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Discretionary Leave and Private Life in the UK Visa

Visas for Individuals
Immigration Accreditation

We can assist you with all aspects of immigration law. This includes any problems concerning visiting, working, studying, settling or conducting business in the UK.

Why Choose Us for Immigration

SJS Solicitors is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme. This is awarded to firms who have an extremely thorough understanding of the UK's immigration and asylum laws. SJS Solicitors are proud to hold Level 2 membership, and our Principal Solicitor, Mrs. Sukul, holds supervisor status with over 17 years of experience fighting for her client's immigration rights. SJS Solicitors have been accredited since January 2006.

We are fully aware of the fact that the United Kingdom immigration laws are ever changing and can be very complex. It is therefore essential that you consult us for specalist legal advice before making any application that concerns any aspect of immigration law and the UK.

We can help you to apply for a Discretionary Leave and private life Visas, which, if successful would allow you to continue to reside in the UK.

There are certain criteria which you must fulfil to be successful in this category. The meaning of private life comes from Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

It is the right to respect for one’s private and family life his home and his correspondence. SJS Solicitors have been accredited by the Law Society at both a Level 2 and a Supervisor Level for Immigration and Asylum cases and as such are very well placed to give your application the highest chance for success.

The private life category comes under the Home Office’s immigration rule r276 ADE(1) and allows an applicant to regularise their stay in the UK by way of an application on the grounds of private life, under long residence where part of their residence may or may not have been lawful.

As a guideline, generally to be successful in an application under by satisfying rule 276 ADE (1) requires the applicant to satisfy the following:

  • has lived continuously in the UK for at least 20 years (discounting any period of imprisonment) or...
  • is under the age of 18 years and has lived continuously in the UK for at least 7 years (discounting any period of imprisonment) and it would not be reasonable to expect the applicant to leave the UK or...
  • Is aged 18 years or above and under 25 years and has spent at least half of his life living continuously in the UK (discounting any period of imprisonment) or...
  • The applicant must be aged 18 years or above, has lived continuously in the UK for less than 20 years (discounting any period of imprisonment) and there would be very significant obstacles to the applicant’s integration into the country to which he would have to go if he was removed from the UK

In addition, there is the suitability requirements under Appendix FM at section S-SLTR to be satisfied. Such requirements must be fulfilled in order to enable your application to succeed. When SJS Solicitors submit these applications on behalf of our clients we always ensure that in each and every case that all potential and available evidence is properly sought, pursued, obtained, and assessed before any application is submitted to the Home Office. Your application is prepared comprehensively by our immigration team and you are assisted through the entire application process.


Our Fees for this type of visa are fixed at £1875 + VAT, this includes our consultancy fee of £125 + VAT, which includes a 45 minute meeting with our Principal Solicitor where we discuss the details of your case, and allow you to decide if you would like to proceed with instructing our firm, if you decide not to, only the consultancy fee is payable. Our fees do not include any Home Office fees or disbursements which have to be paid separately.

Our consultancy fee includes:

  • A 45 minute meeting with our Principal Solicitor
  • A client care letter detailing all advice given in the meeting sent within 24 hours
  • The option to choose if you want to instruct our firm or not for your matter

If you are considering applying for this type of visa and currently reside outside the UK, we urge you to contact our firm by following this link or telephone us on +442086754436 so that we can help ensure that your application is a success.

If you reside within the UK, we recommend that you book a consultancy meeting with us by following this link so that we can discuss your application face to face.