Family migration involves bringing family members of UK citizens and settled person to the UK. This means obtaining a visa for your spouse, fiancé(e), civil partner or cohabiting partner. Of course, it is not simply partners who form the family unit. Family applications can also be submitted for non-British children, intercountry adoptions, bereaved spouses, and parents.
The rules and policy dictate which family members are permitted to migrate to the UK, whether it is necessary for the sponsoring family member to show a particular financial position, and how long a family member must remain in the UK subject to immigration control before they can acquire permanent residence.
The evidential requirements under Appendix FM-SE of the Immigration Rules are drafted to a high specificity and list precise documentation for each type of income that a British sponsor may have. The success of applications is primarily connected to the quality of evidence and close adherence to the rules. Even minor omissions can sometimes result in a refusal which then has to be resolved by submitting a fresh application or embarking on an appeal process.
Our family migration department consistently undertakes a large volume of this work and are skilled at navigating through the stringent nature of the Immigration Rules and logistics of the application process. We understand the utmost importance and value of ensuring the applicant’s family life and future plans are not impeded in any way.
Our highly efficient family migration practice is headed by our Senior Associate, Amna Ashraf. You will see her feature in a series of webinars on the topic of family migration which are highly informative in providing an overview for those embarking on this process.
At McGill & Co, our focus is on understanding our client needs and delivering results while ensuring the process is as smooth as possible. We can assist with full representation, guiding you through the process from the very outset by assessing and advising on eligibility to make an application under the Immigration Rules, through to providing advice on documentary evidence, timings, procedures and submission of the application. We also offer a checking service for those that require less assistance. The initial enquiry can be made using our contact us page.