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We are immigration solicitors with vast knowledge and experience in immigration, nationality, asylum human right and EEA law. Our focus is on providing you with the best legal advice and assistance we possibly can. Whether you need a UK visa to work, study, reside with a partner or dependant or simply to visit the country, we can assist you. We can also assist with immigration appeals and detention matters. Please contact us for further information today.

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If your company has been working to establish a UK branch or subsidiary, but it is not yet set up, you can replace a previous sole representative.

If you cannot bring your family member under the EU Settlement Scheme, they may still be able to come here in a different way, for example on a family visa.

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Work Permit

Entrepreneur

It is not possible to apply for a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) visa any longer. If you wish to set up or run a business in the UK you need to look into applying for an Innovator or a Start Up visa.

However, if you are in the UK under this category you may be able to extend your stay.

UK Innovator

Before you apply you need to have a business or a business idea assessed and approved by an approved body. We can advise you on the current approved body and/or help you to find an approved body which suits your business. You also need:

  • meet the English language test requirement
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be able to prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK
  •  your business or business idea has been endorsed by an approved body
  • You must have at least £50,000 in investment funds if you want to set up a new business. You do not need funds if your business is already established and has been endorsed for an earlier visa.

Start Up

Before you apply you need to have your business or business idea assessed by an approved body. The approved body will endorse your business if your business is a viable one.

Sole Representative

As a sole representative you need:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • apply from outside the EEA
  • meet the English language requirement
  • have enough money to support yourself without help from public funds
  • be able to prove that you have sufficient savings to support yourself while in the UK
  • be recruited and employed outside the UK by a company whose headquarters and principal place of business are outside the UK
  • have extensive related industry experience and knowledge
  • hold a senior position within the company (but not be a major shareholder) and have full authority to make decisions on its behalf
  • intend to establish the company’s first commercial presence in the UK, for example a registered branch or a wholly owned subsidiary

Newspaper, news agency or broadcast employees

As an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation, you can come to the UK if you are being posted here on a long-term assignment. You may also be eligible if the company has a legal entity in the UK that does not employ staff or transact business.

Tier 2 (employees)

You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if:

  • you’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship for your job
  • be paid an appropriate salary for your job
  • meet the English language requirement
  • have personal savings in order to support yourself when you arrive in the UK
  • show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years
  • have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • provide a criminal record certificate from any country you’ve lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, if you’ll be working with vulnerable people
  • You may be eligible to switch from Tier 4 visa

Tier 2 (employers)

  • An employer needs a sponsor licence to employ someone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to work for them in the UK.
  • This includes unpaid work, like running a charity.
  • Sponsoring someone does not guarantee that they’ll be allowed to come to or stay in the UK.

The licence you need depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are:

  • Tier 2 - skilled workers with long-term job offers
  • Tier 5 - skilled temporary workers

You can apply for a licence covering either tier or both.

Tier 2

It is for skilled workers who you want to employ long-term or permanently.

  • General - the role must meet the job suitability requirements
  • Intra-Company Transfer - for multinational companies which need to transfer employees to the UK
  • Minister of Religion - for people coming to work for a religious organisation (for up to 3 years)

Tier 5

It is for skilled workers you want to employ on a temporary basis.

  • Sportsperson - for elite sportspeople and coaches who will be based in the UK
  • Creative and Sporting - to work as a sportsperson (up to 1 year), entertainer or artist (up to 2 years)
  • Charity Worker - for unpaid workers (up to 1 year)
  • Religious Worker - for those doing preaching, pastoral and non-pastoral work (2 years)
  • Government Authorised Exchange - work experience (1 year), research projects or training, for example practical medical or scientific training (2 years) to enable a short-term exchange of knowledge
  • International Agreement - where the worker is coming to do a job which is covered by international law, for example employees of overseas governments

To be granted a sponsor’s licence, the employer must not have:

  • unspent criminal convictions for immigration offences or certain other crimes, such as fraud ormoney laundering
  • any history of failing to carry out your sponsorship duties

You will need appropriate systems in place to monitor sponsored employees. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will review your application form and supporting documents . They may visit your business to make sure you’re trustworthy and capable of carrying out your duties.

Students

General Student

You must have:

  • an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 education institution
  • enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances;

You can do a course that’s one of the following:

  • full-time leading to a qualification that’s at least level 6 on the Ofqual register
  • part-time leading to a qualification that’s at least level 7 on the Ofqual register
  • an overseas course of degree level study that’s equal to a UK higher education course and is being run by an overseas higher education institution
  • full-time, with at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study, leading to a qualification which is at least level 3 on the Ofqual register
  • a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • an English language course at level B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Postgraduate doctors and dentists

You can apply for this visa if you’re sponsored to do a recognised foundation programme and you’ve:

  • finished a recognised UK degree in medicine or dentistry • received that degree from a registered Tier 4 sponsor
  • spent your final year and at least 1 other year of studies leading to that degree in the UK

Family members

Your family members (dependants) might be able to apply to join or remain with you in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. You can apply to bring a dependant to the UK if you are:

  • sponsored by a higher education institution on a course at level 7 on the Ofqual register or above that lasts 9 months or more
  • a new government-sponsored student on a course that lasts longer than 6 months
  • a Doctorate Extension Scheme student

The family members you can bring are:

  • your husband, wife or civil partner
  • your unmarried or same-sex partner
  • your child under 18 years old – including if they were born in the UK during
  • your stay

Short term Students

You must prove that you:

  • have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study
  • have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and house you
  • can pay for your return or onward journey

If you’re under 18 you must also:

  • have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK
  • have permission from your parent or guardian to study in the

You must be accepted on a course with an education provider that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence. Otherwise your course will need to be held at an educational institution listed by an approved institution which we can advise you on. Please contact us if you with to have more information.

Learning English as a foreign language

You must be at least 16 years old and accepted on a course to learn English as a foreign language if you’re applying for an 11 month Short-term study visa. A mixed course, some of which is spent studying English, does not count.

Visiting the UK as part of an overseas course

You can apply for a Short-term study visa if you’re at least 16 years old and studying at an overseas higher education institution and part of your course is in the UK.

Your institution must:

  • hold its own national accreditation
  • offer only part of its educational programme in the UK
  • offer programmes that are equivalent to a UK degree

Family members/dependents

As a short term visa holder you are not allowed to bring family members or dependents. If they wish to accompany you they need to apply and fulfil the short term study rules in their own rights.

Spouses and civil partners

Your partner must also either:

  • be a British citizen
  • have settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
  • You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.
  • have a good knowledge of English
  • can financially support yourself and your dependants and any dependants without relying on public funds

If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay if:

  • you have a child in the UK who is a British citizen or has lived in the UK for 7 years and it would be unreasonable for them to leave the UK
  • there would be very significant difficulties for you and your partner if you lived together as a couple outside the UK that could not be overcome
  • it would breach your human rights to stop you coming to the UK or make you leave
  • You’ll get permission to stay for 2.5 years, or
  • After this you’ll need to apply to extend your stay.

Unmarried couples and same sex partners

  • The couple must have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage/civil partnership for a period of at least two years.

Your partner must also either:

  • be a British citizen
  • have settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
  • You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.
  • have a good knowledge of English
  • can financially support yourself and your dependants and any dependants without relying on public funds

Fiancee

As a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner. You must prove that:

  • any previous marriages or civil partnerships have ended
  • you plan to marry or become civil partners within 6 months of arriving in the UK
  • You will not be able to work during your engagement.
  • Once you get married you must apply for a spouse visa

Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement)

After a UK visa holder has been in the UK for a specific period, they can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is British settlement or permanent residency in the UK.

ILR allows you to live and work in the UK without any restrictions, this also allows you to exit and re- enter the country multiple times with no restrictions.

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) based on 5, 10 years continuous lawful residence and 20 years residence.

  • 5 years on a spouse or unmarried partner visa
  • 5 years as adult dependant
  • 5 years with a Tier 1 Entrepreneur/Investor visa
  • 5 years with an Ancestry Visa.
  • 10 years continuous lawful residence
  • 20 years continuous residence

Dependants may also be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain along with the visa holder for the above categories.

Most applicants for ILR will be required to pass the Life in the UK Test, you must have passed the test prior to reaching your ILR period as there can be delays in passing the test.

Our team here at Apply for UK Visa are waiting and ready to help you so do not delay and contact us today

European nationals – EU Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

You need to apply even if you:

  •  were born in the UK but are not a British citizen - you can check if you’re a British citizen if you’re not sure
  • have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
  • are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply - including if they’re from Ireland
  • are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member

You may be able to apply if you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but:

  • you used to have an EU, EEA or Swiss family member living in the UK (but you’ve separated, or they’ve died)
  • you’re the family member of a British citizen and you lived outside the UK in an EEA country together
  • you are the family member of a British citizen who also has EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
  • you’re the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • you’re the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who used to live and work in the UK, or the child’s primary carer

The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

You’ll be given either:

  • Settled status – if you have resided in the UK for 5 years continuously or
  • Pre-settled status – if you have resided in the UK for less than 5 years

Your rights with settled or pre settled status. You will be able to:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

If you want to spend time outside the UK

If you have settled status, you can spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status. If you’re a Swiss citizen, you and your family members can spend up to 4 years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status.

If you want to bring family members to the UK

Your close family members can join you in the UK before 31 December 2020 (or before 31 December 2025 for spouses and civil partners of Swiss citizens). They’ll need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme once they’re here.

You may still be able to bring family members after 31 December 2020. It will depend on where you’re from, when your relationship with your family member started, and whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.

If you cannot bring your family member under the EU Settlement Scheme, they may still be able to come here in a different way, for example on a family visa.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal

If you’re a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you’ll be able to bring close family members to the UK after 31 December 2020 if both of the following apply:

  •  your relationship with them began before 31 December 2020
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

If you’re a Swiss citizen, you’ll also be able to bring your spouse or civil partner to the UK until 31 December 2025 if both of the following apply:

  • your relationship with them began before 31 December 2025
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If you’re an EU citizen, the deadline for close family members joining you in the UK is 29 March 2022.

You’ll only be able to bring them here if:

  • your relationship with them began before the UK left the EU
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

If you’re a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you’ll be able to bring close family members after the UK leaves the EU if both the following apply:

  • your relationship with them began before the UK left the EU
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you
Immigration Appeals & Admin reviews

We are specialized in representing clients in appeals, administrative and judicial reviews. We are also specialists in matters of immigration detention. We assist clients with applications for temporary and bail release. We work with renowned barristers who also have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of immigration, nationality, European and human rights law. Barristers will not only advise us  on complex legal matters but will also represent our clients at court, if they are instructed to do so.