A Step-by-Step guide to Settlement Visas!

This guide is for partners of either British Citizens or British residents who hold Indefinite Leave to Remain, who are outside the UK. Settlement visas (also known as partner visas or ‘to join family’) can be a cause of great stress to try to understand. The financial requirement is complex, and a comprehensive list of […]

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Top 5 tips for a successful UK visa application

Provide evidence of everything!  Do not assume the Entry Clearance Officer (decision-maker of visa applications) will take your word for it. Pay close attention to the questions on the Visa Application Form (whether online or on a paper form) – if you answer something incorrectly it could be seen as an attempt to use deception […]

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Top 5 tips for a successful Points Based System application

Get it right first time – if you don’t you will not be given a chance to submit more documentation, your application will be refused, and you will not be given a refund of your visa fee.  So you will have to start from scratch having wasted your time, effort and money! The Entry Clearance […]

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Top 5 tips for a successful Tier 1 visa application

Only submit documentation that meets the exact descriptions in the Policy Guidance. Do not assume the Entry Clearance Officer (decision-maker of visa applications) will use their discretion – they are not allowed to for Points Based System applications. If you have doubts about a piece of your supporting documentation don’t submit it – find an […]

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Top 5 tips for a successful UK student visa (Tier 4)

You must get offered a place at an educational establishment before you can apply for your Tier 4 student visa.  They will issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number. Make sure you include your CAS number in your application (on ‘Appendix 8’) so that the Entry Clearance Officer (decision-maker of visa […]

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Marrying a Brit – 5 things to know about visas

If you want to get married in the UK you need a visa (unless you are a citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland) – either a Visit-Marriage Visa or a Fiancé(e) Visa, see Tip 5. If you want to live in the UK, but are wondering where to marry, it may be cheaper and […]

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About Nikki de Prey

de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.