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How To Apply For An ILR Based On Domestic Violence

ILR Based On Domestic Violence

How to apply for an ILR based on domestic Violence

 

What is Domestic violence?

The Home Office defines domestic violence as ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling,
coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or
have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’. Some types of
domestic violence are listed below:

-emotional

-financial

-sexual

-psychological

-physical

 

To make a successful application for ILR Based On Domestic Violence route applicants must make sure they meet the below mentioned criteria:

 

  • Applicants must apply online using SET (DV) application form and make a valid application.
  • Applicants must be physically present in the UK.
  • Applicants must meet the suitability and eligibility criteria for this immigration route.
    Eligibility criteria set out in Appendix FM:
  • The applicant must be in the UK as a spouse or partner of a British national or someone who is
    present, settled in the UK with indefinite leave to remain. Applicants on fiancé (e), civil partner,
    student route visa or other limited leave status will not be eligible for this route.
    The applicant must provide supporting evidence to prove that their and their partner’s relationship
    has broken down permanently as a result of domestic abuse.
    Below is a non-exclusive list of supporting documents to prove domestic violence mentioned in the
    ‘Victims of domestic and abuse’ published guidance by the Home Office:
    -Criminal conviction
    -Police caution
    -Police report
    -Charging decision
    -A final order
    -Arrest
    -A letter from an organisation supporting victims of domestic violence
    -Medical report from a medical professional
    -Letter from the relevant authorities (social services/ welfare officers)
    -Documentation provide your domestic violence accounts (letters/ personal statements/witness
    statements/ photos/ recordings/ texts)
    Suitability criteria

The applicant’s character must not be conducive to the public good and their behaviour must not
relate to criminality or bad character.

Application fees and fee waivers

The current application fee for Indefinite Leave to Remain under Domestic Violence route using SET
(DV) application form is £2,389 per applicant.

If an applicant is financially unstable and unable to pay for their application, they can submit their
application without paying the set application fee if they are ‘destitute’ according to the Home
Office.

The Home Office provides clear guidance on who is classified as ‘destitute’:

  • Where applicants do not have enough money to support themselves
  • Where applicants cannot meet their essential living needs
  • Where applicants do not have adequate accommodation
  • Applicants with very low income
    The applicant must provide supporting evidence in the form of bank statements, utility bills, tenancy
    agreements, pay slips, local authority letters confirming financial support and other relevant
    documentation to prove that they have no means to pay the specified fee.
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British National Overseas BNO

British National Overseas BNO

 

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Following the announcement of national security law in Hong Kong, a new visa route was launched called the British National Overseas BNO. There are eligibility, suitability and validity requirements that applicants must meet to apply for this immigration route. A detailed information on the requirements and application process is provided below. 

 

 

What is British National Overseas (BNO)?

On 31 January 2021, the UK opened a Hong Kong British National Overseas BNO that is only available to British Nationals Overseas and their immediate family members. Eligible applicants can apply from outside or inside the UK.

The BNO visa allows individuals to live, study and work in the UK.

 

 

Who is eligible?

 

You can apply for a BNO visa if you are:

 

a British National Overseas who’s permanent home is in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Hong Kong. 

18 years old or older 

 

If you meet the above-mentioned criteria, your family members can also apply for a BNO visa as your ‘dependants’ provided the applicants can show that they are living together and show proof of relationship. You and your family members must apply together. 

 

A dependant family member can include your:

 

Spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner provided both sides can prove that you are in a subsisting relationship and have been living together for at least 2 years 

 

Child/stepchild or grandchild under 18 years. Children under 18 years will need to apply with both of their parents unless one parent or grandparent has sole responsibility for them. Additional documentation will be required to prove that only one adult is the sole carer of the child

 

Child 18 years of age or older, born on or after 1 July 1997 (and their parent or child under 18 years of age) 

 

Adult dependent relatives. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings or children 18 years of age or older, provided you are living together, they are not independent and require your assistance and care. The adult dependent relative must be highly dependent on the main BNO applicant due to their age, medical condition or disability. Sufficient evidence is required to prove that the adult relative will not be provided with the same day-to-day help, care and support in Hong Kong if the main applicant moved to the UK because it is not available or affordable. If the adult relative is your child or sibling, they must live with the main applicant when making the application. Parents and grandparents do not need to live in the same household. If parents and grandparents are living as couples, they must apply together to come to the UK. 

 

 

How to apply?

 

Applications made outside the UK where your permanent home is Hong Kong. 

 

Applications made outside the UK must be submitted online. 

 

Before applying for British National (Overseas), you must make sure you’ve checked you are eligible for this visa route and collated your supporting evidence and documentation to apply. You might want to speak with one of our experienced immigration advisors who will advise you on the merits of your application. 

 

Each family member needs to make their own separate application. Your family members must apply at the same time as you. The main applicant needs to submit their application first. Once this is done, your family members should apply within 24 hours. After submission, the main applicant will be provided with a unique reference number called Global Web Form (GWF). The family members will need to state the main applicant’s reference number in their visa application. 

 

You will be required to upload your supporting documentation online with your visa application and you are also advised to bring all supporting documents (originals and copies) to your biometrics appointment. 

Once the application is submitted online, you will be redirected to a partner website called VFS.global where you will be required to book your biometrics appointment at a visa application centre. Your biometrics information includes your fingerprints and photographs. 

 

A decision on your visa application will be made within 12 weeks from the date of your biometrics appointment. You will get a letter stating the outcome of your application. The letter will cover what you need to do next. Once your visa application is successful, you will be issued with an entry clearance vignette valid for 90 days and you must travel to the UK within the validity of your entry clearance. The decision letter will also provide information about your biometric residence permit (BRP) collection point. 

 

Applications made within the UK

 

Applications made within the UK must be submitted online. 

If you’ve met the eligibility requirements for this visa route, you can switch to British National (Overseas) if you are already present in the UK on a different UK visa and you can apply by 31 March 2021. 

 

After you submit your online visa application and upload your supporting documentation, you will need to book your biometrics appointment at UKVCAS service point. You are advised to bring all supporting documentation (originals and copies) to your biometrics appointment. 

 

Applicants are not advised to travel outside the UK until a decision is made on their pending application. 

 

A decision on your visa application will be made within 12 weeks from the date of your biometrics appointment. 

Once your visa application is successful, you will be provided with a letter confirming the details of your biometric residence permit (BRP) collection point.

 

The BBC has covered this in their article here

 

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How To Apply For UK’s Points Based System

UK Points Based System
UK Points Based System
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How To Apply For UK’s Points Based System?

The newly introduced point-based system has been different from the previous ones. As a potential immigrant you would need to be aware of where you stand and what has to be done. Having clarity on these would improve your chances of immigration to the UK.

Anyone who is looking to immigrate to the United Kingdom would have a fair share of questions which we aim to answer in this post. These answers would enable you to not just understand the system better but also put forward your best case in a bid to attain immigration. 

We look at what the UK point based system for 2021 is, who can be eligible, and how to apply for the same. This way you would have all the necessary information handy. We also look at how the Brexit agreement would affect you as a potential immigrant. 

In order to understand all the details provided below you should be aware of what the system is all about. This step-by-step guide would ensure that you are educated enough about the UK’s points based system 2021.

What is the UK’s Points Based System?

Anyone looking to migrate to the UK to work and live and gain permanent residency will now have to apply via UK’s points based system that will award points for different factors such as age, qualification, work experience, job offer etc. Candidates have to score a total of 70 points more on this later.

If you are an EEA national who is already living in the United Kingdom by 31st of December 2020 this point based system is not applicable to you. You have the right and can continue to work even in 2021 up to the 30th of June in the United Kingdom. 

Your employers are obligated to accept your National Identity Cards as well as Passports until this time. This is however, just a transition phase measure which everyone would have to be well aware of. 

Employers tend to hire skilled workers from around the world based on this point system that is floated by the government. This acts as a means of regulating who is allowed to work in the United Kingdom with all the legalities covered. 

In case someone is not able to meet all the requirements they would not be eligible to come the United Kingdom directly on a work visa. So, it is imperative that you have all the mandatory areas covered before you start looking at optional ones to attain points that is required in the UK. 

Who is eligible for the UK’s Points based system?

An applicant needs to score a total of 70 points for different elements in order to qualify. These points are made up by factors thats are mandatory and non mandatory. An applicant must meet the mandatory points as mentioned in the points table below before they can look at the non-mandatory points which can be traded with one another.

Skilled workers planning to work in the United Kingdom would have to follow the below criteria to ensure that they meet all requirements. There are no shortcuts about it and the below table makes everything crystal clear for everyone. 

Requirement Not Tradable/Tradable with Other Specific Requirements Number of Points
The employer should provide you with an offer of appointment. The employer should also be an approved sponsor. No 20
Availing the employment with the appropriate skill level. No 20
Fluency in spoken English and ability to understand.  No 10
For people with salary anywhere between £20,480 and £23,039 Yes 0
For people with salary anywhere between £23,040 and £25,599 Yes 10
If your salary is £25,600 or over Yes 20
If you are having an employment with an occupation which as a scarcity as nominated by the Migration Advisory Committee. Yes 20
If you have an academic qualification which is a PhD having a subject that is relevant to whatever employment that you have taken up. Yes 10
If you have an education qualification that is a PhD in a STEM subject which is relevant to the employment. Yes 20

Anyone who chooses to apply would need to have 70 points. Among these 70 points your mandatory requirement would be of 50 which cannot be traded with anything else. However, you have 20 points that can be tradable with others to work in the UK.  

There are 5 tiers that the point-based system is comprised of for people aspiring to work in the United Kingdom. They have been categorized into various categories in accordance to employment, investment, and others. 

You would have to be aware that an employer should be registered with the HomeOffice’s register of tier 2 sponsors. Only these are capable of providing you with sponsorship that carries the mandatory 20 points that is required. 

If you visit the register of sponsors you would be able to get a list of the employers or organisations that are registered with them. The regulations were put in place for the register of sponsors from the 31st of March 2009. 

How To Apply For UK’s Points Based System?

There are a few steps that can give you clarity on how you can go about applying for a UK visa. With these details you would know what you already have and what you need to acquire before you become eligible for a work permit to the United Kingdom. 

  • To apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you need to:

    You will be able to save your application and come back to it at another time if you need to.

There are some basic requirements that you would need for applying for a United Kingdom visa. These are irrelevant of whatever type of visa you apply for and includes employment, business, and student visa. The requirements are as follows:

  • A completed application form depending on the visa that you are applying for. You can either choose to complete the application process online or have a manual one filled up and submitted. However, the online version of the form is easier by all means for anyone. 
  • Two photographs that are in specifications with the size and colour that is required by the government of the United Kingdom. 
  • You should possess a passport issued by your home country or residing country. The passport should essentially have a blank page and should be valid for 3 months after your planned departure from the United Kingdom. 
  • The applicant would also have to prove that they are able to take care of them financially while in the United Kingdom. This can include your pay slips, bank statements, and other income related documents. 
  • You should also possess a document that show where you are likely to stay while in the United Kingdom. It is not imperative that you pay in full for this accommodation while applying for the visa.
  • A detailed travel plan or itinerary should be provided while at the time of applying. This should include dates, places, appointments, and other details which would be scrutinised before your visa is granted or approved. 
  • People traveling from certain countries would have to provide test results of tuberculosis too. 
  • The biometric information is something that you would require to submit if your planned stay exceeds 6 months in the United Kingdom. 
  • You should also provide them with the receipt that states that you have already paid for your UK visa application.

Conclusion

Irrelevant of your current status in the country that you belong to there are these things that you would have to furnish. Only upon qualifying on all these aspects you would be granted a visa for an entry into the United Kingdom.   

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UK Spouse Visa Extension.

Those who wish to continue in UK after 30 months by which time their UK Spouse Visa expires, can apply for extension of their UK Spouse Visa. After obtaining the visa extension they can live in UK along with their spouse or partner for another 30 months. They can apply for visa extension at the Home Office for which they have to pay £1,033 as Extension Visa Fees. While applying for Visa Extension also the applicant is required to fulfil the minimum financial requirements. The applicant and his/her spouse/partner together should have an annual income not less than £18,600. Those who have children are required to earn extra £3,800  for first child and additional £2,400  for each additional child.

UK Spouse Visa is valid for 30 months only. One can apply for visa extension after 2.5 years. The application is to be made at the Home Office. For extension of the visa the applicant has to pay £1,033 as Extension Fees. The applicant has to fulfil the same financial requirements that they fulfilled while applying for UK Spouse Visa. The application will be processed after paying the visa extension fees and on submitting the necessary documents to prove that the minimum financial requirements are fulfilled.

Since the UK Spouse Visa expires after 2.5 years, one has to apply for visa extension. After obtaining the visa extension he/she can continue in UK for another 30 months. The application for Extension along with the supporting documents are to be submitted at the Home Office. An amount of £1,033 is to be paid as Visa Extension Fees.

For more information on UK Spouse Visa extension you can visit here

Here is an interesting article on Spouse Visa

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English Language Requirement For Spouse Visa

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In this post we will discuss English Language requirement for the UK Spouse / Partner Visa route.

The UK Home Office introduced English Language requirement as part of the immigration process in November 2010. Although this was initially introduced for selected few visa application types, it is now widely used under multiple visa categories as a general requirement to reduce burden on UK tax payers and promote easy integration of migrants into the society.

Who needs to meet the English Language Requirement for a UK Spouse Visa and UK Partner Visa category?

English language requirement applies to: 

  • Leave to remain as a spouse or civil partner
  • Leave to remain as an unmarried or same sex partner
  • Entry clearance as a partner
  • Entry clearance as a spouse

What is the level of English language requirement for UK Spouse visa and partner visa?

Most applicants are required to meet CEFR Level A1 or A2 (unless exempt: more on this later)
 

All entry clearance or initial leave application for UK Spouse visa need a minimum of CEFR level A1 (unless exempt)

All applications for leave to remain where previously exempt from A1 or were last granted visa as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner also need to meet the CEFR level A1 (unless exempt)

All UK Spouse visa applications for leave to remain where last granted visa with A1, which expires on or after 1 May 2017 need to meet the CEFR Level A2 (unless exempt)

Note: THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR A UK SPOUSE VISA is only applicable to the main applicant and not the dependents

Where can you take the English Language Test for UK Spouse Visa?

Applicant has to take a test at one of the approved UK English Language test centre

You can only take an SELT with one of the following providers:

  • IELTS SELT Consortium (UK or overseas)
  • LanguageCert (UK or overseas)
  • Trinity College London (UK only)
  • Pearson (UK and overseas)
  • PSI Services (UK) Ltd (overseas only)

The approved IELTS SELT Consortium tests are:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • Life Skills

The approved LanguageCert tests are:

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (Speaking and Listening)

The approved Trinity College London tests are:

  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
  • Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

The approved Pearson tests are:

  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Home

The approved PSI Services (UK) Ltd tests are:

  • Skills for English UKVI (4 component)
  • Skills for English UKVI (2 component)

Click HERE to download a list of approved secure English language test for UK Spouse Visa (in the UK) OR Click HERE to download a list of approved secure English language test for UK Spouse Visa (Outside the UK)
 Besides taking the test there are other ways to meet the English Language Requirement for a UK SPOUSE visa application. 1) If you are an national of a majority English speaking country (more on this later) 2) You have formal education at a Bachelor or Masters level awarded in the UK or where the qualification is awarded abroad and this is recognised by UK NARIC of equivalent to Bachelor or Masters level.

Exemption from english language requirement for uk spouse visa is applied under following conditions:

  • If the applicant is aged 65 and over at the time of their UK Spouse Visa application
  • They have disability that stops them from meeting the English Language requirement for spouse visa
  • Under exceptional circumstances

Following nationals can claim exemption from English language requirement for a UK spouse visa under majority English speaking countries?

Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America.

It is important that you take the right test at an authorised centre to meet the English language requirement for a UK Spouse visa to avoid refusal. If you have any specific questions about how to meet this requirement or general requirement for a uk spouse visa you can read our comprehensive post here. Why not speak to one of our registered immigration advisor about your application by asking a free call back below

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UK Spouse Visa Fee

UK Spouse Visa Fee. The above video explains the total cost involved in getting a UK Spouse Visa. Please note these are subject to change by the Home Office at any time. For latest information on the cost of UK Spouse Visa can be found here.

Main charges are:

For Entry Clearance Spouse Visa (Those Applying from Abroad): £1523

Immigration Health Surcharge £1200

For those applying for a UK Spouse Visa Extension (within the UK) the fee is £1054

Immigration Health Surcharge (Within the UK) £1000

Biometric Enrolment Fee.

We might also want to consider fees if you wish to engage a UK Immigration Lawyer to represent your case. The typical fee for this service start from £850. Although this is optional it is highly recommended to engage this service considering the large amounts of Home Office fees involved and these are non-refundable if your application is refused.

In addition to the fees applicant applying for a UK Spouse Visa are required to meet financial criteria to satisfy the Home Office that you are in a position to support your potential wife/husband/partner. These mainly are to evidence that you earn a salary of minimum £18600 or have cash savings of at least £62500. These can be higher if you have children in the application.

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Here are some additional tips for those coming from abroad on a UK Spouse Visa

UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained.

UK Entry Clearance Refusal

 

“UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained” is an brief attempt to help individuals applying for a UK Visa.

 

It can be quite difficult to understand why your UK Entry Clearance application was refused and you surely want to learn more about how to go about re-applying without making the same mistakes on your application. Or perhaps you are about to make your application for a UK Entry Clearance and you want to get it right the first time.

 

 

UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained in this post will help you do exactly that.

 

There are 2 main categories under which a UK Entry Clearance application can be refused. These are broadly classified as:

 

A) Mandatory refusal.
B) Discretionary refusal.

 

 

Lets dive deeper into each of the above types.

 

 

Mandatory refusal of an entry clearance application is a hard refusal where the deciding officer has to refuse your application on grounds of not meeting the application criteria. The reasons under this category are quite straightforward as to why an application will be refused. 

 

  • Entry clearance: mandatory refusals

  • Entry for purpose not covered by the rules

  • Deportation order or conviction

  • Overseas criminal record certificates: no longer GGFR

  • Failure to produce valid passport or travel documentation

  • Exclusion by Secretary of State

  • Deception

  • Document examination (DER) and verification reports (DCR)

  • EEA family permits

  • Previous breach of UK Immigration Rules

Discretionary refusal is when the officer can consider whether the circumstances allow him or her to use their discretion while making the decision to refuse. These are quite tricky and one has to learn as much in order to prepare the best application.

 

  • Required information not provided

  • Returning resident: paragraph 18 not met 
  • Returning resident away for more than two years

  • Passport authority not recognised by UK government

  • Contriving to frustrate the immigration rules

  • No ability to return or be accepted elsewhere

  • No written sponsor undertaking Child under 18, no parent or guardian written consent
  • Criminal convictions

  • Refusal conducive to public good

 

 

It can be quite daunting when it comes to making an UK Visa application and it is important that you prepare your application to the highest standard. Please do your research before you apply or consider getting professional help from registered immigration consultant here. Detailed information can be found on UK Government website here.

 

 

Hope you have found this post “UK Entry Clearance Refusals Explained” helpful.

UK SPOUSE VISA DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist

The above UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist infographic explains the most important documents required for a UK Spouse visa application. This is not an exhaustive uk spouse visa document checklist and the full requirement for the application can be found here. Please note the requirements mentioned in this post are correct and up to date when this post was produced. One must always check for the latest requirements by visiting the Home Office website.

Alternatively you can seek help from a registered Immigration Adviser. The OISC, maintains a register of the immigration advisers that they regulate where you can find a suitable adviser. We are one of the recognised advisers who have filed hundreds of uk spouse visa applications and have a 100% success rate.

We understand how important it is for your spouse to join you in the UK and the process of getting a uk spouse visa is not as straight forward as it used to be few years ago. To make it worst the UK government charges substantial amount in application fee, so it is paramount that you get the application right the first time.

We offer a FREE 15 minutes call with one of our registered advisers who have years of experience dealing with these applications and have been vetted by the regulatory body to meet the highest standards when it comes to representing clients with their uk spouse visa application. Please click on this link to request a free call and we will get back to you within 24 hours (usually a lot quicker) to arrange a time where we can discuss your uk spouse visa application and answer any queries you may have.

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UK Points Based System 2021 Calculator

UK point based system 2021 calculator

What is UK’s Points Based System?

The UK now treats EU and non EU citizens equally in the wake of the points based system. This means every immigrant who wishes to come to the UK now stands an equal chance of getting in based purely on merit. 

The UK points based system has been introduced from 1st January 2021. This system aims at attracting highly skilled people and looks towards upgrading the overall economy. Fair trade of skills will lead to a booming and diverse economy. These things are very important for a Country’s growth. Keep reading to know how you can participate in this economy and build a future for yourself just on the basis of merit and some professional help from us. 

Under this system anyone coming to the UK has to gain a certain number of points and their job needs to meet the required salary criteria. 

What is the eligibility criteria?

The eligibility completely depends on the points obtained and a few key factors. 

Key Criteria: 

First and foremost, A Job Sponsor in the UK (mandatory): Having a job sponsor in the UK is the key determining factor when it comes to securing a skills based entry in the country. Having a job offer is mandatory as per the rules.  

Job at Appropriate Skill Level (mandatory): The job that you get has to be at RQF3 level or equivalent as per the eligible skills. Contact us to fast track your skill verification with our expert consultants and get started with your application. The sooner you begin the better it is. Sometimes people have multiple skills and one skill is more valued in the UK over the other. Our consultants help you understand the best option and go ahead with the process.

English Language (mandatory): Every applicant must be proficient in the English language in order to be eligible for immigration into the UK. This is mandatory for easy integration into the country and furthering the economy frictionlessly. 

Charges: 

  1. Immigration Skills Charge: This is the charge paid by your EMPLOYER to get you employed. Make sure this is clear with your employer before as anyone with ill intention might put this charge on you or not pay this at all causing further trouble. Here an intermediary institution like 1 Absolute Advisor can help secure your interests by verifying the validity and payment status with immigration and government authorities. 

  2. Immigration Health Surcharge: This is the fees paid by the applicant up front in order to avail services from National Health Services departments on arrival same as any British citizen. 

Maintenance Funds: Every applicant must be able to demonstrate that they have enough funds in order to survive in the UK for their duration of the stay. This is done partly in the form of savings and partly in the form of salary expected. Our experts can help you figure this out on a FREE Callback as any issues in the ability to show maintenance funds and survivability can cause the application to be rejected. 

Biometrics: Every applicant has to provide their biometrics as a part of the immigration process. 

How can I get 70 points for UK visa?

With the mandatory requirements of job from a licensed sponsor, appropriate skill level and english language, you automatically secure 50 points. Getting the remaining 20 points for qualification can be done in 3 prominent ways: 

  1. Salary of £25,600 or above or at least the going rate for the profession

  2. Job in a shortage occupation as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee

  3. PhD in a subject relevant to the job / PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job

The process seems simple but you really need to focus on making sure you meet all the criteria and qualify in the first go since a lot of applicants are applying for the same job and increasing competition. It becomes mission critical to get in the first time and is best done in association with a professional consultant like ours or any other agency which can provide years of experience at your disposal. 

Immigrating into the UK is highly competitive and you need all the help you can get. 

How to Apply for UK Points Based visa?

Application process is pretty simple compared to the complexities involved in the actual qualification process. You need to submit your biometrics and photograph and fill the application along with paying the fees. All of this can be done online or at an overseas visa application center. 

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen, you don’t need to provide biometrics and can upload the digital photo of yourself via a smart device. 

What is the fee for UK points based visa?




Fees for application is around £232 up to over a grand. A complete list of charges can be found here: 



Along with this, the healthcare surcharge mentioned above is at £624 per year and has to be paid up front during the time of application for the points based system. This ensures you get all the basic NHS facilities that are available to British Citizen. This fees has to be paid every year for yourself as well as any dependent that you bring along. 

Maintenance amount to demonstrate your ability to support yourself stands at £1,270 available when you arrive in the UK. This is very much mandatory for the government to know that you won’t default on your payments till your sponsor starts paying your salary. 



What is a shortage occupation list?

The shortage occupation list has all the occupations that are currently in demand for the specific Areas in the UK. People having the professions listed on this list get an additional 20 points and can easily get the needed 70 points as required by the points system. 

The jobs that fall under the shortage occupation list are the ones that need to be supplemented on an urgent basis into the economy for an overall growth of the country. These occupations are literal building blocks of the forth coming economy that the UK government has envisioned. Hence this list is created for ease of recruitment of the right talent in the right areas of the UK.

Is my job on shortage occupation list?

Many jobs are on the shortage list but the areas where they are available may vary. Here is the shortage occupation list: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skilled-worker-visa-shortage-occupations/skilled-worker-visa-shortage-occupations

There is a separate list for medical and health care professionals that can be found within this list. Sometimes people having jobs and experience in these fields are also reluctant in asking for a proper salary when coming from outside the UK. This can lead to incomplete points if the sponsor does not pay the proper salary. Get a quick Call back from our experts to understand your position and eligibility on the shortage occupation list. 

What is the minimum salary requirement?

Salary of £25,600 is the minimum to qualify for the points based system. Even if the going rate of the applicant’s occupation is below this it should not be below £20,480 for a good application. 

In special cases some applicants can have tradable skills that compensate for the salary but this information is better understood directly from a qualified consultant. You can easily get a free call back for your queries regarding salary related queries. Salary is a key factor in determining the ease of your qualification to getting into the UK and it is best understood from a qualified professional as per your particular case. 

UK points based system for international students

If you are an International student in the UK starting Summer of 2021, you will be eligible to get a 2 year Graduate Visa. This allows you to stay and work in the UK for 2 years without any sponsorships at any skill level. In addition, if you are completing your PHD from the UK you get to stay in the country for 3 years instead and find skilled jobs. 


In all, the Points based system is a win win for both the applicants and the UK. 

 

Here is a good article from BBC on the new points based system.

 

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10 Tips For UK Spouse Visa Application

UK Spouse visa is a vital part of a married couple’s life where one of the spouse is a British Citizen and the other spouse wants to join them in the UK. The immigration department is very strict about who gets to enter as a spouse and takes every case through a rigorous test. The interviews can get too personal too quick and the wake up calls can be harsh. Also, if you fail to get a visa the first time around, the consecutive trials only become that much harder. This is why it really helps to have an expert solicitor and consultant in your
stride from the beginning.

1 Check the ‘settled status’ of your British partner

First and foremost, you have to check the actual status of your partner in the UK. A basic overlooking of this can cost a fortune. Make sure to verify their documents before even thinking to apply as any kind of failure to comply with the laws will make things hard on

your part. The things that can be looked at to verify this are

a. British citizenship documents

b. Proof of permanent Residence in the UK

c.Settled Status using IRL Visa route

d. Having Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection in the UK

This will be the most vital aspect for those who are moving newly to the UK and want a spouse visa to the UK as soon as possible.

2 Marry legally, not just traditionally

UK immigration has very clear procedure when it comes to recognising the marriage between a couple. The marriage or civil partnership outside the UK has to take place in the right manner as per the immigration requirements. A partnership without any documentations or completed legal formalities will be looked upon dimly. The resident partner needs to provide the appropriate documents for application approval.

3 Gain Command over English Language ‘before’ applying

One of the basic requirements of emigrating to the UK on a spouse visa is that the partner must have a good knowledge of english, both spoken and written. And no matter how good your english is, it wont matter unless you can prove it some how. Some ways to quantify your claim of having a good english are:

a. Take an English test with at least CEFR A1 in speaking and listening

b. Provide Academic Qualifications that are recognised by UK NARIC

Pro tip 1: For UK NARIC, providing a UK based address will reduce processing time

Pro tip 2: Nationals of USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, along with some other, don’t need to prove their knowledge of English language

4 Switching Visa type within the UK

If you are already in the UK on a different visa, and wish to switch to Spouse Visa due to marriage with a British Citizen, simply switching your visa is also an approach to getting a Spouse Visa.

The following categories of other Visa holders are most common to switch:

a. Tier 4 Student Visa Holders

b. Tier 5 (Mobility) Visa Holders

c. Leave to Remain holder who has completed 6 months

You might also get an Indefinite Leave to Remain after Marriage within the UK sooner if you stay on your current Visa.

What does not qualify for switching is clearly a Visitor Visa. But in case you are one of the few who has fallen in love with a British Citizen on your visit to the UK, contact our expert consultants for more details on solving this complexity.

5 Have a combined income of more than £18,600 a year

This is a quick one, and like the most basic thing to include in your check list. This is a mandatory requirement for a couple and this increases in case you have children who are going to relocate along with you. Unless you have a special case that breaches the Article 8 of European Convention on Human Rights, this requirement is more or less set in stone. So make sure to clear this off your plate before planning your move.
Pro tip 3: If the applicant or sponsor get academic maintenance grant or stipend, it can be shown as a source of income. A tax-free grant of £15,800 will be enough to meet the financial requirement of £18,600

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6 Prepare for Interview and Procure Needed Documents

This goes without saying, but always keep consistent records of all your financial dealings. Specially if you wish to apply for a Spouse visa in the UK. Preparation is the key to having a smooth sailing interview with the officers in charge of your case file. As discussed earlier, the immigration department is really strict about who they allow in the country via Spouse Visa. The more the preparedness, the easier it will be to answer queries raised by the department.

If you are called for an interview make sure your submitted documents are available as needed. It wont make the best impression to spend 5 minutes trying to find the original of a photocopy, specially given the over-worked nature of the immigration department.

Pro Tip 4: Categorising your documents based on priority will be helpful: MARRIAGE PROOF | ENGLISH QUALIFICATION | MESSAGES WITH SPOUSE | LEGAL DOCUMENTS

7 Demonstrate your Intent to Stay together

Your case immediately gains a ton of attention and seriousness from the authorities if you can show them you are serious about being a well contributing citizen of the UK. Having a future goal in the country in terms of career is for sure a good thing to have, but you also have to prove your seriousness of being in the relationship permanently with your spouse. In that case the UK spouse visa will require a good deal of thought before application. Anything that shows you two love each other or are well binded by other forces such as family, common friends, work circle and personal interests will be welcome. Have screenshots of whatsapp messages and such other things to back up your claims if
necessary.
Pro tip 5: You can show good faith by having joint bank accounts and investing in real estate properties together. This shows your long term commitments, but don’t over-do it

8 The older the relation, the better it will be

The older your relationship is, the better it is for the application process. UK Spouse Visa has a requirement of relationship to have been about 2 years old at least, so anything older is just another add-on that supports your case. This doesn’t mean being child-hood sweethearts will increase your chances automatically, but it will definitely make a better case than a more recent encounter. Providing proofs of your chats and other correspondence will also be effective in this case.
Pro tip 6: Generate social media proof of your association by uploading pictures together. Well documented social media accounts can help a lot. Specially on platforms like Instagram where the date of posting is not modifiable. Use your already existing account to strengthen your case

9 Show criminal records, if any

More harm comes form hiding information that the immigration department can discover, and finds out you have lied about. It is not okay to have a criminal record in the first place, but it is worse to try and hide it. Only serious criminals and those who are serious offenders will face any resistance. But they are not really the kind who come to another country on a Spouse Visa. And getting parking tickets is not really something that will hold a serious threat to admission into a country.

10 Hire a Consultant

A UK Spouse Visa is an important application and needs serious consideration and expertise when applying the very first time. A consulting immigration expert and solicitor will be able to guide you in the application process flawlessly and help you at every step.The investment in finding such expert help is priceless when compared to the value of being able to take comfort in the knowledge that your application is being handled by professionals. It also increases your chances.

Pro tip 7: Hire our expert help in your UK spouse visa application and have more confidence!

Having someone by your side is always a good strategy. We have helped thousands of applicants with their UK Spouse Visa.

These are the top 10 tips for a UK spouse visa from other countries.

As an additional give-away, here is a quick list of all the documents needed for your UK Spouse Visa Application:

  •  Proof of English language requirement.
  •  Proof of financial means.
  •  Proof of relationship as photos of you two together, etc.
  •  Valid passport with at least an empty page along with Your previous passports
  •  Two passport-sized colour photos that are in line with the requirements
  •  Your national insurance number
  •  Your parents’ date of birth and nationality (if you’re applying from outside the UK)
  •  Proof of accommodation
  •  Biometric information
  •  Details of any previous immigration applications, if any.
  •  Certificate of criminal record
  •  Proof of paid spouse visa fees.

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