The Home Office have recently updated many of their application forms for leave to remain and settlement. In particular, from 1 December 2015 only the new November version of the Home Office FLR(FP) form can be used for Applicants applying for leave to remain in the UK on the basis of their private and family life.
The importance of submitting an application on the correct form cannot be overstated as applications can be rejected as invalid if the most recent version of an application form is not used.
In most cases, by the time the Home Office inform Applicants that their application has been rejected their leave to remain has already expired. This can leave many individuals inadvertently overstaying their leave which can have serious repercussions on their immigration history as well as their immediate ability to work or study while any new application is under consideration.
Using an out of date version of an application form is an easy mistake to make as the forms are periodically updated by the Home Office with little or no notice being given to the public. Before posting an application it is therefore always important to double check that a new version of the form has not been issued.
Using the correct form is just one of many reasons why an application can be rejected as invalid from not providing the correct fee or the correct size passport photographs or the specified evidence that is required by the Immigration Rules.
It can be difficult to get everything right when preparing an immigration application. Our specialist immigration team can assist you in preparing any immigration application.
Contact us to discuss your situation via this website or call us on 0191 232 9547.