Making a successful visa application outside of the immigration rules to secure the right to stay in the UK

If you believe it is imperative you stay in the UK, but you cannot apply for a visa under the immigration rules, it’s possible to make an Application Outside the Rules.

  • You must have a credible and convincing reason, supported by thorough evidence.
  • It is vital to choose the right route for your application, for example if you are seeking asylum or fear a violation of your human rights.
  • Our experienced immigration lawyers will help you build a compelling case that gives you the strongest possible chance of securing a visa to stay in the UK.

In some cases, you may not be able to apply for a visa under UK immigration rules. However, if you are already in the UK, you may want to make an Application Outside the Rules.

These applications are usually made on the basis of your human rights. You will need to prove your particular circumstances are so compelling that you should be granted permission to stay in the UK. The Home office will exercise its discretion about whether or not to grant you a visa to stay on this basis.

For your application to succeed, it is essential you have the strongest possible case, supported by extensive evidence and presented in a way that the Home office will find credible and convincing. For example, this may be because you have strong family ties here which will be broken if you have to leave. There are various routes your application can take, and expert legal knowledge is required to choose the one most likely to succeed.

Our immigration lawyers are very experienced in the fine details of making Applications Outside the Rules. We will work with you to understand your personal circumstances, liaise with third parties, obtain medical evidence and take detailed statements from you, your friends and family.

We will advise you on the most appropriate legal basis for your application, help you build a powerful, rational and persuasive case to present to the Home Office, and prepare a comprehensive application that gives you the best possible chance of success.

We have offices in Southampton, Guildford, London, Woking, Lymington and Richmond and we offer specialist support to clients both nationally and internationally.

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