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The dos and don’ts of UK immigration law

If you’re planning on moving to the UK, it’s important that know their immigration law. Luckily for everyone who wants a quick and easy experience with Immigration into Britain, there are some do’s and don’ts in store! This article will examine some of the most important things you need to know.

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The dos and don'ts of UK immigration law

First, lets us take a look at the Dos:

  1. Make sure you have a valid passport before applying for a visa. The passport should be valid for at least six months from your intended travel date.
  2. Apply for the right visa category. There are different types of visas available depending on your purpose of visit. Make sure to apply for the right one to avoid any delays or problems.
  3. Submit all the required documents. When applying for a visa, include all the necessary supporting documents such as your passport, photos, and evidence of financial means.
  4. Pay the application fee. All visa applications require a non-refundable fee, which must be paid in full before your application can be processed.
  5. Provide biometrics. You must provide your fingerprints and a digital photo (biometrics) as part of the visa application process.
  6. Give truthful information. When applying for a visa, provide accurate and up-to-date information about yourself and your plans. Giving false information can lead to delays or even a rejection of your application.
  7. Keep copies of all documents. It is always a good idea to keep copies of all the documents you submit as part of your visa application in case you need them later on.
  8. Track your application online. Once you have submitted your visa application, you can track its progress online using your application reference number.
  9. Contact the visa office if you change your plans. If your plans change after submitting your visa application (e.g., change your travel dates), make sure to contact the visa office and let them know.
  10. Expect delays during peak periods. The UK visa process can take longer during busy periods, such as holidays or summertime. Make sure to allow extra time if you plan to travel during these times.

Now let’s take a look at the Don’ts:

  1. Don’t apply for a visa too far before your travel date. You can only apply for a UK visa up to three months before your planned travel date.
  2. Don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your visa. It is always best to apply for your visa well in advance to avoid any last-minute stress.
  3. Don’t submit incomplete applications. Ensure you have included all the required documents before submitting your application to avoid delays.
  4. Don’t forget to sign your application form. The applicant must sign all application forms, or they will not be accepted.
  5. Don’t submit old or expired passports. Only current passports are accepted as part of the visa application process.
  6. Don’t try to use someone else’s passport photo. All photos submitted as part of a visa application must be of the applicant.
  7. Don’t submit fake documents. All documents submitted as part of a visa application must be genuine and up-to-date.
  8. Don’t overstay your visa. Once your visa expires, you will need to leave the UK immediately. Overstaying your visa can lead to serious consequences, including a ban from returning to the UK in the future.
  9. Don’t work without permission. If you want to work in the UK, you must apply for a separate work visa. Working without the proper permission can lead to deportation.
  10. Don’t engage in illegal activities. This includes things like working without a valid visa or overstaying your visa. Doing so can lead to serious consequences, including a future ban from returning to the UK.

The consequences of breaking British immigration law:

It’s no secret that the UK has some of the most strict immigration laws in the world. Anyone who is caught violating these laws can face serious consequences, including imprisonment and deportation.

But what many people don’t know is that even if you are a legal immigrant, there are still things you can do that could get you in trouble with the authorities. Let’s discuss some of the most common violations and the consequences you may face if you are caught.

Overstaying your visa

If you come to the UK on a tourist visa, you can only stay for up to six months. If you stay longer, you will be considered an overstayer. Overstaying your visa is a serious offence and can result in a fine of up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. Additionally, you will be placed on the UK’s stop list, which means you will be barred from entering the country for at least 10 years.

Working without a permit

If you are not a British citizen or a citizen of an EEA country, you will need a work permit in order to legally work in the UK. Working without a permit is a serious offence and can result in a fine of up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. Additionally, you will be deported back to your home country.

Not paying taxes

All workers in the UK, regardless of their citizenship status, are required to pay taxes. If caught working without paying taxes, you could face a fine or imprisonment. Also, you could be deported back to your home country if you are an illegal immigrant.

Failing to register with the police

If you are a non-EEA national staying in the UK for more than three months, you must register with the police. Failure to do so is a serious offence and can result in a fine or imprisonment.

Providing false information on your visa application

If you are caught providing false information on your visa application, your visa will be immediately cancelled, and you will be deported back to your home country. Additionally, you may be banned from re-entering the UK for up to 10 years.

These are just some of the most common immigration offences and the consequences you could face if you are caught violating the law. Suppose you are ever in doubt about whether or not something you’re doing is illegal. In that case, it’s always best to avoid caution and seek professional help by contacting our experienced immigration solicitors in Manchester and Blackburn.

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