Archive for the ‘Immigration’ Category

posted by Legal Executive on May 12

California is considering joining a growing effort by other states to overtake a program that will automatically check arrestees’ immigration status. The state holds more than one-third of deportations enforced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and representatives believe the program’s extent wasn’t made clear enough by the federal government.

Secure Communities, as the program is called, links the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal database to records at the Department of Homeland Security, so an electronic check is automatically performed when someone is arrested.

Illinois and Washington have already made moves against the program. The former is looking at measures allowing communities to withdraw from the program, and the latter is letting its local governments decide whether or not to take part. This week, California voted to make participation optional as well.

Their protests might be in vain, however, as federal officials claim that state governments have no say on what information can be shared between agencies. According to immigration officials, the program will ensure that illegal immigrants accused of or convicted of crime are flagged and sent back.

The ICE issue is one of many that can be attributed to the lack of solid legislation on immigration, according to the Arizona City Independent. Various bills and resolutions have been put forward in the last few years, addressing such areas as drivers’ licenses and employer checks. This also includes the controversial illegal immigration laws in Arizona.

The program has taken off in other communities, where it is seen as a cost-efficient way to track criminal information and ensure that convicted illegal immigrants do not return to their communities. Colorado lawmakers, for instance, briefly considered denying funding to areas that did not participate, although the move was not approved.

Immigrant rights supporters are particularly against the program’s fingerprint sharing feature, which covers witnesses and victims alongside the accused. Of the more than 100,000 deportees since the program’s launch in 2008, less than 30% have criminal convictions, the Independent reported.

Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, says officials from ICE and Homeland Security may even have distributed false information about the program, which federal officials hope will be nationally enforced by 2013. The program was initially said to be voluntary, but is now mandatory among states, Lofgren said. She has requested an investigation into the matter.

Local law enforcers normally collect suspects’ fingerprints and sent them to the FBI to check against criminal histories. With ICE in effect, they will also be sent to the Department of Homeland Security, where the suspect’s immigration status is verified. If he or she is illegally in the country, the deportation process will begin immediately.

posted by Law Help on Oct 21

Foreign students who have no indefinite leave to remain in the UK or students from countries other than EEA need a student visa if they wish to study in the United Kingdom. If this is your case, then

1. Get an admission letter from a UK institution.

• Start by choosing a study plan with at least 15 hours per week. The same institution must offer these. Evening classes do not count

• Make sure you can demonstrate that you will be able to follow the course, generally speaking, that you have the necessary financial support to pay the fees required by the institution.

• Gather all the documentation you can find to show that you will not need to depend on public funds for your maintenance, including any dependants. Bank statements will help. Maybe a letter from your sponsor, if you have one, will do too; and one from friends or relatives already in the UK willing to help and support you will add some credibility.

• Also, whenever possible, get a receipt from your institution. Showing that you paid the fees in advance also pays when it comes to visa issues, especially if you have an unconditional admittance offer from an approved UK institution.

2. Find an immigration lawyer in the UK. Yes, you can go through the entire process on your own; however, visa matters and UK immigration law are complex and your chances improve exponentially if you hire a competent lawyer.

3. Apply for a visa online or at the nearest British embassy in your country.

• Download the form from the UK Border Agency:

To submit a visa application online successfully, gather the following BEFORE logging in to the UK Border Agency website:

• passport number

• photograph

• visa fee

4. Get an interview date.

If you submit a visa application online, at the end of the process you will get a date for an interview at the nearest embassy. As you wait for this important date, all the submitted documentation will pass a screening process; meanwhile, you can learn how to introduce yourself. To have a good chance, you need to impress your interviewer favorably.

The immigration officer at the embassy will ask questions to find out:

a) whether you intend to work or do business. Foreigners cannot work in the UK without permit; as a student, you will not get such authorization.

b) whether you intend to stay in the UK after finishing your course. The government expects foreign students to return to their countries of origin (unless they meet certain criteria).

How do you demonstrate your willingness to return to your country? Usually, you need to show some form of ties to your homeland; for instance: property you own (land, home or business). Other evidence could be a letter from an employer stating that the company or organization will preserve the post for you until you return from a study leave. This could work if you have a high quality job (one you would hardly quit).

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Please note that these articles and the information contained herein are purely for general guidance and do not constitute a professional legal or any other opinion as to the merits of a particular application or whether specific immigration requirements have been met of a particular category. This information is generic and should not be relied upon as a definitive guide to fulfilling specific category requirements. However should any individual do so it is at his or her own risk for which UK Migration Lawyers Limited cannot be held responsible in any way.

By: Gazala Rashid

About the Author:

Gazala Rashid has been an immigration lawyer in the UK since 1999. She has great expertise in all aspects of UK immigration, asylum and nationality law, and you may view her articles on these topics in her blog at

posted by Law Help on Oct 14


It goes without saying. It’s great to have services at your disposal, but it’s important to know how effective and worthwhile these services are. Like any worthwhile endeavour, it’s is imperative to know just how valuable your ‘helpers’ are. Perhaps, the most important step in any event is to become as clued up about the subject as you possible can.

Why would you implore the services of an Immigration Law office?

You may be having legal problems. You may hope to gain immigrant status in a specific country. In this case, you may want to use the services of an

Immigration Law Office. Immigration Lawyers in these types of offices have the expertise, knowledge and skills to deal with an array of legal problems. These lawyers are able to deal specifically with immigration regulations. Of course, companies such as The Immigration Unit, employ experienced Immigration Lawyers that can help you deal with your Immigration Legal Problems.

Getting a licence equals legal work

There’s an array of reasons why people want to immigrate to other countries. One of the most prevalent is to obtain legal permanent residency. Or perhaps, you’d like to find secure work in the country you’d like to immigrate to. It’s is standard procedure to obtain a license to live in your desired country, to become a legal permanent resident. This will help ensure that you live there on a permanent basis, free to live and work as you want to. However, possible as it is to obtain a license, it is also possible to falter if you do not employ an experienced Immigration Lawyer. Obtaining you license requires tons of legal work and expertise.


permanent residency

You should consult Immigration Lawyers that specialise in immigration law. This will help secure your application for permanent residency. These experts have acquired valuable training in how to deal with cases in which laws regulating immigration come into play. In fact, your best sources of information and guidance in acquiring permanent residency status is an experienced Immigration Lawyer. Ask for advice about eligibility requirements. Also, enquire about other rules and regulations governing the application for permanent residence. Once you’ve received the advice you need from your Immigration Lawyer, you then know what route will serve your needs effectively in terms of your choice of residency.

Immigration Options

The immigration law office will inform you about four basic immigration options that are available to applicants for U.S. visas. These include immigration through employment, through a family member, permanent resident status as a refugee or someone seeking asylum, and immigration through a diversity lottery. Each method has benefits and disadvantages, depending on your unique circumstances. The lawyer you consult at the immigration law office will assess your qualification before offering any advice regarding your options.

Your Immigration Benefits

There are certain benefits that you should be aware of. For example you may be eligible for an ancestry visa, if your grandparents were born in the country of your choice. You can also gain citizenship by birth. Your Immigration Office or Immigration Lawyer should inform you of the benefits that you can obtain by becoming a citizen. This is important as your benefits could include higher exemptions in higher estate taxes, federal job benefits and more freedom to travel to other countries. Equally important is the benefit or opportunity and right to vote. You should also be informed about the federal grants and scholarships that are available to you.

Now that you’re clued up, you’re ready to head over and contact an experienced Immigration Lawyer. The Law Office will assist you with the preparation and filing of your application. You must comply with the regulations. The Office is also able to inform you as to whether you have any particular issues that should be addressed. Take this valuable advice seriously as it can further insure that your application is successful. If there are problems regarding your application, the

Immigration Lawyer should discuss them with you and suggest ways to resolve them. Remember, that some things are better *left up to the experts.


By: Lindsay Wagner

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posted by Law Help on Oct 11

A lawyer is a legal expert who, by virtue of his knowledge, has the responsibility of giving consultancy to his clients on matters related to law. An immigration lawyer, as suggested by his name, is one who helps people deal with processes that permit them to become a citizen. Immigration, dual citizenship, secondary passports, all are complex legal issues, which are amplified by the fact that they are country specific, and are constantly changing. Here lies the importance of immigration lawyers. In other words, immigration lawyers are experts in matters relating to immigration, dual citizenship, dual passports, etc, and use their expertise to help people who desire entry into any country for purposes of their own.

Planning to settle down in the United States?

If you are seeking to immigrate to the United States, you should definitely seek the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer. Laws and legislations related to immigration are quite complicated in the US and there is every chance that you will be caught unaware of some. Hence, the safest thing for you is to seek expert advice. An expert immigration lawyer will be able to provide you with the assistance with which your trip to the US can be successful. Immigration lawyers will also help you with associated legal rights, duties, and obligations of foreigners in the United States, and much more.

What services do Immigration Lawyers provide?

Immigration lawyers can help you in dealing with

? Procedures involved in naturalization laws that pertain to foreign nationals.

? Legal issues concerning people who are refugees or people seeking asylum

? All types of immigration visas and petitions

? Visa waivers, religious visas, citizenship, or naturalization, immigration court proceedings, and deportation or removal hearings

The Internet is abounding with private firms offering expert immigration services. A commendable aspect about these private firms is the fact that they provide partial immigration services. i.e. you can employ them to handle only a part of the case, instead of the entire cases. This is especially beneficial because it is more affordable. However, such lawyers generally won’t represent you in the court, but USA accepts such services.

The other similar area of interest is Independent immigration, Diplomatic passport immigration, investment immigration and second citizenship

By: Vaibhav Aggarwal

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Myself webmaster of dealing in services Second Passport, Second Citizenship, Instant citizenship, Independent immigration, Diplomatic passport, Diplomatic passport services, Diplomatic passport immigration, Economic citizenship program, Diplomatic passport

posted by Law Help on Sep 25


Greenfields solicitors provide assistance in UK immigration, visa, residence & nationality requirements. Immigration advice & information with UK immigration law firm with leading immigration lawyers.

We specialise in suing Solicitors for negligence and breach of contract. We undertake a large amount of work whereby we litigate against panel solicitors appointed by insurers.

We take legal action against professionals, predominantly solicitors, for negligence and/or breach of contract and/or breach of fiduciary duty. Our clients are sometimes let down by professionals who have wrongly advised them or have acted below the standard of reasonable skill and care to have been expected of a professional. We are known to fight our peers tooth and nail. 

Our immigration solicitors are very experienced in Immigration, Nationality and Human Rights law and write monthly Immigration columns for various newspapers to provide up to date information on UK Immigration law. We take client care very seriously, and welcome feedback. Many of our clients are very satisfied with our service and come back to us if new problems arise; we see every new client as a potential client for life and hope that you will be satisfied with our service.

All our solicitors practice in only one area, and are experts in their fields. Clients can be confident of seeing a solicitor specialising in their matter and supported by the resources they need. Many of our solicitors are members of specialist panels accredited by the Law Society, and the firm holds the Legal Services Commission’s Specialist Quality Mark.

Greenfields Solicitors has been selected to write monthly Immigration columns for various newspapers including Africa News, Expreso Latino, Ako ay Pilipino, Punjab Express and to write articles in legal topics for Our knowledge in Immigration, Nationality and Human Rights law is vast and our high success rates shows our commitment to getting the results our client’s deserve.


By: greenfields

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Maryum Zehra
Greenfields Solicitors

posted by Law Help on Sep 14

The U.S. processing of immigration applications has political aspects that must be taken into account when establishing how much will be needed in the way of legal services to achieve citizenship. The procedure is streamlined in Canada by the fact that the motivation of the government is economic rather than political, rather like a job interview where your skills are needed and you’re being recruited to start a business to help the country thrive. USA work visas are issued grudgingly, only after it’s shown that a U.S. citizen cannot perform the same job.

American citizenship has always come with the understanding that new arrivals should strive to become American in culture and learn the language sufficiently to pass a test. People have to be familiar with the country and understand political notions regarding security and patriotism. This was done in a “howdy neighbor, welcome to our shores but let’s check the exclusion list first” fashion since several laws were enacted to halt a flood of Asian immigrants and in 1952 an exclusion list began on possible communists.

Canada and Australia are traditionally the most popular destinations for people re-locating for the purpose of finding a better life. The low population of these countries makes for less competition for jobs and housing; however in a recent survey involving 17,000 young people in 16 countries, India’s number one choice was the U.S.A. at 38% of the respondents. This may be a reflection of the U.S. economic collapse of jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors: one mirror may be that coincidental figure of 38% – the exact percentage of the American labor force now working in the service sector according to figures released by The Venus Project, an economic and scientific think-tank. The majority of young people in India are already working in service sector jobs – IT, web design, telemarketing, customer service, and so on. Many of the jobs have been outsourced from North America and the English language is common there.

Given the multiple layers of American bureaucracy and defensive security this would be improbable, but it’s almost as if there was some conscious recruiting going on by the U.S. for economic purposes to get the largely entrepreneurial East Indians to open up shop to spur the economy like other countries might. Since the twin towers fell, the only concern has been keeping people out of the country and the U.S. Immigration Service has become intertwined with the Office of Homeland Security. Immigration to the United States is predictably concerned with your history and background to the point where extra legal advice should be planned for to avoid delays just in case additional problems come up in the process of becoming a permanent resident. Those qualified for Immigration to Canada will encounter fewer roadblocks but should ensure that they obtain the services of an immigration lawyer for the timely issues of work permits and visas. Mistakes can cause people to repeat the process from the beginning.

The encouraging attitude of the government makes immigration easy out of financial necessity in a low-population country like Canada. There’s no concern for assimilation; a person can live and die in Canada without ever speaking either of the official languages. It’s extremely attractive to couples with new children for they can avail themselves of universal free health care and social benefits not present in American society.

The enormous paramilitary reaction to 9/11 caused proclamations by the government that the nation was under attack permanently by terrorists and the public should join in a frenzy of patriotic indignation and fear, justifying the creation of a whole new type of security sector. The laws are largely interpreted by the agency involved and so the applicant should expect an investigative atmosphere. If you can put up with stringent security confrontations in paperwork or in person then you are both well-served by your lawyer and well-equipped to face the challenges in your new home.

By: Pat Boardman

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Toronto writer Pat Boardman presents these personal observations in respect to legal firms such as Immigration Lawyers Niren and Associates who provide advice and representation for those applying for permanent residence as skilled workers or visas to reside in the U.S. or Immigration to Canada forms.

posted by Law Help on Sep 14

Your immigration lawyer advises you on all important issues related to your immigration application. He also represents your case in the court of law. When you take a decision to immigrate to another country, you first have to see if you fit in the environment of that country or not. You also have to see if you have the requisite qualification to become a citizen of that country. Your online attorney assists you in handling all these issues and more and takes you step by step through all the lengthy and time consuming process of immigration. Besides migration issues your representative also informs you of your rights, duties and obligations which you must follow during you stay at your new residence.

Less Work Less Fee

You can also appoint an online immigration lawyer to give you only advice. The fee taken by the lawyer in such cases is much lower. In such cases, the attorney does not represent you in the court of law. You have to appoint a different person if you want to present your case in court. You can also use the services of the same lawyer by paying some extra fees. If your visa application gets rejected due to some technical glitch, you can reapply to the American embassy for immigration, after consulting an immigration lawyer and removing the reason for refusal.

Your representative will help you in filing migration documents according to your visa category. In America you can file many kinds of visas like a H1B visa, which is a work visa; investor visa, if you want to invest money in US; family residency visa, for migration of family; and tourist visa, to travel or to visit someone living in America. You can also file for permanent residence visa if you have employment in America. Immigration lawyers also handle complex cases of deportation, fee waiver, and religious visas as well.

You must make sure that your attorney is a member of at least one immigration lawyers association. It would be even better if he holds some office in the organization. People who are members or heads of associations usually move around in trading circles and meet important people of their trade. This way they are more versatile in their approach to a problem and can easily work their way out of difficult situations relating to your migration applications. Make sure you take services of a legal representative who is a well known member of important bar associations.

By: Apurva Shree

About the Author:

Your immigration lawyer should be a member of the immigration lawyers association. Your online immigration lawyer could well be your best immigration lawyer if you like his work.

posted by Law Help on Aug 22

TN Visa

Minneapolis Minnesota Immigration Lawyers

TN status is available under NAFTA for professional workers from Canada and Mexico if they are filling one of the following positions and have the necessary qualifications for the position.  TN status may now be granted for up to three years.


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or C.P.A., C.A., C.G.A. or C.M.A.


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Computer Systems Analyst

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Disaster Relief Insurance Claims Adjuster (claims Adjuster employed by an insurance company located in the territory of a Party, or an independent claims adjuster)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree, and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims; or three years experience in claims adjustment and successful completion of training in the appropriate areas of insurance adjustment pertaining to disaster relief claims.


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Graphic Designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Hotel Manager

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management, and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management

Industrial Designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Interior Designer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Land Surveyor

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial/federal license

Landscape Architect

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Lawyer (including Notary in the Province of Quebec)

LL.B., J.D., LL.L., B.C.L. or Licenciatura Degree (five years); or membership in a state/provincial bar


M.L.S. or B.L.S. (for which another Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree was a prerequisite)

Management Consultant

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or equivalent professional experience as established by statement or professional credential attesting to five years experience as a management consultant, or five years experience in a field of specialty related to the consulting agreement

Mathematician (including Statistician)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Range Manager/Range Conservationalist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Research Assistant (working in a post-secondary educational institution)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Scientific Technician/Technologist

Possession of (a) theoretical knowledge of any of the following disciplines: agricultural sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, meteorology or physics; and (b) the ability to solve practical problems in any of those disciplines, or the ability to apply principles of any of those disciplines to basic or applied research

Social Worker

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Sylviculturist (including Forestry Specialist)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Technical Publications Writer

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate, and three years experience

Urban Planner (including Geographer)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Vocational Counsellor

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Medical/Allied Professional


D.D.S., D.M.D., Doctor en Odontologia or Doctor en Cirugia Dental; or state/provincial license


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Medical Laboratory Technologist (Canada)/Medical Technologist (Mexico and the United States)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or Post-Secondary Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate, and three years experience


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Occupational Therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license

Physician (teaching or research only)

M.D. or Doctor en Medicina; or state/provincial license

Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree; or state/provincial license


State/provincial license; or Licenciatura Degree

Recreational Therapist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Registered Nurse

State/provincial license; or Licenciatura Degree


D.V.M., D.M.V. or Doctor en Veterinaria; or state/provincial license


Agriculturist (including Agronomist)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Animal Breeder

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Animal Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Dairy Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Geophysicist (including Oceanographer in Mexico and the United States)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Physicist (including Oceanographer in Canada)

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Plant Breeder

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Poultry Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

Soil Scientist

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree



Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree


Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree

By: Minneapolis Immigration Lawyer

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Work Visas/Temporary Work Visas
Labor Certification
H-3 Trainee Visa
L-1 Employee Transfer Visa
Family Immigration
Fiance/K-1 Visas
Why Visas Are Denied
Green Card Abandonment
How to Avoid Application Mistakes
Investor Visas
Stop Deportation

posted by Law Help on Aug 22

Role of Immigration Lawyer?

Immigration to USA has a formalized process designed by government of USA. If you want to immigrate to New York you need to understand what are the basic requirements regarding skills, formalities, documention, etc. An immigration lawyer can help you prepare you well in all these important elements. Immigration lawyer can give you expert advice and help you find a solution for various problems that may arise during immigration. Immigration Lawyer are basically the Solution provider to various immigration problems. They will help you find solution to various issues regarding documentation, immigration process understanding, questions raised by officers during interview, etc. Immigration Lawyer will help you to prepare for interview which will help you to face the immigration officer confidently and get you through the interview.

Immigration Lawyer Can help You!

Yes Immigration Lawyer can really help you. An immigration lawyer for New York is the person that specialized his skills for this purpose only. Many people who wish to immigrate to USA seek immigration lawyer help for that they can minimize their chances of rejection. Let the man do his job what he is meant to do.

Are you married? How to Immigration to New York or USA

Immigrating to USA some times can be a problem when you are marriage. People who are marriage and have all the documentation done, still find it difficult to immigrate to USA. If you are married you need to face an interview with the immigration officer. And you many not be knowing what they might ask you. This where immigration lawyer can help you. An immigration lawyer can help you prepare for majority of those Immigration questions that might be asked by officer at the time of interview. Your spouse will be present at that time of interview. Both of you will be interviewed at the same time face-to-face. If you are married there is a formal procedure to apply for immigration. You need to complete the documentation as per the requirement. Immigration lawyer can help you prepare all those documentation without any error. The documentation prepared by Immigration lawyer will look more professional to the officer. Then you will be give a date for the interview. In the interview you will be asked several questions. Because you and your spouse are not aware of those question, immigration lawyer can guide you how to behave in the interview and hw to answer those questions.

By: Karl Garcia

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The New York law offices of Spar and Bernstein P.C. have a long history of timely and successfully obtaining US Green Card and us work visa for their more resources NY marriage Visa.

posted by Law Help on Aug 8

Immigration to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 1922.has been substantial, in particular from Ireland and the former colonies of the British Empire – such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Caribbean, South Africa, Kenya and Hong Kong – under British nationality law. Others have come as asylum seekers, seeking protection as refugees under the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, or from European Union (EU) member states, exercising one of the EU’s Four Freedoms.

About half the population increase between the 1991 and 2001 censuses was due to foreign-born immigration. 4.9 million People (8.3 percent of the population at the time) were born abroad, although the census gives no indication of their immigration status or intended length of stay.

In 2006, there were 149,035 applications for British citizenship, 32 percent fewer than in 2005. The number of people granted citizenship during 2006 was 154,095, 5 per cent fewer than in 2005. The largest groups of people granted British citizenship were from India, Pakistan, Somalia and the Philippines. In 2006, 134,430 people were granted settlement in the UK, a drop of 25 per cent on 2005.Meanwhile, migration from Central and Eastern Europe has increased since 2004 with the accession to the European Union of eight Central and Eastern European states, since there is free movement of labour within the EU. The UK government is currently phasing in a new points-based immigration system for people from outside of the European Economic Area.


Until the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, all Commonwealth citizens could enter and stay in the United Kingdom without any restriction. The Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962 made Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKCs) whose passports were not directly issued by the United Kingdom Government (i.e. passports issued by the Governor of a colony or by the Commander of a British protectorate) subject to immigration control.

Indians began arriving in the UK in large numbers shortly after their country gained independence in 1947. More than 60,000 arrived before 1955, many of whom drove buses, or worked in foundries or textile factories. Later arrivals opened corner shops or ran post offices. The flow of Indian immigrants peaked between 1965 and 1972, boosted in particular by Idi Amin’s sudden decision to expel all 50,000 Gujarati Indians from Uganda. Around 30,000 Ugandan Asians migrated to the UK.

By 1972, only holders of work permits, or people with parents or grandparents born in the UK could gain entry – effectively stemming primary immigration from Commonwealth countries.

Following the end of World War II, substantial groups of people from Soviet-controlled territories settled in Britain, particularly Poles and Ukrainians. The UK recruited displaced people as so-called European Volunteer Workers in order to provide labour to industries that were required in order to aim economic recovery after the war. In the 1951 census, the Polish-born population of the UK numbered some 162,339, up from 44,642 in 1931.

There was also an influx of refugees from Hungary, following the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, numbering 20,990.


The British Nationality Act 1981, which was enacted in 1983, distinguishes between British citizen or British Overseas Territories citizen. The former hold nationality by descent and the latter hold nationality other than by descent. Citizens by descent cannot automatically pass on British nationality to a child born outside the United Kingdom or it’s Overseas Territories (though in some situations the child can be registered as a citizen).

Immigration officers have to be satisfied about a person’s nationality and identity and entry could be refused if they were not satisfied.


Greenfields solicitors provide assistance in UK immigration, visa, residence & nationality requirements. Immigration advice and information with leading immigration lawyers.


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