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Visitor’s Visa

All visitors to the UK must meet the general entry validity and suitability requirement set out in the (Appendix V) Visitor to immigration rules.

What is Genuineness and Credibility.

The applicant must be a genuine visitor, meaning that he/she is genuinely seeking entry for the purpose permitted by the rules and will leave the UK at the end of their visit. The applicant will not live in the UK for extended period, will not make frequent and successive visits or establish the UK as their main home. Further the applicant will not undertake any prohibited activities.

What is Maintenance and accommodation?

An applicant must have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable cost in relation to his/her visit without working or accessing public funds. This includes accommodation, the cost of return or onward journey, any causal costs related to dependence, and the cost of any planned activities such as private medical treatment.

Can I rely on Third party assistance?

The applicant can rely on third party support if they have a genuine or professional relationship with the visitor.

What are the Prohibited activities?

An applicant must not intend to work in the UK. This includes taking formal employment in the UK, doing work for an organisation or business within the UK, or establishing and/or running a business.

What are permitted activities:

Visitors are allowed to do following activities; tourism and leisure, volunteering, general business activities, legal activities, as well as matters relating to religion, sport, work related training, study, medical treatment, organ donation etc..

Marriage and civil partnership visitors:

A person may enter the UK in order to marry or enter a civil partnership provided, of course, that the couple do not intend to stay in the UK after the marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

If the couple wish to remain in the UK permanently, the applicant should apply as fiancés or civil partner.

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Student Visa

A student visa is for a person who is coming to the UK to study at a Home Office approved education provider. This is otherwise known as sponsorship. Immigration rules require the applicant to gain 70 points as follows; Confirmation of acceptance of studies (50) English language (10) Finance (10).

What is Genuine Student Provision?

Students must show genuine intention to study. When considering whether a student is genuine the Home Office will consider previous educational and immigration history of the applicant, any post study plan and personal financial circumstances. Applicants may also be interviewed to assess genuineness. To apply entry clearance, the student must have been issued a Certificate of Acceptance of studies (CAS), must provide evidence of meeting the financial as well as English language requirement. 

NOTE: This is not route for settlement.

What is Certificate of Acceptance for studies (CAS)?

A CAS, issued by a Home Office , is an approved licence sponsor for a single course of study or for pre-sessional course followed by degree. It contains mandatory information such as study address, fees, English language assessment and course details.  

What are the financial requirements?

All students are expected to show that they hold sufficient funds to cover the full cost of their course plus, if study at London, £1,334 each month for at least 9 months. If outside London £1,023 each month for up to a maximum 9 months.

What are the English language requirements?

All students must show English language at Level B2, if course is at Bachelors’ degree level or above, B1 if below degree level. However, exceptions apply to those who are either nationals of a majority English speaking country, or who hold an academic qualification at degree level or above in the UK.

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Family reunion

Spouse visas or marriage visas allow you to live together with your British partner in the UK for up to 30 months initially. This can be extended and is a route to settlement.  The main point is that couple must be in a genuine and subsisting relationship. In short, the applicant must have entered a valid marriage or valid civil partnership.

What are the relationship requirements?

The partner must be British, present, and settled in UK. They must be over 18 and the relationship must not be within prohibited degree. Parties have met in person (face to face meetings that allow the relationship to develop over the internet/social media will satisfy). The relationship is genuine and subsisting. A couple must be in valid marriage or civil partnership. Any previous relationship broken down permanently and have intention to live in UK permanently etc.???

What are the financial requirements?

The applicant must provide documentary evidence that shows minimum gross annual income. To satisfy financial requirement, the UK spouse needs an income of at least £18,600 before tax and £22,400 if there are any dependants.

What is living together?

Home Office guidance is that living together should be applied “fairly tightly”. The couple should show evidence of cohabitation during the preceding  two years. Short breaks apart, of up to six months, where it is not possible for the partner to accompany, may be acceptable for work commitments or looking after relatives.

In order to demonstrate a two years’ relationship, evidence of cohabitation is needed in order to show the relationship is akin to marriage or civil partnership. The Home Office will look for evidence of a committed relationship.

What are the English language requirement?

Applicants are required to submit evidence of having met the English language requirement. A certificate to show the applicant has reached level A1 in an approved English language speaking and listening test. Exceptions apply to applicants from majority English speaking countries or those with appropriate academic qualifications.

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Indefinite leave to remain

Indefinite leave to remain is also called settlement for foreign nationals residing in the UK. Indefinite leave to remain enables you to live, work or study in the UK without any restriction. You may subsequently apply for British Citizenship. You may be able to apply for Indefinite leave to remain if you work in UK, have family in the UK, have lived in the UK for 10 years or you are a Commonwealth citizen.

Eligibility requirement varies depending on the circumstances of the individual and the type of visa they hold. However, the applicant must have lived in the UK with no criminal record and must not have spent  more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months during qualifying period.

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Naturalisation

A foreign national adult living in the UK with settled status can apply to become a British citizen by the process known as naturalisation. Under Section 6 of British Nationality Act 1981, the Home Secretary has a discretion to grant a certificate of naturalisation to any person aged 18 or above who is not British citizen.

  • British citizenship application for the person who is married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen.

  • The applicant must be settled at the time of application.

  • Must have been living in the UK legally for at least three years continuously before making the application.

  • Must have been physically present in the UK on the date three years before the application is made.

  • Must not have been absent for more than 270 days in total during the three years qualifying period and not more than 90 days in the year immediately before the application.

  • Must be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English language and sufficient knowledge of life in UK by possessing a Home Office approved qualification or passing a Home Office prescribed attachment, as specified in Schedule 2A to the 2003 regulation.

  • Must show a good character and have no criminal record.

  • If not married, then must show an intention to live in the UK.

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