Immigration Blog

Surinder Singh Route

Surinder Singh route for family members of British citizens

From 1 January 2014, family members of British citizens coming to the UK under Surinder Singh route will have to satisfy the Secretary of State that the British citizen sponsor has “transferred the centre of life” to another Member State. The blog addresses the new concept of “centre of life” in immigration context.

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Surinder Singh

Residence rights of the parents of an EEA national child

Parents of EEA national children have derivative right of residence in the UK – they need to demonstrate self-sufficiency of the whole family before their right to live and work is confirmed and this is likely to create an insurmountable obstacle for those who do not have an independent right of residence and employment at the time of the application.

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Couples- family visa

UKBA data on the success rate of the in-country spouse visa applications under Appendix FM

Of the 5400 applications for partner’s visa made in the UK in the 12 months between July 2012 and June 2013 only a shockingly small number of 313 have so far been successful! Out of the 313 successful applications, 168 (53%) were made by women and 145 (47%) by men. Of the 1140 unsuccessful applications, 491 were by women (43%) and 649 (57%) by men. One might speculate whether the gender imbalance is related to it being more difficult for women to sponsor the partner under the harsh financial requirements of the new rules.

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driving offences and ILR

How criminal record affects applications for indefinite leave to remain and nationality

Applicants for indefinite leave to remain in the UK may fall foul of the mandatory grounds for refusal on the basis of criminality, while applicants for British citizenship have to meet the new statutory requirement of good character. Immigration Solicitors from a London based firm Kadmos Consultants explain the effect of criminal convictions in the context of immigration.

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