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Your LGBT IMMIGRATION team

Our gay immigration team has years of experience in UK immigration law.
Stuart Lawyer

STUART HANSON

Hello, my name is Stuart Hanson, and I am pleased to introduce myself as your LGBT Immigration Lawyer. With over 20 years of experience in immigration law, I have built a solid foundation of expertise and knowledge that allows me to navigate the complexities of immigration with ease. 

In my previous role, I was the head of an LGBTQ asylum charity, where I worked tirelessly to provide support and guidance to individuals seeking asylum based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. My advocacy efforts did not go unnoticed, as I was interviewed by esteemed media outlets such as Channel 4, Aljazeera, and LBC radio, shedding light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community in immigration. 

In addition to my media appearances, I have also had the privilege of being a guest speaker at renowned institutions like the London School of Economics (LSE), sharing my insights and experiences with eager minds. As a former magistrate in Leeds, I bring a deep understanding of the legal system and a unique perspective to every case I handle. 

Beyond my professional achievements, I find joy in embracing diversity and learning about new cultures. Together with my husband, Dorian, I celebrate love, unity, and the beauty of multiculturalism. 

As your Immigration Lawyer, I am committed to providing you with the highest level of service, utilising my extensive experience and knowledge to navigate the intricacies of immigration law. My mission is to help you achieve your immigration goals while ensuring your rights are protected every step of the way.

I look forward to the opportunity to assist you in your immigration journey.

Dorian Immigration Lawyer

DORIAN RAMIREZ SOSA

Hello, I’m Dorian Ramirez Sosa. As the person responsible for running the office and supporting Stuart in his immigration work, I bring a unique perspective to the table. Having experienced the challenges and stress of the UK immigration process first-hand, I am well-equipped to empathise with you and provide you with the support you need. 

I studied initially in my home country of Mexico before I embarked on my academic journey doing my PhD at the University of Leeds. During my time at Leeds, I dedicated my research to the development of innovative engineering solutions. 

While my experience lies in immigration and civil engineering, I also have a personal life that brings me joy and balance. I am married to Stuart, and we enjoy spending quality time together with our cat, Barnaby, and dog, Culino. In my free-time, you can find me cooking Mexican dishes in the kitchen or indulging in the captivating world of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

I am excited to meet you and to help you with preparing your case.

Introduction to LGBT immigration

Immigrating to a new country can be a complex and daunting process, and this is especially true for those in the LGBT community. LGBT immigration law encompasses a unique set of challenges and considerations that require specialised knowledge and expertise. In this article, we will explore the complexities of LGBT immigration, the importance of hiring a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer, and how they can assist with various aspects of the immigration process.

Understanding the complexities of LGBT immigration law

LGBT immigration law involves navigating a complex web of policies, regulations, and legal frameworks. As an LGBT immigrant, you may face unique challenges, such as discrimination, lack of recognition of same-sex relationships, and limited access to certain rights and benefits. It is crucial to have a deep understanding of the intricacies of LGBT immigration law to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the immigration process.

A specialised LGBT immigration lawyer can provide valuable guidance and support in understanding the legal landscape. They are well-versed in the specific nuances of LGBT immigration law and can help you navigate the complexities of the system. Whether you are applying for a visa, indefinite leave to remain, or nationality, a specialised lawyer can ensure that your case is handled with care and expertise.

 

The importance of hiring a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer

When it comes to LGBT immigration, hiring a specialised lawyer is not just beneficial—it is essential. A specialised LGBT immigration lawyer has a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by LGBT immigrants and can provide the necessary expertise to navigate the legal system effectively. They are familiar with the ever-changing landscape of LGBT immigration law and can ensure that your case is handled with the utmost care and attention.

One area where a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer can be particularly valuable is in same-sex marriage immigration. While many countries now recognise same-sex marriages, the immigration process for same-sex couples can still be complicated. A specialised lawyer can help you understand the specific requirements and documentation needed to prove the validity of your marriage and navigate any potential hurdles that may arise.

How a specialized LGBT immigration lawyer can help with same-sex marriage immigration

Navigating the immigration process as a same-sex couple can be challenging, even in a country like the UK that recognises same-sex marriages. A specialised LGBT immigration lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in this regard. They can help you gather the necessary documentation, such as marriage certificates, joint financial records, and proof of cohabitation, to establish the validity of your marriage.

Additionally, a specialised lawyer can guide you through the application process, ensuring that you meet all the requirements and deadlines. They can help you prepare a strong case, addressing any potential concerns or doubts that the immigration authorities may have. By working with a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome and a smooth transition to your new home.

 

Questions to ask when choosing an LGBT immigration lawyer

When selecting an LGBT immigration lawyer, it is essential to ask the right questions to ensure that they are the right fit for your specific needs. Here are some questions to consider:

How long have you been practicing LGBT immigration law?

Have you worked on cases similar to mine before?

What is your success rate in handling LGBT immigration cases?

Can you provide references from past clients?

How do you stay updated on changes in LGBT immigration law?

 

By asking these questions, you can gauge the lawyer’s experience, expertise, and commitment to staying informed about the latest developments in LGBT immigration law. It is crucial to choose a lawyer who not only possesses the necessary knowledge but also demonstrates a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by LGBT immigrants.

 

Common challenges faced by LGBT immigrants

LGBT immigrants often face unique challenges and barriers that can complicate the immigration process. Some common challenges include:

Lack of recognition: In some countries, same-sex relationships are not legally recognised, making it difficult for LGBT couples to obtain visas or residency based on their relationships.

Discrimination: LGBT immigrants may face discrimination and prejudice during the immigration process, which can impact their applications and overall experience.

Navigating these challenges requires the expertise of a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer who understands the unique obstacles faced by LGBT immigrants and can advocate for their rights throughout the immigration process.

Conclusion: Why working with a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer is crucial

Navigating the complexities of LGBT immigration requires specialised knowledge and expertise. By working with a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the necessary support throughout the immigration process. They understand the unique challenges faced by LGBT immigrants and can provide guidance and representation tailored to your specific needs.

Whether you are applying for a visa, or dealing with same-sex marriage immigration, a specialised LGBT immigration lawyer can be your advocate and ally. They have the experience and knowledge to navigate the intricate web of LGBT immigration law, ensuring that your case is handled with care and expertise.

Remember, you don’t have to navigate the complexities of LGBT immigration alone.

 

LGBT immigration firm – No Going Back

We are gay immigration lawyers specialising in LGBT immigration cases. We are the only firm in the UK offering such a specialist service supporting LGBT individuals through the UK immigration process. Being part of the community ourselves, we understand the issues that you – our client – may face. Whilst we are out and proud, we understand that you may not be able to express your sexuality due to various cultural and social factors. We understand that in immigration cases, you may come from a country where it may be illegal for you to be you. As such, we ensure that your case is confidential, and any information shared with us will not be disclosed to others without your permission.

Our team have years of experience in UK immigration law, our most common work involves:

  • Marriage or civil partnership visas;
  • Fiancé or proposed civil partner applications;
  • Permanent residency visa;
  • Nationality;
  • Visit visas; and
  • Business visas.

 

We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The OISC is a non-departmental public organisation, sponsored by the Home Office. They oversee and regulate immigration lawyers, making sure they are competent and always acting in the client’s best interest.

 

OUR SERVICES

OUR IMMIGRATION ADVICE & APPLICATION SUPPORT

We offer expert immigration advice and support to both individuals and commercial organisations. We are specialist in all forms of applications and visas and can tailor our support in a way that suits your case. You can expect to have an advisor who provides ongoing support from initial consultation, to completing applications and administrative processes, and finally submission. We will ensure you receive all the facts and advice to progress with your application as stress-free as possible.

WE ARE CLIENT-CENTRED  

At No Going Back, our clients are our top priority. When you choose to receive advice and support from us you can expect to receive a service that works for you and appreciates your requirements and needs. At your initial consultation we will discuss your expectations and requirements and then come up with a plan on how to progress. We will agree a fixed fee and this will never change, unless additional services are required and you agree to those services being carried out. Our client-centred ethos means that we can deal with more complex or niche cases.

SO WHY CHOOSE NO GOING BACK?

As well as having extensive legal experience in both advice and representation, we are all part of the LGBT community. We believe that this is important, as it equips us with the empathy and learned experience to allow us to understand the issues that you may face. There is no doubt that embarking on an often-complex immigration process can be tough; even more so where you face discrimination due to your sexual orientation or gender. We are well aware and experienced in working with LGBT individuals from persecuting countries and so can provide you with specialist support in this regard. Our goal is for you to feel safe, supported and proud during the process and to have a close working relationship with your lawyer.

At No Going Back, we believe that everyone should have access to affordable and professional immigration advice. We adopt a person-centred/client-focused approach and will work with you to ensure that our service is provided in a way that suits you. The quickest and most popular way of discussing your case with your lawyer is online.

In developing No Going Back, we felt that it is far easier to talk to someone who is part of your community than someone who is not. We know our shared understanding will enable us to support you to the very best of our ability. In choosing No Going Back, you can expect to work with friendly people, who will view you as a human being rather than a client. We strive to not only provide quality advice in relation to your immigration needs, but also empower you to be you. 

CAN I GET ADVICE FROM YOU LOCALLY?

We operate remotely so you can get advice from wherever you are in the world. We offer our services over platforms that work for you, which can include Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime.

HOW CAN I FIND THE BEST LGBT IMMIGRATION ADVISOR?

Immigration advisors are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). In order to give advice, advisors must be vetted and registered with the OISC. All of our advisors are qualified to varying levels and you will receive an advisor who is experienced and able to deal with your case. If you are part of the LGBT community, you will receive expert advice from us. We are not aware of any other firms with our experience and knowledge on LGBT immigration.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

We offer our services with a fixed fee. The average fee for in country or entry clearance services within the immigration rules is £1,750.00.

Upon booking our services you will be quoted a fixed fee and this will be stated clearly in the client care letter – so you will not receive any unexpected billing. Any further costs incurred will be discussed with you from the outset.

We must stress that payment must be made in full regardless of the outcome of your application. We cannot guarantee that you will be successful in your application as we are not the decision-makers. We understand that you will be making a substantial investment in our services and as a result will receive high quality service. All of this is explained in your client care letter and we would be happy to discuss this with you further.

HOW LONG DO CASES TAKE?

This depends on the complexity and nature of your case. When you receive advice from us, you will be allocated an advisor who will work with you from start to finish. They will be able to provide you with ideas of timescale and work with you throughout the process. However, the Home Office are well known to work within a timescale of their own, which we cannot influence. There are fast track services offered by the Home Office, which may result in a faster service.

 

 

COMMON VISA TYPES

FAMILY VISAS

One of the most common visas we can support you with is the family visa. This is necessary for you to bring your family into the UK. Examples include partner visas for married/civil partnered, couples (those who have lived together for a continuous period of at least two years), fiancés, and those with dependent children. The most common problem we encounter in these cases is the financial requirement, which stipulates that to be eligible you must have at least a gross annual income of at least £18,600 (though this is dependent on exceptions such as permitted benefits). Working out the amount needed can become complicated, especially when children are involved. The Home Office document which covers this is Appendix FM and currently has 71 pages! However, we are here to help explain the requirements to you.

UK VISITOR VISAS

A very common visa is the visitor visa that is used when you are travelling to the UK for leisure or business, or maybe even healthcare. However, getting the evidence together to show that the Home Office that you won’t be a risk or overstay can be difficult. A helpful tool is on the UK government’s website to check the visa requirements: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN (SETTLEMENT VISA)

There are lots of different names for this visa used by people, including permanent residency. You can generally apply for this after having lived in the UK for a specific period of time. The period of time depends on the visa that you are on. There are lots of advantages of having permanent residency, which includes being free of immigration control and also not having to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge each year!

When applying you need to be aware of the visa requirements such as the Life in the UK test. There are numerous steps to take and eligibility criteria to meet, which can be very daunting. We are here to help you understand this process and ensure it is done properly. Do not hesitate to contact us for further information and support.

COMING FROM EUROPE?

Now that the UK has left the EU, there are lots of changes. At No Going Back we ensure that we are up to date on all legislative changes that may affect EU nationals applying to come and live in the UK.   

Case study: Raj & Sunny

Raj and Sunny, a same-sex couple, had their fair share of challenges in their immigration case. They first connected on a gay dating site and quickly developed a strong bond. Raj, a British national, decided to take a leap of faith and travelled to India to meet Sunny in person. However, their happiness was short-lived when Sunny’s visit visa application was rejected by the Home Office, citing concerns about his intentions to return to India.

This rejection put a considerable strain on their relationship. Despite the distance and the uncertainties ahead, Raj was determined to make their love prevail. During his second visit to India, Raj mustered up the courage and proposed to Sunny, hoping to solidify their commitment to each other.

Realising the complexities of their situation, Raj reached out to an LGBT immigration lawyer in the UK to seek guidance and explore their options. The lawyer, understanding the unique challenges faced by same-sex couples in immigration matters, immediately scheduled a three-way conversation to discuss their case comprehensively.

Taking into account the time frames and Sunny’s employment contract in India, the lawyer developed an immigration plan. They guided Raj and Sunny through the process of obtaining a fiancé visa, providing them with the necessary legal support and advice at every step. The lawyer’s expertise and experience in navigating the intricacies of UK immigration law proved invaluable to the couple.

With the lawyer’s unwavering support, Sunny successfully obtained the fiancé visa, allowing him to join Raj in the UK. Throughout the entire process, the lawyer remained by their side, ensuring that all the legal requirements were met and addressing any concerns that arose.

The lawyer’s commitment to their case extended beyond the initial visa application. They continued to assist Raj and Sunny as they worked towards Sunny’s permanent residency and eventual acquisition of a British passport. The lawyer’s knowledge and expertise proved instrumental in overcoming the hurdles of UK immigration law.

Beyond their professional relationship, the lawyer also played a crucial role in building a strong client relationship with Raj and Sunny. They provided emotional support, understanding the unique challenges faced by same-sex couples in immigration matters, and going above and beyond to ensure the couple’s happiness and well-being.

Ultimately, Raj and Sunny’s love triumphed over the immigration obstacles they faced. With the legal guidance and unwavering support of their dedicated LGBT immigration lawyer, they were able to navigate the complexities of the UK immigration system and build a life together in the UK. Their story serves as a testament to the power of love and the importance of having the right legal advocate by your side in times of uncertainty.