Double Success Story – Further Leave to Remain FLR (M) Granted

 We recently received the wonderful news that two of our clients had their Further Leave to Remain (FLR) M applications granted. The Applicants were applying as the Spouse of a British citizen who was present and settled in the UK. Our Solicitors and Barristers had previously assisted the clients to submit successful Entry Clearance Fiance and Spouse visa applications. We regularly assist our clients in submitting successful applications to the UK Home Office and proudly hold a near 100% success rate on Spouse visa applications. 

The case for an Extension of Stay FLR (M) Application

The First Applicant was a South African national who had entered the UK on a 6-month Fiance Visa. Our Solicitors and Barristers had prepared the initial Entry Clearance Fiance visa application ensuring it was successful. Shortly after arriving in the UK, the Applicant married her fiance and informed us that they now wish to apply for Further Leave to Remain FLR (M) in the UK. This was a difficult case as the Sponsor had retired and wished to rely on his income from state and private pensions to meet the Minimum Income Requirement for the FLR (M) application.

Similarly, the second Applicant, a USA national had also instructed our Solicitors and Barristers to prepare the initial Entry Clearance Spouse visa application. Following the grant of his Entry Clearance application, the Applicant travelled to the UK with his wife and children. The Applicant secured employment in the UK and was now making an FLR (M) application to extend his stay in the UK as a Spouse of a British citizen.

How we can assist submit an Extension of Stay FLR (M) Application

In our initial consultation with the Clients, we had discussed the requirements for a Further Leave to Remain FLR (M) application and their prospects of submitting a successful application to the UK Home Office. Our Solicitors and Barristers offer a personal and bespoke consultation service in which they address all issues involved as well as well as provide Applicants with constructive advice on the ever-changing and complex Immigration Rules and visa requirements. Our solicitors and Barristers only provide advice to our clients in a consultation meeting once the documents have been reviewed and our Solicitors and Barristers have assessed your circumstances as we are in the view that it is unfair to provide generic advice to clients. Especially as every case is different, therefore, should be assessed individually and then be advise you on the best immigration option available to you under the immigration rules or in some exceptional cases outside the immigration rules.

Following the consultations and further instructions, our Solicitors and Barristers will prepare the Further Leave to Remain FLR (M) application and guide you through the application process. We prepare bespoke and detailed legal representations which focus on how the UK Immigration laws are met and where there are weaknesses with the application we addressed the issues involved ensuring the application is successful. We work closely with our clients to ensuring all the mandatory documents required for the application are collected and are in the correct format. It is essential that a properly executed application is submitted to the UKVI and that all the requirements are met. In addition to the legal representations, our team of Solicitors and Barristers also provide multiple substantial reviews of documents to ensure that the correct documentary evidence is submitted in the correct format, which meets the Home Office’s requirements.

Eligibility Requirements for a successful Extension of Stay FLR (M) Application

To submit a successful Further Leave to Remain FLR (M) application, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be in a genuine and subsisting marriage with a British citizen, a person present and settled in the UK or someone who is in the UK with refugee leave or with humanitarian protection;
  • You must have valid Immigration Status in the UK, i.e. Fiance visa or any of the Points Based System visas such as; Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, Tier 2 General Work Visa, Tier 4 Student Visa or Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa;
  • You must intend to reside with your spouse permanently;
  • Your Sponsor must have suitable accommodation;
  • Your Sponsor must meet the financial requirements (i.e. have enough money to support you and ensure that you can be maintained without recourse to public funds); and
  • You must satisfy the English language requirement, this has recently changed to a  minimum level A2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework (CEFR).

If you are granted a spouse visa, you will be given leave to remain for a further 30 months after which you can apply for Indefinite leave to remain.

Using Legal Representation for Extension of Stay FLR (M) Application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to ensure you comply with the immigration rules and regulations for submitting a successful FLR (M) application.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Advice from UK Immigration Solicitors for a successful Extension of Stay FLR (M) Application

Our team of solicitors and barristers bear in mind the paramount duty of all legal representatives to act in your best interest whilst complying with the strict letter of the law. Our team of specialists can be distinguished from other law firms with our client-tailored approach and scrutiny of options available to you from the outset. We will be able to advise you in respect of the merits of your FLR (M) application by providing you with advice from our leading team of solicitors before your matter even reaches the Home Office. We can assist you with the preparation of your visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

If you wish to consider your options, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your matter and if necessary advise you of the next steps you should take in a consultation.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

If you need professional legal advice about submitting a successful FLR (M) application, please contact us for a case assessment on 02071830570. You can also reach us via our contact form.

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