Our clients were a lesbian couple who had met in the UK whilst studying here. As their visas were due to expire, they were concerned about securing an extension based on their relationship. Fisher Meredith’s Immigration solicitors helped them build an effective case and they were granted Discretionary Leave to Remain.
Our clients arrived in the UK as students where they met and formed a relationship. At the time of instructing Fisher Meredith both clients held Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visas which were due to expire. They were unable to secure the necessary points to switch into one of the alternative Points Based System (PBS) routes but were distraught at the idea of having to return to India permanently. They feared that they would not be able to continue their relationship for fear of harassment and ill-treatment.
How we helped our client
The Immigration solicitor responsible for the case explained that an application could be submitted outside the immigration rules given their particular circumstances. We assisted our clients in building up a file of evidence to submit with their application which detailed their family life in the UK. We also prepared detailed representations citing relevant legal authorities and setting out the strength of their family life in the UK as well as the treatment they were likely to receive should they be made to return.
The application was approved and both clients were granted Discretionary Leave to Remain under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Immigration solicitor dealing with this case, Mariam Khaliq, is a Solicitor in the Immigration Law department at Fisher Meredith.
She has over 5 years of experience as a specialist Immigration lawyer, dealing with a broad range of immigration applications and appeals. However, she particularly enjoys cases relating to Article 8, Deportation, and Entry Clearance matters.
Case handler comments
Mariam said: “This was an application outside the immigration rules. It required persuasive representations to be made to the UK Border Agency (UKBA). The case also required detailed research on the treatment the couple would receive in the event that they were returned and the effect that this would have on their relationship.”
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