be able to gain entry to A-level or equivalent courses if the college or school is included in a list of “most trusted institutions”;
  • You need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to pay for your course and support your stay in the UK;
  • You need to provide your certificates that show sufficient qualifications from secondary school or college;
  • You need to provide your letter of acceptance to show you have been accepted on a course of study in the UK; and
  • In addition to this, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of your stay in the UK and you will need to pass the English language requirements.

Documents you must provide for Tier 4 Student Visa

When you apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa you must provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course – this will vary depending on your circumstances
  • proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
  • proof of your relationship with your parent or guardian
  • You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.

You may also need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

Your documents will usually be sent back within 14 days.

 

What are you not allowed to do on a Tier 4 student visa?

There are certain restrictions on a Tier 4 Student Visa. For example:

  • You will not be able to study below degree level if the course includes a work placement unless the course is being provided by a university, college or training provider with the status of ‘highly trusted sponsor’;
  • You will not be able to bring in dependants if the duration of the course is less than six months.
  • If you are applying to study a course lower than degree level under Tier4, excluding foundation degree courses, your dependents will not be able to work unless they qualify to work in their own right under Tier 1 or Tier 2 of the points-based system.
  • If you are studying a course lower than foundation or undergraduate degree level your dependents will not be allowed to work in the UK.

Under the new Tier 4 Student Visa regulations, international students have permission to commence part-time work of up to 20 hours per week and full time during holidays. The Tier 4 Student Visa also gives permission for you to undertake a work placement as part of your university course.

Tier 4 Student (Child)

The Tier 4 Student (Child) Visa category is under the points-based system and is for those children aged between 4 and 17 who are coming to the UK for their education to study at independent schools. As this is a point’s based application, points will be awarded for Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) and funds for maintenance.

Why we provide the best legal advice for Tier 4 Student Visas

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including Tier 4 Student Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the Tier 4 Student Visa application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 4 Student Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the Tier 4 Student Visa process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181

Tier 2 Sportsperson

The Tier 2 Sportsperson route of the Points Based System is for elite sports people and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level. Applicants under this Tier 2 Sportsperson visa would be expected to make a significant contribution to the development of their chosen sport in the UK. The company sponsoring you will need to issue you with a certificate of sponsorship and will need to ensure that the salary on offer and your qualifications will enable you to satisfy the immigration rules. You will be granted temporary residence in the UK and will be permitted to live and work for the duration of your employment or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship.

How we can help with Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application?

If you wish to apply for a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application to the Home Office.

 Tier 2 Sportsperson visa requirements

For Tier 2 Sportsperson visa  you need to:

  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship for your job
  • prove your knowledge of English
  • have personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK
  • show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years

 

Documents you must provide for Tier 2 Sportsperson visa

When you apply for tier 2 sportsperson visa you’ll need to provide:

  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a bank or building society statement or letter that shows you have enough personal savings
  • a current passport or travel document to prove you can travel – you need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa
  • expired passports or travel documents if you need them to show your travel history
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • a letter of endorsement from your sport’s governing body, if you’re applying as a sportsperson or coach

If your documents aren’t in English or Welsh you’ll need to send a certified translation.

You might need to provide more documents depending on your circumstances.

 

Endorsement from your UK Sponsor

In addition to scoring points under the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa category, your sponsor will also need to obtain an endorsement for you from the appropriate governing body for your sport which confirms that:

  • You are internationally established as a player-coach at the highest level;
  • You will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK;
  • You intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay; and
  • Your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker.

Football Players Applying under Tier 2 Sportsperson

If you are a football player sponsored by a club in the UK, you will not need to make a new application if you move on loan to another club in the UK. However, if you are permanently transferred to another football club in the UK, then you must submit a new Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application and for this, you will be required to have a new Certificate of Sponsorship and a new endorsement from a governing body.

Benefits of a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa

With Tier 2 Sportsperson visa you can enjoy following benefits:

  • A potential route for settlement in the UK;
  • Tier 2 sportsperson visa applicants may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or for permanent residence after living in the UK for 5 years; and
  • Candidates may be able to naturalize as a UK citizen.

Why we provide the best legal advice for Tier 2 Sportsperson Visas

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including tier 2 sportsperson visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of Tier 2 Sportsperson visa step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181

Tier 1 Investor Visa

The Tier 1 Investor Visa category of the Points Based System is for open to those migrants who wish to make a substantial financial investment in the UK. This route is attractive due to the fact that applicants do not need to show evidence of maintenance nor demonstrate that they meet the English language requirements. This route demonstrates the UK government’s desire to attract high net worth individuals to make substantial investments in the UK.

How we can help with Tier 1 Investor Visa application?

If you wish to apply for a Tier 1 Investor Visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 1 Investor Visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful a Tier 1 Investor Visa application and avoiding unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.

What is Tier 1 Investor Visa?

The Tier 1 Investor visa is designed for high net worth individuals who want to relocate themselves and their family to the UK. Only a few hundred Tier 1 Investor visas are granted per year, and very few immigration firms have a consistent track record of success in tier 1 Investor visa applications. HS Legal Solicitors has been preparing Investor visa applications since 2004 with a high success rate.

Qualifying for a Tier 1 Investor Visa

To submit a successful Investor Visa application you must be able to satisfy the following requirements:

 

  • You must have a minimum of £1 million to invest in the UK. The money must be your own and must be held in a regulated UK financial institution. The money must also be disposable in the UK; or
  • You must have personal assets to the value of more than £2 million taking into account any liabilities. This must be under your control, held in a regulated financial institution and disposable in the United Kingdom amounting to no less than £1,000,000, which has been loaned to you by a financial institution regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Documents you must provide for Tier 1 investor visa

When you apply for tier 1 investor visa you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
  • a criminal record certificate from any country you have stayed in for a total of 12 months or more over the last 10 years
  • You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.

Evidence of investment funds for tier 1 investor visa

You’ll need to provide evidence showing that you have the required investment funds.

Your own money for tier 1 investor visa

If you’re using your own money to invest, you should be able to show:

  • how much money you have and where it’s being held
  • where the money came from if you haven’t had the money for at least 3 months, for example, you inherited it from a relative
  • that the money can be transferred to the UK and converted to sterling (if it’s not already in the UK)

Your partner’s money for tier 1 investor visa

You’ll need to provide:

  • a certificate of marriage or civil partnership, or in the case of unmarried or same-sex relationships, proof that you are in a long-term relationship (at least 2 years)
  • a statement from your partner confirming that they will allow you to control the funds in the UK
  • a letter from a legal adviser stating that the declaration is valid
  • You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension

When applying for an extension to Tier 1 Investor visa, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • You must have invested a minimum of £750,000 in the UK. This must have been invested by way of either UK Government bonds or share capital or investment capital in active UK companies. This does not include companies whose main activities are property investment. Investment cannot be interpreted as placing deposits in a bank or building society.
  • The investment outlined above must have been made within three months of gaining the tier one visa and must be maintained throughout the duration of the visa.

 Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for an Investor Visa

There are three different routes to applying for indefinite leave to remain and we can advise you which one best suits your individual circumstances.

  1. Investment of £1 Million. As an investor, you will qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after five years, provided that you have invested £1,000,000 in the UK.
  2. Investment of £5 million. If you invest £5,000,000 you will be able to apply for ILR after the investment has been in place for three years.
  3. Investment of £10 million. If you invest £10,000,000 you will be able to apply for ILR after the investment has been in place for at least two years.

For investors, you are not permitted to be absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 calendar months to qualify for settlement.

Why we provide the best legal advice for Tier 1 Investor Visas

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including Tier 1 Investor visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the Tier 1 Investor Visa application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 1 Investor Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through Tier 1 Investor Visa process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is the UKBA’s visa route for exceptionally talented migrants (link is external) in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts, who wish to work in the UK. These individuals are those who are already internationally recognised at the highest level as world leaders in their particular field or who have already demonstrated exceptional promise in the fields of science, humanities and engineering and are likely to become world leaders in their particular area.

How we can help you with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application?

We can help with your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and queries. Our expert team of solicitors and barristers can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules, we will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and avoiding unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.

Qualifying criteria for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Migrants can apply for entry clearance to the UK under this Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route or they can switch from a Tier 2 Migrant visa or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrant visa whilst in the UK.

Although you do not need to be sponsored by an employer, your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application must be endorsed (i.e. verification that the UK Border Agency trusts and can identify an applicant as being a world leader in their particular field) by a ‘Designated Competent Body’ who will advise the Home Office whether you meet the criteria it has set for “exceptional talent.”

The Designated Competent Bodies recognised by the Home Office are as follows:

 

Documents you must provide for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

When you apply for your Tier 1 exceptional talent visa you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • a printed copy of your endorsement letter
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
  • You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.
  • You need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
  • You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

 

UK Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): the Limit

The total number of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas available will be limited to 1000 between 6 April 2013 and 5 April 2014. The 1000 available visas will be split across two phases; there will be 500 visas available during the first phase (6 April 2013 – to 30 September 2013) and a further 500 available during the second phase (1 October 2013 to 5 April 2014).

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Conditions

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa should follow these conditions:

  • The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa will allow a highly skilled immigrant to live and work in the UK for an initial period of 3 years and 4 months.
  • An Exceptional Talent visa holder would be able to extend his or her stay in the UK for an additional period of two years.
  • After five years in the UK, you can apply for settlement (permanent residency).

Need legal advice in relation to your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa?

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181

Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain

After you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time, you may be able to apply for permission to settle in the UK. A settlement is also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’.  If you are currently in the UK, your right to apply for settlement will depend on your current immigration category whereas if you are applying to enter the UK as the child of a British citizen or a person who is settled here, you may obtain immediate permission to settle here permanently.

How we can help with settlement visa / indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application?

If you wish to apply for settlement visa / indefinite leave to remain (ILR) we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your ILR visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.

What is Indefinite Leave to Remain?

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR), or Permanent Residence, grant an applicant the right to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions and entitles them to apply for naturalisation.

 

Qualifying criteria for Settlement/Indefinite Leave to Remain

To meet the requirements of Settlement Visas/Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR):

  • You must spend a number of years in the UK, depending on your immigration status, before you can apply for permanent residence.
  • You will need to show that you will continue to meet the requirements of your current visa to be eligible for ILR.
  • You need to have stayed in the UK for most of the time that you have held your Visa.
  • You must also plan to remain present and settled in the UK.
  • You will need to pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test and have a speaking and listening qualification in English.

The following are examples of how many years you must have spent in the UK on the different types of Visas for ILR

You can secure Settlement Visas / Indefinite Leave to remain (ILR) after:

  • Ancestry- 5 years.
  • Work permit, HSMP, Tier 1 General, Investors, Tier 1 Investor, Artists, Composers, Writers, Sole representatives, Business Person, Tier 1 Entrepreneur- 5 years.
  • An unmarried partner of a UK national or a person settled in the UK, Marriage to a UK national or a person settled in the UK- 2 years.
  • Marriage to EEA national, EEA national and family members- 5 years.
  • Any combination of unlawful or lawful stay- 20 years.
  • Any combination of lawful stay- 10 years.

What we can do for you to ensure your Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain case is successful

  • A detailed assessment of your personal circumstances.
  • We can ensure that we have the correct documents to support and strengthen your case.
  • We can complete and submit your Settlement/ ILR application.
  • Keep you updated in regards to your application.

What happens once you have obtained Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain

Once you have Settlement / Indefinite Leave to remain (ILR) you will have following benefits:

  • You will have unrestricted entry to the UK.
  • You will be free to work within the UK with no restrictions.
  • There is no time limit with a UK Settlement Visa; however, it is always recommended that if you have settled status in the UK you should not spend more than two years outside of the United Kingdom (Living outside of the UK for an extended period may result in your ILR being cancelled.)
  • If you are away from the United Kingdom, you should maintain personal and financial ties to the UK. Staying in the UK for a short period of time each year for a number of years may also lead to ILR being withdrawn.

Why we provide the best legal advice in relation to your Settlement/ Indefinite Leave to Remain application

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa or permit including indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.

Contact us for a successful Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain application

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the ILR application process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181.