Mr. O obtained a Residence Card after his marriage to an EEA national who was living and working in the UK. They lived as a happy couple for the first few years until problems occurred between them due to differing outlooks on life and they began to have arguments regularly. The relationship became irreparable after his ex-wife formed a new relationship with another man, following which the couple was divorced.
After the divorce, Mr. O continued residing and working in the UK. Upon completing his five-year stay in the UK, Mr. O applied for a Permanent Residence Card on the basis of retained right of residence.
After the divorce, Mr. O continued residing and working in the UK. Upon completing his five-year stay in the UK, Mr. O applied for a Permanent Residence Card on the basis of retained right of residence. Unfortunately, his application was refused as he failed to provide required evidence to show that his ex-wife was exercising treaty rights in the UK at the point of divorce and that he had been exercising treaty rights.
Feeling distraught and having had a bad experience with his previous legal representative, with a recommendation from his friend, Mr. O approached us just a couple of days before the deadline to exercise the right of appeal. He was going to start a new IT job with a reputable service review company and he was concern that the refusal decision would not only affect his life, but also his career. We advised him on the merits of his appeal, the appeal procedure and his immigration status. Mr. O decided to instruct us and an appeal was lodged in time.
With our advice and by taking appropriate steps to address the concerns raised by the UKVI in the refusal letter, the UKVI withdrew the refusal decision when the appeal was pending. Mr. O has now been granted a permanent residence card and has started a new job in central London. His passport was returned in time by Home Office to allow him to travel to the USA for training arranged by his employer. Mr. O was happy to finally be able to focus on building his career and life in the UK.