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history family ties and heritage have played an important role in UK
are a number of ways of joining family members in the United Kingdom.
However the immigration rules are strict and should be considered carefully
before an application is made.
clearance officers and immigration officials scrutinise the applications with great
care and will almost invariably interview the applicant at length. This is
because entry-clearance, if granted, will be a "settlement visa", ie
granting permanent residency (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK either
immediately or after a relatively short probationary period.
applicants are advised to have copies of all supporting documentation
available for inspection by immigration officers upon their arrival in the
following information about family related UK immigration applications
includes an indication of the evidence that is needed in support of such
applications. It is NOT an exhaustive analysis of the rules and applicants
are strongly advised to obtain advice before proceeding.
years ago many entry privileges were granted to persons of UK descent.
These have all been removed from the immigration regulations except for
this special exemption.
citizens with one or more UK –born grandparents do not need a work
permit in order to come to the UK to work.
proof that one of their grandparents was born in the UK, a Commonwealth
citizen who wishes to take or seek employment in the UK will be granted an
entry clearance for that purpose by the British High Commission, Embassy
or Consulate in their country of residence.
arrival at a UK Port of Entry, such a person would normally have their
passport endorsed for a four-year period. Shortly before the fourth
anniversary of arrival, an application can be made to the Home Office for
indefinite leave to remain. This will be granted if the applicant has been
in gainful employment and there is no prospect of recourse to benefits.
immigration rules for fiancées are similar to those for spouses (see
below) except the applicant must have the intention of marrying during the
first six months after entry to the UK. An application can then be
submitted "in-country" for leave to remain as a spouse.
must be noted that entry-clearance is mandatory under the fiancée rules
(ie an application cannot be made 'in country' to switch from one category,
e.g. visitor, to fiancée). Also a fiancée will not have permission to
work until after residence (leave to remain) has been granted as a spouse.
rules state that the requirements to be met by persons seeking to enter
the UK on the basis of marriage are that:
applicant is married to a person present and settled in the UK or who
is on the same occasion being admitted for settlement; and
marriage was not entered into primarily to obtain admission to the UK;
parties to the marriage have met; and
of the parties intends to live permanently with the other as his or
her spouse and the marriage is subsisting; and
will be adequate accommodation for the parties and any dependants
without recourse to public funds in accommodation which they own or
occupy exclusively; and
parties will be able to maintain themselves and any dependants
adequately without recourse to public funds; and
applicant holds a valid UK entry clearance for entry in this capacity.
the couple must be able to support and accommodate themselves (and any
dependants) without recourse to public funds (which are defined as Income
Support, housing benefit, emergency housing and homelessness legislation,
entry clearance officer is likely to interview the couple at length about
the background to the marriage and the couple's intentions for the future.
is crucial that the application be fully supported by relevant documentary
already in this country, a person can seek variation of their immigration
status on the basis of their marriage. However, additional conditions
apply. Various Home Office concessions may be relevant should the
applicant be in the UK unlawfully prior to the marriage. In such cases, we
would strongly advise that legal advice is sought prior to any application
requirements to be met by a person seeking indefinite leave to enter the
UK as a child are complex and are set out in the printable document
UK Residence for Children
current Immigration Rules severely limit the circumstances in which
parents of a person settled in the UK are allowed to join them.
are set out in the printable document
UK Residence for Dependant Parents
10 October 1997, a new concession was announced by the Home Office
permitting applications to be made by unmarried partners.
the concession only applies where couples are unable to marry according to
UK law. In practice this restricts the application of the concession to cases where one partner
is unable to divorce or to other unusual circumstances.
who require further information in this regard are urged to contact a
specialist immigration solicitor for advice and assistance.
family related immigration applications are carefully scrutinised and the
rules strictly enforced. We advise any persons considering family
applications to enlist professional advice and assistance before
applications are made.
Webb & Co. has many years of experience in successfully dealing with
family applications and is able to provide detailed advice and assistance
with regard to the preparation of applications, the required supporting
documentation, and preparation for interviews with visa officers.