IMMIGRATION LAW

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A. TIER 1 – INVESTOR VISA

Tier 1 (Investor) visa – Postal and Super Premium Service

This route allows those that wish to invest £2,000,000 or more in the UK and are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. The applicants must have access to at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to apply. There are further benefits to this route as it allows fast tracked settlement process.

We also assist clients applying under the SUPER PREMIUM scheme by arranging the process from start to finish.

B. TIER 1 – START UP VISA

The Start-up Visa Route allows high potential entrepreneurs who are starting a business in the UK for the first time either on their own or as part of an entrepreneurial team.

The route is not designed for those wishing to join a business already trading in the UK but those who wish to set up a new business from the onset.

Endorsement from an Endorsing body approved by the Home Office

Those wishing to apply through this route will require their business endorsed by an Endorsing body. The process of obtaining endorsement is rigorous and different depending on the nature of the business to be undertaken.
Applicants can include their dependants in the application.

Terence Ray Solicitors can assist with preparing applications in the Innovator Visa Route as well as liaising with specialists to successfully obtain an endorsement from endorsement bodies.

C. TIER 1 – INNOVATOR

The Innovator Visa Route allows experienced businesspeople seeking to establish a business in the UK.

Endorsement from an Endorsing body approved by the Home Office

Those wishing to apply through this route will require their business endorsed by an Endorsing body against the assessment of their skills in the business area they wish to undertake. The process of obtaining endorsement is rigorous and different depending on the nature of the business to be undertaken. There is a requirement a minimum £50000 investment funds available.

Applicants can include their dependants in the application.
Terence Ray Solicitors can assist with preparing applications in the Innovator Visa Route as well as liaising with specialists to successfully obtain an endorsement from endorsement bodies.

D. TIER 2 – SKILLED WORKER SPONSORED BY COMPANIES

The Skilled Worker Visa Route allows applicants to come to the UK to work for an approved employer. To qualify, one must work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office and has a certificate of sponsorship from the employer with information about the position and duties. The job must also be on the list of eligible occupations and pay a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work.

Please note that there are other routes for those intending to come to the UK to work.

Knowledge of English

All applicants must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.

Length of stay in the UK

The Visa Route is for 5 years subject to extensions each time it expires or if there is a change of jobs or employer. Eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK is usually after 5 years of residence.

Terence Ray Solicitors will assist in applying for a sponsorship licence for employers who do not already have sponsorship licences as well as assisting in completing the application process for applicants.

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E. REPRESENTATIVE OF OVERSEAS BUSINESS

This Visa Route allows an overseas company to establish a branch in the UK and appoint an employee known as ‘sole representative’ of that employer in the UK to set up that branch and manage it. The appointed person must intend to establish a commercial presence in the UK by operating a registered branch or wholly owned subsidiary of that overseas business in the UK. This UK branch will be expected to operate the same type of business activity as its overseas parent company.

The Sole Representative can come to the UK with their dependant family members.

Terence Ray Solicitors can assist to advise on the documentation required, assessment of the documents, completing the application process and onward legal assistance to help the Sole Representative settle down in the UK

F. SPORTS IMMIGRATION

Sports Immigration is part of the major immigration route to the UK. Terence Ray Solicitors assists organisations and individuals who are coming to the UK for sports purposes either on professional or short-term basis.

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Point Based Scheme (PBS) – Tier 4

Tier 4 (General) visa

This Visa allows students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to apply for visa to study in the UK if they are 16 years or over. Applicants must have been offered a place on a course and can speak, read, write and understand English. They must also have enough money to support themselves and pay for the course – the amount will vary depending on applicant’s circumstances.

Our solicitors assist licensed sponsors to apply for sponsorship licenses for the applicants and thereafter process the appropriate visa to the UK.

Tier 4 (Child) visa

This visa allows applicants aged between 4 and 17 from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who wish to come to the UK to study at an independent school to apply for visa to remain or enter the UK. Applicants must have a place on a course and have the consent of their parent or guardian. The applicants must also have enough money to cover the course fees and living costs.

Our solicitors assist licensed sponsors to apply for sponsorship licenses for the applicants and thereafter process the appropriate visa to the UK.

Parents of Tier 4 child visa

This allows a Parent of Tier 4 child visa from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who is attending an independent fee-paying day school in the UK to apply to remain or enter the UK in order to be with the child studying.

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Point Based Scheme (PBS) – Tier 5

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa

This visa allows applicants who wish to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years and are aged between 18 and 30, have £1,890 in savings and have certain types of British Nationality (British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen and British national (overseas) or are from certain countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea and Taiwan) to apply for visa to work in the UK for a period of 2 years.

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Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa

Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa

This visa allows a domestic worker to apply for a visa to visit the UK with their employer if they are a domestic worker in a private household, have worked for the employer for at least one year and are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

Domestic workers currently include cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, those providing personal care for the employer and their family and nannies.

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Turkish Businessperson visa

Turkish Businessperson visa

This allows Turkish nationals who wish to start a new business in the UK or to come to the UK to help run an established business to apply for visa. There are further eligibility requirements that must be met.

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Turkish Worker visa

Turkish Worker visa

This allows Turkish nationals to apply for permission to stay in the UK as a Turkish Worker if they have legally worked in the UK for at least 1 year as the spouse of a British or settled person without any restrictions on working in the UK, a holder of a work permit allowing them to work in the UK or as a student allowed to work 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacation periods.

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UK Ancestry visa

UK Ancestry visa

This visa allows Commonwealth citizens applying from outside the UK and able to prove that one of the grandparents was born in the UK. Applicants must be able and planning to work in the UK.

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UK visa sponsorship for employers

UK visa sponsorship for employers

You might need a sponsor license to employ someone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to work for you in the UK. Our legal team will provide you with step by step advice on how to apply to become a sponsor and managing the sponsorship management system. Our team will be available throughout the duration of the license for any advice you may require.

If you are a company and wish to employ a worker from outside the EEA, we are renown for our professional service providing tailored advice to clients.

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EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

This Visa Route is for EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. Applicants with their family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Family members outside the EU can also apply to join their family members in the UK as long as the sponsors are registered under the EU Settlement Scheme in the UK

Terence Ray Solicitors will assist with advice and processing the applications to the Home Office or in case of family members outside the UK, with the British Embassies abroad.

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Entry Clearance Visa – EEA family permit

Non EEA nationals can apply to come and join their EEA nationals qualified persons already in the UK or will be travelling with them within 6 months of the date of the application, as family members or extended family members.

If the EEA national is already in the UK, they must have been in the UK for more than 3 months either as ‘qualified persons’ (working, looking for work, self-employed, studying or self-sufficient) or have a permanent right of residence.

In order to apply for am EEA Family Permit, one has to be the EEA citizen’s spouse or civil partner, or related to them (or their spouse or civil partner) as their child or grandchild under 21 years old, or dependent child or grandchild of any age, dependent parent or grandparent or adopted under the order that is recognized in the UK law.

Non EEA nationals can also apply as an ‘extended’ family member’, eg brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, nephew or niece. These must show that they are dependent on the EEA citizen or are a member of their household, or have a serious health condition and rely on them to care for you.

Further, Non EEA nationals can apply as unmarried partner if you can show that you’re in a lasting relationship with the EEA national.

Non EEA nationals can also apply as the family member of an EEA national student if they are either the student’s spouse or civil partner, dependent child, or their spouse or civil partner’s dependent child.

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Entry Clearance Visa

Those who wish to visit the UK for holidays, visiting family and friends, business, private medical treatment or sports, can apply for a Standard Visitor visa

If a visit Visa is granted and you enter the UK, your visa is solely limited to the purpose of your visit. You cannot undertake a number of activities while in the UK otherwise you will be in breach of the Immigration Rules.

While in the UK, you can usually stay for up to 6 months. You can extend your visit in the UK in some instances. Kindly contact us for further advice.

If your visit in the UK is for academic purpose or to receive private medical treatment for longer than 6 months, you are required to apply for a biometric residence permit.

You can apply for a long term visit visa if you need to visit the UK regularly. This is usually for 2, 5 or 10 years periods. However, you can only stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit.

You can also apply for a Marriage Visitor visa if you want to; get married or register a civil partnership in the UK, give notice of a marriage or civil partnership in UK and you’re not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership

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Entry Clearance Visas – Family Visas

Those that wish to come to the UK permanently to join either British family member, a family member with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or have been granted asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK, can apply for a ‘Family of a settled person visa’ in a country they reside. These can be for purposes of, joining a partner, joining a parent, joining a child, joining a relative, adopted children, engaged to a settled person, as carer or those to be cared for.

In order to apply for this visa, one must meet certain requirements such as; they are 18 or over, unless you’re applying as a child, prove that the relationship to the family member is genuine and recognized in the UK, intend to continue living with the family member or partner in the UK, there is adequate place to live in the UK and have a good knowledge of English if 18 or over – unless applying as an adult dependent relative unless applying for Family Re-Union with a person granted refugee status or an EEA national.

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Asylum Applications

If you fear for your life in your country of origin because you have been persecuted by the authorities or its agents and have entered the UK, you can apply for asylum so that you are recognised as a refugee. The nature of the persecution you suffered must be because of, race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country such as your gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. You must also show that the authorities in your own country have failed to protect you.

Your family members such as your partner and your children under 18 can be included in your application as your dependants.

You will be subjected to an Interview Process before a decision is made whether to grant you asylum or to refuse your asylum application. We can attend the interview with you so that your mind is at peace.

Our experienced team will assist you with tailored advice and go through the procedures with you from the start to the end of your case. The asylum process is a complex one and legal advice is usually required before claiming asylum as well as during the processing of the claim.

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Appealing Home Office Decisions

If your application for Leave to Remain in the UK or entry clearance outside the UK has been refused you may be able to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). The Home Office may have refused your asylum application (also known as ‘asylum claim’ or ‘humanitarian protection’), refused your human rights claim, made a decision under the European Economic Area (EEA) Regulations, decided to revoke your protection status, decided to take away your British citizenship or decided to deport you from the UK.

Where a right of appeal has not been granted, you may be able to ask the Home Office for an administrative review.

Our team of solicitors can also assist you to apply for JUDICIAL REVIEW in the High Court where appropriate.

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British Citizenship

Those who are settled in the UK can apply for British citizenship by Naturalisation or Registration. Those who are 18 or over can apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen while those below age of 18 can apply for Registration as British Citizenship.

There are mandatory requirements for Naturalisation that must be met such as good character, you will continue to live in the UK, you have passed the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements and met the residency requirement ( You must have lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application, spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years, spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months, had settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK for the last 12 months if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you’re a citizen of an EEA country – you need to show a hard copy of the permanent residence document to apply and have not broken any immigration laws while in the UK.

Citizenship through Naturalisation for adults and Registration for children is a complex area and certainly requires legal advice. Our solicitors have an extensive knowledge of the area and will be on hand to provide tailored professional advice.

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Bail Applications

If you have been detained for an Immigration Offence and placed in a detention center, our team of Solicitors provides emergency legal advice by providing Detention Centre representation.

Our team of solicitors will assist you to make Temporary Admission Applications, Chief Immigration Bail Applications and Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Bail Applications.

We regard liberty to be one of the most important rights to a person as they will be able to manage their affairs well when free.

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Deportation

Any foreign national convicted of criminal offence or whose presence in the UK may cause harm to the public can be deported from the UK.

The process of deporting a foreign national is complex and may start from arrest, prosecution, conviction, sentencing and deportation recommended by the court or by the Home Office, court appeals either in country or out of country appeal to the actual flight to the country of origin.

Due to the fact that those awaiting deportation are vulnerable, legal assistance to manage their case is vital as the consequence of bad presentation of a deportation case could lead to a life changing departure from the UK.

If you are facing deportation from the UK, there is no substitute to legal representation. Our team of solicitors is very experienced in this area. We also work with very alert and tested Barristers who have challenged deportation and removal appeals from the Immigration andAsylum Chambers, Upper Tribunals all the way to the High Court.

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