A Statement of Additional Grounds under Section 120 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 allows migrants the opportunity to put forward any new information to the Home Office giving reasons why they should remain in the UK. Usually, a Statement of Additional Grounds is required in Deportation cases, however Section 120 can also apply to any immigration application as a visa Applicant has a duty to notify the Home Office about any change to their circumstances which may affect their right to be in the UK. Our immigration solicitors in London regularly submit Statement of Additional Grounds to the Home Office whether it be in a Deportation matter or any other immigration case. Please contact our immigration team in order to arrange a consultation and discuss the specifics of your case in more detail and find out more about how we can assist in providing the required information.
What is Section 120 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002?
Section 120 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 is part of UK legislation and sets out the requirements for providing a Statement of Additional Grounds to the Home Office.
A Statement of Additional Grounds may be made if:
- There is protection claim or a human rights claim;
- In an application to enter or remain in the UK; or
- The Secretary of State has taken the decision to remove or deport a migrant from the UK.
Only new information should be provided and therefore any reasons for entering or remaining in the UK which have previously been provided to the Home Office within the protection or human rights claim or other application should not be repeated. The Home Office may give the specific opportunity for a Statement of Additional Grounds to be provided by issuing a Notice of Liability for Deportation (One Stop Notice).
Is there a deadline for providing a Statement of Additional Grounds?
In the circumstance where a person has been given a One Stop Notice by the Home Office, there will usually be a deadline in which they need to provide the Statement of Additional Grounds. Usually, it is 20 working days from the date of service of the One Stop Notice, however it should usually be specified within the document.
Can I be deported if I have a British child?
It can be possible for anyone to be deported from the UK if the Home Office feels that is in the public interest, regardless if that individual has a British child. However, having British children is considered an example of Article 8 private and family life rights under the ECHR. Furthermore, under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009, the Home Office is required to consider the best interests of any involved children.
“(1) The Secretary of State must make arrangements for ensuring that—
(a) the functions mentioned in subsection (2) are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in the United Kingdom”.
Therefore, strong arguments can be made for remaining in the UK if there are children involved.
How our immigration solicitors can help submit a Statement of Additional Grounds
Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in deportation matters and can submit well-prepared responses to One Stop Notices. Our immigration team prepares responses to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting strong Statement of Additional Grounds for a range of clients. The key to submitting a strong Statement of Additional Grounds is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules and case law. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the process and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the case.
Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to submit a Statement of Additional Grounds
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 respond to submit a Statement of Additional Grounds.
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 response to a One Stop Notice meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully submit a Statement of Additional Grounds with our Immigration Solicitors in London
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 immigration status and the merit of your UK Immigration appeal before your matter even reaches the Home Office. We can assist you in submitting a Statement of Additional Grounds.
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. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful UK Immigration applications and appeals. 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.
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