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Immigration

Settlement Visa Solicitors

Making the decision to settle in the UK is a life-changing one, and the process of getting a settlement visa can be complex and lengthy. With masses of regulations to follow and the knowledge that one mistake could result in your application being rejected, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

Our team of specialist Settlement Visa Solicitors has helped people through this process for decades. We have the expertise required to know what visa is right for you and manage the process from start to finish, removing this stress and making it a smooth, simple process.

If you’re interested in settling in the UK and wish to apply for a settlement visa, contact us today on 0161 979 0793 to discuss how we could help you.

What is a settlement visa?

Successfully getting a UK settlement visa gives you the freedom to live, work and study in the UK with minimal restrictions.

Indefinite leave to remain is the most commonly-sought settlement visa status. It gives you the right to live in the UK permanently but requires you to meet a number of criteria before given.

Should you not be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain, you may also apply for further leave to remain. This extends your current visa temporarily, giving you the opportunity to live and work in the UK for a longer period of time.

When can you apply for indefinite leave to remain?

Firstly, it is vital that you begin your application for a new visa before your current visa expires. Your visa expiring means you will have to leave the country and makes the process of settling increasingly complex.

Typically, you are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after living in the UK for a minimum of five years. This could be through living here on other visas or as an EEA or Swiss resident. However, this is not the case in all circumstances, making speaking to a solicitor to establish your eligibility before starting the application process of vital importance.

In addition to the minimum length of residency, there are several other requirements anyone applying for indefinite leave to remain must meet. Possessing a good standard of English language ability being one such example.

How long can you stay once you have a UK settlement visa?

If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain you will be eligible to stay in the UK for as long as you wish. However, this status can be revoked should you spend more than two years continuously outside the UK, and is something you should be wary of if spending an extended period away.

Can I bring my family?

If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain, your partner and any dependents under the age of 18 may be eligible to join you in the UK on a settlement visa.

The security of your family is obviously an incredibly important factor when deciding on your permanent residence, our team of solicitors will be able to guide you through this from the start.

How long does the settlement visa application process take?

It can take up to six months to be told if your application has been successful. However, this can be sped up if you are eligible to use a premium service. Our solicitors will help advise you on making the process as fast as possible, so you can get on with your life as quickly as possible.

Contact us

If you’re looking for specialist advice on applying for a UK settlement visa, speak to one of our Immigration Solicitors today. We have decades of experience helping people through this process and know exactly what needs to be done to help you.

Call us today on 0161 979 0793 to discuss your case with a member of our team.

 

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