Category: Immigration Tips

LEGAL MINUTE: the news about immigration in the UK from the last days

Racism and race-related hate crime has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, with officers appointed to deal with resultant “tensions”. 24 community cohesion officers are being appointed by councils across Wales. They will focus in particular on developing strong links with European Union citizens and other minority groups which might feel susceptible to Brexit tensions. From BBC.

Two young, blind musicians, who were due to arrive in the UK from India on Saturday to take part in a two-week cultural exchange set up by the government have been refused entry by the Home Office. From iNews.

A baby whose legal guardian is a UK resident has been blocked from entering the country, leaving her and her soon-to-be adoptive mother “stranded” in Pakistan. From Independent.

Mother denied chance to clear her name of charge that will see entire family deported back to husband she fears. “My life stopped when I got that letter,” says the 48-year-old, describing the moment she was accused by the Home Office of cheating in an English language test she had completed three years before. From Independent.

A petition to prevent the deportation of an “exceptional” and “outstanding” student has drawn more than 6,000 signatures. Stiven Bregu, 18, was trafficked to the UK from Albania in 2015 in order to escape a violent home life and was dumped alone in Keynsham near Bristol. From BBC.

Family Visa: how to bring family members to the UK

Many immigrants living in the UK have questions about bringing family members to England. You must apply for Family Visa for that. Here’s who’s qualified to bring dependents and how the process works:

Who can bring dependents?

Those who wish to become family providers in the UK, must be British citizenship holders or have Permanent Residence in the country.

“It is also necessary that the provider has a minimum annual income, plus an extra income for each dependent,” explains Francine Mendonça.

Who fits as a family member?

– Children and grandchildren: for children under 21, it is enough prove to have custody. For those over 21, it is necessary to prove that they are economically dependent on the provider

– Parents and grandparents: it is necessary to prove that they need the help of the provider and that they had previously lived together

– Adopted: regularly adopted family members and by laws recognized in the UK, have the same rights as other dependents

Extended family members

Brothers, uncles, cousins ​​and nephews can also become dependent. However, proof of dependency by the British government is stricter. It is necessary to show that both family members already had a strong bond previously, beyond the economic necessity.

How to apply?

If you would like to bring some family members to live with you in the UK, please contact LondonHelp4U. We are an immigration company with 18 years of experience in visa and citizenship processes.

A common child not strong enough to consider that the marriage is genuine in the UK

A controversial and interesting case has been recently represented by LondonHelp4U.

Apparently, according to the Home Office, the evidence of having a child is not strong enough to recognize marriage as genuine and issue a Residence Card for the applicant.

LondonHelp4U presented the rights of the Appellant, who is a Ukrainian citizen. The Appellant applied for a Residence Card the grounds of being a spouse of EEA national, exercising treaty rights. However, the application was refused based on the results of the marriage interview. The Appellant and her spouse of Lithuanian nationality were interviewed separately. After the interview, a few discrepancies were detected, namely:

1) The Appellant stated that her future husband proposed to her in summer 2014, when her husband mentioned the date of September 2015.

(How is it possible not to remember when you were proposed?)

2) Also, discrepancies were found in Appellant’s sister’s name.

(Is it possible to forget your wife’s sister’s name because you are nervous at the interview?)

3) The appellant was not able to name the amount of mortgage, that her husband took. (Seems like there is not much trust in this couple, right?)

4) And finally, the couple did not purchase the engagement ring and did not celebrate the wedding.

(Obviously, they did not need it as it looks like a marriage of convenience, doesn’t it?)

Having such discrepancies at the marriage interview, made the HO assume this couple is not in a genuine relationship.

The couple, however, has a common child, as well as numerous photographs, where all the family members (including relatives) were together. Both parents can be seen on the photos of different baby’s age and have undoubted evidence of cohabitation.

Is the fact of having a common child not strong enough to consider that the marriage is genuine? – this is the main issue that was raised in this case.

The fact, that the appellant and her EEA national husband have a child did not influence the Home Office decision. Based on the above-mentioned discrepancies, the Appellant of Ukrainian citizenship was refused in issuing a Residence Card. The marriage was deemed as the one for obtaining citizenship rights. Moreover, the burden of proof was put on the Appellant, which contradicted the case law.

The Appellant had to wait over a year for another hearing to present more evidence and proof of cohabitation.

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