An Introduction to UK Immigration Law
The laws surrounding UK immigration are complex and varied to cover the various routes of entry to the UK and ways to apply for further or indefinite leave to remain when you are already in the UK. An application to visit the UK requires very different evidence to an application to enter the UK to work or study, for example. In addition, the requirements for visas are becoming more and more difficult to meet as the Government seeks to limit those able to come to the UK to “the brightest and best”. Most applications now have a stringent list of required documents and the Home Office often do not ask for missing information, simply preferring to refuse the application.
Further, following the UK leaving the EU and the implementation of the new immigration system in 2021, the area of immigration law has never seen so much change in such a short period. With application fees rising every year, it is not only the personal impact of a possible refusal that must be borne in mind, but also the financial cost. As such, it is important to obtain specialist legal advice prior to making any application in order to ensure the best chance of success.
Here at Angelus Law we have immigration solicitors who have years of experience specialising in immigration law and who can assist with any type of immigration enquiry. One example is the case of Mr D who, although eligible to apply for permanent residency in the UK as the partner of an EEA national, had been refused on a number of occasions as he did not have an Iranian passport. Our immigration solicitors were able to assist Mr D with compiling documents to evidence that he could not obtain a passport or National ID card and, due to this, his application was approved.
We have also assisted applicants who wish to visit the UK but have previous immigration issues. Mr N had previously applied for a visit visa to the UK but had mistakenly omitted a criminal caution from his application. Due to this omission, his visa was refused and he was accused of using deception in his application meaning that any further visit visa applications in the subsequent 10 year period could be refused. Our specialist solicitors assisted Mr N with a new application for a visit visa, explaining the reasons for the omission. This application was approved and Mr N was able to visit his fiancée in the UK.