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We can assist foreign nationals who wish to enter the UK as a visitor, a long-term resident or as someone who has a claim to British citizenship.
A Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) is given to foreign nationals who are permitted to live in the UK. A BRP can be given for a limited period and will need extending if the person intends to remain in the UK after the expiry date; or a BRP can be given for an indefinite period for those who are considered no longer subject to immigration control.
If you are a non-EEA national outside the UK and wish to enter for any reason then you will need to obtain Entry Clearance.
If you get entry clearance you will be given a visa to enter the UK. In some cases you must obtain this from your country of origin. Non-visa nationals can travel to the UK and obtain a visa at the airport or seaport if they are coming for a short visit.
We assist and represent people who wish to come to the UK on a long – term basis to live or to work.
If you wish to come to the UK to get married and then to live with your spouse in the UK.
It is important to apply for a fiancé settlement visa before coming to the UK to get married so that you can apply to stay in the UK without having to leave.
You will have a six – month visa and will usually be given permission to enter the UK multiple times during this period.
Once you get married you must apply to change your visa into a UK Resident Permit if you wish to continue to live in the UK.
If you are married to a British citizen then you can apply to come to the UK to live with your spouse. Your spouse will be referred to as your sponsor. You and your spouse must fulfill certain criteria if you are to have a good chance of making a successful application.
Amongst other things, your sponsor must:
1) Earn the Minimum Income Requirement of 18,600 which will rise for each dependent child who is also applying to come to the UK with you.
Alternatively, your spouse will need to have sufficient savings which start from 16,000 or be exempt from having to meet the Minimum Income Requirement.
2) Show that there is sufficient accommodation for you (and any children) to come and live in the UK.
Amongst other things, you must show that:
1) You meet the English language test if it applies to you
2) That you have a clear TB test certificate if it applies to you
3) That you are a suitable person Eg if you have criminal convictions you have.
If you are a Non-EEA parent of a British or other qualifying child who lives in the UK you can apply to join your child. The child:
1) Must be under 18 years at the date of the application
2) Not be living an independent life.
1) Be able to adequately accommodate & maintain yourself in the UK financially without relying on benefits.
2) Have sole parental responsibility for your child or not be in a relationship with the child’s other parent
3) Take an active role in the child’s life .
If you are granted a visa then you will be put on a route to settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain). There may also be the opportunity to apply for British citizenship following a grant of settlement. During this time you will be able to work and carry out business or studies in the UK.
If you have a child who lives abroad & you are in the UK then you can apply for your child to come to the UK to live with you. The type of application will depend on your own status & whether you apply under the EEA route or the UK route. Amongst other things, you must show that:
1) It is not possible for your child to continue living in their country of origin.
2) The child must be under the age of 18 years at the date of the application.
3) You have sole parental responsibility for the child.
British citizenship is governed by British Nationality law which is a complex area involving new and historic paths to citizenship
As a consequence of the British Empire and Colonialism certain foreign nationals are entitled to British citizenship as of right.
We are able to advise on whether you have a claim to British citizenship
Perhaps the most common way that foreign nationals obtain British citizenship is after completing a compulsory residence period and then naturalising or registering as British.
We can advise if this is likely to apply in your case.