EU nationals may need their PR documents for naturalisation applications
Over the last year, many EU citizens and their family members chose not to apply for a document certifying permanent residence and instead applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Immigration specialists have always had concerns about it – the generosity of the EUSS left a good number of holes which could be filled differently depending on the political mood of the time and the type of Brexit in the air.
Northern Irelanders may not have to pay the partner visa fee
From 24 August, people from Northern Ireland may no longer need a partner visa to the UK for their loved ones. Appendix EU will incorporate a new concept and bingo!
Post-Study Work Options for International Students in 2020
While the Immigration Rules are expected to change and offer more opportunities for post-study work, this year’s graduates have to navigate the few options available under the current immigration system. We are looking at the categories open to international students, from Tier 2 General, to temporary work under Tier 5, start-up and innovator and global talent options.
Settled status vs permanent residence, indefinite leave to remain and settlement visa
Settled status is not identical to indefinite leave to remain. And it does not replace your permanent residence document if you are planning to naturalise. Do not confuse an application for settled status with a settlement visa! And do not assume that a settlement visa will make you settled at once. Oh, immigration terminology, are you part of the hostile environment?
What if my marriage breaks down… What about my spouse visa?
Breakdown of a relationship may be one of the most painful experiences in life. And visa problems would seem small next to it. Yet, visa problems may add a sting. So, does a spouse visa lapse if the marriage breaks down?
Is your employee extending her visa? Five steps to avoid fines
What happens in this limbo period when your employee’s visa has ended and the new one has not yet been issued? Can she stay in the country? Does she have the right to work? Is the employer safe if anything goes wrong?
Do I need a visa for my child who was born in the UK?
Do I need a visa for my child who was born in the UK? This was a question of a Tier 2 migrant who has been living in the UK for the last three years and has a valid visa for another two years. His wife is in the UK as his dependant.
Applications for naturalisation are easy. What can possibly go wrong?
I was recently helping a client with an application for permanent residence. When the application was approved, the client qualified to apply for British citizenship, and I asked if we could help with this next application. To my dismay, he told me that citizenship is easy – why would he need legal help? Or do I think it is complicated?
Capparrelli (EEA Nationals – British Nationality) – Is British citizenship precarious?
British citizenship has never been a question of black and white, yes or no, British or not British. There have always been subtleties and nuances and, if we think of Citizens of UK Colonies (CUKCs) or British Overseas Citizens, one may even suspect some form of duplicity about the concept.
Five reasons not to miss your chance to vote
There is a number of good reasons not to pass this general election, but we have selected just five most obvious ones, or most important from an immigration lawyer’s perspective. Here are five reasons why WE believe that things should change and your vote can make a difference.