We were recently contacted by a British National who wanted to invite his long term girlfriend to the UK from the Philippines, unfortunately they had two previous refusals for a general visit visa, the Philippines national had no intention to settle in the UK however she eagerly wanted to meet her partner’s family. The lawyers in our network were happy to assist with the application which was completed within 14 days and the visa was granted, the applicant has now returned to the Philippines. Although the visit visa applications seem straight forward the refusals we see on a daily basis from clients who have made the applications themselves is huge. We would always advise applicants to seek assistance with all application prior to submission as a refusal on the applicants record can sometimes be detrimental to all future applications.
We received a telephone inquiry through our UK based 24 hour contact center by a frantic and extremely emotional British National who was in a relationship with a Nigerian national, the applicant had overstayed his student visa for over 5 years, and he was detained by Capita and being held at an immigration removal center. He was issued with a removal notice, within 48 hours of instructing a lawyer in Manchester with our assistance the detainee’s removal directions were cancelled and a further 10 days later bail was also granted.
A European national contacted our offices after serving a prison sentence in the UK, he was awaiting removal back to Poland, however when he relocated to the UK he travelled with all his family members and of course did not want to return to Poland alone and with nowhere to live. Our solicitors located in London applied for an injunction to stop the imminent removal which was granted and he was then granted permission to remain in the UK.
Our lawyers deal with many corporate matters, so when a large IT Software development company contacted us because there were struggling to recruit someone in the UK our lawyers applied for a Sponsor Licence which was issued in 4 weeks after applying and a Tier 2 work Permit was granted for their most recent recruit from India. The lawyers now continue to advise the organisation on staying within the guidelines of a sponsor.
With entry clearance applications being examined with a microscope Mr A soon realised providing information and documents for a spouse visa was not as easy as he had initially presumed and with an increasingly frustrated wife in Thailand Mr A instructed our solicitors to prepare a spouse application his biggest issue was the his self-employment documents, he was advised correctly and had all his documents checked. Mr A and his wife are now happily settled in the UK. There are a number of specific documents required when applying though the self-employment route, our lawyers have dealt with all levels of settlement applications from refusals through to applications where the entry Clearance Officer has claimed the employment is not genuine.
With 3 Entry clearance applications refused for her husband in Morocco Mrs W was left with no option but to appeal her decision, she was initially advised it would take around 6-7 months to obtain a hearing date it actually came through after 10 weeks and within 15 days of the hearing she received the decision she had been eagerly waiting for. Our Lawyers prepared an extensive skeleton argument which would be presented to the Tribunal Judge prior to the hearing and a copy was also submitted to the Home Office Presenting Officer, the appeal was also accompanied with substantial grounds of appeal which clearly set out the reasons why the decision was incorrect. Our lawyers conduct extensive research when complex circumstances arise this ensures the application has a positive outcome.
The most common immigration application submitted is a visit visa, we were contacted by a British National who has been living gin the UK he was in a relationship with a Ukrainian national who wanted to visit the UK, they made an application themselves which was refused as the Entry Clearance Officer was not convinced the applicant would return to her home country after the visit and she did not believe she did not have sufficient family ties with her home country. We prepared a second application with detailed representations explaining the applicant’s circumstances and provided the applicant with detailed advice regarding the documentation they require for the application, the visa was granted for 6 months and the applicant has now returned to Ukraine, we have now been instructed by the same client to prepare a Fiancé visa application.
37% of our clients contact us when they realise they have less than 10 days for the visa expiry, we took instructions from a client on a Friday afternoon and scheduled a meeting with one of our lawyers for Monday morning, the client was also briefed on all the documents they will need to bring to the meeting, during the meeting the lawyers took all the relevant information and prepared the application bundle ready for submission, the extension application was submitted before the expiry of the visa using the UK Border Agency Same Day Service, this appointment was booked by our lawyers and the applicant received a decision on the same day.