Surinder Singh is an immigration route which allows a family member of a British Citizen living in Europe into the UK. This route uses EU regulations rather than the stricter UK immigration laws.
To use the Surinder Singh Visa route, you must be the spouse, parent, grandparent or child of a British Citizen who has been living with you in the EU. This person must have been “exercising treaty rights” while in the EU with you. This means that they were either working, studying, financially self-sufficient, or actively seeking work.
If you need advice about whether you are eligible to enter the UK using the Surinder Singh route, we can help. Our expert immigration lawyers will assess whether your sponsor was officially “exercising treaty rights” while in Europe and advise you on whether you qualify for Surinder Singh. We will maximise your chance of a successful application by performing a thorough document check, professionally completing your application and producing a tailored Letter of Representation. This Letter of Representation will detail the merits of your application, reference supporting documentary evidence and cite applicable immigration law. Contact us free on 0333 363 8577 or use our online contact form to speak with an immigration lawyer about your Surinder Singh application or enquiry.  

FAQs

Am I eligible to enter the UK using the Surinder Singh route?

To be eligible to enter the UK under the Surinder Singh route, you must apply for an EEA Family Permit. You must also have lived in an EEA country with a recognised British Citizen as part of the family.   The British member of the family can be your:
  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Grandparent; (if you are under 21 years old and dependent on them) (or)
  • Your child or grandchild (if you depend on them).
While living in Europe, the British citizen must have been “exercising treaty rights”. This means that they were either working, studying, genuinely seeking work or supporting themselves financially.

What if my application for a Surinder Singh Visa is refused?

As of February 2017, the right of appeal for visa applications made using the Surinder Singh route was curtailed. This means that, if your application is refused, there is no way for you to appeal the refusal.   As a result it is highly advisable that, if you are considering entering the UK using this route, you seek the help of an immigration lawyer. Our lawyers ensure that your application has been completed properly and that your chances of success are therefore maximised.

How can IAS help?

Since the triggering of article 50 on 28 March 2017, the laws surrounding Surinder Singh cases have been in a constant state of flux. Our highly-experienced lawyers at IAS are able to keep up with ever-changing EU laws. We can advise you carefully if you make an application to enter the UK using the Surinder Singh route.

Our services include:

  • Assessing whether your sponsor was officially “exercising treaty rights” while in Europe and advising upon if you qualify for Surinder Singh
  • Evaluating your supporting documents to ensure that they are sufficient for your application;
  • producing a Letter of Representation which outlines the merits of your application, references supporting documentary evidence and cites applicable immigration law
  • Completing each part of your application form to the highest standard
  • Liaising with the Home Office during your application process.

Contact us on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online to speak with one of our immigration consultants about your Surinder Singh application or enquiry.

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