What services do IAS immigration solicitors in Portsmouth offer?
If you require expert legal immigration advice, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help. We can provide you with a variety of services and packages that you can choose from which cover every aspect of UK immigration law. These services range from visa application support, status and settlement application support to appeals and asylum cases.
For most, the Application Package is the most appealing service. If you choose this package, your IAS lawyer in Portsmouth will take on your case and will guide you throughout the entire process of your visa application, from start to finish. However, you may prefer to book a one-on-one Advice Session in which your IAS solicitor will answer any questions or queries you may have in an untimed slot.
Other options you can choose from are:
- A Fast Track Application Package for time-sensitive applications
- An Appeal Package for visa refusals
- A Document Checking Service to assess your application
- A business package and guide to assist employing foreign workers
- An Emergency Advice Package for urgent enquiries
Why should I choose IAS’ immigration lawyers in Portsmouth?
The Immigration Advice Service employs only the best of the best. In Portsmouth, we have a team of dedicated and OISC qualified immigration solicitors that are well versed in handling any case, no matter how complex it may seem.
Our specialists are here to help you, your businesses and your family. Even if you seek an Advice session, your IAS lawyer will be able to answer your queries for up to a week after your appointment. We provide extensive advice, whether you come to see us in person or if you would rather have a Skype call.
The Spouse Visa, otherwise known as a UK Marriage Visa, is a settlement route that allows you to live in the UK for up to 30 months with your partner.
To qualify for a Spouse Visa, your partner must have either British citizenship, refugee status or a form of settled status and you must either be married or in a civil partnership. The main eligibility requirements involve passing a ‘genuine relationship’ test, meeting a minimum income threshold, demonstrating knowledge of English and having proof of suitable accommodation. If you are successful and you receive your visa, you are on the path towards permanent settlement in the UK such as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
However, the Spouse Visa has a notorious reputation of being difficult to obtain and some applicants attempt to apply without any guidance and get caught out by the Home Office’s rigorous ‘genuine relationship test’. This test is to verify if you and your partner are in a legitimate and genuine relationship.
Our lawyers in Portsmouth will help eliminate this risk and reduce the burden of paperwork for you. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you pass the test and meet the requirements.
Absolutely, our lawyers in Portsmouth are highly experienced and will be able to offer you the best advice towards securing your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status.
ILR is a form of settled status and is the first step out of the restrictive immigration rules and onto the path of British citizenship. This subsequent step is called ILR to naturalisation.
To qualify, you need to have spent a minimum of five years in the UK on a visa, including a Spouse Visa, Tier 1 Visa or Tier 2 Work Visa. You must not have left the UK for more than 180 days in a 12-month timeframe. However, there are some circumstances under which you may be able to apply for ILR after three years.
The main eligibility criteria after proving your continuous residence and periods of absence is passing the Life in the UK test. This test is an assessment based on British philosophy, history and culture. You must also prove that you can meet the B1 level of English.
The application for ILR can be time-consuming and administratively troublesome. Our IAS lawyers in Portsmouth are hired to take a weight off your shoulders. Our services include:
- Assessing your eligibility for ILR
- Checking your documents thoroughly
- Preparing a Letter of Representation to send with your application to the Home Office
- Liaising with the Home Office throughout the process
- Completing your application to the highest standard
- Helping you and prepping you for the Life in the UK test
- Ensuring you meet the English language requirement
As soon as you call us, you will be put through to our dedicated client care team who are there to listen to your queries and discuss your circumstances. After this call, our IAS client team will match you with a lawyer who is best suited to handle your case in Portsmouth.
You can choose from an array of packages when you meet your IAS lawyer. You might first choose to have an Advice Session which has no time limit, allowing you to iron out every detail and ask as many questions as you like with your solicitor. We will organise your case for you, no matter how long it takes.
After this session, you will have a skeleton strategy plan to assist you with your application.
However, you may then choose to meet your lawyer again for a full Application Package. In this, your IAS lawyer in Portsmouth will monitor and oversee every step of your application and submit it to the Home Office on your behalf to the highest standard.
Give us a call today to see how we can help you.