Yes. You can expedite the processing time of an application. However, this applied only for limited visa categories, and you must pay an additional fee. You can find more info about expediting UK visa applications here.
I am an EU national. Can my non-EEA national mother come to the UK?
Yes. A non-EEA national who is the direct family member of an EU national can enter the UK on the grounds of joining the EU national. You can see EUSS Family Members.
No. Working in the UK without a permit to do so is a criminal offence, which can be prosecuted.
I was convicted for a minor sentence; will this affect my application to enter the UK?
Yes. A criminal offence, however minor, can have a negative impact on your visa application to enter the UK. Please contact one of our specialists for a detailed consultation before making an application.
A person subject to deportation is a foreign national (or his family member) that has committed a criminal offence, and who has been deemed a danger to the public good by the Secretary of State.
A person subject to removal is a foreign national (or his family member) who has been requested to leave the UK as a result of overstaying his leave or being in breach of his immigration rules and conditions.
An IHS fee will always apply if you are a non-EEA national who wishes to enter the UK to study, work or join a family member for longer than 6 months. You still need to pay even if you have private medical insurance. Further information can be found on IHS Guidance.
If you are outside the UK and have a query about your visa application, you can contact the Home Office by visiting here.
Yes. Should you wish to cancel your visa application, may do so by contacting the Home Office either by filling in a form or by direct contact. Please note that once the cancellation request has been forwarded, you cannot stop the cancellation. You can find further info on canceling visas here.
If your visa is taking longer than expected, it is usually due to the complex nature of your application. If you wish to contact the Home Office in regards to your application, you can do so at gov.uk.
The Home Office can be contacted by visiting gov.uk or by phone at 0300 123 2241.
If you have submitted an application online within the UK, you will be requested to submit your supporting documents on the UKVCAS’s portal prior to attending your biometric appointment. If you have not done so, the officer assisting you at your appointment will advise you to submit the scan of your documents on the same portal before 22:00 hrs on the same day. If you omit the submission of the documents, depending on your circumstances, you might either be requested to post the relevant documents or your leave may be refused.
No. We do not assist with legal aid cases. You may find a list of legal aid providers here.
We provide a free 15 mins complimentary initial phone consultation. If you require any further advice, you may book an appointment with us.
Sopra Steria is the UKVI’s official website on which you can book an appointment to enroll your biometric information and have your supporting documents checked. You can visit their website here.
You may be able to attend a free appointment; however, usually, closer dates are provided at additional cost. Unfortunately, there is no way to find out until you have submitted your application and are redirected to book your appointment slot. You may find more info about booking an appointment here.
The Home Office provides numerous Visa Application Centers for you to attend your submission appointment. You may search and select the nearest to you once you have submitted your online application and have been redirected to book your appointment slot. The visa application centers are called UKVCAS and you may find more information about attending an appointment on their website.
If you cannot attend a submission appointment you must notify the Home Office. You can do so on your UKVCAS sopra steria portal. Further guidance is set out on their website.
Your visa may be invalidated if you stop living in the UK for a period of 2 years or longer. This will also apply to foreign nationals holding settled status. Exceptions may apply. If you are unsure whether your visa has lapsed, please contact us at 0330 058 3929.
If my current leave is expired and I made an application on the same day of expiry, and I do not have an outcome yet, am I an overstayer?No. If you have made an application for extension on the same day of your visa expiry, you will not be considered an overstayer. Your right to remain will be automatically renewed under s3C of the Immigration Act 1971.
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