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| Family and spouse visa advice

UK immigration law is constantly changing and, therefore, specialist advice is essential.

Whether you are a British citizen, a foreign national in the UK or seeking leave to enter the UK, you may wish to bring members of your family to live here with you. This may be a spouse, civil partner or fiancé, a child, or a dependent relative. You may be a foreign national parent seeking to enter or remain in the UK for family reasons such as to have contact with a child who is a British citizen. This is a complex area, where a great deal of evidence must be submitted in support of the application. It is important, therefore, to seek expert immigration advice.

Different rules may apply to EEA citizens, British citizens and those with refugee status or humanitarian protection who wish to have their family members living with them. Decisions on these applications may also be governed by the European Convention on Human Rights. This gives us a qualified right to private and family life under Article 8. It is vital to fully understand your options, and how best to make the application to avoid refusal.

The Home Office Guidance provides further information in respect of the relevant requirements. However, please do not assume that the words used in this Guidance or the Immigration Rules are always interpreted in the way you would interpret them. Some apparently ordinary words may have a different or specific meaning when applied by the Home Office or once clarified by the Tribunals and courts.

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Unfortunately, a small mistake in the application (even if innocent or unintentional) or failure to address certain points may result in significant consequences from the application being rejected or refused to the applicant being placed on a 10-year route to settlement rather than the applied-for 5-year route; thus doubling the necessary time before the applicant can apply for settlement and incurring additional application fees of several thousand pounds. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application in order to secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences including extra costs, delays, stress and bans for failing to do so.

Unfortunately, if you make a serious mistake in your application (however innocent or unintentional), not only that your application may be refused but you may also be banned from the UK for up to 10 years. Due to the potential exchange of information between different countries, an application refused by the UK Home Office may also affect your chances of getting a visa for other countries. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application. This should secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences (including extra costs, delays, stress and bans) for failing to do so.

Investing in specialist knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. It could also prevent you from making costly mistakes or missing opportunities. If you need advice, contact our expert team of immigration solicitors today.

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Vladimir Mikeljevic

PARTNER


T.  0113 297 3177
E.vladimir@levisolicitors.co.uk

Vladimir is a Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced) Law Society accredited immigration solicitor.

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Sasha Williams

SOLICITOR


T.  0113 532 8686
E. swilliams@levisolicitors.co.uk

Sasha is a solicitor in our immigration team and specialises in both immigration and asylum law.

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