Famida Ahmed on 0121 690 2020 (Birmingham Office)
VISAS FOR INDIVIDUALS
The UK is a leading global destination for people wishing to study, work or invest.
We will guide you through the requirements and assist you from start to finish with your application. We have experience of lodging successful applications, we will take the worry out of the process and give you peace of mind. We are specialists in all private client immigration matters and will therefore be able to ensure the whole process runs smoothly for you.
WE CAN ASSIST WITH:
Tier 1 Investor visa
For individuals with £1 million or more wishing to invest in the UK
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
For individuals looking to establish or join a business in the UK
Tier 1 General
For individuals already in this category looking to extend their permission or apply for ILR
Tier 2 General Skilled Workers
For skilled workers with a job offer in the UK
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT)
For companies looking to transfer staff into the UK from an overseas office
Tier 2 Sportspeople
For professional sportspeople
Tier 4 Student
For individuals looking to study in the UK
Tier 5 Temporary Workers
For individuals on a government authorised exchange
For Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK
10-Year Long Residence
For individuals who wish to apply for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of long residence in the UK
Discretionary Leave & Private Life in the UK
For individuals who wish to apply based on human rights
VISA FOR SPOUSE, PARTNER & FAMILY MEMBER VISAS
Unless you are British or an EEA national, you will require a visa to live in the UK based on your relationship with a person settled here.
We will guide you through the evidential requirements and assist you from start to finish with your application. We have experience of lodging successful family applications. We will take the worry out of the process and give you peace of mind.
We are specialists in all private client immigration matters and will therefore be able to ensure the whole process runs smoothly for you.
To find out more about how we can assist, please contact us.
WE CAN ASSIST WITH:
Fiancé & Proposed Civil Partner
For individuals wishing to come to the UK for marriage or civil partnership
Spouse & Civil Partner
For individuals married to a British citizen or a person settled in the UK
Unmarried Partner & Same-sex Partner
For individuals who have cohabited with a British citizen or a person settled in the UK
Points Based System Dependants
For the family members of Tier 1, 2 and 4 visa holders
For individuals wishing to visit family members in the UK
For individuals whose relationship has irrevocably broken down and who has been the victim of domestic violence.
Although consecutive British governments have sought to severely limit the right to judicial redress, most categories of immigration refusal still attract a right of appeal, regardless of whether the refusal has been made inside or outside of the UK.
It is important to have your case fully assessed and appeal the decision within prescribed time limits with the relevant information.
As a full service law firm, we can assist with the preparation of either an appeal or Judicial Review application and the presentation of the case before the First Tier Tribunal, (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), ("First Tier IAC") or the Supreme Court.
We have experience of filing successful appeals before the First Tier IAC and higher courts. We will give you a no nonsense assessment of your case and take the worry out of what can be a very difficult and distressing process.
APPEALS FOR APPLICATIONS MADE OUTSIDE OF THE UK
For applications made outside of the UK whether or not you are granted a right of appeal will depend upon the immigration category in which you have applied. Some decisions made overseas only allow the applicant to request an internal review. If this is the case, you should consider requesting a review as this has potential for overturning the decision.
Where a right of appeal has been given, the appeal must be submitted within 28 days of the date of decision. This is done by completing a prescribed form stating the grounds of appeal on which the decision is disputed and providing supporting documentation. An Entry Clearance Officer may then review the initial decision in light of the grounds of appeal and any fresh evidence that has been submitted. In limited circumstances the decision may be overturned at this point. Otherwise, the case will proceed to be listed for a hearing before an independent judge at the First Tier IAC.
The process of appealing a decision taken outside the UK can take between 6-12 months.
APPEALS FOR APPLICATIONS MADE WITHIN THE UK
For an application refused in the UK, an appeal must be lodged within either 10 working days (or 5 working days if the applicant is in detention) of receipt of the decision. The case will then proceed to be heard before an independent judge at the First Tier IAC.
The process of appealing a decision made within the UK can take between 3-6 months to resolve.
An individual can remain in the UK lawfully whilst their appeal is under consideration, however, if they travel outside the UK during the process then they will be deemed to have withdrawn their appeal.
Once the appeal has been lodged, applicants (or appellants as they are then referred to) will be notified of a date for the hearing. At the same time, they will be invited to provide further evidence to support their case and will be given a time frame for submission. It is important that all directions from the court are strictly adhered to.
On the day of hearing, the case will be listed before an independent judge and the Home Office will be represented by a Presenting Officer. The appellant will also have right to be represented at court. This will usually be a barrister (counsel) who has been instructed by the appellant’s solicitor. Evidence will be presented to the judge and each side will put forward legal arguments. The judge will then consider the evidence prior to issuing a decision. Unless it is an application for bail, decisions will not normally be made on the day. The Judge should provide a written decision within 10 working days following the hearing.
Judicial review is the means by which an individual can seek redress against public bodies (such as the Home Office or the relevant Immigration Tribunal) where there are no appeal rights or any such rights have been exhausted.
Specialist legal advice should be sought if you are at this stage.
WE CAN ASSIST WITH THE FOLLOWING:
- Comprehensive legal advice on the merits of appealing a decision
- Formally lodging the appeal
- Preparation of the grounds of appeal
- Completion and submission of all forms
- Assistance with compiling the evidence required to support the appeal
- Instructing counsel to represent an applicant on the day of the hearing
- Ongoing liaison with the authorities where possible
The costs for straight forward visa applications are £800
We will also charge for disbursements that we pay on your behalf. This may include costs such as translation fees and courier fees and can typically range from £ 250 to £600
There will also be the costs of the Home Office fees
The Home Office's fees vary depending on the kind of application and the duration of the visa
Applicants may also incur costs for the following –
Criminal Records Certificate- Costs for a Criminal Record Certificates will vary depending on the country from which they are obtained and will typically cost between £300 to £500
Evidence of English Language - The cost of the English language test will vary depending on the country where the test is taken and the course provider, but typically cost around £200
The key stages of a typical application are as follows. However, please be aware that your application type may vary from the below:
Taking your initial instructions and receiving a full background of your requirements;
Discussing your circumstances and confirming the most appropriate visa application for you and advising on whether you meet the requirements for such a visa to be granted to you;
Providing you with a list of required documents and details regarding the application process;
Reviewing all application documents and drafting your application form;
Preparing your application for submission to the Home Office including booking your appointment to submit your biometrics and application bundle. All applications will be submitted with a letter of representations detailing how you meet the requirements for a visa to be granted to you;
Providing you with instructions and assistance to submit your biometrics and application;
Helping you prepare for an interview with the Home Office, if this is required;
Receiving the decision of your application from the Home Office and providing you with instructions for complying with your immigration conditions.
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to submitting your application to the Home Office will depend upon the complexity of your case, your circumstances and how quickly the required documentation for the application can be provided by you.