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Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus...
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Produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law 27th Oct
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This Practice Note sets out the requirements for an application for entry clearance as the fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, spouse, civil partner or...
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21st Oct
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Who can apply under Part 8?An application for further limited leave to remain as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner can be made...
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9th Oct
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This Practice Note covers practical factors which will need to be considered when advising clients who may not meet all of the requirements of any...
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Produced in partnership with Ed Mynott 5th Oct
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Limited leave to remain as a partnerHow the category worksThis Practice Note sets out the requirements for an application for limited leave to remain...
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5th Oct
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The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category closed to new entrants on 29 March 2019. The only individuals who can now enter this category are those who have or...
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26th Sep
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This Practice Note looks at the of ‘Exceptional circumstances’ provisions found in para GEN.3.1‒3.3 of the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, which may...
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26th Sep
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The schedule of absences spreadsheets below may be used by Lexis®PSL Immigration subscribers to calculate a person’s absences from the UK for the...
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26th Sep
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This Practice Note examines the key common requirements for indefinite leave to remain (also known as ILR or settlement) applications in work-related...
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26th Sep
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When applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points-Based System (PBS), an organisation must go through the following process:•step...
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26th Sep
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The visitor (standard) category enables short-term visitors to come to the UK for a range of purposes including recreation, business activities,...
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25th Sep
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Applying to register a minor child as a British citizen is only necessary if the child has not automatically acquired British citizenship. Before an...
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25th Sep
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An employer who is found to have employed a person unlawfully in the UK may be liable to civil penalties and/or criminal sanctions. For further...
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25th Sep
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The eligibility criteria for obtaining a sponsor licence are not located in statute law nor in the Immigration Rules; they are mainly contained within...
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25th Sep
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There are multiple sources of immigration law. In addition to 16 or so statutes and the ever-changing Immigration Rules, there is a huge number of...
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25th Sep
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This Practice Note explains what happens to a person’s leave to enter or remain in the UK when they:•travel outside the UK, the Channel Islands, the...
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25th Sep

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There are several advantages when a migrant obtains an indefinite leave to remain (ILR). These include but are not limited to:•no time restrictions on...
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28th Sep
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The requirements for entry and stay in any immigration category, including indefinite leave to remain (ILR), for persons without the right of abode,...
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28th Sep
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There are a number of ways that indefinite leave to enter or remain can be lost.Lapsing leaveWhen a person with indefinite leave in the UK travels...
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28th Sep
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Paragraph 35 of Part 1 of the Immigration Rules provides as follows:‘35. A sponsor of a person seeking leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom...
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28th Sep
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Non-EEA nationals granted entry clearance for more than six months are issued with a short-term biometric entry clearance followed by a biometric...
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28th Sep
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A non-EEA national can obtain entry clearance for a period of up to six months, in order for them to reside in the UK at the home of a British citizen...
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Produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law 28th Sep
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The Practice Note: Mandatory grounds for refusal and re-entry bans at the heading ‘Overseas and on-entry applications—mandatory refusal with resulting...
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28th Sep
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It is assumed that this Q&A relates to travel outside of UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.In order to request the return of a...
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Produced in partnership with Jocelyn Howorth of Westkin Associates 28th Sep
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The relevant grounds of refusal can be found in Immigration Rules, Part 9. The key extracts relevant to this Q&A are as follows:‘322. Grounds on which...
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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal 28th Sep
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This Q&A addresses whether a person who has leave in a Tier 2 or 5 sponsored work category can continue to work lawfully in two particular situations....
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28th Sep
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We are not aware of a specific definition of an ‘illegal marriage’ and for the purposes of this response we have assumed that you are referring to a...
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28th Sep
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Tier 1 Exceptional Talent applicants are sorted into two categories:•exceptional promise applicants, who are often at an early stage in their career...
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Produced in partnership with Shara Pledger of Latitude Law 28th Sep
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According to the Home Office Guidance Leave extended by section 3C (and leave extended by section 3D in transitional cases), a person will have...
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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal 28th Sep
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Do you have to submit, with an application, all of your expired and current passports for all nationalities and multiple passports where you (are...
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Produced in partnership with Kathryn Bradbury and Rhona Azir of Payne Hicks Beach 28th Sep
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This Q&A does not address any practical issues relating to eligibility of a particular applicant, eg as to when they may need to apply to meet the...
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28th Sep
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As confirmed in Practice Note: Biometric Immigration Documents—compliance requirements and sanctions under the heading ‘The Biometric Immigration...
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28th Sep
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Re-entry bans can be imposed for a range of reasons and in different circumstances. It depends heavily on the reason that entry was refused.See...
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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal 28th Sep
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In this Q&A, ‘funds’ are considered in the context of child benefit.Child benefit is defined as:‘a tax-free, regular payment made to anyone bringing...
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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal 28th Sep

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