Can your immigration lawyers in Maze Hill help me to naturalise as a British Citizen?
We can absolutely help you to become a British citizen. Not only are all our immigration solicitors OISC-trained and certified to give legal advice, but we have a team of highly-trained lawyers who specialise in British Nationality Law. This means that we can help you to secure UK nationality and a British passport for life, no matter your circumstances or background.
In order to apply, you must ensure you meet the British citizenship eligibility criteria – a mandatory requirement which your IAS immigration lawyer can help you with. Part and parcel of this application will mean that you will need to sit the mandatory Life in the UK test, which again your IAS solicitor can advise you on.
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. On the other hand, you may be able to ‘naturalise’ as a British citizen, which essentially means you have accumulated many years of legal residency in the UK to the point where you are eligible for full UK citizenship rights. This period of time can be anywhere between five to ten years. For example, you might be able to gain citizenship sooner if you entered the UK under a Tier 1 Visa. If you are married to a British citizen you could also achieve citizenship much faster.
Another key requirement in the eligibility criteria is ILR, known as Indefinite Leave to Remain. You must have lived in the UK under this form of status for a minimum of 12 months before seeking to become a full citizen.
Alternatively, you may be able to apply if you have a birth-right, for instance, if you have ancestry to the UK or you were born on the British isles.
Our immigration lawyers in Maze Hill can help you no matter which route suits your circumstances.
Our London solicitors can help you by:
- Gathering the evidence that demonstrates your eligibility for UK citizenship
- Advising you on the Life in the UK Test
- Liaising with UKVI throughout the application process
- Submitting a Letter of Recommendation that highlights the merits of your case and your character (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 bespoke Citizenship Advice and Application Packages, get in touch with us today on 0330 433 1213.
Can your immigration lawyers help me to appeal a refused visa?
Yes, absolutely. We can help you to appeal a UKVI decision as soon as you alert us to your rejection letter.
It doesn’t matter whether you sought advice from a competitor firm or you attempted the application alone, the Immigration Advice Service can help you urgently.
Visa refusals are sadly all too common. This is a consequence of the UK’s immigration rules which continue to tighten on a regular basis. Even Visit Visas have become difficult to secure with applicants being refused for tedious mistakes such as not supplying their hotel/accommodation and travel arrangements which prove they will leave at the end of their trip.
Appealing a UKVI decision can, however, be lengthy and expensive. You may be required to attend a tribunal hearing. Your IAS immigration lawyer can attend with you and can even represent you, but it might be easier and faster to start a fresh application instead.
No matter what, our immigration lawyers in Maze Hill can help. From the minute you speak to our friendly client care team, our solicitors will be on hand to help you every step of the way. We understand how stressful it can be launching an appeal, and how burdensome the paperwork is.
London Spouse Visa immigration advice
Did you know that our London-based immigration lawyers in Maze Hill can help you with your Spouse Visa application?
Our Maze Hill office in London has specialist family immigration lawyers who are available to help around the clock. Here, we can help you to meet the many requirements and gather supporting evidence. We will submit a Letter of Recommendation to the Home Office that highlights your sincerity and good character. Speak to our client care team today on 0330 433 1213 to hear more about our Maze Hill 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 all of our clients’ needs.
If you cannot make it to any of our London offices, including our immigration lawyers in Maze Hill, you can easily book to speak to one of our solicitors 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 questions, 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.