According to paragraph 56 of Appendix Armed Forces, an entry clearance (where required under paragraph 6(a)) or leave to enter as a member of an armed force not exempt from immigration control will be granted to an applicant who:

  • is outside the United Kingdom;
  • has made a valid application for entry clearance or leave to enter as a member of an armed force not exempt from immigration control;
  • does not fall to be refused on the grounds of suitability under paragraph 8 or 9 of Appendix Armed Forces; and
  • meets the general eligibility requirements in paragraph 55 of Appendix Armed Forces.

General Eligibility Requirements

According to paragraph 55 of Appendix Armed Forces, the general eligibility requirements for members of armed forces who are not exempt from immigration control are that they:

  • are a member of a foreign armed force;
  • have been invited by:
    • HM Forces to undergo training in the United Kingdom which HM Forces will provide; or
    • the Ministry of Defence to study, or become familiarised with military equipment being supplied by a firm in the United Kingdom;
  • will leave the United Kingdom after the period of training, study or familiarisation;
  • can provide evidence that they are able to maintain themselves and any dependants adequately in the United Kingdom without recourse to public funds;
  • can provide evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for themselves and any dependants in the United Kingdom, including any other dependants who are not included in the application but who will live in the same household in the United Kingdom, which the applicant and their dependants own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if:
    • it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
    • it contravenes public health regulations.

Duration Of Grant Of Entry Clearance/Leave To Enter

According to paragraph 57 of Appendix Armed Forces, an entry clearance or leave to enter granted under paragraph 56 will be granted:

  • for whichever is the shorter period of:
    • 4 years; and
    • the duration of the training, study or familiarisation; and
  • subject to the following conditions:
    • no recourse to public funds; and
    • a prohibition on employment other than that for the purposes for which the applicant was granted leave to enter.

According to paragraph 58 of Appendix Armed Forces, an entry clearance or leave to enter granted under paragraph 56 of Appendix Armed Forces may be granted subject to the conditions in paragraph 57(b) of Appendix Armed Forces for an additional period of 3 months beyond the end of the training, study or familiarisation where:

  • such leave is required in order to enable the applicant to meet third country transit regulations which require passengers to have 3 months’ extant leave in the United Kingdom;
  • travel to the third country forms part of the training, study or familiarisation; and
  • the total period of leave granted does not exceed 4 years.

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Leave To Enter As A Member Of Non-HM Forces?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

We can represent you in your entry clearance application as a member of non-HM Forces and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application. Our work will include:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the British High Commission/Embassy/Consulate in your application for entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces;
  • Discussing your application for entry clearance in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your entry clearance application;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your entry clearance application as a member of non-HM Forces;
  • Assessing the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the entry clearance application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the entry clearance application as a member of non-HM Forces;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on the entry clearance application as a member of non-HM Forces;
  • Protecting your interests while your application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your entry clearance application as a member of non-HM Forces;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces.

Our Fees For Entry Clearance As A Member Of Non-HM Forces

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as a member of non-HM Forces. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on your application for entry clearance as a member of non-HM Forces. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office UK visa fee, etc.

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