UK Immigration rules from Pakistan

Report / Imran Shakir

The highly developed economy of the United Kingdom is the fifth-largest economy in the world providing great employment, business opportunities, healthcare services, and other fringe benefits to its natives.
People from all around the world visit the UK as it has many tourist attractions and to settle there to enjoy the benefits given by the government. For this reason, many people wish to immigrate to the UK. Most people from Pakistan migrate to the UK for work or UK settlement purposes.
The UK Home Office immigration policies have become stringent making it difficult for the applicants to enter the country however, a person with a genuine reason to enter and authentic documentation would not be barred from entering the UK.

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UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur
UK Tier 2 General
UK Spouse Visa / Settlement Visa UK
UK Tier 5
UK PLAB visa for doctors
Appeals against the refusal

UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur
UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is a point-based system that permits an applicant with his / her family members (spouse/partner and children under 18 years of age) to reside in the UK by investing a minimum of £ 200,000. The funds of £200,000 could be owned by the applicant or arranged by a third party.
Under this business category, a Genuine Entrepreneur test must be cleared along with other requirements such as maintenance and English Language Test Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

UK Tier 2 General
An applicant intending to work in the UK could apply under UK Tier 2 General and obtain entry clearance or leave to remain, provided a UK-based employer has sponsored him/her.
The employer must be licensed in the UK in order to sponsor an overseas applicant. The main requirements to qualify for this work visa category is having a licensed sponsorship, maintenance funds, and passing of English language test at CFER level B1.

UK Spouse Visa / Settlement Visa UK

An applicant whose spouse is a British national or has indefinite leave to remain in the UK could apply for a UK spouse visa or settlement visa UK from Pakistan. The sponsor and the spouse must meet certain criteria set by the Home Office for the UK spouse visa to be successful. Evidence of per annum earning of at least £18,600, with additional £3800 for the first child and an additional £2400 for each additional child, of being 18 years of age or above, with both having met in person, of being in a genuine and subsisting relationship, and intending to live together permanently and with the applicant has passed an English Level Test at A1 Level is required.

UK Tier 5
UK Tier 5 visa is classified into subcategories which are Youth Mobility Scheme, Religious Workers, Charity Workers, Sporting and Creative, Government Authorized Exchange, and International Agreement. Each category has specific requirements, and an applicant must meet the criteria set by the Home Office when applying for any of the subcategories.

UK Visit Visas
If you are planning to visit the UK for any reason, you need a visa. To get a visit visa, you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officer at the British High Commission in Pakistan of your intentions of returning from the UK after the completion of the visit. Once you are in the UK any breach of the visa restrictions would have dire consequences.

UK General Visit Visa for tourism
Every year, the British High Commission receives a great number of General Visit Visas applications from Pakistan. The applicants who desire to visit the UK for tourism purposes are advised by the UK immigration lawyers to apply under this category and not the UK family visit visa category. The General Visit Visa to the UK can be of different durations; for example, for Long Term Visa UK, you can apply from two to ten years of visa.

General Visitor Visa UK from Pakistan
UK Family Visit Visa
The Family Visitor Visa allows Individuals from Pakistan to travel to the UK with the intention to meet their family and friends living in the UK. Documents required for the UK Family Visit Visa depend upon the applicant’s personal circumstances therefore a list of documents is different for everyone. The duration of stay should not be more than six months in one go.

UK Business Visit Visa
Many businessmen from Pakistan travel to the UK on Business Visit Visa to carry out certain economic activities. Those visitors, who intend to visit the UK for a short period of time for business activities, may apply under the following categories:
Academic visitors
Religious workers
Visiting professors
Film crew
Teachers traveling with students
Consultants, Advisers, and Trainers
Representatives of overseas news media

The applicants are advised to meet all the necessary requirements set by the Home Office before applying for Business Visit Visa UK. UK Visa Consultants is one of the best UK immigration lawyers in Pakistan who could assist you with the preparation of the UK Business Visa application. A detailed consultation is provided to the applicants to gauge their economic, personal, and familial circumstances in Pakistan to maximize approval chances of the UK Business Visit Visa application.

Medical Visitors from Pakistan to the UK
The United Kingdom is known for its advanced healthcare services and modern medication. Healthcare facilities provided by the government and private medical institutions have a world-class reputation in terms of technology and quality of services. Therefore, patients who want to travel to the UK for private medical treatment may apply for a UK medical visitor visa from Pakistan. Applicants are asked to meet the specific requirements, according to their circumstances. They are advised to provide evidence of their medical history, treatment to be undertaken in the UK, and the expenses to occur. Their treatment process must not be more than six months. Moreover, the applicants of the Medical Visit Visa for the UK will not have permission to take paid or unpaid jobs in the UK.

Entertainer visitors from Pakistan
This is the category of visa that allows entertainers, artists, designers, performers, assessors, media personnel from Pakistan to partake in any charity event, art festival, or music competition declared by the Home Office. Visitors entering the UK on the entertainer visa must be above 18 and should not stay for more than 6 months. All the expenses must be endured by the applicant without having to recourse to the public funds. The immigration lawyers at the UK Visa Consultants help on every step.

Permitted Paid Engagement visa UK from Pakistan
An applicant invited by a UK-based organization, client, or company without having to be sponsored under the points-based system can apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visa UK from Pakistan. To obtain a Permitted Paid Engagement visa UK, the applicant must comply with the home Office criteria. For complete guidance on Permitted Paid Engagement visa UK from Pakistan.

UK PLAB visa for doctors
Medical graduates, who wish to take the PLAB (Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board) examination, can apply for the PLAB Visa UK from Pakistan. The General Medical Council stipulates the doctors pass PLAB 1 prior to taking PLAB 2 examination. Applicants would have to give documentary evidence of the test date and their eligibility to qualify for PLAB 2. PLAB Visa UK is granted for six months however, an extension could be made for undertaking clinical attachment if the applicant has passed the Professional & Linguistic Assessment Board Test.

Appeals against the refusal
In the case where the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has refused a UK visa application and no right of appeal is granted, the applicants can still challenge the refusal by opting for Judicial Review in the Upper Tribunal of the Asylum, within 90 days of the refusal. A Pre-Action Protocol notice is required to be sent to the Home Office in the UK prior to the Administrative Review. We at UK Visa Consultants provide complete solutions to our client for Judicial Review in the UK High Court. Our team of lawyers and barrister in the UK are fully equipped to deal with such matters. We not only assess your documents meticulously but also provide you with a step-by-step procedure to follow. Our experienced and qualified professionals at UK Visa consultants have expertise in the UK immigration laws and are apt at providing the best possible solutions for the clients seeking to obtain UK entry clearance.

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