If you are hoping to join a family member or spouse in the UK for a longer period of time you may want to apply for a family visa.
There are multiple categories for family visas; including specific visas for children, parents and partners. You can apply for a family visa both from inside and outside the UK.
Immigration Solicitors for Family Visa Applications
To apply for any visa within this category you must provide extensive documentation attesting the statements you make on your application forms. The process is complex and there is no room for error as the Home Office will decline applications on even the smallest of errors.
With our expert immigration solicitors on your side you can be assured that your application is as strong as it can be, without any errors and with all the evidence required to help you towards your visa approval.
We have been highly successful on family and point based visa applications and we are ready to take on your case.
Call or email us today for more information on what we can do for you.
If you are currently in the UK
There is one important thing to know: you cannot apply for any of these visas while you are in the UK on a visitor visa. If you are in the UK currently on any other visa you can apply for a family visa from 28 days before your current visa expires.
If you are in the UK currently on another visa you may be eligible to apply and switch into this category but must act before the expiry of your current visa.
Some may not meet these criteria, however still be allowed to apply for this visa. Exceptions occur when:
- The applicant has a child in the UK who is a British citizen. This child will need to have resided in the UK for at least seven years and be unlikely to leave
- You are able to prove that you would encounter significant difficulties if you and your partner lived in a country other than the UK and that it would be unduly harsh if you were returned
- It would be in breach of your human rights for your right to have a family and private life in the UK
Spouse, Fiance and Civil Partner Visas
If your partner is either a British citizen, is settled in the UK with ‘indefinite leave to remain’, has a refugee status or humanitarian protection from the UK, you may be able to apply for a visa to join them in the UK.
With these visas the applicant would be known as the ‘dependant’ and the spouse is known as the ‘sponsor’.
Before You Apply for your Visa
Before you apply, you will need to ensure you meet all the criteria for this type of visa.
You will need to be able to prove your relationship to your partner and prove that you both have the intention to live together as partners and that the relationship is genuine in nature.
Proof of Your Relationship
In order to prove that you are in a genuine relationship with your partner you must provide evidence with your application.
You must be able to satisfy the Home Office that you have:
- Been in a marriage or civil partnership, recognised by UK law, or
- Been living together for at least two years at the time of application, in a relationship, or
- You are engaged to marry or enter a civil partnership within six months of arrival in the UK
Furthermore, you will need to be able to prove that you have a good knowledge of the English language and that you can financially support yourself and any dependants.
To prove your English language ability you will likely need to complete the English language test.
Help with Family Visa Applications
UK law on immigration can be highly complex, especially when you are applying for a family visa with the aim to stay in the UK indefinitely.
With different kinds of visas for different types of family members and specific situations it can be difficult to select the visa that is applicable to you and your family.
Application Processing Times
Application processing times are lengthy and if your visa application is denied you may not always be in a position to appeal the Home Office’s decision.
Furthermore, appeal processes are extremely time consuming and are currently said to take between 6 and 12 months.
Successful Visa Applications
For the best chance at a successful outcome of your visa application within reasonable time, our solicitors can help.
With a high level of expertise and the ability to fast track applications you can be assured you are in the best hands if you choose AWH Solicitors.
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:
||From £800 + VAT|
|Points based system - applications and extensions applications|
||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|
|Application for British citizenship/children registration||£500 + VAT|
|Employers licence for businesses (online)||From £1,000 + VAT|
|Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur)||From £2,000 + VAT|
|Tier 1 extension application(Entrepreneur)||From £2,000 + VAT|
|Business audit services||Price available upon request|
|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|
Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.
The consultation fee is discounted at the end of the case if we are instructed.
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