The United Kingdom is one of the preferred places for immigrants to come the world over; the economy and the environment is attractive to many seeking a better life. However, immigration laws are tightening and London immigration solicitors like Powell Spencer & Partners will probably be needed if you’ll want to immigrate and stay in this nation.
A good example of this is the recent case of Dr. Miwa Hirono. Having immigrated to the U.K. seven years ago, she worked as a lecturer in Nottingham, contributing greatly to the country with her expert work on international relations and foreign policy. Unfortunately, her job required her to be out of the country for a total of 472 days during the period of 2009 and 2010, coming in conflict with current immigration laws, which state that immigrants can’t leave the country for more than 180 days. Said law was implemented in 2012, but was retroactively applied to Dr. Hirono’s case, giving her cause for an appeal. The court sided with her on the first-tier, but this ruling was later overturned, leading to the revocation of her and her family’s passports
Being in Dr. Hirono’s situation can be difficult. To avoid it, consult with immigration lawyers in London to ensure that you’re meeting all of the immigrant requirements. This is especially important now that the U.K. government is keen on implementing changes to the immigration laws to make them stricter. Some examples of the changes are the following: landlords are forced to check if a tenant is legally in the UK, illegal immigrants wouldn’t be able to open bank accounts, and less time for immigrants to claim unemployment benefits.
Avoiding the stigma of being an illegal immigrant necessitates you to meet all of the requirements of being here in the U.K. All of it depends on three factors: your nationality, the reason for coming, and whether the stay is temporary or permanent. If you are an EU national, you can enter and leave the U.K. anytime you want. For those of other nationalities, you will have to get permission to travel to the U.K. This usually means revealing the reason for your visit, which can range from simple sightseeing to work purposes. Your length of stay will also influence whether you will be permitted to come into the country.
If you want the chance to legally work and stay in the U.K., it’s best to consult an immigration attorney during and after the visa process. This increases the chances that you’re aware of any law changes that may invalidate your stay.
(Source: Japanese academic forced to leave Britain due to visa rules, The Telegraph, March 20, 2015)