LEXVISA Weekly Immigration Update 6 October 2017

The fourth round of Brexit Negotiations concluded last week, which highlighted that there are still certain areas of uncertainty regarding the settlement of EEA nationals and their family members in the UK who have not yet secured a valid residence document in the UK. In order to meet Theresa May’s ambition of reducing the UK’s net migration figures to “sustainable levels”, it is important for Tier 2 migrants and Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders to stay compliant under the Home Office’s stringent guidelines. We are also delighted with the excellent news this week that our client and his dependent son’s EEA Permanent Residence visa applications were successful and they are now in the process on embarking the next step to obtaining British citizenship. LEXVISA Immigration Lawyers will prepare any UK Visa application as strongly as possible to ensure it has the greatest chance of success, so please contact our offices today to speak with a member of our team.  

1. Brexit Negotiations Update: UK and EU reach a sticking point over EEA Residence Rights and Settled Status

During the Brexit Negotiations, the EU has called for an improved system which allows EEA nationals to apply for the new Settled Status document before the UK leaves the EU. In response, the UK has promised a new streamlined and cost-effective process for EEA nationals to convert their residence document into a Settled Status document, although there are no details yet to be provided as to how much this process may cost and what it will entail.

The EU also wants the UK to give consideration to EEA nationals who are exercising their Treaty Rights in the UK, regardless of whether they hold a residence document. However, the UK has remained silent on this point, which means the future for many EEA nationals in the UK is uncertain, which is why it is important to speak with our specialist Immigration Lawyers London to get advice regarding EEA Rights of Residence.

2. How to Stay Compliant on a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence under the May Administration

The UK Home Office often carries out unannounced compliance visits on Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders which include Right to Work Checks and Right to Bank Checks, in order to curb illegal working and immigration in the UK, as one of the ways to meet the Prime Minister’s target of reducing the UK’s net migration figure to 100,000. These stringent guidelines have left gaps in the UK job market, with British nationals either unable or unwilling to fill them, which is why jobs on the Shortage Occupation List are appealing for foreign workers who are willing to do these jobs.

3. Success Story: EEA Permanent Residence Granted

We are delighted that one of our clients and his son were granted confirmation of their EEA Permanent Residence in the UK after we had meticulously prepared their applications, ensuring they provided all the relevant supporting documents needed to satisfy the Home Office’s strict requirements. It is also possible for family members of EEA nationals to apply for EEA Permanent Residence. As previously mentioned, post-Brexit EEA nationals in the UK may need to convert their EEA Permanent Residence into Settled Status under the UK’s proposals. It is important to speak with our specialist immigration team in order to get professional legal advice regarding status in the UK as an EEA national or family member of an EEA national who is exercising Treaty Rights in the UK.

Using Legal Representation to prepare a UK Visa Application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on the law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with making a UK Visa application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the UK Home Office Immigration Rules and requirements and meet the UK Immigration Rules.

Caseworkers at the UK 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 Immigration & Visa application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Home Office Immigration Rules.

Successful UK Visa Applications

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a UK Visa application before your application even reaches the UK Home Office Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a UK Visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

Our offices 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.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss a UK Visa application.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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