If you need advice or assistance with family and personal migration, our expert solicitors are ready to assist you. We routinely handle a large volume of family and personal immigration cases. Whilst most are straightforward, we can handle even the most complex circumstances.
Our solicitors will listen to the details of your situation and inform you of your options clearly and concisely. We will advise you on what is likely to be the most successful course of action, and take you through the entire process, keeping you informed and answering any questions you have along the way. To discuss your specific circumstances with a member of our team, contact us today by calling 0131 228 2083 for our Edinburgh office or 0141 248 6552 for our Glasgow office or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away. We regularly deal with all types of personal visas and matters, including:
Expert Family & Personal Migration Lawyers in Edinburgh and Glasgow
McGill & Co undertake a consistently large volume of family migration work. Work varies case by case, albeit with the common themes of family migration and settlement in the UK. Typically, this work will involve providing full representation to a foreign national client in a spouse visa application, guiding them through the process and advising on eligibility to make an application under the Immigration Rules. We will also assist in providing advice on documentary evidence, timings, procedures and submission of the application.
While the majority of applications are granted at the application stage, the preparation can be laborious owing to the complex and stringent nature of the Immigration Rules. These require the British sponsor to evidence a gross annual income of £18,600. The requirements under the Immigration Rules are drafted to a high specificity and list precise documentation for each type of income that a British sponsor may have. Although there is room for the decision-maker to exercise discretion in limited circumstances, often this is overlooked by the decision-maker or applied incorrectly. Applications made within the UK can be made by post, or presented at one of the seven Premium Service Centres in the UK. Applications made from overseas must be submitted at a visa application centre in the person’s home country.
Family migration can be very stressful for the individuals concerned. To them, a spouse visa is of the utmost value and importance, as failure to obtain it can interfere with and damage their family life and future life plans. Failure can also be costly, both financially and in terms of time spent waiting for a decision. Applications are subject to lengthy delay in decision-making by UK Visas and Immigration and this delay further compounds the stress that clients experience as it often entails a lengthy period of separation for spouses and partners. The work of a solicitor in these cases is invaluable to the individuals concerned. It requires strong client-management skills, combined with an attention to detail in preparing application bundles.
In the rare cases that are refused, clients are afforded a right of appeal against the decision to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber). This is a first-instance appeal court where an appeal can be heard by an independent immigration judge to determine if a refusal was correct or not. We offer representation to clients at this tribunal where necessary, though this is rare as the majority of applications are successfully issued to our clients.
The majority of the firm’s family migration work is delegated by the firm’s principals to Amna Ashraf who has taken a keen interest in this area and Iain Halliday also carries out some family migration work.
Contact our Immigration Solicitors in Edinburgh and Glasgow
We understand how important family and personal immigration issues are for our clients, and so we always strive to provide a comprehensive, efficient and superior service. With offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, we cover all areas of Scotland and throughout the UK, as well as undertaking applications for entry clearance to the UK made from abroad.
First class service with a human touch. The team were always responsive, professional and informed and went the extra mile to ensure the visa application stood the greatest chance of succeeding - Nick Prior