With Covid-19 and the ultimate requirement to stay home, we have been coming across an increased number of domestic violence and abuse incidents. Many of our calls are now from clients who need assistance in solving their Immigration status in the UK, with a view of divorce and separation.
People who live in the UK as dependant family members of their partner or spouse, under Appendix EU of the Immigration Rules, can divorce from their abusive partner and remain in the UK. Of course, like every other UK visa and leave to remain application, there are requirements which must be met and supporting evidence which must be provided. Our family department and Immigration department are here to guide you through the whole process, from the divorce/dissolution matter to your Immigration application.
The current Rules only apply to spouses/partners of EEA nationals who were a victim of domestic violence. From 24 August 2020, any family member who falls within the scope of the Scheme (including durable partners, children, dependent parents and dependent relatives), and whose family relationship with their EEA national sponsor has ended as a result of domestic violence against them, will be able to retain rights of residence.
You do not have to stay in an abusive relationship or household just because of your Immigration visa requirements. Contact our specialist Immigration team on 020 3372 5125 or complete our online enquiry form to discuss your circumstances and options available.
If you are in immediate danger call National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247