Our Immigration department recently obtained indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for a client who had been a victim of domestic abuse over nine years ago.
Having entered the UK on a spouse visa in 2011, our client was subjected to domestic abuse by his wife soon after his arrival. The abuse was physical, emotional and financial, which lasted over a period of two years. Sadly, due to a lack of support, and social stigma, our client did not feel that he was able to report the abuse against his wife. Consequently, he left the marriage with no extended leave to remain, causing him to become an over-stayer.
Our client later attempted to make an application to the Home Office based on his private life in the UK, which was sadly refused.
Following the refusal, he later instructed our Immigration team to assist him. Our team reviewed his case in detail and discovered that he was a victim of domestic abuse from 2011 to 2013, and prepared his application under this route.
After a lengthy battle with the Home Office, our Immigration team successfully demonstrated that he had been a victim of domestic abuse in the past, and he was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain status in the UK.
If you, or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, or has experienced it in the past, and is subject to immigration controls in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration department to see how we can help.