UK settlement visa

Settling in the UK is a big step to take, and applying for settlement can be a big challenge, which is why our solicitors are here for you. We can help you and your family with your UK settlement visa application from start to finish.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Learn more about visas for dependants of Tier 1, 2 and 5 visa holders

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Apply for a permanent residence card

If you are an EEA citizen, you can apply for a ‘permanent residence card’ to prove your permanent residency and help you settle in the UK indefinitely.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Our Fees

Due to the large amount of services and the complexity of each case we cannot provide any standardised fees without knowing a little bit more about your situation.

However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can suspect and what fees we will charge.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

This is why we provide competitive prices across our range of services.

Immigration solicitor fees
30 minute initial consultation £60 + VAT
Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over £60 + VAT
Initial consultation + advice letter £300 + VAT
Visa checking service(no drafting) £250 + VAT
Extension applications settlement From £1,000 + VAT

Entry clearance fees - out of country
Visit Visa £600 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Employed £700 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Self Employed £800 + VAT
Dependants (Parent/Relatives) From £800 + VAT

What is included:

  • Advice on procedures and law
  • Completion of the paper and on line application form
  • Advice on all documents required to submit with application
  • Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
  • Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
  • Preparation of the covering letter
  • Attendances and follow up

In country applications (extensions)
Extension applications for:

  • Spouse visa
  • Tier 4 student
  • Application for discretionary leave/humanitarian protection
  • Applications for long residence
  • EEA Applications
  • Domestic violence applications
Services include:

  • Attendance and advice on procedure and legal procedure
  • Advice and completion of forms
  • Advice on documents required
  • Preparation of covering letter
  • Submission to Home Office
From £800 + VAT
Points based system - applications and extensions applications
  • Extension applications
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 4
All cases are individually assessed and if additional dependants are placed on application they will be charged seperately.

From £900 + VAT

Other Immigration applications
Application for transfer of visa into biometrics card £400 + VAT
Travel document application £400 + VAT
Entry clearance forms (completion only) £70 + VAT
Home Office Forms (completion only) £200 + VAT
Asylum From £2,000 + VAT
Asylum - fresh claim £1,200 -£1,500 + VAT

British Citizenship
Application for British citizenship/children registration £500 + VAT

Corporate fees
Employers licence for businesses (online) From £1,000 + VAT
Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Tier 1 extension application (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Business audit services Price available upon request

Appeals
Lodge appeal only £400 + VAT
Lodge appeal and representation £1,200 - £1,500 + VAT
Asylum appeal £1,500 - £2,000 + VAT
Bail application and representation at hearing From £1,000 + VAT
Application for permission to appeal to upper tribunal From £900 + VAT
Review of decision and counsels opinion £350 + VAT

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    Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

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What our clients are saying about us

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We received an average 9.1 out 10 based on 249 reviews.
Stephen

excellent service kept fully informed through every step of the claim . would recommend these people 1st class

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Anonymous

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.

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Darren

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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