on May 28, 2022
We had previously assisted our client with her application for entry clearance under the Sole Representative visa route to the United Kingdom. She was now seeking to extend her visa under the same route. However, she had spent large periods of time outside of the UK due to the imposed lockdowns and travel bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When we spoke with our client, we advised that a key requirement within the Immigration Rules was for an applicant to satisfy the minimum absence requirements. Failing to meet this requirement could lead to a refusal and therefore must be taken seriously. Our client, being sponsored by a UK national, therefore had to show she could provide evidence that as a frequent traveller for business purposes, she was in the Middle East and the United States at different times during the pandemic, which meant she was often having to stay in various countries for longer than expected.
Our client’s spouse worked for an established company. She was therefore able to evidence that her travel was necessary to the business and further, she was able to provide evidence of the travel bans in each country she was in.
We ensured we highlighted the specific time and countries she was in, so that it was made evident to the Home Office how this was outside of her control and should not adversely affect her extension application. We prepared the full application and submitted it to be considered on a priority basis.
Through ensuring we met the necessary requirements, we successfully assisted our client in submitting her application, and we were able to book her a biometric appointment. Her application was accepted by the Home Office, and she was granted an extension to her Sole Representative visa, without any subsequent enquiries.