Osbourne Pinner is a team of leading Immigration Solicitors with offices in Piccadilly and Harrow. Immigration Solicitors are lawyers who specialize in immigration law. Their primary focus is on helping individuals, families, and businesses navigate the complex process of immigration, ensuring compliance with immigration laws and regulations.
They can help you with a variety of immigration matters, including:
The Global Talent visa in the UK is designed for highly skilled individuals in various fields, including sciences, humanities, engineering, arts, and technology, who want to work in the country. Global Talent Visa replaced the Tier 1 visa category in February 2020. With the Global Talent visa, individuals can qualify for settlement after 3 years if they are recognized as Talented candidates or after 5 years if they are considered Promise candidates. Once they complete the settlement application and fulfill the required residency period in the UK, they may have the opportunity to apply for British Citizenship.
Individuals must get endorsement from one of six designated endorsing groups to be eligible for a Global Talent visa.
The endorsing bodies use two sets of criteria when assessing applicants:
To apply for a Global Talent visa, individuals can submit their application from within the UK or from outside the country.
If you are applying from within the UK, such as moving from another visa type to a Global Talent visa, you can do so online.Individuals who are already in the UK on one of the following visas may apply for a Global Talent visa: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 5, Tier 4 (save for the Short Term Student Visa), Start-Up, or Innovator.
The Standard Visit visa has replaced several previous visa categories, including the Business Visitor Visa, Family Visitor Visa, Child Visitor visa, Student Visitor Visa (up to 6 months), Sports Visitor visa, Entertainer Visitor visa, Prospective Entrepreneur visa, and Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa.
To obtain a UK Standard Visitor visa, you must satisfy the following requirements:
The Student Route is a visa category in the UK that allows international students to study at recognized educational institutions. It replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa in October 2020. To obtain a student visa, applicants must have an offer from a licensed sponsor, sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses, and meet English language requirements. The visa duration depends on the length of the course, and students may have the opportunity to work part-time during their studies.
In late 2020, the Home Office introduced changes to the points-based immigration system in the UK.
To be eligible for the Skilled Worker route, applicants must accumulate a total of 70 points based on a points-based assessment. These points are divided into mandatory and “tradeable” points:
The Spouse Visa/Partner Visa in the UK allows non-British partners to live and work in the country. This family visa can be applied for by individuals who are married, in a Civil Partner Visa – The 5 Year Route, unmarried partners living together for at least 2 years, fiancé(e)s, or proposed civil partners intending to marry or enter into a civil partnership within 6 months of arrival. Osburne Pinner specializes in providing legal advice and representation for those applying for a UK family visa as an Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5-Year Route) or spouse, with a proven track record of successful applications.
To be eligible for a family visa as a partner or spouse, you must meet the following criteria:
This allows children who have lived in the UK continuously for 7 years to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) & Permanent Residence. To be eligible for ILR under the 7 Years Child Residency Rule, children must meet the following requirements:
Adopted children of British citizens or settled persons can apply for various visas to live in the UK. Adopted children who are under the age of 18 and who are adopted by British citizens or settled persons in the UK can also apply for British citizenship.
Naturalization as a British citizen is the process by which foreign nationals can acquire British citizenship. It requires meeting specific eligibility criteria, including residence requirements, good character, and language proficiency. Successful naturalization grants individuals full rights and privileges of a British citizen, including the ability to live, work, and travel freely in the UK.
For many migrants arriving to the UK, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Settlement is the ultimate objective, providing prospects for a profession, culture, and family life. Obtaining ILR has become increasingly challenging due to strict requirements imposed by the British government. Further Leave to Remain Immigration based on historical tax mistakes to the demand for written confirmation from employers about long-term employment for Skilled Worker visa holders, achieving settlement in the UK has become more difficult.
Eligibility for ILR depends on the specific category or route under which the individual is applying. For example, one may qualify for ILR based on 10 years of lawful residence in the UK, while others may be eligible based on employment or family ties. Most routes require a minimum residency period, such as five years for spousal visa holders, in addition to meeting other requirements.
Discretionary leave to remain in the UK grants you and your family to advance your status in the UK, allowing you to live and work without visa restrictions. However, it’s important to note that if you stay outside the UK for a continuous period of 2 years or more after obtaining ILR, you may lose your ILR status.
The following individuals may be eligible to apply for Parent of a British Child or Child with ILR:
To apply for ILR, here are the following criteria:
The fee for Indefinite Leave to Remain is £2404. Additional fees of £800 apply for super-priority processing (24 hours) and £500 for priority processing (5-day processing), where eligible.
To qualify for British citizenship, you must meet the following criteria:
The British government has significantly limited Visa Refused for migrants applying for entry clearance or leave to remain, particularly those applying under the points-based immigration system.
Section 84 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 sets out valid grounds for appeal to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, which include:
If you have been refused entry clearance, you must file your appeal within 28 calendar days from the date you received the notice of decision. For Appeals & Judicial Review Bringing if you have to leave the country before being allowed to appeal, you have 28 days to appeal once you have departed.
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