In these unprecedented times, Axiom Stone Solicitors will, in common with other businesses, be following the Government's official advice on social distancing and social isolating.

Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

Please be assured we have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to you.

In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

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We will update this information regularly on our website (Please see COVID-19 Updates Here) and via social media.

Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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Family visas

You may be able to apply to join your spouse, partner, civil partner, fiancé, parent, or child in the UK.  You will have to meet the suitability requirements within the immigration rules, which lists the types of conduct and circumstances, which would act as a bar to your application. Typically, these include making false representations, submitting false documents, providing false information, conviction of a criminal offence and failing to comply with any Home Office request.  There are also eligibility requirements, which are distinct to each category.

We understand how stressful and difficult your immigration matter can be to you and your family however our immigration team at Axiom Stone are committed to supporting you and putting you at ease by guiding you through the process, helping you to avoid the mistakes that can lead to a refusal including performing thorough document checks and to ultimately, maximise your chances of obtaining a favourable outcome.

There are 4 ways of securing entry under the family route:

1. Spouse/partner/fiancé(e) visa:

This is a personal visa category for dependants who wish to join their spouse, partner or fiancé(e) in the UK, who are either British or settled in the UK or have refugee status or humanitarian protection.

To qualify for this visa, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Evidence of relationship: You must provide evidence to show you have met your partner in person, are married or that you are in a civil partnership.  Your relationship must be genuine and subsisting or if you are an unmarried partner, you must be in a relationship for at least 2 years.  Any previous marriage or relationship must have broken down permanently and you must intend to live with your partner permanently in the UK.

If you are applying for a fiancé(e) visa, you must be coming to the UK to enable your marriage to take place within 6 months of arriving in the UK.

  • Financial requirements: You must provide evidence (unless you are exempt) that you and your spouse or partner have a combined gross annual income of £18,600 (plus £3,800 for the first child; and £2,400 for each additional child).  This income can come from employment and self-employment.  The immigration rules also allow for cash savings, money from pension or any non-work income such as rental income to be taken into account, up to a specified limit.

You are exempt from this requirement if your sponsor or partner has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.

  • Evidence of English language: You must provide evidence that you are either a national of an English speaking country or hold a recognised qualification taught in English or have passed an English language test by a recognised provider at level B1 or above.

You are exempt from this requirement if your sponsor or partner has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.

  • Maintenance and accommodation: You must provide evidence that your spouse or partner is able to maintain and accommodate themselves and all family members adequately in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you must have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK and any accommodation must not cause overcrowding and which breaches public health regulations.

You are exempt from this requirement if your sponsor or partner has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.

Once your application is approved, you will be given an initial period of 33 months which can be extended for a further 30 months if you meet the requirements for leave to remain in the UK.  Upon completing 5 years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain followed by British citizenship.

Fiancés/fiancées on the other hand will be granted 6 months leave to enter, during which time their marriage will have to take place and once married, they may apply under the leave to remain provisions.

2. Parent visa

This route allows a parent to apply to enter the UK on the basis of their family life as a parent of a child in the UK.  It is intended for a parent who has sole responsibility for or direct access to the child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent.  The child must be under 18, British, settled, or have lived in the UK for 7 years and it would be unreasonable for them to leave the UK and return to their home country.

To qualify for this visa, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Parental responsibility: You must provide evidence to show that you either have sole parental responsibility for your child’s upbringing or that you have direct access to your child as agreed between the parents or by court order. You also need to provide evidence to show you will take an active role in your child’s upbringing after you arrive in the UK.
  • Evidence of English language: You must provide evidence that you are either a national of an English speaking country or hold a recognised qualification taught in English or have passed an English language test by a recognised provider at level B1 or above.
  • Maintenance and accommodation: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain and accommodate yourselves adequately in the UK without recourse to public funds. This means that you must have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK and any accommodation must not cause overcrowding and which breaches public health regulations.

Once your application is approved, you will be given an initial period of 33 months which can be extended for a further 30 months if you meet the requirements for leave to remain in the UK.  Upon completing 5 years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain followed by British citizenship.

3. Apply as a child 

This route is for a child who may either be in the UK or overseas and who wishes to join one of their parents in the UK who have limited leave to remain.

To qualify for this visa, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Relationship requirements: You must provide evidence that your parent has had and continues to have sole responsibility for your upbringing or that there are serious and compelling family circumstances which make it very difficult for you to be living apart from your parent.
  • Financial requirements: You must provide evidence to show that your parent has a gross annual income of £18,600 from employment, self-employment or from cash savings (to a specified limit).
  • Maintenance and accommodation: You must provide evidence that you are able to maintain and accommodate yourselves adequately in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you must have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK and any accommodation must not cause overcrowding and which breaches public health regulations.

Once your application is approved, you will be granted leave in line with your parent’s leave in the UK.  Upon completing 5 years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain followed by British citizenship.

4. Adult dependent relatives

This route is for parents, grandparents, siblings and children aged over 18 who need long-term care from their family who are British or settled in the UK.

To qualify for this visa, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Relationship requirements: You must provide evidence to show that due to your age, illness or disability, you require long-term care to perform everyday tasks and are unable, even with the financial help of your sponsor, to obtain the required level of care in your country.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence that you are able to maintain and accommodate yourselves adequately in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that your sponsor must have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK and any accommodation must not cause overcrowding and which breaches public health regulations.

Once your application is approved, you will be granted unlimited leave to remain in the UK.  Upon completing 5 years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain followed by British citizenship.

Making an application

At Axiom Stone, we work closely with our clients’ needs and objectives and achieve results in an efficient and timely manner, aiming to continue the relationship once the relevant visa has been obtained and beyond.  Our immigration team will guide you through the process step by step to ensure you are put at ease and maximise your chances of obtaining a favourable outcome.

To apply for any of the above visas or to make an enquiry, please contact us on 0207 016 9341 or by e-mail to immigration@axiomstone.co.uk to speak to our dedicated team of immigration professionals.

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