Everyone knows about marriage visas. Visas for partners -- whether spouses, civil partners, common-law spouses, or conjugal partners -- are perhaps the most common-sense and widely known visa type.
And yet, we take on more partnership visa clients than we do any other type of family visa.
That's in part because they are among the most complicated applications to make. We provide the professional support necessary to succeed with your visa application the first time: without the confusion, delays, interrogations (and even travels bans!) that may await the unwary.
Immigration officers as Matchmakers? Not exactly.
Immigration officers have an important job to do, and resolving international romantic entanglements is not on the list.
As it is, officers spend an inordinate amount of time on partner visas. That's not surprising, as they are a magnet for fraud. For some, creating a fictional partnership is not just an easy way to obtain a visa, it is a temptingly well-paid trade involving willing marks, highly motivated (and often well-funded) punters, and no apparent victim except the state.
As a result, these visas are hemmed-in by regulations and monitored more carefully than perhaps any other.
That means that even for legitimate couples, it's not just about falling in love, filing the application, and buying your airline ticket.
Partnership visas are issued strictly at the discretion of the immigration officer.
Those officers use various systems to signal which applicants they should investigate more carefully, and trap fraudulent applicants.
Those same traps are often inadvertently sprung on legitimate but unwary applicants who fail to realise how suspicion can be raised by truthful, but careless or poorly thought-out visa applications.
Get it right the first time.
Yes, bad decisions can sometimes be reviewed, and occasionally -- but very rarely -- they are overturned.
But how much lawyering can you afford? So long as you are willing to pay for professional advice, far better value to get it done right the first time.
The key to partner visas is that it is a process of proving the legitimacy of your relationship, which means it is driven by the facts and the evidence you can produce to support those facts.
But that's not all.
Just like any legal process, knowing how to make that case convincingly and effectively involves a great deal more than merely form submission, and it's certainly about more than producing a carrier bag full of old boarding passes.
What you need, in sum, is both answers to questions about what needs to be done, along with an experienced, professional advocate to make your case.
Let us put our long experience and professional advocates to work for you.
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