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Immigration Advice: All Other Types

Ancestry Visas, No Time Limit, Windrush and Travel Documents

There are other types of situations that we can help with and provide immigration advice on. We describe a few here, but feel free to contact us if you can't find what you need on our website - we are highly knowledgeable.

Ancestry Visas

If you have a British grandparent who was born in the UK, you can apply for an Ancestry Visa. This allows you to come to the UK to work either in employment or self-employment. After five years in the UK on this basis, you can apply to settle permanently in the UK.

You will need to prove your relationship to your grandparent and that they were born in the UK. You will also need to show that you will be able to financially support and accommodate yourself when you come to the UK.

We can prepare and submit an Ancestry Visa for you if you are currently outside the UK and wish to come on this route. We work frequently for clients who are not yet in the UK.

Travel Documents

If you are a refugee or you are legally in the UK but cannot get a passport for your country, you can apply for a Travel Document or Certificate of Travel which allows you to travel outside the UK and return. You must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

  • you have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person
  • following a failed asylum application, you have humanitarian protection for a limited time
  • you have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you're settled here permanently (known as 'indefinite leave to remain')

You must show that you’ve formally applied for and been unreasonably refused a passport by authorities in your country, unless you have permission to be in the UK as a refugee or stateless person.

No Time Limit Applications (NTL)

If you have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain but you have lost the document which proved this or you have not been issued with a Residence Card as proof, you can make a No Time Limit application. If successful, you will be issued with a Residence Card to prove you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain.

You will have to provide evidence that you were once issued with Indefinite Leave to Remain and that you have not been outside the UK for longer than two years since that time. We can make these applications on your behalf.

Windrush Applications

Many people who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries before 1973 have found themselves without legal immigration status in the UK. This has led to terrible problems in some cases. The government has introduced a special 'Windrush' scheme to help these people get permanent status or British Citizenship. If you think you might be such a person, talk to us and we can provide immigration advice such as if you are eligible and what to do.

Working with us

We can make any of the applications above on your behalf. Contact us for more details. We offer a free 20 minute initial consultation on the phone or face to face where we can assess your situation and advise on your options. We can also advise initially by email.

At Immigration Legal Services, we apply the same high standards to all the applications we make for our clients. One of our experienced lawyers will advise you, prepare the right evidence, complete and submit the application with the same methodical care.

How does the process work?

Talk to us first and we will discuss your options. We use a fixed fee system. We give you a set price for the job you want us to do. This means we do not charge according to how many hours we spend on your matter - we give you our fee at the start.

Once you have engaged our services, we tell you what we are doing and ask for certain pieces of essential evidence. If we need extra evidence we will tell you and help you find it if necessary. Sometimes we need to find out about your immigration history - in that case we can make a 'Subject Access Request' to get your Home Office Record. Once the application is ready, we submit it for you and provide the supporting evidence to the Home Office. Then we wait for the decision and liaise with the Home Office if they need more information.

We take all the stress off you - leave us to deal with the complex law and the detailed evidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

I came to the UK in 1963 from India on my mother's passport. I have no proof of when I arrived and I have never been given any sort of immigration status. What can I do?

You may qualify under the 'Windrush' Scheme for British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain.  

I am not a refugee. I am here as the husband of a British Citizen but my country's embassy will not issue me with a passport. This means I cannot travel. What can I do?

It depends on why the embassy will not issue you with a passport. If you can show that they are being unreasonable, you may be able to obtain a Certificate of Travel which is valid for one year and will allow you to travel abroad.

My old passport had a stamp in it to say I had Indefinite Leave to Remain. I lost it five years ago and my employer says he cannot carry on employing me if I have no proof of my right to be in the UK. What can I do?

Your employer will need to see proof that you have Indefinite Leave to Remain or he will risk penalties for employing you. So you must apply for a Residence Card using the No Time Limit process.

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