Settling in the UK services
UK settlement visa
As soon as you’re ready, we will guide you through every aspect of the application process to give you and your family the best possible chance of success with your UK settlement visa application.
- Apply for settlement as a child or partner of a settled person
- Apply for settlement after 5 years in the UK on a work, study or business visa
- Apply for settlement on the basis of long residence of 10 or more years
- Apply for settlement after receiving humanitarian protection or refugee status
What is a UK settlement visa
A UK settlement visa lets you live, work and study in the UK with almost no future restrictions.
Permanent settlement status in the UK, also known as indefinite leave to remain, is the most comprehensive and long-term status you can obtain.
Applying for permanent settlement can be complex. However, our expert immigration solicitors are on hand to give you assistance every step of the way.
When can you apply for UK settlement?
You can apply for a UK settlement visa if you have been in the UK for five or more years on a different type of visa, such as a work, study or business visa. You can also apply for a settlement visa if you are from the EEA or Switzerland and have lived here for that same amount of time.
If you would like some expert advice to find out if you’re eligible, get in touch with our Manchester team today for a 30-minute consultation by sending over your contact details today.
How long can you stay?
The UK settlement visa allows an individual to remain in the UK for as long as they wish. Because there are nearly no restrictions, these visas are commonly sought by anyone who has held a previous long-term visa.
Once you’ve lived in the UK for at least a year on a settlement visa, you will be eligible to apply for British citizenship. Our solicitors are able to offer help securing both settlement status and British citizenship, with a long track record of success in both.
Who is eligible to apply
Settle on the basis of long continuous residence
If you have been lawfully living in the UK for ten years or more, you may be eligible to apply for settlement on the basis of ‘long continuous residence’.
You may also be eligible to apply for long continuous residence if you have been in the UK for 20 years or more, even if some or all of that time was spent in the UK unlawfully.
Permanently join your partner in the UK
If you and your partner are in a genuine relationship and your partner is a UK citizen, EEA citizen living in the UK or a holder of ‘indefinite leave to remain’, you may be able to join them here permanently.
Permanently join your parents in the UK
If you are the child dependant of a British citizen or a person with settled status, you may eligible for a visa to live in the UK.
As long as you are a dependent of the parent or parents who currently live in the UK, and under the age of 18, you should be able to settle with them too.
Permanently join your parent or partner who has settled in the UK on a point-based visa
If your partner is a migrant worker in the UK, you can apply to join them as a points-based system dependant. You can only do this if you intend to live with them and your relationship is genuine.
Apply for a permanent residence card
Apply for humanitarian protection and asylum
If you already have a residence card, you may be able to apply to settle in the UK indefinitely as either:
- A refugee
- A person with humanitarian protection
Apply for British citizenship and naturalisation
You may be able to apply for British citizenship if:
- You are 18 or over
- You are of good character
- You will continue to live in the UK
- You meet the knowledge of English and Life in the UK requirements
- You meet the residency requirement
- You have lived in the UK for at least five years and spent less than 450 days during outside the UK in that time
If you are from the EEA you must have held indefinite leave to remain for at least 12 months before you can apply.
Your UK settlement visa
Applying for a UK settlement visa with AWH
Your current visa will determine when you might be able to apply for settlement. As you can imagine this is unique to each and every client.
Our immigration solicitors have the knowledge and experience to tailor their advice so that it is completely bespoke to your specific situation. To ensure the process is stress-free for you we provide you with all our immigration advice in a clear and understandable way.
After you have lived in the UK on a settlement visa for a number of years we can also help you secure your British citizenship and a British passport.
Advice and support for UK settlement
Our immigration solicitors are here to help you settle in the UK while making the application process as painless and smooth as possible.
We are highly skilled and experienced within the field of immigration law and we speak a variety of languages.
The process of settling down in the UK can be complex and for some there are significant obstacles to overcome. To find out if you are eligible to settle in the UK and how we can help you, get in touch with our friendly immigration team today.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
What our clients are saying about us
excellent service kept fully informed through every step of the claim . would recommend these people 1st class
I first contacted AWH in december and booked my consulation with Shayeda. I didn’t wait long for an appointment and was given very professional advice and the appointment was thorough. Shayeda brought me the print outs and showed me everything I needed for my application. Both Shayeda and Cathryn were very helpful throughout my application. I received a very professional service from AWH and they have alot of knowledge & would recommend them for your immigration matters.
My wife and I were both very pleased with the service we received.Very professional and knowledgeable staff. A superb result all round. Many thanks to all the staff who helped us, especially Shayheda and Cathryn
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