Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors provides legal advice and representation in all immigration applications to the UK Border Agency, including:
More specifically we can assist with applications in the following categories:
- Entry clearance and leave to enter applications (visa applications);
- Further leave to remain (extension applications);
- Indefinite leave to remain (settlement applications);
- Claims for recognition as a refugee;
- Claims for protection under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);
- Appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT);
- Applications for bail (both to chief immigration officers and the AIT).
- Visitors (including business, medical and family visitors).
- Dependant relatives.
- Certificate of approval for marriages in the UK.
- Applications relating to married, unmarried, civil and engaged partners.
- Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of marriage to or civil partnership with a British citizen;
- Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of employment (eg work permit holders and HSMP participants);
- Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of 10 years lawful residence in the UK.
- Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of 14 years unlawful residence in the UK.
- Indefinite leave to remain on behalf of persons exempt from immigration control (eg members of the Armed Forces and diplomats).
- Applications for humanitarian protection and discretionary leave;
- Registration certificates for EEA family members of EEA nationals.
- Residence cards for non-EEA family members of EEA nationals.
- Residence stamps for non-EEA family member of Accession State nationals.
- Applications for registration certificate under the Workers Registration Scheme for nationals of Accession States.
- Applications relating to inter-country adoptions.
- Postgraduate doctors and dentists.
- Student nurses.
- Applications based on clinical attachments, dental observer posts and PLAB tests.
- Au pairs.
- Applications for leave to enter or remain in order to exercise rights of access to a UK resident child.
- Regularisation of immigration status under the UK Border Agency Policy.
Our immigration solicitors provide legal advice and representation in all business immigration applications to the UK Border Agency, in particular:
- Applications for a sponsor licence under the Points-Based System.
- Tier 2 of the Points-Based System applications (replacing the Work Permit scheme), including:
- Inter-company transfers;
- Senior board-level posts;
- Shortage occupations;
- Tier 1 (General) - replacing the "Highly Skilled Migrant Programme".
- Tier 1 (Investor) - replacing the "Investor" category
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) - replacing the "Entrepreneur" and "Innovator" category.
- Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) - replacing the "International Graduates Scheme".
- Applications under EC Association Agreements.
- Business visitors.
Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors immigration team has extensive knowledge of the immigration appeal process and members have gained invaluable experience from representing individuals.
- Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors has a dedicated team specialising in immigration appeals. Provided there is a right of appeal arising from the relevant decision, an individual can appeal against a negative decision of the UK Border Agency (commonly referred to as "the Home Office") to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Our immigration lawyers routinely assist clients with appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal against:
- decisions of the UK Border Agency refusing to grant a visa extension;
- decisions of the UK Border Agency refusing to grant permanent residency (indefinite leave to remain);
- decisions of the British Embassy refusing to issue entry clearance to enter the UK;
- decisions of the UK Border Agency to issue "removal directions" ordering the forcible removal an individual from the UK;
- decisions of the UK Border Agency to deport an individual from the UK;
- decisions of the UK Border Agency refusing to provide discretionary or humanitarian visas pursuant to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention or the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force on 2 October 2000 and incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms ('ECHR') into UK domestic law. Since that date, the State and all public bodies have been bound by a duty to respect the rights enshrined in the ECHR.
Our team can provide legal advice and representation in all areas where fundamental human rights have been, or are about to be, infringed. We provide legal support to our clients by way of:
We can also provide legal support to individuals, charities and action groups outside the UK (particularly in developing countries) in legal actions alleging human rights violations by their State.
- Representations to public bodies in relation to alleged breaches;
- Applications to the European Court of Human Rights once all domestic legal remedies have been exhausted;
- Applications to the Border & Immigration Agency for international protection (either under the UN Refugee Convention or the ECHR);
- Appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal against human rights related decisions of the Home Office.
Our immigration lawyers have extensive knowledge in the field of EU law, with particular emphasis on freedom of movement for workers and their family members and dependents.
We routinely assist clients in submitting applications for registration certificates, residence permits and permanent residency. We also assist in bringing legal action against the UK Border Agency when there are unreasonable delays in either decision-making or in issuing residence permits.
Our immigration lawyers provide legal advice and representation in all nationality applications to the UK Border Agency, including:
- naturalisation as a British citizen;
- registration as a British citizen
POINTS BASED SYSTEM
2008 has seen the biggest overhaul of the UK's immigration system for over 45 years with the launch of the Points-Based System. Under the new Points Based System the 80 or so established routes of entry into the UK are being replaced with a system that allows entry under one of 5 Tiers.
Our immigration solicitors are fully versed on the Points Based System . Our team is able to assist both employers and individuals with applications under the Points Based System, as well as assisting employers with sponsor registration. Key categories under the Points-Based System include:
- Tier 1 (General), catering for highly skilled migrants. Tier 1 (General) was launched worldwide on 30 June 2008 and now replaces the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.
- Tier 1 (Investor), catering for high net worth individuals making a substantial financial investment in the UK. Tier 1 (Investor) was launched on 30 June 2008 and replaces the previous investor category.
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), catering for individuals investing in the UK by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of one or more businesses in the UK. Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) was launched on 30 June 2008 and replaces the entrepreneur category.
- Tier 1 (Post-Study Work), catering for international graduates who have studied in the UK. Tier 1 (Post Study Work) was launched on 30 June 2008 and replaces the previous International Graduate Scheme.
- Tier 2 (General), catering for sponsored skilled workers from outside if the EEA. Tier 1 (General) has replaced the existing work permit scheme and was launched in November 2008.
- Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) catering for those coming to the UK as a religious worker with recognised religions and intending to preach to their community and/or perform a pastoral role.
- Tier 2 (Sports People) catering for elite sports persons or coaches who intend to base themselves in the UK, are internationally established at the highest level, and whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their at the highest level in the UK. Tier 2 (Sports People) was launched in November 2008 and replaced the work permit scheme for sportspersons.
- Tier 3 currently suspended will replace the unskilled worker category.
- Tier 4, catering for international students. Tier 4 was launched in 2009 and replaced all of the current student categories.
- Tier 5 (Youth Mobility scheme), catering for young people seeking to temporarily come and experience life in the UK. Tier 5 (Youth Mobility scheme) will replace the Working Holidaymakers category.
Tier 5 (Temporary Workers - Religious Workers), catering for ministers of religion coming to the UK on a temporary basis as a religious worker in a non-pastoral role, where duties include performing religious rites, but not preaching to a congregation.
- Divorce & other related matrimonial matters
- Pre- Nuptial Agreements
- Post- Nuptial Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Cohabitation Disputes
- Separation Agreements
- Consent Order
- Residence Order
- Occupation Order
- Child maintenance
- Family Mediation
- Dissolution of Civil Partnership
We are also able to advise on the formation of an Islamic marriage contract, family issues, marriage dissolution, children's disputes and the distribution of marital assets in accordance with Sharia Law.
WILLS, TRUSTS AND PROBATE
- Inheritance Tax Planning
- Probate and Administration of Estates
- Trust Formation and Administration
- Advice on Lifetime Giving
- Powers of Attorney and the Court of Protection
- Registration and Formation of Charities
WE PROVIDE OTHER SERVICES SUCH AS
- Draft Affidavits
- Witness Documents
- Certify Documents
- Commissioners for Oath
- Partnership Agreements.