FAQs

What documents do I need to apply for British Nationality/ Naturalisation?

It is depends on the circumstances in which you are applying the British nationality, however some mandatory documents are:

  • Proof of your immigration settled status, which is indefinite leave to remain or Permanent residence card.
  • English language requirement
  • Life in the UK test
  • And the proof of residence for the relevant period.

(Please contact Malik Legal for the full documentation list)

What is Indefinite Leave to Remain?

It means that you are no longer required to make any Immigration visa application and you are free from all the Immigration restrictions.

When to apply for indefinite leave to remain/ settlement?

It depends on which category you are applying under, however we offer a free eligibility check so please get in touch.

When to apply for visa extension for my spouse?

Before you apply for the extension make sure you meet all the requirements for the spouse visa extension, and you can apply within the 28 days, before your visa expires. 

Documents which are required for a spouse visa:

We strongly advise you to seek legal help before you apply for a visa as a partner, as the requirements are lengthy and complicated, some documents which you must submit are:

  • Passport, relationship evidence, financial documents, English language requirement etc.

Current fees for the spouse/ Partner visa is £1523 outside of the UK and £1033 inside the UK.

Other requirements are:

Your partner must be a British citizen, settled person or have a refugee visa or humanitarian protection.

What if your visa application is refused?

You may have an appeal right, or the SSHD can refuse your visa without any appeal rights. Either way contact your immigration Solicitor.

Malik Legal are expert in dealing with the Home Office refusals, contact us so we can guide you on your case merit.

How do I know if I have a right of appeal against a decision of the Home Office, or the refusal of my application for entry clearance?
If your application is refused, the Notice of Refusal will tell you the reasons for refusal. It will also state whether or not you have the right to appeal against the decision and the time limit within which you must submit your appeal. If so, a copy of the Notice of Appeal should be attached to the Notice of Refusal.

Do I always have a right of appeal against the immigration decisions?
Normally you have a statutory right of appeal against the immigration decisions provided the application falls within the Immigration Rules, that you have made a valid application on the appropriate form and that you have made your application within any required time limit and in certain other cases.

  • However, there is no right of appeal in the following:
  • Refusal to come to the UK as a visitor, unless your application relates to an application for entry clearance as a family visitor;

Refusal to come as a student on a short course of six months or less, or as a ‘prospective student’ wishing to enter the UK in order to arrange your studies, or as the dependant family member of such a person.

If I do have a right to appeal, then what should I do?
You will be provided with a Notice of Appeal form that you must complete within the relevant time limit (within 14 days). You must complete and return the appeal forms within the time limit, you are likely to lose your right of appeal if the Notice of appeal is submitted later than the prescribed period.

  • For Overseas Refusals the time limit is 28 DAYS
  • For UK Refusals the time limit is 14 DAYS

How important is the time limit for making the Appeal?

The time limit is of paramount importance, in the event that your appeal is submitted late your appeal may not be allowed to proceed.

What happens to the Notice of Appeal once it has been submitted?
Once the Notice of appeal has been received then you or the representative will receive the respondents appeal bundle shortly before the notification of the hearing date for the appeal from the Court. If you have instructed Malik Legal Solicitors then, we will contact you in order to prepare and present the appeal properly. If we are not able to represent you, we will of course let you know so that you can approach another representative. It is often noted that it may take a few months before any response is received from the respondent.

Do I need a legal representative to act for me in my Appeal?
You will have much better prospects of success by instructing a legal advisor who is knowledgeable and experienced in Immigration, Asylum, Nationality and UK visa Laws. Malik Legal Solicitors have a provable track record in immigration and asylum matters.