Family

  • Applying for a Home Office fee waiver

    In this note we consider who may be able to apply to the Home Office for a waiver of visa application and Immigration Health Charge fees.

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  • What is the refusal rate for family visa applications?

    Clients often ask what the rate for refusal is in their particular visa route, or from the particular location from which they are applying.

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  • Making a UK fiancé(e) visa application, and extending as a spouse

    In this post we consider how to enter the UK as the fiancé(e) or a proposed civil partner, and then extend your visa as a spouse once you are here.

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  • Evidencing 'genuine and subsisting' relationships

    This post is for individuals making UK visa applications based on a relationship with a partner. It gives guidance and ideas as to what evidence might be collected to meet the 'genuine and subsisting relationship' requirement.

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  • Visas for children under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules

    In this post we look at the requirements for children to obtain permission to enter and stay in the UK under Appendix FM.

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  • Spouse visa refusal rates

    Interesting to see the contrast between spouse visa refusals before and after the introduction of the Minimum Income Requirement.

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  • Tribunal decides on Immigration Rules for overseas adoptions

    The complex interplay between the Immigration Rules and international adoption law. It is a must-read for anyone involved in applications or appeals in this area.

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  • High Court remedy for woman embroiled in disputed citizenship claim

    Making it clear that individuals can pursue remedies in the High Court for declarations regarding citizenship.

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  • Legal aid would have prevented Windrush

    On the plight of long-resident Commonwealth citizens, free legal advice used to be available for those making immigration applications. Now it is not.

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  • The Tragedy of Windrush

    Several cases have come to light in recent weeks and months of the treatment of Commonwealth citizens who arrived in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s.

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  • Guidance on Surinder Singh

    The Surinder Singh route is a potential means for British citizens to rely on family-friendly EU free movement laws — rather than the harsh UK immigration rules — to be reunited with their family members.

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  • Recognition of foreign adoption in immigration law

    In W v SSHD [2017] EWHC 1733 a married couple resident in the UK on a Tier 2 visa attempted to bring their 2-year-old adoptive son, V, to join them from Nigeria.

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