Can you explain what a UK Ancestry Visa is?
A UK Ancestor Family Visa is a unique visa type. If your grandparents were born in the UK, you could be eligible for a five-year UK Ancestry Visa. This allows you to work, live and study in the UK. After the five years are up, you will be eligible to apply for settled status.
Why should I proceed with your Advice Package?
You can benefit from our Advice Package services even if you live abroad or you cannot travel to one of our nationwide offices.
Our services are available in person, via Skype or over the phone, at any time that suits you best.
By choosing our Advice Package, we will pair you with one of our best immigration lawyers. Your dedicated adviser in Crich will take care of assessing your situation and providing you with professional and detailed advice.
If you are happy with our plan of action to process your case, you can hire your adviser and instruct him to complete your application on your behalf.
Call us on 0333 363 8577 or enquire online to book your advice session with one of IAS’ immigration lawyers.
How can I claim asylum in the UK?
In the UK, a person has the legitimate right to claim asylum if they cannot return to their home country for fear of persecution.
The right to claim asylum in another country is one that was established by the United Nations Refugee Convention in 1951. The 146 countries that agreed to the convention are bound to its regulations under international law.
Making a successful claim for an asylum order hinges on satisfying certain eligibility criteria. The asylum claim process can be very long. Following arrival in the UK, an initial asylum application must be made separately. This should be made on the basis of having left one’s country with the inability to return due to the threat of persecution which has endangered the person’s life.
Following the initial application for asylum at a border port or airport, a meeting with an immigration officer will be held which is commonly called ‘screening.’ These meetings are held in-person and you are required to bring all relevant documents with you on behalf of your case.
The Home Office will afterwards make a decision on whether your asylum claim can be approved. If you receive confirmation that you can make a claim, you will subsequently be required to attend a substantive asylum interview with a caseworker.
This interview is your opportunity to explain the reasons why you are claiming asylum. You are entitled to bring an immigration lawyer or solicitor with you to this meeting.
You will receive a decision on your application within approximately 6 months from the date of this appointment. In the meantime, you will likely not be allowed to work while your claim is being processed. Under certain circumstances, you may be detained while you are waiting. If your application is unsuccessful, you may have the right to appeal.
Immigration Advice Service offers legal guidance to people claiming asylum in the UK. If you are in an emergency situation, contact us today for support with your claim. Asylum law is complex and it is recommended that you use the services of a specialist immigration lawyer to assist with your claim.
In addition to the normal procedure for applying for asylum, the Gateway Protection Programme, operated by the Home Office in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is designed to organise mainly unsafe refugees.
The programme allows about 750 refugees to settle in the UK each year. Applications settling under this programme are made through the UNHCR who would then refer the issue to the Home Office. Each application would be accessed on its own personal standard including refugee status, need for resettlement, security risks, family status, health and health dependants. Under the Gateway Protection Programme, refugees are granted Permanent Residency in the UK immediately.
Yes, we can help you renew or extend any visa providing it is a visa that can be renewed.
Some visa categories do not allow renewals, such as some Tier 1 visas.
It is also important to note that you will be expected to meet the visa requirements and eligibility criteria again when extending or renewing your visa. The level of requirements does not decrease the longer you stay in the UK.