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Spouses and Partners

We facilitate family reunion through extensive experience and devotion to getting it right

"Very commercial and straightforward" - Legal 500

The UK welcomes the spouses and partners of British citizens and settled persons, however the rules are complex and onerous. Documentary evidence is strict. We help unravel these complexities.

Over recent years the UK has adopted a modern and progressive approach to personal partnerships. Our immigration rules recognise opposite and same-sex partners, civil partnerships and unmarried partners who can establish two years prior co-habitation.

In our society, what constitutes a “family unit” has changed and evolved over time – our immigration system reflects this progress.

In contrast, the specific legal requirements have become increasingly complex and burdensome. Refusal rates are high, not because of a lack of genuineness in relationships but because evidence is inadequate. We ensure our clients get it right, every time.

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Immigration Health Surcharge Rate Increases

In the March 2020 budget, the UK Government confirmed plans to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (“NHS Surcharge”). The current charge is set at £400 per year for most applicants, with students and some Tier 5 applicants paying £300 per year. The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2020 has now been passed, confirming that these…

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Magrath Sheldrick LLP “Top Tier” in Legal 500 2021

We are delighted that the firm has been recognised again in Legal 500 as one of the country’s leading Business Immigration Law Firms. Published at the end of September, Legal 500 2021 says: Specialist business immigration firm Magrath Sheldrick LLP has extensive experience in the financial services sector, running global mobility programmes for major banking…

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