Can your immigration lawyers in Locksbottom help me to become a British Citizen?
Not only are all our immigration lawyers OISC-trained and certified, but we have specialist solicitors who specialise in British Nationality Law. This means that we can help you to secure British Citizenship and a British passport, no matter your circumstances or background.
However, in order to be successful, you must ensure you meet the British citizenship eligibility criteria – a mandatory requirement which your IAS immigration lawyer can help you with.
The requirements for British Citizenship largely depends on your individual circumstances. You may be able to register as a UK National by descent, meaning you have familial links to the UK. Alternatively, you may be able to apply after accumulating a certain amount of residency in the UK, known as naturalisation. It is important to note that to naturalise as a British Citizen, you must first have lived in the UK for a minimum of 12 months under the immigration status Indefinite Leave to Remain.
There are other ways to secure Citizenship too, such as through marriage or through birth.
Still, our immigration lawyers in Locksbottom can help you no matter which route you wish to apply for.
Our lawyers can help you by:
- Gathering supporting evidence that demonstrates your eligibility for UK citizenship
- Assisting you and preparing you for the Life in the UK Test
- Liaising with the Home Office throughout the application process
- Submitting a Letter of Recommendation that highlights the merits of your case and your persona (to satisfy the ‘Good Character’ requirement of the British Citizenship criteria)
The British Citizenship application can be difficult to navigate without professional support and guidance. To learn more about our British Citizenship Advice and Application Packages, speak to us today on 0330 433 1213.
Can your immigration lawyers help me to appeal a refused visa?
Absolutely – we can help you to appeal a UKVI decision if you receive a Letter of Rejection.
It doesn’t matter whether you sought advice from a competitor firm or you attempted the UK Visa application by yourself, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help you in this urgent scenario.
Unfortunately, visa refusals are common when applicants attempt to meet the requirements and eligibility criteria without professional guidance. Even Visit Visas are becoming notoriously difficult to obtain.
It is further advised that you do not attempt the appeals process by yourself. Appealing a UKVI decision can not only be lengthy and expensive, but extremely complicated. You may be required to attend a tribunal hearing to challenge the Home Office’s decision which, without legal representation, is unlikely to be successful.
However, our immigration lawyers in Locksbottom are well versed in the bureaucratic appeals process. From the second you alert our client care team to your case, our solicitors can step in and help you every step of the way. We understand how stressful it can be challenging the Home Office, and how burdensome the paperwork is.
Your IAS immigration lawyer will identify and see if you are likely to be successful in your appeal. Alternatively, your lawyer may advise you to undertake an Administrative Review instead – which we can also help you with.
Either way, your Locksbottom immigration lawyer will support you throughout the entire appeal process, including filling out the forms you need and offering full legal representation if you are required to attend a hearing in the Upper Tribunal.
London Spouse Visa immigration advice
Did you know that our London-based immigration lawyers in Locksbottom can help you with your Spouse Visa application?
Our Locksbottom office in South East London has specialist Spouse Visa lawyers on hand to help you. Here, we can help you to pass the Genuine Relationship Test, gather all your supporting evidence and will submit a Letter of Recommendation to the Home Office that highlights your sincerity and eligibility. Speak to our client care team today on 0330 433 1213 to hear more about our Locksbottom Spouse Visa immigration advice packages.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is the first step towards becoming a permanent resident in the UK. You must seek this status as it is a prerequisite for full British Citizenship. After 12 months of ILR status where you have abided by UK laws, you will then be able to switch onto UK Citizenship.
In most cases, you will be eligible for ILR after five years of living in the UK. This can be under a visa such as the Tier 2 Work Visa.
However, in other cases, you can become eligible for ILR after only three years. This includes those who have a Family Visa, such as a Spouse Visa or Unmarried Partner Visa.
ILR grants you basically almost the same freedoms as a UK citizen, meaning you can live in the country without facing any restrictions. However, you cannot apply for a British passport with only ILR status.
Absolutely – here at IAS, we cater to our clients.
If you cannot make it to any of our London offices, including our immigration lawyers in Locksbottom, you can easily make an appointment to speak to one of our lawyers over the phone or via video call.
Please rest assured that the level of advice and support you receive will not be compromised: we assist people with their visa applications every single day and from all over the world. Even at the end of your Advice Session, if you still have burning questions that occur to you later on, just get in touch again and your lawyer will be happy to answer.
To book your remote appointment, please call us on 0330 433 1213.