At KQ Solicitors, our legal experts can help you with all types of immigration applications and appeals at a price you can afford. This includes all aspects of immigration, nationality and asylum law, and any related appeal or judicial review work. We deal with human rights law on a regular basis as human rights issues are strongly prevalent in many immigration cases.  In fact, immigration law as a whole is at the forefront of human rights development and case law, as new cases considered by courts and tribunals change the interpretation of human rights legislation that may benefit others with similar cases. Our services are tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients, from one-off telephone advice through to a full consultation with practical assistance, support and representation.

For the corporate client, the Immigration team can offer an extensive range of services for entrepreneurs, investors, employers and education providers wanting to bring employees or students into the UK, or enter the UK themselves for business purposes.

Our highly qualified immigration solicitors and lawyers have extensive knowledge of all key immigration, nationality and asylum legislation together with up-to-date rules, regulations and UKVI procedures, meaning they are able to give the best and most up-to date immigration advice.

Applications to the Home Office can be complex and seeking the assistance of an immigration expert is highly recommended. Here at KQ Solicitors we can offer:

  • Direct access to an immigration lawyer
  • Immigration advice, assistance and representation on all applications & appeals
  • Advice via telephone, Skype or in person
  • Detainee, home & workplace visits
  • Same day fast-track service for several types of immigration application
  • Full discretion & client confidentiality
  • Expert legal advice at a price you can afford
  • Solutions to any immigration, nationality & asylum issues.

Please contact us on 01582966180 for further information or book your free consultation.

Family reunion

If you’ve been given asylum or 5 years’ humanitarian protection but do not yet have British citizenship then your partner (that includes husband and wife, civil partner and someone whom you live with in a relationship like in a marriage or civil partnership for 2 years) or child under 18 can apply to join or stay with you in the UK if you were separated when you were forced to leave your country.

If their application is successful, your family members will be allowed to come to or stay in the UK with the same permission as you.
If you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection, your family members can apply for settlement on the same form as you if they’re already in the UK.

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

Family Visa

You need a family visa to live with a family member in the UK for more than 6 months. If you’re visiting the UK for 6 months or less, you may need a Standard Visitor visa or Marriage Visitor visa if you are coming to the UK for marriage.
If you’re outside the UK
You can apply for a family visa to live with your:
• spouse or partner
• fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
• child
• parent
• relative who’ll provide long-term care for you

If you’re in the UK
You can apply to extend your stay with your family member if you’re already in the UK on a family visa.
If you came to the UK on a different visa, you might be able to switch to a family visa to stay with your:
• spouse or partner
• child
• parent

You might be able to apply to stay on the basis of your private life if you’ve lived in the UK for many years already.
You can extend or switch at any time before your current permission to stay in the UK expires. you can apply either online or by post or in person.

You might also need to pay the immigration healthcare charge as part of your application.

You can apply for a Pre Settled or settled status if your family member is from the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
In some circumstances you cannot apply for, or switch to, a family visa. For example:
• if your family member is in the UK temporarily on a work visa or student visa. You can apply to stay with them as a dependant instead.
• you have permission to be in the UK as a visitor
• your visa is for 6 months or less
However, you might be able to switch to a family visa in the UK if you have either:
• a 6-month family visa as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
• permission to stay in the UK for the outcome of a family court case or divorce

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

Apply as a partner or spouse

You can apply as a partner or spouse if you’re in a civil partnership or marriage that’s recognised in the UK OR you’ve been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years when you apply. you need to prove that either your partner
• is a British citizen
• have settled in the UK (they have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ 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.
You also need to prove you have a good knowledge of English. You can prove your knowledge of English if both:
• you have a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English
• your qualification is recognised by  Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC)  as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher

You can also prove your knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test with at least a CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening.

Please note that If you took the CEFR A1 when you first applied for your visa, you’ll need to take a CEFR A2 test when you apply to stay after 2.5 years.

You will also be required to prove that you can financially support yourself and your dependants. you and your partner must have a combined income of at least £18,600 a year if:
• you’re applying as a partner
• you want to settle in the UK (get ‘indefinite leave to remain’) within 5 years
You’ll need to earn an extra:
• £3,800 for your first child
• £2,400 for each child you have after your first child
This is the called the ‘minimum income requirement’.
You may be able to use your savings instead of income.

• If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay on 10 year route rather on 5 year settlement route except where you are applying as parent or claiming disability or carer allowance.
If you’re applying 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.

You must apply online from outside the UK and You can apply either online if you’re already in the UK or by post or in person at a premium service centre.
Applying with your children
You can add children to your application as dependants if they are under 18, or were under 18 when you first applied and do not live an independent life.
When you can settle permanently
The earliest you can apply to settle in the UK (called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) is after you’ve lived in the country for 5 years continuously with permission to stay (‘leave to remain’) as a partner. You cannot count any permission to stay in the UK as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner.
The rules are different if you applied before 9 July 2012.
SWITCHING INTO SPOUSE VISA.
For switching into the spouse visa, please see the section Family Visas on this website. Generally, you can switch if you original leave was granted for more than 6 months and you are married to British national or person with ILR or with refugee status or with Humanitarian protection status.

We can help you in applying for spouse visa or switch into the spouse visa from another visa. We deal with the initial applications for spouse visa or entry clearance as spouse, extension of stay as spouse applications and Settlement as spouse applications. Our legal representative can also attend with you at the same day visa service to the Home Office in Croydon. Please contact us FOR FREE 20 MINUTES ADVICE at 01582966180.

Apply as dependent relative - need long term care

Under this category, you cannot apply from inside UK. You must be outside the UK to apply and need long-term care from a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is either:
British citizen
settled in the UK (they have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or proof of permanent residence)
have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK or they’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status – they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021

You must prove all of the following:
• you need long-term care to do everyday personal and household tasks because of illness, disability or your age
• the care you need is not available or affordable in the country you live in
• the person you’ll be joining in the UK will be able to support, accommodate and care for you without claiming public funds for at least 5 years
• you’re 18 or over
if you granted visa then your visa will be unlimited and you will not need to apply to extend or settle except if your family member have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK then you’ll need to apply to extend or settle when they do.

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

Apply on the basis of your private life

You can only apply on the basis of your private life if you’re already living in the UK.
You must be able to prove that you’re:
• under 18 and you’ve lived in the UK continuously for at least 7 years, and it would be unreasonable to expect you to leave the UK. This is famous 7 years child route. For more detail please see the section on our website “7 year rule for child”.
• between 18 and 24 and you’ve lived continuously in the UK for more than half your life
• 18 or over, have spent less than 20 years in the UK and would have very significant problems living in the country you’d have to go to –
• 25 or over and you’ve been in the UK continuously for 20 years

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

7 Years rule for a child

If a child lived continuously 7 years in the UK then he/she can apply on the basis of their Article 8 right to a private life. The idea of granting Leave to Remain to a child who has lived in the UK for 7 years or more was incorporated into the Immigration Rules on 09 July 2012 (Statement of changes HC194). The 7-year rule echoes a previous policy (known as DP5/96) under which a child who had accumulated 7 years’ continuous residence in the UK could not be deported.
There should also be Not reasonable to expect the child to leave the UK. The grant of Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK based upon a child’s 7 years of residence will depend on the relevant Immigration Rules, case law, Article 8 of ECHR and the duty of the SSHD to consider the best interest of the child. Each case is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
A successful application for Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK based upon a child’s 7 years of residence in the UK will lead to a grant of visa not exceeding the period of 30 months. A child who has lived in the UK for a period of 10 years is eligible to apply to for Indefinite Leave to Remain as a route to settlement.
Parents of a child who has lived in the UK for 7 years or more can also benefit from the 7-year rule, the requirements of which are set out in Appendix FM which clearly states that the parent routes are for “single parent applicants” who fall into one of the following categories:
 Have sole parental responsibility for the child
OR
 The other parent or carer of the child is British or settled and one of the following applies:
 The applicant is the parent with whom the child normally lives
 The child normally lives with the other parent or carer, but the applicant has direct access in person to the child, as agreed with that parent or carer or as ordered by a court in the UK
If the applicant has a genuine and subsisting parental relationship with a qualifying seven year child, then paragraph EX applies. This exempts applicants from having to satisfy the English language, immigration status, and maintenance and accommodation requirements. The parent will still need to meet the relationship and suitability requirements in order to be granted leave to remain within the Rules on the ten year track to settlement.

Two parents
Where the parents are still together and neither of the parents have status then depending on the circumstances, it may be appropriate for the parents to apply for leave outside the Rules.

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration 7 years child route cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

Asylum

If you are national of any country outside EU and who faces the threat of serious harm in your own country then you may be able to claim asylum in the UK. This is under the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 which defines a person as refugee if:
• He or she is outside of their own country;
• Has a well-founded fear that they will face persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a social group or political opinion; and,
• Cannot, or will not, rely on protection by the country of their origin.

Asylum may be claimed as soon as you enter the UK and it may be claimed at the port of entry. Asylum is claimed by simply telling an immigration official that you wish to claim asylum. Once this notice is given the asylum process will begin.
If asylum is claimed at a later stage it should be done at an asylum screening unit in Croydon and Liverpool.
Applicants who have travelled to the UK from their own country via another European Union or another “safe” country may be returned there by UK immigration authorities to make their asylum application from that EU country or safe country.
You can include your partner and your children under 18 as ‘dependants’ in your application if they’re with you in the UK.
Your children under 18 and your partner can also make their own applications at the same time, but they won’t be treated as your dependants.

After you apply you’ll have a meeting with an immigration officer (known as a ‘screening’) and then an asylum interview with a caseworker.
You’ll be told after your screening what you must do while you’re waiting for your asylum decision, for example report to a caseworker regularly (known as ‘reporting meetings’).
You won’t usually be allowed to work while your asylum claim is being considered. You will be given full opportunity to present your case for asylum at your asylum interview and you can take legal representative with you if you so wish. A successful asylum seeker may be given leave to remain in the UK for five years. After 5 years, you can apply to settle in the UK.

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

Permission to stay for humanitarian reasons

You may get permission to stay for humanitarian reasons if you don’t qualify for asylum. This means you need to stay in the UK for your protection.
You and your dependants may be given permission to stay in the UK for 5 years. This is known as ‘leave to enter’ or ‘leave to remain’.
After 5 years, you can apply to settle in the UK.

We are expert Immigration solicitors with high success rate in our Immigration cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

EEA Applications

If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you and your family might be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. You might also be able to apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.

You can still apply if either:

  • the deadline for you to apply is after 30 June 2021
  • you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for why you did not apply by the deadline

For some people, the deadline of 30 June 2021 does not apply.

We are expert in EEA applications with high success rate in our EEA cases. Please contact us on 01582966180 for FREE 20 minutes initial advice.

Switching to Family Visa

Switching’ is where an applicant with one type of leave to remain or immigration status in the UK applies for leave to remain from inside the UK to seek stay under some other visa category. As a general rule, the switching can be successful only if you are allowed by the Immigration Rules to switch your visa status from one visa category to the other.

Switching to a family visa

If you came to the UK on a different visa, you might be able to switch to a family visa to stay with your:

  • spouse or partner
  • child
  • parent

You can switch at any time before your current permission to stay in the UK expires.