Monthly Archives: April 2020

When to request a fee waiver from the UKVI?

It is of concern that there will be many losing their jobs or living on reduced income over the period the government is seeking to get to grips with the corona virus outbreak.  During this period there will be amongst those individuals, persons who have met or are due to meet their visa due dates. In relation to applications where there is a human rights concern we would recommend these individuals to check with their legal counsel to establish whether they qualify for government help.

Fee Waivers cover the cost of the application and the government health care surcharge in applications for additional leave to remain/leave to remain. They do not apply where the individual/s apply for permanent settlement in the UK.  The individual must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Homeless/no adequate accommodation and a lack of means to obtain this.
  • They may have adequate accommodation and the means to obtain this balanced against an inability to cater for essential needs – or-
  • Have adequate accommodation and are able to cater for essential needs but would become destitute if the fee were paid.

The applications to which this mechanism applies include, family applications, private life, human rights claims, discretionary leave granted after refusal or asylum and also where a subsequent refusal will result in a breach of the individuals human rights and individuals who have been trafficked and recognised by a positive national referral mechanism outcome who also need to apply for additional leave to remain, again in circumstances where a subsequent refusal will result in a breach of human rights.

The applicant must be prepared to provide full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances. The UKVI will check their representations via various agencies, including equifax, national insurance records etc. They will expect explanation for any income received from family members, friends or charities.

If you are affected ask your legal representative for further guidance and/or assistance. Ensure you are using an adviser who is regulated or this purpose.

Immigration Consultations over the Lockdown period

We are providing free immigration advice over the lockdown period. We came to this decision as we know there will be significant worry and emotional trauma to many over this unprecedented time in human history. As with other immigration providers and agencies, we feel we have to make a concerted effort to help a neighbour. There are so many people out there risking their lives to keep Britain safe and moving during these critical days. Our offices are closed and we are working from home, this is the very litte we can do to contribute to Team Britain. We are asking you all to listen to the Government’s advice, maintain the rules on social distancing, to save lives. We all have our part to play.  Immigration Advice may not be at the top of the pecking order but it is important to have the legality of residence assessed at all time as this does affect access to welfare provision, public funds, housing and healthcare.

In this initiative we are cautious to remain within our operational rules are requesting participants to provide their full name, address, email address, date of birth, 2 proofs of residence (if not homeless) or a letter from the friend supporting them alongside a proof of identification. We do require legal consent. This will be signed by us typing your name into your consent form as we will be using an online conference mechanism. We are happy to accept photos of documents via whatsapp as we are able to transfer tis information into your notes. Notes are maintained as mandatory by our ombudsman for all interactions with the public.  We look forward to doing what we can to help.

Pro Bono Immigration advice

Our work during lockdown, keep safe guys

Posted by Lawson Hunte Immigration Services Ltd on Wednesday, 8 April 2020