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Apply for a UK Visit Visa

Applying for a UK visit visa post Covid-19 can be a stressful process and making sure the UK visit visa is not refused, you need to make sure the application for the UK visa contains both the right information and evidences. The purpose of the UK visit visa is to allow a person to undertake multiple activities whilst they are in the UK, but the applicant should be able to explain what their main reason for coming to the UK is at the visa application stage, on entry and for extending their stay. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they provide evidence to satisfy the Home Office who will be issuing the UK visit visa, that they meet the visitor rules. The application for the UK visit visa is assessed based on the information, immigration history and evidences. We see that the UK visit visa applications are being refused due to previous legal abuses. Whilst you are a genuine visitor, the UK Home Office must ensure that the UK visit visa application is applied correctly with the right information. Please do avoid using agents and unqualified lawyers. Whilst their advice for your UK visit visa has worked previously or they sound...

Offshore wind workers Immigration Rules concession 2017

The Home Secretary has introduced a concession to the immigration rules to allow the employment of non-European Economic Area nationals who are joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects in UK territorial waters. This concession will be time limited and leave to enter under the terms of the concession will no longer be granted to expire after 21 April 2019. The terms of the concession are set out below. The Home Office have agreed to grant a concession, outside of the Immigration Rules, to workers essential to the construction and maintenance of wind farms within UK territorial waters. The concession will allow workers leave to enter the UK until 21 April 2019 for the purpose of joining a vessel engaged in the construction and maintenance of a wind farm within UK territorial waters. Leave to enter under the terms of the concession will not be granted beyond 21 April 2019. During this period, firms involved in the construction or maintenance of wind farms within territorial waters should look to regularise the position of their workers. British and EEA (European Economic Area) nationals do not require leave to enter the UK. Those who require leave to...

Changes to the Immigration Rules relating to family and private life

The following minor changes and clarifications are being made to the Immigration Rules relating to family life. If you would like to get some legal advice before submitting an application for leave to remain based on Human Rights, contact us on 0207 237 3388 or e-mail us your query to info@icslegal.com.  • To clarify that the transitional provisions for further applications made by those granted entry clearance or limited leave to enter or remain under Part 8 of the Rules before 9 July 2012 can only be accessed by persons in the UK and subject to the requirements of Part 8 for such applications. • To provide that a person may apply for further limited leave to remain as a partner under Part 8 within a period of 28 days of the end of their last such leave. • To provide that the partner of a Points Based System migrant not on a route to settlement cannot switch into the partner route under Part 8 and amalgamate their leave as a partner under both routes towards the qualifying period for settlement. • To ensure that references to the UK National Recognition Information Centre are correct. (UK NARIC is the agency responsible...

Family life as a parent of a child in the UK

The new changes to the Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules HC395 have placed confusion on Home Office Officials. You are strongly recommended to seek legal advice from ICS Legal prior submitting an application for leave to remain or entry clearance.  The purpose of the route is to allow a parent:  with access rights or sole responsibility of a child in the UK to enter the UK, or  to continue to live in the UK on the basis that they: o have sole responsibility for the child o have access rights to the child, or o are the parent with whom the child normally lives. The parent route is not intended to be relied on by a person who remains in a genuine and subsisting relationship with the other parent of their child. The parent route is to help parental access to children when the parental relationship has broken down. It is aimed at single parents who have:  sole parental responsibility for their child, or  who do not live with the child but they have access rights to that child. In leave to remain applications, a migrant parent with whom the child normally lives, rather than their British...

Why a passport or travel document is needed and what constitutes one

The Immigration Rules state that persons seeking entry to the UK are to be refused entry by an Immigration Officer if they fail to produce a valid national passport or other document satisfactorily establishing their identity and nationality (Rules paragraph 320(3)). This applies equally to applicants requesting entry clearance from an ECO. A bona fide passport or travel document should: contain the photograph, name and date of birth of the holder; state the holder's nationality (or disclaimer if the holder is stateless or of undetermined nationality); be valid for travel to the UK. To enable a UK visa to be placed in a passport, there needs to be at least one full page available which is blank on both sides.