It’s the run up to Christmas and what looks like my last legal show of the year.

On today’s show I was joined by Salman Shah, the senior partner of Law Lane Solicitors Limited and head of the Immigration Department in the firm. He practises in all aspects of immigration and asylum work. Salman was also accompanied by Mustafa Khawaja, an immigration specialist from the same firm.

One of our viewers contacted the show via email:

“I have lived in this country since 2007. My question is how do I get UK residence and passport since I have a Danish one. I am self-employed and my wife doesn’t work.”

Ahmad

In response to Ahmad’s question Mustafa said that Ahmad should look into applying for PR or Permanent Residency. As he held an EU passport and had been residing in the UK for a number of years (above the amount required) this would perhaps be the best route forward in his case.

I used to work for the government and I remember having to deal with a number of young South Asian women who went to University and “fell in love” with a boy from their course, however as he was an international student the marriage route was not that easy. I asked our experts what was the situation for such cases now?

Both experts said that it was vital that such as process was done via the legal route, with the new changes a person cannot switch between visa’s (especially when in the UK as a student). It was important that the UK resident of the couple earned the minimum salary threshold of £18,600, you may also be required to prove the relationship is genuine and not a sham marriage-as we discussed last week, as there are a LOT of them! Aside from that, one would need to prove that they have somewhere to live.

Many years ago, in-laws could “sponsor” their son or daughter in law and accept they would bear their responsibility. However over the years many people have come to the UK to settle genuinely with their spouse and in some cases people have come to settle in the UK and abused the system. To stop such abuse taking place in future the government has cracked down on a number of visa applications-Including the spouse visa process.

It seems that with a lot of changes taking place particularly with the EU and other countries there was a level of confusion about people’s rights and what they could and could not do. A lot of people wanted to know how such changes would affect them and our guests certainly took time and experience to help an array of viewers who called the show today.