Personal Immigration and British Citizenship

There’s always some nervous apprehension when questions arise about your personal immigration status in the UK or your prospects of obtaining a visa to come here. It affects you, your family, your friends and your hopes and dreams for your future. Our immigration solicitor has lived abroad on a resident’s visa so has some insight into the pressure you’ll be feeling.

We’ll help you:

  • Understand which sort of visa is right for you
  • Gather the evidence you need to support your application
  • Apply for a visa as a visitor or as a husband, wife, fiancée or partner of a British citizen
  • Understand the Minimum Income Requirement and alternative ways of meeting it
  • Identify your options if you’ve made an application which is refused
  • Bring an appeal if that’s the right option
  • Assess your eligibility for British citizenship and how to achieve this
  • Consider the implications of Brexit for your personal status in the UK

We’ll guide you through the complexities of the UK’s Immigration Rules and operational practice drawing on our skill, experience and our network of contacts. Above all we’ll be realistic. If our analysis of your case indicates that it can’t succeed, we’ll say so.

Cases we’ve recently taken to successful conclusions have involved:

  • A journey from entry clearance as a fiancée, through limited leave to remain to ILR then citizenship
  • A similar journey to ILR starting with discretionary leave outside the rules following the client’s arrest for unlawful entry
  • A visitor visa for someone outside the EU whose two previous applications were refused
  • Extensions of spouses visas
  • An appeal based on Appendix FM and different ways of meeting the Minimum Income Requirement
  • Switching from Tier 4 into a personal route to settlement
  • Applications to establish retained rights of residence following divorce
  • The registration of children as British
  • Applications for British citizenship
  • The status in the UK of citizens of other EU countries concerned about the implications of Brexit

We’re able to help you wherever you are. We’ve worked with clients in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, India, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, Thailand, The Philippines, Uganda, Ukraine, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea & USA

Meet the team

Simon Rhodes

Senior Partner and Head of Employment
Southampton

Kathryn Casey-Evans

Partner
Southampton