help please..need immigration lawyer

scotty_bambam

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#1
Hi all,
My salary is about to go to £20,000 so I will be able to apply to get hubby over.I know I have to wait 6 months(wage slips) I would like to find a lawyer as I'm rubbish with forms and o/h worse.I live in reading berks and found one who wants £80 for half hr..I don't know if he'll speak Arabic.I know they don't do Skype so phone calls would be really expensive..so first I'd like to know if its important to have a lawyer I can physically see at their office.or does it not matter? And all the paperwork that I will send.how do I send it? Do I physically go over and deliver? Everything I send hubby never arrives.and what are the time frames.do I wait 6 months to find the lawyer or find one now?does the visa application get done on line or does hubby collect a form from the embassy? I want a lawyer to be able to liaise with him and help him..also any ideas of cost? Many thanks.hope someone can help.
 

Jane BM

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#2
It really isn't necessary to consult an immigration specialist....and to be honest, most of the form filling and paperwork gathering is done by you rather than your husband...just study the application online on their website, it's not rocket science...go through some of the threads on here too as theres a wealth of information and sdvise too.

I'm assuming your husband has done his English test?
 

missmetal

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#3
Lawyers are a waste of money in my opinion unless you have a case that falls outside of the normal proceedings.

You will be surprised at how quickly they charge you for everything. Not just the £80 per half hour but any physical paperwork costs or faxes or other sundry crap they can find to bill you.


I'm not sure UK immigration but when filling out the UK tourist visa paperwork they had Arabic help text. So their docs must come in other languages. But I believe you'll be doing most of it.
 

scotty_bambam

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#4
I've heard also you can get a service from the citizens advice.there's a large age gap between us,and I only have s phone ,which in itself makes everything an ordeal. And I've read if you get it wrong you have to reapply and pau again.my husband is taking English lessons at the moment..2 nd. Month.just don't want to get it wrong,and read that it speeds things up if you have a lawyer.
 

scotty_bambam

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#5
Or if there's anyone on here lives not too far from reading I'd be willing to pay them to help me.
 

Saule

Active Member
#6
Scotty_Bambam,

Why spend hundreds/thousands of pounds for someone else to do everything for you, then doing it yourself. Lawyers will dry you out. They wanted to charge me for a sponsor letter £300, I thought it would be more professional if they done it. But when they told me the price I was gobsmacked and just wrote myself a sponsor letter and it was accepted.
It's not hard to apply, just follow the list and you will be fine. I am not English and still struggle with the language, but I done everything myself and my husband received his visa in couple weeks.
 

cherie63

Active Member
#7
I've heard also you can get a service from the citizens advice.there's a large age gap between us,and I only have s phone ,which in itself makes everything an ordeal. And I've read if you get it wrong you have to reapply and pau again.my husband is taking English lessons at the moment..2 nd. Month.just don't want to get it wrong,and read that it speeds things up if you have a lawyer.
It does not speed up your application if you use a lawyer.
 

scotty_bambam

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#8
It does not speed up your application if you use a lawyer.
So can you tell me how can you include all your pics and letters etc with the application if its done online?
 

Saule

Active Member
#9
So can you tell me how can you include all your pics and letters etc with the application if its done online?
I don't think you can do that at all, if I am not wrong!?Because they need to see original documents.Please someone correct me on that.
I flew to Tunisia one month before his interview with all the papers+photos and left it with him. He went to his interview/appointment to the British Embassy and left everything with them. I arranged everything nicely, but my husband told me it's not needed because they took everything out of the plastic covers.
 

cherie63

Active Member
#10
So can you tell me how can you include all your pics and letters etc with the application if its done online?
Your husband will hand in the paperwork when he goes for his appointment in Tunis
 

missmetal

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#11
I suggest reading the application process online first, or request them to send you the help guide and forms.
 

Jane BM

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#12
So can you tell me how can you include all your pics and letters etc with the application if its done online?
As has been suggested, you really need to study the visa requriements on their site first....all your documentation once done by yourself is given to your husband and he submits it in person...when you fill in the applicstion online it gives you options of dates and times for him to do this.

For the record they cannot refuse an application on age basis, but you need to make sure that you provide them plenty of proof that the marriage and relationship is genuine and subsisting. X
 

scotty_bambam

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#13
Thank you for all your replies.so does that mean I can fill in the online application myself,gather all our pics and plane tickets etc then hand it to him personally? When would you recommend I begin the application form.I need 6 months wage slips so I'll have them by October but can I do the form before then? Sorry for all the questions but I just feel overwhelmed by it all.
 

Saule

Active Member
#14
Thank you for all your replies.so does that mean I can fill in the online application myself,gather all our pics and plane tickets etc then hand it to him personally? When would you recommend I begin the application form.I need 6 months wage slips so I'll have them by October but can I do the form before then? Sorry for all the questions but I just feel overwhelmed by it all.
The application needs to be done anyways by you online,unless your husband is better in English :) Once you have all the documents, you pass it to your husband who will need to submit in person.
I don't think it is good idea to do an application 6 months in advance. First make sure that your husband passes the English test and all the documents are prepared from both sides. Once that is done, give it few months/one month before applying, you can select yourself the date for the appointment to the embassy.
 

jed

New Member
#15
hello please is anyone know how much cost the visa for settlement ...i been married for a month and me and my wife not got any clue about how much the visa cost ???
 

scotty_bambam

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#16
I've been informed it goes up every April.I think its £1050..also there's s new national health service surcharge that needs to be paid before you apply for visa.it costs £600.if you don't get your visa its refunded.if you get your 33 month visa you pay it again after 33 months when you apply for your second visa,but will cost more by then.its a very expensive process and the stress is making nr feel I'll.my husband is currently studying for his English test and will take it in July.
 

jed

New Member
#17
ty but can u tell me how can i do for the english test any link or anything so i can know how i can do the english test plz
 

scotty_bambam

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#18
Look on the website for the British council..or call them or go there .its the IELTS test level A1
 

feefad

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#19
I've been informed it goes up every April.I think its £1050...
It does indeed go up every April. When my hubby came we were lucky as our applications fell in March.
 

mand

Member
#20
Hi all just wondered if you all could advise me, I am a stay at home mum and my husband is in agency work not earning the required amount for the further leave to remain visa is this compulsory even still if we have 2 kids and if so isit 24,500 a year
 
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