Immigration law FAQ

What is the immigration law?

Immigration law refers to the rules established by the UK government for determining who is allowed to enter the country, and for how long. It also governs the process of obtaining British nationality (naturalisation as a British Citizen). Finally, when foreign nationals enter without permission, overstay their visit, or otherwise lose their legal status, immigration law controls how the detention and removal proceedings are carried out.

What are the sources of immigration law

There are multiple sources of immigration law. In addition to 16 or so statutes and the ever-changing Immigration Rules, there is a huge number of statutory instruments, procedural rules and regulations, instructions and guidance issued by the Home Office plus a large volume of case law that, together with relevant European and international law, make up the body of immigration law. The importance of primary sources of the law Although the GOV.UK website is a major source of information on immigration policy and law, Home Office policy instructions and guidance should not be relied on alone as an accurate statement of the law. Further, given how easily and frequently changes are made to the Immigration Rules and how provisions in statutes are often fleshed out in secondary legislation, it is vital that primary sources of law are consulted.

Can I apply for permanent residence in UK?

You can currently apply for a permanent residence card if you’ve lived in the UK lawfully (with permission) for at least 5 years. There are hovewer some groups of people who qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 10 years – e.g. family member on 10 years roure (EX1). Some poeple will not qualify at all

Does the UK have a points based immigration system?

Yes, there are 5 tiers 1) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Tier 1 (Investor) Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) 2) Tier 2. This category includes: General (Subject to annual limit of 20,700, not including those switching to Tier 2 from within the UK); -Minister of Religion; -Sports and Creative workers; -Intra Company Transfer (ICT); 3) Tier 4, this category includes students 4) Tier 5 includes temporary workers and youth mobility. 5) Tier 3, which has never been implemented was intended for low-skilled workers filling specific temporary labour shortages

How many years do you have to live in the UK to be a citizen?

Usually 6 years Foreigners can apply for UK indefinite leave to remain after 5 years of lawfull residence in the UK in most cases, although in some instances it will be sooner, or later. You can apply for UK citizenship after 5 years of residence (sooner in some cases) if you have been a permanent resident for 12 months. Circumstances and requirements vary depending on your nationality, whether you have family in the UK and what type of UK visa you arrived on. The process is currently simpler for citizens of EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) although the situation may change in 2019 when the UK is due to leave the EU following the 2016 Brexit vote.

Do EU citizens need to register in UK?

EU citizens who have been in the UK for five years or more by 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for “settled status”. This means they are free to continue living and working in the UK. People who have not lived in the UK for five years must apply for “pre-settled status”

When can I apply for permanent residency in UK?

You can apply as soon as you’ve got ‘permanent residence status’. You usually qualify automatically for permanent residence status if you’ve been living in the UK for at least 5 years and you’re doing one of the following: working studying self-employed self-sufficient looking for work

What percentage of UK are immigrants?

As of 2011 approximately 14%

How can I get UK work permit?

Before you can apply for UK work permit you must meet he following work permit requirements: 1) Have received a confirmed offer of employment from a licensed UK employer who will act as your sponsor; 2) Have a Certificate of Sponsorship issued by your sponsoring employer; 3) Pass the points-based assessment

What is UK fiancee visa?

Fiancee visa is a special kind of visa, which permits you to enter the United Kingdom in odrer to mary. UK fiancee visa is granted for 6 months, during which you have to marry or enter into civil partnership. This visa may lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain, and/or British Citizenship.

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