Sunrise Solicitors based in New Street, Birmingham provide specialist immigration advice service in all types of UK immigration matters. The high quality of our immigration services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the legal service provided by our expert immigration solicitors. Ask a question to our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham for free immigration advice. We offer professional immigration service with very reasonable fixed fees and flexible payment terms for all of our immigration clients. Please be advised that our fixed fee does not include the Home Office UKVI Fees for the immigration application.

As the expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UKVI and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service whereby decision on your immigration application is likely to be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of your biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham deal with wide range of immigration applications including:

Entry Clearance Applications
Switching Visas UK
Visa Renewals
ILR Applications
Naturalisation As A British Citizen
Application For British Passport

We also provide legal help and assistance with challenging Home Office UKVI refusal letters. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our expert immigration solicitors.

Our immigration solicitors in Birmingham can also provide visa chase up service to chase up the Home Office UKVI for a decision on a pending application where the decision on your immigration application has been unreasonably delayed by the Home Office UKVI and you are prejudiced by such delay.

Services Provided By Our Immigration Solicitors In Birmingham

Our team of expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham can provide a wide range of UK immigration services. As specialist immigration and human rights lawyers in Birmingham, we provide immigration legal advice and representations concerning all UK immigration and human rights cases. Various immigration services provided by our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham can be summarised and categorised as below: 

UK Work Visa Applications

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham specialise in all types of UK work visas. We can provide legal help and assistance at all stages of UK work visa applications including applications for entry clearance for UK work visa, switching into work visa from inside the UK, renewal/extension of UK work visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on the basis of UK work visas.

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham can provide legal help and assistance for the following UK work visa categories:

Innovator Visa UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa UK
Start Up Visa UK Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Tier 1 Investor Visa UK
Tier 2 General Migrant Visa UK Tier 2 Minister Of Religion
Tier 2 Sportsperson Tier 2 ICT
Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker Visa
Tier 5 Religious Worker Visa Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange
Tier 5 International Agreement Tier 5 Seasonal Worker Visa UK
Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) UK Ancestry Visa
Domestic Worker Visa Representatives Of Overseas Business
Turkish ECAA Businessperson Visa Turkish ECAA Worker Visa

Sponsor Licence Applications

A UK employer or an educational institution who wishes to sponsor a migrant worker or student to come to the UK for study or work visas must have a sponsor licence issued by the Home Office UKVI. The spnosor licence is normally granted by the Home Office UKVI for a period of 4 years and can be renewed for further 4 years prior to its expiry.

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham can help you apply for sponsor licence so that you can:

  • sponsor foreign workers to come and work in the UK (sponsorship for employment by UK employers);
  • sponsor foreign students to come to the UK for study (sponsoriship by UK educational institutions for study).

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with following sponsor licence applications:

Tier 2 General Sponsor Licence Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence Application
Tier 2 ICT Sponsor Licence Tier 2 Sportsperson Sponsor Licence
Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Sponsor Licence Tier 5 Religious Workers Sponsor Licence
Tier 5 Charity Workers Sponsor Licence Tier 5 International Agreement Sponsor Licence
Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Sponsor Licence Tier 4 General Student Sponsor Licence
Tier 4 Child Student Sponsor Licence  

Applications By Family Members Of British Citizens & Settled Persons

Family members of British Citizens and settled persons (holding ILR) can apply for entry clearance for UK visa or leave to remain to stay with the UK sponsor on the basis of their relation with the British Citizen or settled person.

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham specialise in all types of family visas. We can provide priority or super priority service for most of the family visa applications. As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with the following applications as family members of British Citizens or settled persons:

Fiance(e) Visa UK Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK
UK Spouse Visa (5 Years Route) UK Spouse Visa (10 Years Route)
Civil Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route) Civil Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Years Route) Unmarried Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
Same Sex Partner Visa (5 Years Route) Same Sex Partner Visa (10 Years Route)
ILR - Victim Of Domestic Violence ILR - Bereaved Partner
Adult Dependent Relative Visa Parent Of British Or Settled Child
Children Of British Citizens Or Settled Persons Adopted Children Of British Citizens Or Settled Persons

Applications By EEA Nationals & Their Family Members

If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain (ILR). The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 31 December 2020.

If you are an EEA national or a family member of an EEA national, our expert team of immigration solicitors in Birmingham can provide legal help and assistance with the following applications:

EU Settlement Scheme Settled Status Application
Pre Settled Status Application EEA Family Permit
Retaining Right Of Residence Derivative Residence Card
Extended Family Members  

Private Life Applications Under Paragraph 276ADE Of The Immigration Rules

Applications for leave to remain on the basis of private life in the UK are made under paragraph 276ADE of the Immigration Rules. Private life applications include application on the basis of 20 years long residence, application on the basis of 7 years child residence, application on the basis of being over the age 18 and under the age of 25 and living half of the life in the UK continuously and application on the basis of significant obstacles to integration in your country of origin. Such applications are usually made using the application form FLR (FP) and leave is granted under 10 years route to settlement.

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with the following applications based on private life established in the UK:

20 Years Long Residence 7 Years Child Residence Rule
Over 18, Under 25 And Lived Half Of Life In The UK Application Based On Very Significant Obstacles To Integration In Country Of Origin

Discretionary Leave To Remain (DLR) Applications

Discretionary Leave to Remain is granted outside the Immigration Rules and is based on human rights as well as compelling  compassionate circumstances of the applicant. The discretionary leave is based on discretion of the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) in favour of the applicant due to particular compelling and compassionate circumstances of the applicant and therefore despite not meeting the requirements of the Immigration Rules for the grant of leave to remain, the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) can exercise his discretion and grant someone discretionary leave to remain. Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) is currently granted by the Home Office UKVI under the 10 years route to settlement. 

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance for following applications for discretionary leave to remain based on exceptional, compelling and compassionate circumstances of the applicant:

Discretionary Leave To Remain (DLR) - 6 Years Route Discretionary Leave To Remain (DLR) - 10 Years Route

Asylum & Humanitarian Protection Applications

A person who fears persecution in his country of origin due to one of the reasons given in the Refugee Convention can apply for asylum in the UK and the successful applicant will be granted refugee status in the UK. A person who cannot qualify for refugee status in an asylum claim can still qualify for Humanitarian Protection due to need for protection from ill-treatment and torture in his country of origin.

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can help with following applications for asylum or international protection:

Asylum Claims Under The Refugee Convention Humanitarian Protection (HP) Applications

British Citizenship Applications

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. It allows you to apply for a British citizen passport, and gives you the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of your local community. There are different ways to become a British citizen. You can either naturalise as a British Citizen (Naturalisation as a British Citizen) or register yourself as a British Citizen (Registration as British Citizen).

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with following applications to naturalise or register as a British Citizen:

Naturalisation As A British Citizen Registration As British Citizen
Application For Confirmation Of Nationality Status (NS) Reconsideration Of Naturalisation/Nationality Application

UK Visitor Visa Applications

A visitor is a person who is coming to the UK, usually for up to six months, for a temporary purpose, for example as a tourist, to visit friends or family or to carry out a business activity. One of the key factors in the visitor visa entry clearance applications is to satify the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) that the applicant has strong family, financial and social ties to the country of origin and therefore he will return to the country of origin upon visiting the UK.

Our expert immigration solicitors can provide help and assistance with visitor visa applications by assessing your eligibility for visitor visa, advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of the application and explaining in detail the relevant family, financial and social ties you have in your country of origin for the ECO to believe that you will not overstay in the UK if granted entry clearance as a visitor.

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with the following entry clearance applications for UK visitor visas:

Business Visitor Visa UK Family Visitor Visa UK
Child Visitor Entertainer Visitor Visa UK
General Visitor Visa UK Parent Of A Child At School
Sports Visitors Visa UK Student Visitor Visa UK
UK Visa For PLAB Test Visitor For Marriage/Civil Partnership
Visitor For Private Medical Treatment Visitor In Transit Visa UK
Visitor Under Approved Destination Status (ADS) Agreement With China Visitors Undertaking Permitted Paid Engagements

Our expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham can also help you with challenging the refusal of visitor visa application through Pre Action Protocol (PAP) and Judicial Review (JR).

UK Student Visa Applications

The Tier 4 General Student visa category is for students to come to the UK for post - 16 education, and the Tier 4 (Child) student visa is for children aged 4 to 17 years to come to the UK for their education. Children aged 4 to 15 years only qualify if they are being educated at independent fee paying schools.

To be granted student visa, Tier 4 migrants must satisfy the Immigration Rules and score points against two sets of objective criteria to achieve an overall pass mark of 40 points.

Applicants  must score points for:

  • attributes (30 points), and
  • maintenance (10 points)

If you are outside the UK, you can make an application for entry clearance as a Tier 4 General Student or a Tier 4 Child Student. If you are already in the UK, you may be able to switch or extend your stay in the UK as a Tier 4 General student or Tier 4 Child student, as the case may be.

As expert UK immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with the following student visa applications:

Tier 4 General Student Visa Tier 4 Child Student
Student Visitor Visa UK  

Applications Based On Long Residence In The UK

Applications for initial leave to remain, further leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) can be made by a person based on his/her continuous long residence in the UK. The requirements for applications on the basis of long residence are set out in part 7 of the Immigration Rules. All long residence applications are treated as human rights claims by the Home Office UKVI and a refusal of a long residence application normally triggers an in-country right of appeal unless the human rights claim is certified by the Home Office UKVI as manifestly unfounded.

Our immigration solicitors specialise in long residence applications. As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide the expert legal help and assistance with the following long residence applications:

ILR - 10 Years Long Residence Extension Of Stay - 10 Years Long Residence
20 Years Long Residence  

UK Passport & Travel Document Applications

If you are a British Citizen by birth, naturalisation or registration, you are entitled to apply for British Passport. If you are a refugee in the UK, you can apply to the Home Office UKVI for refugee travel document. If you are a stateless person, you are entitled to apply to the Home Office UKVI for stateless person travel document.

If you are in the UK lawfully but do not have a valid passport issued by the authorities of your own country, you may be able to apply for Certificate of Travel if you can show that the authorities of your own country have refused to issue you with a passport.

As expert UK immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with the following passports and travel documents applications:

Application For British Passport Refugee Travel Document
Stateless Person Travel Document Certificate Of Travel
One Way Travel Document  

Applications By Stateless Persons & Their Family Members

According to paragraph 401 of the Immigration Rules, a stateless person is a person who:

  • satisfies the requirements of Article 1(1) of the 1954 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, as a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law;
  • is in the United Kingdom; and
  • is not excluded from recognition as a Stateless person under paragraph 402.

According to paragraph 402 of the Immigration Rules, a person is excluded from recognition as a stateless person if there are serious reasons for considering that they:

  • are at present receiving from organs or agencies of the United Nations, other than the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, protection or assistance, so long as they are receiving such protection or assistance;
  • are recognised by the competent authorities of the country of their former habitual residence as having the rights and obligations which are attached to the possession of the nationality of that country;
  • have committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity, as defined in the international instruments drawn up to make provisions in respect of such crimes;
  • have committed a serious non-political crime outside the UK prior to their arrival in the UK;
  • have been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

As expert UK immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance for the following applications by stateless persons and their family members:

Stateless Persons Family Members Of Stateless Persons

Applications By Members Of Armed Forces & Their Family Members

Members of Armed Forces, Members of Non-HM Forces, Relevant Civilian Employees and their family members can apply for permission to stay in the UK under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules.

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide legal help and assistance with the following applications by members of armed forces and their family members:

Applications On Discharge From HM Forces Partners Of Member Of HM Forces
Children Of Members Of HM Forces Members Of Non-HM Forces
Relevant Civilian Employees Dependants Of Non-HM Forces & Relevant Civilian Employees

Other Miscellaneous Immigration Applications

Following are the other miscellaneous immigration applications for which our expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham can provide legal help and assistance:

Immigration Bail Application Revocation Of Deportation Order
Subject Access Request (SAR) Returning Resident Visa UK
TOC Application NTL Application
Certificate of Entitlement To Right Of Abode Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Replacement Application From Inside The UK
Replacement BRP Visa Application From Outside The UK Immigration Applications From Overstayers In The UK

One-Off Immigration Services

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we also provide the following one-off immigration services at Sunrise Solicitors:

Detailed Immigration Advice During Our Office Hours From Just £80 (VAT included) Assessment Of Case Documents / Documents Checking Service From £200 + VAT
Emergency Phone/Skype Consultation Outside Our Office Hours from Just £120 (VAT included)

Challenging Refusal Letters (Immigration Decisions)

As expert immigration solicitors in Birmingham, we can provide the following legal help and assistance with challenging the refusal of immigration applications:

Immigration Appeals

Under section 82 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 a person may appeal to the Tribunal where a decision has been made to either:

  • refuse a protection claim
  • refuse a human rights claim
  • revoke protection status

If you are appealing from inside the UK, the appeal should be filed within 14 days after the receipt of notice of decision and if you are appealing from outside the UK, the appeal should be filed within 28 days after the date of the receipt of the notice of decision. In certain cases, an applicant who made an in-country application may be granted out of country right of appeal which the appellant should file with the First Tier Tribunal within 28 days after leaving the UK.

Immigration Appeals To First Tier Tribunal (FTT) Entry Clearance Appeals
In-Country Immigration Appeals Out Of Country Appeals
Immigration Appeal To The Upper Tribunal Immigration Appeal To The Court Of Appeal
Immigration Appeal To The Supreme Court  

Administrative Review (AR)

An Administrative Review (AR) is a review or reconsideration of your immigration application following refusal of the same by the Home Office UKVI. Refusal of certain immigration applications known as eligible decisions can only be challenged by way of Administrative Review (AR). If you think that the Home Office, UKVI has made a mistake about the result of your application to remain in the UK or in refusing you entry to the UK at the border you can ask the Home Office UKVI to review the decision.

Administrative Review Against Home Office UKVI Refusal

Pre Action Protocol (PAP) & Judicial Review Against Home Office UKVI

If your immigration application has been refused by the Home Office UKVI and you have not been given a right to appeal against the refusal of your application, you can challenge the refusal of your immigration application by way of Judicial Review after you have complied with the Pre Action Protocol (PAP).

Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide legal help and assistance with challenging Home Office refusal decisions through Pre Action Protocol (PAP) and Judicial Review (JR). 

Pre Action Protocol (PAP) Against Home Office UKVI Emergency Injunction To Stop Removal From The UK
Immigration Judicial Review (JR) In The Upper Tribunal (UT) Immigration Judicial Review (JR) In High Court
CART Judicial Review (JR) Against The Upper Tribunal Immigration JR Appeal To The Court Of Appeal
Immigration Appeal To The Supreme Court  

 

Recent Client's Reviews

Spouse Visa Entry Clearance

Sunrise Solicitors at Wimbledon deserve 10 gold stars. Arshad, Amir and Nargis are a formidable team. They have brought my husband and Itogether here in Uk and brought joy into our lives. Their knowledge of Immigration matters is immense and accurate. The compassion and understanding shown to us will never be forgotten . Thankyou from our hearts. We triumphed and justice was given . Arshad always available to guide , Amir so concisely detailing our case and explaining and always with compassion to us. Nargis who is faultless in her preparation and delivery and regular communication along the way. A Mountain of paperwork. These wonderful people have changed our lives and no words of gratitude could be enough for their professionalism and care.

Appeal Against Spouse Visa Refusal

I had my spouse visa denied and had to look for a good solicitor to help in handling my case. I came across Sunrise Solicitors and decided to speak with them and to be honest and my case was handled properly which resulted in my successful granted visa. They make up a great team to work with. They were very polite, detailed, patient, professional and after following through with all their advice, I got my visa over-turned in no time.
I strongly recommend them to anyone who needs advise on immigration matters as they are definitely the best. Special thanks to the team.

ILR Tier 1 Entrepreneur

I would just like to say thank you Arshad and Nargis for all the hard work that you put into supporting me to ILR application. I got the email from HO about successful application and just wait for the BRP card. It’s so fantastic

Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Words cannot express how thankful I am to have Sunrise Solicitors to get my UK nationality. My special thanks to the MD-Arshad Mahmood and my case worker Asif. Asif is always patience, understanding, supportiveand an easy going professional with all his clients. And more over he is very honest,genuine and a down to earth personality. It’s hard to see such a polite andcharming personality in this competitive and business field. His sincerity anddedication were extra addition to his professionalism where these really helpedhim to achieve many things, particularly clients’ satisfaction -by attending patiently-eachand every one of their queries on time – during his busy daily schedule. There is no doubt that Asif is a great asset to thefirm.

Arshad was always very caring of his clients andmoreover very dedicated in providing immigration and legal advises. His well awareness to delicate law points and thirst for knowledge are extra addition tohis great success. Again, my heartfelt thanks to Asif, Arshad and SunriseSolicitors. I will definitely recommend this firm to my friends and colleagues.5/5*.

ILR Victim Of Domestic Violence

Hello  Amir bhi  And Asif Rizwi they both very good job  for get my ILR basics for domestic violence very good service  and kind person.

ILR Spouse Visa UK

Following an exchange with Mr Naviwala by email which was always very quick and responsive, I followed up with a consultation meeting.  This was about my wife's ILR application and Amir was very knowledgeable and his experience and advice was just what we needed. Thank you and I'm very happy to recommend!

Rectification of error in naturalisation certificate

Many thanks to Sunrise solicitors. Kevin & Neha, I am absolutely grateful for you assistance. We have been stuck for five years and have been to several
solicitors with no help. However, your statement to the home office made all the difference. I am one thousand times grateful to you !

Challenging visitor visa refusal

Good Service, professional team, Arshad and Asad were very supportive and highly commited to my dad's visitor visa application refusal. Asad prepared a very strong POP with the additional documents to challange the home office decision for refusal and took good care of my dad's visa application process from start to the end. I'll surely recommend them for imigration cases.

EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit

I got to know 'Sunrise Solicitors' by searching in Google, where I read several positive feedbacks from their clients. My case was to apply for 'EU Settlement Scheme Family permit' for my mother. Before going there, I talked with several other solicitors. I found significant difference in the way Mr. Kevin talked with me about my case which convinced me to give my case to them. He listened very carefully what I am after and why I am looking for help to apply for my mother's case. This was the point I missed from other solicitors that nobody wanted to hear my case in detail. Mr. Kevin and I, we talked about both of the two options: 1. EU family permit 2. EU SS family permit. He suggested to go for 'EU SS Family Permit' and commented realistically that there is more than 70% chance to get permit accepted.

Big thanks to Ms. Neha who handled the case very sincerely and with a great care from start to end. I am very pleased with all the communications I had with Ms. Neha about the case. All the statements and letters Ms. Neha had written to accompany the application were very satisfying.

As a result of all these, my mother got the EU SS Family permit. Many thanks to Sunrise Solicitors to help us out. I recommend their service and quality work they provide.

EU Settlement Scheme Applications

We owe a great deal to the quality work, diligence and know-how regarding the various immigration matters Sunrise Solicitors have been helping us with over the years. Fundamentally it is about keeping families and love ones together and it would have not been possible without the help of Sunrise Solicitors and especially Arshad Mahmood and his fantastic team. Thank you so much for all of your help and well done!

Residence Card As Family Member

We started our Journey with Sunrise Solicitor’s not knowing what to expect. My Mom needed a visa to remain with us due to her age and moreover as a support system for both us. We tried all avenues by ourselves and exhausted all options and were referred by a friend to try Sunrise Solicitor’s as he had a similar case which was successful. My friend said they work on very tough cases and had a very good track record. We met with Kevin first who walked us through the process step by step, gave us different options and the wheel were in motion from day one. Asad took over our case and he was amazing, kind, systematic and very empathic to our situation, he made this very difficult process look so stress-free and seamless. Asad and Kevin safeguarded all angles of the case before proceeding and talk us through the whole thing to ensure it was the right way to proceed. All required documents were checked thoroughly by both of them and later sent to us to be crossed checked again. With these steps we felt at ease that everything was done to perfection. The cost break was done well and the payment program was set very well to ensure we cope with the payments.  Overall Sunrise Solicitors deserve a  5 star rating in customer service and being very professional  with guaranteed results. I would like to Thank Asad and Kevin for the ‘Amazing work’ they have done and wish them all the best !

Spouse Visa Renewal

Thank you Sunrise Solicitors for giving me a wonderful solicitor to work with. Communication was super brilliant and I was kept informed on each stage of my case.. Sofia  Sabelli was  very on board and communicative with my case. Thank you Sunrise thank you Sofia. All appreciated and will recommend.

UK Immigration News & Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration and borders

Home Office UKVI has published guidance for those affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to coronavirus. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

High court rejects call to free 736 detainees at risk from coronavirus.

The high court has rejected calls to free hundreds of immigration detainees who, lawyers and human rights activists say, are at risk from Covid-19 while behind bars.

The ruling, following a hearing over Skype on Wednesday, was handed down in response to an urgent legal challenge from Detention Action.
The legal action asked for the release of hundreds of detainees who are particularly vulnerable to serious illness or death if they contract the virus because of particular health conditions, and also for the release of those from about 50 countries to which the Home Office is currently unable to remove people because of the pandemic. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Home Office to hold on evicting asylum seekers during lockdown.

The Home Office will stop evicting asylum seekers from government accommodation for the next three months while the UK remains in coronavirus lockdown, the British Red Cross has said.

Home Office minister Chris Philp wrote to the charity on Friday to confirm that people would not be asked to leave their asylum accommodation once their claim or appeal had been decided. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

Doctors, nurses and paramedics with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year.

As part of the national effort to combat coronavirus, doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year. The extension, announced today (31 March) by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, will apply to around 2,800 migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics, employed by the NHS whose visa is due to expire before 1 October.

The extension will also apply to their family members, demonstrating how valued overseas NHS staff are to the UK. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

The UKVCAS service is currently suspended

The worldwide response to COVID-19 continues to affect the UK’s Visa and Immigration Service. As a result, the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS), led by Sopra Steria on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), has suspended all services to help protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff.

This will remain under review with UKVI as the situation evolves.

UKVI has now issued guidance that all foreign nationals whose permission to stay in the UK expired from 24th January 2020 may access a visa extension until 31st May 2020 therefore you will not be disadvantaged in any way due to the COVID-19 crisis. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

EU Settlement Scheme: application processing times

The Home Office UKVI has published following news regarding processing time of applications under the EU settlement scheme: 

"There will be delays in processing your application due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are not accepting documents by post.

If you’ve already started or submitted your application, please do not post any documents to us. If you post a document to us after 25 March 2020, there may be a delay in it being returned to you.

If you posted a document to us on or before 25 March 2020, we will return this to you as soon as possible. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK

Due to the operational impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), most of the UK’s visa applications centres are currently closed. All visa decision waiting times will be delayed until further notice.

The ‘priority service’ and ‘super priority service’ are suspended for applications made outside the UK. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Coronavirus: Deferral of requirement to report to immigration reporting centre

Following Public Health England’s advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office has decided that reporting as a condition of immigration bail should be temporarily deferred while it reviews how frequently people should report. You will receive an SMS text message soon with details of your next reporting date. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

This is Home Office UKVI advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020

Your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) to update your records if your visa is expiring.
You should provide:

  • your full name (include any middle names)
  • date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • nationality
  • your previous visa reference number
  • why you can’t go back to your home country, for example if the border has closed

We’ll let you know when your request is received and when your visa has been extended.

If you’re applying to stay in the UK long-term

During these unique circumstances you’ll be able to apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.

You’ll need to meet the same visa requirements and pay the UK application fee.

This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 March 2020. You can apply online. The terms of your leave will remain the same until your application is decided. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

UK Visas extended for those currently unable to return home due to COVID-19

Leave extended to 31 May for individuals who are currently unable to return home at the end of their visa. Visa nationals who cannot return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to extend their visa.

The extension, announced today (24 March) by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, will apply to anyone whose leave expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation.This will last until 31 May but will be kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed.

A dedicated COVID-19 immigration team has been set up within UKVI to make the process as straightforward as possible. Anyone in this situation just needs to contact this team, via this email address CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, to let them know their visa has expired and they will be issued with an extension.

To help those who want to apply for visas to stay in the UK long-term, the Home Office is also temporarily expanding the in-country switching provisions.
This will mean people can apply to switch routes, such as from Tier 4 (student) to Tier 2 (General Worker), whilst remaining in the UK. UKVI will continue to process applications as quickly as possible, however some applications may take longer than usual due to COVID-19 related operational pressures. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Coronavirus: EU Settlement Resolution Centre

The Settlement Resolution Centre telephone lines are currently closed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The SRC is providing an automated message to state they will open the line again once they are able to do this safely.

Coronavirus: First Tier Tribunal Appeal Hearings Update

The President of the First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber (FTTIAC) has now directed that all immigration appeals will proceed by way of a  Case Management Hearing (CMR)  via telephone or Skype which will take place on a date to be notified  in a time slot to be allocated. All current scheduled hearings are vacated.

Home Office releases 300 from detention centres amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Home Office has released almost 300 people from detention centres in the last few days because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Guardian has learned.
The speed and scale of the release is unprecedented in recent years. Detainees and charities estimate that more than a quarter of those currently locked up have been set free.

The release comes in the wake of a legal action launched last week which argued that the Home Office had failed to protect immigration detainees from the coronavirus outbreak and failed to identify which detainees were at particular risk of serious harm or death if they do contract the virus due to their age or underlying health conditions. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Home Secretary announces new UK points-based immigration system

Home Secretary Priti Patel will today (Wednesday 19 February) launch a new points-based immigration system which will open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world.

The new system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021, will end free movement, reassert control of our borders and restore public trust. It will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

UK’s expensive visa fees 'could deter NHS staff and scientists'

The UK’s “sky-high” visa fees could deter vital NHS staff and the “brightest and best” scientists that Boris Johnson wants to attract with his new immigration policy, experts have warned.
Nurses, lab technicians, engineers and tech experts who currently flock to the UK from the EU may not be able to afford to do so if the prime minister’s proposed immigration overhaul becomes law. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

New immigration rules: where will UK find its drivers and pickers?

Business groups warned that major industries would face a shortage of vital workers after the government outlined its new points-based immigration system to limit the number of low-skilled workers coming to the UK. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

Landmark Immigration Bill to end free movement introduced to Parliament

The Immigration Bill has been introduced to the House of Commons today (Thursday 5 March) ending the European Union’s rules on free movement.

It represents an important milestone in paving the way for the new UK points-based immigration system. It will be introduced by the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster, and marks an historic moment in the country’s history, following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020.

Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said:

Today we’ve taken the momentous first step to end free movement and take back control of our borders, delivering on the people’s priorities.

Our firmer and fairer points-based immigration system will attract the brightest and best from around the globe, prioritising those who come to Britain based on the skills they have to offer, not on the passport they hold. READ MORE FROM SOURCE

IHS Fee Increase

It was announced in March Budget that the immigration health surcharge (IHS) will increase from £400 per year to £624 per year for adults and £470 for children under the age of 18. The discounted rate for students, their dependants and those on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme will increase from £300 to £470. This will take effect from October 2020.

Changes To The UK Immigration Rules

On 12 March 2020, the government has laid a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules.The main changes relate to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) which can be summarised as follows:

  • The EUSS has been extended to those who hold a relevant document issued under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 as an extended family member on the basis that they are a child under the age of 18 who is subject to a non-adoptive legal guardianship order in favour of an EEA citizen; they are the relative of the spouse or civil partner of an EEA citizen; or they are a child under the age of 18 of the durable partner of an EEA citizen (implementing the CJEU decision in SM (Algeria)).
  • The Rules have been clarified to confirm that the eligibility criteria for family members of British citizens (Surinder Singh cases) need to be satisfied before the end of transition period on 31 December 2020 and immediately before the British citizen and family member return to UK.  The Surinder Singh route also applies to extended family members of British citizens in line with SM (Algeria).
  • The Rules have also been amended to bring within scope those non-EEA nationals issued with a residence document under transitional provisions in the 2016 Regulations as the family member of a British citizen with dual UK/EEA nationality following the decision in McCarthy.
  • Durable partners and dependent relatives applying to the EUSS may rely on expired documents issued under the EEA Regulations 2016 but only where they had applied for a further residence document under the 2016 Regulations based on the same family relationship and that further document was issued after the first had expired.
  • Where an individual has an application for a residence document under the 2016 Regulations outstanding at the end of the transition period, that individual can rely on that document (if issued to them) in applying to the EUSS.
  • Applications can now be refused where an individual has been or would be excluded from refugee or humanitarian protection, or Article 33(2) of the Refugee Convention applies or would do so, as they are a danger to the security of the UK, or applies as, having been convicted of a particularly serious crime, they are a danger to the community.
  • Leave to enter granted by virtue of having arrived with an entry clearance granted under Appendix EU (Family Permit) can now be cancelled where there has been a material change in circumstances since the family permit was granted. A cancellation decision on those grounds can be challenged by way of administrative review.
  • The returning resident provisions in Part 1 of the Immigration Rules for those with ILR returning to the UK after a lengthy absence abroad are disapplied to those with ILR under Appendix EU.

Alongside these, there have been a few other changes in other parts of the Rules, the most notable being:

  • The salary threshold in the eligibility criteria for indefinite leave to remain under Tier 2 will not increase annually following the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee. As a result, it will remain at £35,800 for all applications submitted on or after 6 April 2019 (paragraph 245HF(vi)(3)).
  • Archaeology jobs fitting SOC 2114 - Social and Humanities’ Scientists are now in the UK-wide shortage occupation list.
  • There has been the annual update to the Permit Free Festival list in Appendix V (allowing performers to be paid while here as visitors).

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