The old saying, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings”, has never been more true that in immigration cases. Many migrants and international students who could be entitled to stay in the UK, for example because they are in a relationship or have a child, do not seek professional advice and sadly give up the fight and go home – in some cases with a ‘Section 320’ ban stamped in their passport for over staying! Salamat UK.
In my experience, Filipinos are not as likely as other nationalities to ‘play the system’ or apply ‘outside the rules’. Illegal overstayers from other countries go all the way to appeal and are allowed to stay because they have ‘built a life in the UK’, play cricket or own a cat. Come on Pinoys stand up for your rights!
Last month, we mentioned that the although 14 years long residence rule has been abolished, there are other Rules under which you can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK on ‘private life’ Human Rights grounds in the UK.
Remember, that the from 9 July 2012, if a British Citizen marries a foreigner and wants to live in the UK together, they must earn a minimum of £18,600 per annum. I have seen cases where some self employed or retired British citizens earn less than £18,600 and have to rely on savings and investments to qualify. A complex calculation.
Most people know that the same UK rules do NOT apply if you marry an EEA (European Economic Area) national, for instance a Pole or Romanian. What is less well known is that a British person can establish themselves as an EEA national and sponsor their spouse, partners, dependents and extended family under more generous EEA regulations.
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