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At Sultan Lloyd, our immigration Solicitors will provide smart, compassionate, practical advice regarding making an FLR(FP) application either under family life as a partner (10-year route) or family life as a parent. Led by firm director, Nighat Sultana, our multi-lingual immigration law team has a robust reputation in making successful FLR(FP) applications. We understand the stress and apprehension these applications can place on you and your family. Therefore, we work quickly and pro-actively to ensure you receive a positive decision. If your application is refused, we can advise you on making an immigration appeal or Judicial Review.

To speak to an FLR FP Appeals Solicitor, call us on 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

What is the 10-year partner route or the 5-year route for limited leave to remain?

The 10-year partner route is available to those in the UK who are:

·         the partner of a British Citizen, or;

·         settled in the UK, or;

·         in the UK with limited leave as a refugee or granted humanitarian protection (this excludes family members not yet in the UK who qualify under Part 11 of the Immigration Rules.

At Sultan Lloyd Solicitors, our immigration team understands how the UKVI reaches this balance and can advise you on drafting your application and submitting supporting documents accordingly, specific to your case.

A partner is defined as a spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e), or someone who has been living with the settled person in a relationship akin to marriage for two or more years.

Our Immigration Solicitors can provide you with the advice and support you need on making an application. We will also keep you up to date with its progression and deal with any questions from UKVI.

What is the 10-year parent route for limited leave to remain?

This route provides a basis on which leave to remain can be granted to a parent who has sole responsibility for or direct access to a child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent.

To make a successful application under this route, you need to meet one of the following criteria:

·         You have sole parental responsibility for your child

·         You do not live with the child (who lives with a parent or carer who is a British citizen or settled here), but have direct access (in person) to the child, as agreed with the child’s other parent or through a Child Arrangement Order

·         You are the parent with whom the child normally lives, rather than the child’s other parent who is British or settled

We understand the fear our clients feel when faced with having to leave the UK and their child (or children). Our immigration lawyers are compassionate and will work tirelessly to ensure your FLR(FP) application as a parent is successful.

What are the eligibility criteria for the 10-year parent route?

You must prove the following to make a successful application:

·         be over 18 years

·         have a genuine and subsisting relationship with your child

In addition, your child must be a British citizen or have lived in the UK continuously for at least the seven years immediately preceding the date of application. It must also be proven that it would be unreasonable to expect them to leave the UK.

How we can help you make an FLR(FP) application

With decades of experience in advising on immigration law, Nighat and her team will ensure your FLR(FP) application runs smoothly from beginning to end. Whether you are applying as a partner or as a parent, we will provide you with responsive, practical, caring advice and give you confidence that you have professional advisors on your side.

To talk to one of our immigration team about making an FLR(FP) application, call us on 0121 248 2850 ;or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa was closed to new applicants from 29 March 2019. The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa will be closed from 5 July 2019. These visa routes into the UK have been replaced by the Innovator Visa and the Start-up Visa.

At Sultan Lloyd, our immigration Solicitors will provide smart, commercially astute, practical advice if you wish to apply for either an Innovator Visa or a Start-up Visa. Led by firm director, Nighat Sultana, our multi-lingual immigration law team has a robust reputation in successfully obtaining business visas for our clients. We will work with you throughout the life of your visa, ensuring you and your family are on track to obtain any required extensions and Indefinite Leave to Remain.

To speak to a Solicitor, call us on 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

What is the Innovator Visa?

As the world’s fifth largest economy, the United Kingdom has long been a magnet for entrepreneurs. With the European Union on its doorstep, a stable government, and a well-educated population, the UK is an ideal place to launch a new venture.

The Innovator Visa is for experienced entrepreneurs who wish to base themselves in Britain and grow their business domestically and internationally. Successful applicants will be permitted to remain in the UK for three years, with an option to extend for a further three years. After this, settlement can be applied for.

What are the eligibility requirements for an Innovator Visa?

What are the requirements for entry to the UK on an Innovator Visa?

All applications will be assessed on the following three merits:

·         Innovation – your business idea must be original. A business plan which proves your idea meets an existing market need or provides a competitive advantage in a particular sector is also required.

·         Viability – you need to prove you have or are developing the required experience, skills, knowledge, and commercial acumen to run the business.

·         Scalability – evidence of a clear growth strategy and job creation possibilities must be provided.

You will also need to show:

·         Evidence you have been endorsed in this category by an approved endorsing body.

·         Proof of £50,000 of investment funds available.

·         Proof you can speak English to a B2 level.

·         A credible business plan.

·         You have at least £945 in your bank accounts for 90 days prior to applying.

What is the Start-up Visa?

The Start-up Visa provides an entry-route into the UK for non-EEA citizens who are at the beginning stage of launching their business. It replaces the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.  

The same eligibility requirements apply as listed above. However, you are not required to have £50,000 in investment funds, and you must show you have:

·         Endorsement in writing by an endorsing body.

·         The endorsement letter must state you meet the three merits of innovation, viability, and scalability listed above.

·         Confirmation that the endorsing body is “reasonably satisfied that the applicant will spend the majority of their working time in the UK on developing business ventures”. 

Can I apply for settlement on the Start-up Visa?

The Start-up Visa does not provide a route for Settlement, and you are only permitted to stay in the country for two years. However, you can switch to an Innovator Visa after this time if you meet the requirements.

What are the requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain on an Innovator Visa?

If you have an Innovator Visa, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if your organisation meets at least two of the following requirements:

·         At least £50,000 has been invested into the business and actively spent furthering the business plan when you applied for an extension.

·         Your customer-base has at least doubled within the most recent three years and is currently higher than the mean number of customers for other UK businesses offering comparable main products or services.

·         Your organisation has engaged in significant research and development activity and has applied for intellectual property protection in the UK.

·         Your business has generated a minimum annual gross revenue of £1 million in the last full year.

·         Your business generated a minimum annual gross revenue of £500,000 in the last full year, with at least £100,000 from exporting overseas.

·         Your business has created the equivalent of at least 10 full-time jobs for resident workers.

·         Your organisation has created the equivalent of at least 5 full-time jobs for resident workers, with an average salary of at least £25,000 a year

Can I bring my family to the UK on the Innovator Visa or Start-up Visa?

You can bring your dependents on either visa. A dependent family member is defined as:

·         Your spouse or partner

·         Your child if they are under 18 years

How we can help you apply for an Innovator or Start-up Visa

With decades of experience in advising on business immigration law, Nighat and her team will ensure your visa application runs smoothly from beginning to end. Many UK visa applications are rejected because the correct documentation is not provided, or the business plan does not illustrate the potential of the business. We understand the documents required and how to present them. In addition, we can look over your business plan, swiftly identifying any weaknesses and help you correct them.

By investing in our advice, your chance of successfully gaining entry into the UK via the Innovator or Start-up route greatly increases. We will support you and your family, taking away the stress of putting together the applications and the risk of not submitting items correctly.

Our friendly, down-to-earth, business savvy Solicitors will provide you and your family with the confidence your visa application has the best chance of success.

To talk to one of our immigration team about applying for an Innovator Visa or Start-up Visa, call us on: 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

UK Tier 2 Business Immigration (Sponsorship License for Prospective Employers)

A Sponsor is a UK based organisation that wishes to employ an overseas applicant in the UK. For the purposes of the Tier System, an overseas applicant is a national of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

In order to sponsor applicants, an employer will need to have registered with the UK Border Agency as a Licensed Sponsor. For this registration to be accepted, the employer will need to meet certain requirements for the particular category of Tier 2 and accept certain responsibilities to help with immigration control.

The Sponsor will need to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship before an applicant can apply for leave to enter the UK or remain in the UK under Tier 2. The Certificate of Sponsorship will act as an assurance that the applicant is able to undertake a particular job and intends to do so.

We at Sultan Lloyd can guide your company through the strict criteria you will have to meet in order to attain your sponsorship license. We are open from 9am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. If you work full time and can’t see us during the week, we offer pre-arranged Saturday appointments for your convenience.  

Call us on: 0121 248 2850, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here to make an online enquiry.

 

UK Tier 1 Business Immigration Lawyers (Entrepreneur)

Who Should Apply?

Individuals wishing to start a business in the UK and who can meet the set criteria should apply. However, kindly note that this route has now been closed by the Home office as of 29 March 2019 and have been replaced with Innovator Visa & Start-Up Visa.

Attributes section:

The applicant must score a mark of 75 in order to satisfy the requirements under the attributes heading.

The applicant must show:

Eligibility Points
He / She has at least £200,000 25
The funds are held in a regulated financial institution 25
The funds are disposable in the UK 25

English language section:

Applicants must show they are proficient in the English language - they will be awarded 10 points if this criterion is met.

This can be evidenced by:

  1. they have passed a test in English equivalent to level c1 of the council of Europe’s common European framework for language learning (equivalent to grade C at GCSE) or;
  2. they come from a country where English is the majority language or;
  3. they have taken a degree taught in English.

Maintenance section:

Applicants will need to evidence £2800 savings for the set period throughout.

UK Tier 1 Business Immigration (Investor)

Who Should Apply?

Individuals wishing to migrate to the UK in order to invest should apply.

Attributes section:
A mark of 75 has to be attained in order to in order to satisfy the attributes requirements of this sub category.

Eligibility Points
Applicants must have at least £1 million of their own money in a regulated financial institution in the UK 75
1) Own personal assets which exceed £2 million in value, not incumbent with any liabilities and; 
2) have money under their control held in a regulated financial institution  and is disposable in the UK of at least £1 million, which may include money loaned to them by a financial institution regulated by the FSA
75


No English language requirement or maintenance requirement

We at Sultan Lloyd can guide you through the strict criteria you will have to meet in order to attain your visa thorugh the Tier 1 Investor Route. We are open from 9am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. If you work full time and can’t see us during the week, we offer pre-arranged Saturday appointments for your convenience.  

Call us on: 0121 248 2850, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here to make an online enquiry.

 

Few things are as disheartening as having your application for leave to enter or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK refused. And unfortunately, if you have applied for a visa under the Points-Based-System, you may not have a right of appeal, only to apply for an Administrative Review.

At Sultan Lloyd, our immigration Solicitors will provide smart, compassionate, practical advice if you wish to appeal a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) decision. Led by firm director, Nighat Sultana, our multi-lingual immigration law team has a robust reputation in successfully overturning immigration refusals for our clients. We understand the stress a refusal can place on you and your family. Therefore, we work quickly and pro-actively to examine the reason for your refusal and find a solution. If this is not in the form of an appeal, we will advise you of other options available.

To speak to our Immigration Appeals Solicitor, call us on 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

What is an Immigration Appeal?

In English law, if a decision by a government body, such as UKVI or a Tribunal goes against you, you have the right to appeal that decision to a higher Court. The right to appeal an immigration refusal has been severely restricted by the UK government in recent years. For Points-Based-System visas, such as Tier 2 (General) Visasor Spouse Visas, the only basis for making an appeal is on human rights grounds. This can be complicated, which is why it is crucial to have the advice and representation of an experienced immigration lawyer.

The grounds for appeal under the Immigration Rules are:

·         the appellant’s removal would be contrary to the Refugee Convention

·         the appellant’s removal would be contrary to the UK’s obligations in relation to humanitarian protection

·         the appellant’s removal would be contrary to his or her rights under the European Convention on Human Rights

·         the appellant’s protection status or British Citizenship has been revoked

EEA nationals and their family members have a right to appeal if the Home Office’s decisions breach the Appellant’s rights under the EU Treaties in respect of entry to, or residence in, the UK. EEA nationals and their family members can also appeal refusals for Pre-settled Status and Settled Status.

Can my appeal be heard urgently?

If your circumstances require that your appeal for leave to remain be heard urgently, we can write to the Tribunal stating why an urgent appeal should be granted. Evidence such as medical reports (if you require a fast appeal for health reasons) or other supporting documents will need to be included in the application.

Without experience in dealing with the Courts, it can be easy to unknowingly forget to include certain documents which could greatly increase your urgent appeal application’s chance of success. We know exactly what to include and in addition, we can write a persuasive covering letter to the Court, demonstrating why your case merits an urgent decision.

Do I have to leave the country to appeal an immigration refusal?

It depends on the circumstances of your case. In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in R (Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 that the government’s policy to deport foreign criminals and those that had overstayed their leave to remain first and hear their appeals later was ruled by the Supreme Court to be incompatible with the appellants’ right to respect for their private and family life.

However, in two more recent cases, the Appellants’ have been deported, meaning they have to make an out-of-country appeal.

The ability to make a successful appeal is diminished if you have to leave the country. Therefore, our team will resolutely fight to ensure you can stay in the UK whilst your appeal is being applied for and heard.

Does my immigration appeal have a chance of success?

In 2018, it was reportedthat nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed. In addition, the former President of the Upper Tribunal, condemned the Home Secretary for launching an appeal “on a wing and a prayer”, stating: “It was manifestly devoid of any substance or merit and should have been exposed accordingly.”

Our immigration lawyers will challenge a refusal that is based on shaky ground. In many cases, a pre-action letter to UKVI setting out why our client’s application should have been approved is enough to have the refusal reversed. This is often the case with appeals for refused EEA Family Permits and EEA Residence Cards, Settlement, Standard Visitor Visa, and Spouse/Umarried Partner Visa application.

Nighat and her team are smart, experienced, and ruthlessly efficient at spotting weaknesses in UKVI decisions. By instructing us, you can be confident your immigration appeal has the best chance of success.

How we can help you make an immigration appeal

With decades of experience in advising on immigration law, Nighat and her team will ensure your immigration appeal application runs smoothly from beginning to end. Let us take the worry off your shoulders and work with you to ensure your appeal has the best chance of success.

To speak to our Immigration Appeals Solicitor, call us on 0121 248 2850 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click here to make an online enquiry.

The Points Based System is a system used for managing migration for those migrants that wish to work or study in the UK.

Applicants wishing to work or study in the UK are required to obtain a certain number of points depending on the relevant Tier that applies to them. There are currently four Tiers that are in force, depending on the type of application that you wish to make such as for work, study or visiting the UK.

UK Tier 1 Immigration Lawyers Birmingham  

 

Tier 1 (General)

  1. Purpose: to allow non – EEAA nationals who will contribute most to the UK economy to migrate in order to work and set up businesses here.
  2. Tier 1 (General) allows highly skilled individuals who can meet the requisite points criteria to immigrate to the UK without any kind of sponsorship from an employer.
  3. Highly skilled individuals include doctors, scientists, engineers, graduates of the MBA, and other educated workers.
  4. If you can speak English, have earned at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, and can show that you have earned a relatively good income, Tier 1 (General) is the right scheme for you.
  5. Applicant must successfully attain 75 points in attributes section.
  6. The applicant will be awarded 10 points for English language proficiency
  7. The applicant will be awarded 10 points for maintenance requirements.
  8. If you do not score a minimum of 75 points for your attributes and 10 points for English language and 10 points for available maintenance, your application will be refused.
  9. It is a point of notes that since recent changes have been put in place, those applying under Tier 1 (General) as an initial application, as opposed to an extension application, must have at least a Masters degree. The attainment of Bachelor’s degrees will only suffice for extension applications.

 Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

  1. Individuals who plan to invest in the UK by setting up or taking over a business, can come to the UK under the ENTREPRENEUR sub-category of Tier 1
  2. At least £200,000 of disposable capital held in a regulated financial institution is required. Third country nationals who would like to start a business in the UK will find this Entrepreneur visa to meet their needs if they can meet the criteria.
  3. Applicants must be evidence proficiency in English, and also meet the maintenance (funds) requirement which has been predetermined by the Home Office.

Tier 1 (Innovator)

  1. Wealthy individuals who plan to make a substantial financial investment in the UK can come under the INVESTOR sub-category of Tier 1.
  2. At least £1 million of disposable funds is required.
  3. Investors are exempt from the English language requirement and the requirement to prove the ability to support themselves also and any dependants.
  4. This sub-category is designed for very wealthy individuals who want to live in the UK.

Tier 1 (Post Study Worker)

  1. The PSW sub-category is designed to retain the most able foreign students who have studied in the UK.
  2. It is part of Tier 1 because successful applicants will be able to find work after graduation without having a sponsor.
  3. Those with student visas in the UK under Post-Study Work are expected to switch into another part of the points system (whether Tier 1 or another Tier) as soon as they are able to do so.
  4. To encourage individuals to switch over, leave will only be granted under Post-Study Work for a maximum of 2 years and is non-renewable. Time spent in the UK under Post-Study Work will not count towards permanent residence. Students must apply for the Post-Study Work sub-category within 12 months of receiving their qualification.

UK Tier 2 Immigration - Job Offer

Tier 2 offers an entry route into the United Kingdom for skilled workers who are citizens of countries outside of the European Economic Area. 

In all cases people applying for entry under this scheme must be in possession of a JOB OFFER and fulfil other requirements as detailed for the different categories.

Tier 2 has four categories:

  1. GENERAL: for people coming to the United Kingdom with a job offer to fill a gap that cannot be filled by a settled worker which may or may not be on the SHORTAGE OCCUPATION LIST.
  2. INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFERS: for employees of multi-national companies who are being transferred by an overseas employer to a skilled job in a UK-based branch of the organisation.
  3. SPORTSPEOPLE: for elite sportspeople and coaches whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level.
  4. MINISTERS OF RELIGION: for those people coming to fill a vacancy as a Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order.

*Also see business immigration section for potential sponsors of tier 2 workers for licensing.

UK Tier 4 Immigration - Students 

 

Points What you get points for Proof and documents needed
30 Doing a course (at an acceptable level) with an approved education provider (also known as sponsorship) Visa letter from your approved education provider, and the documents used to get the visa letter
10 Having enough money to cover your course fees and monthly living costs (also known as maintenance) Bank statement or letter confirming that you have enough money available to cover your course fees and monthly living costs for up to one year, at the time you submit your application

 

  1. As a student applicant under Tier 4, you must also make sure that the educational institution to which you are applying is one which is approved by the UKBA to be able to provide the course to you.
  2. The education provider will therefore require a license before they can offer a Tier 4 applicant a course to study.  There is a Tier 4 register of sponsors, which lists the educational institutions which are accredited.

UK Tier 5 Immigration - Temporary Workers

Young people who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom and those who need to work for short periods of time in the country will be able to apply for a Tier 5 visa for Temporary Workers. This scheme, part of the UK's new five-tier points based system, allows young people from countries with which the UK has certain agreements to live and work in the UK for up to two years.

If you wish to come to the UK under a Tier 5 visa, you will need to be:

  1. a citizen of a participating company; or
  2. a British overseas citizen; or
  3. a British overseas territory citizen; or
  4. a British national (overseas)

You will also need to be sponsored by your government if you are not a British overseas citizen, British overseas territory citizen, or a British national (overseas).

Contact our Immigration Lawyers in Birmingham

If you need more information on Immigration Law, call our Immigration Lawyers on 0121 248 2850, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here to make an online enquiry.

Sultan Lloyd Solicitors is open from 9am till 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Our office in Birmingham is convenient to Walsall, West Bromwich, Sutton, Solihill, Dudley, Aldridge, Halesowen and other local towns in The West Midlands and beyond. If you work full time and can’t see us during the week, we offer pre-arranged Saturday appointments for your convenience

 

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