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The team are experienced with applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain for individuals applying through both family routes and work routes. Whilst applications to the EU Settlement Scheme have now closed, the team also advise on the rights of EU nationals in the UK, including for those who have applied for Settled Status (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain).
Reputed for its work with the religious charity sector, Stone King are able to offer a new dimension to this support through the Immigration team. With the need for convents and other religious organisations to look outside of the UK for support, there has been rapid development of this niche area.
The team assist many organisations with settlement applications for individuals who have immigration status under the Minister of Religion route, including applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
As a trustee of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), Julie regularly delivers in-depth training to other legal professionals on this area of law. Her expertise has led to her becoming a faith champion within Stone King, guiding firmwide development, building on knowledge of the issues clients face in the faith-sector and how these can be addressed. Julie has also attended the Association of Provincial Bursars (APB) Conference and presented on immigration issues faced by religious organisations.
The team were instructed by a religious organisation to advise and support with applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain for two of their sisters. The sisters had each lived in the UK for 5 years on T2 Minister of Religion visas and wished to settle permanently.
As sisters do not hold bank accounts due to taking a vow of poverty, challenges were presented in evidencing the financial requirements for the applications. The team therefore made detailed representations to the Home Office to explain the same, and completed SET(O) settlement applications on their behalf. Both sisters attended their biometric appointments to provide their original passports and information, and shortly thereafter, both applications were successful.
‘The things I appreciate most from the team who have helped me in my recent immigration application are their efficiency and good use of technology which has been particularly helpful during the periods of lockdown we have had.’ – Legal 500 2021
Having assisted with settlement applications for a range of individuals who wish to settle in the UK, including those with immigration status as a worker or under a family route, the team are able to provide full support with the application process from start to finish. Alternatively, they can advise clients undertaking the application process themselves through one-off consultations. The level of support given is always guided by the client.
The team support individuals with complex immigration cases, including applications for niche private and family life applications with a history of appeals where individuals may not have detailed evidence of their immigration history, where their personal situation may complicate the application or where there have been previous negative decisions.
The team were instructed by an individual to advise and support with application for Indefinite Leave to Remain for an existing client. The client’s spouse had lived in the UK for 5 years on a spouse visa and wished to settle permanently.
The team made detailed representations to the Home Office, and completed a SET(M) settlement application on behalf of the spouse. The spouse attended their biometric appointment which the team assisted with booking. The application was successful and the client was delighted.
I will be forever grateful to Katherine Neylan for introducing me to Julie Moktadir to help me navigate a UK settlement issue. Julie was incredibly knowledgeable, communicated clearly, kept me informed and delivered on time and within the anticipated costs. From the moment she picked up the phone I knew I was in the right hands. Thank you. – Private Client