Going through a divorce is never a pleasant experience. If you’re a non-UK resident who is currently living and working in the UK on a spouse visa, then this can add to the stress of getting a divorce even more.
The end of a marriage is an emotional and testing time, so even considering the legalities and the immigration laws that surround you can be unimaginable. If you’re dependent on a family visa and are reliant on your ex-spouse for settlement, it can often seem a lot easier to end your losses and move home.
Once your marriage has ended, the Home Office may request that you leave the country within a number of weeks following your break up. However, if you have started a family, or have set up a business in the UK, then it’s unlikely that you will want to leave. Time is of the essence in these situations and it’s really important that you act fast. Here are some steps that you should take in these circumstances.
Speak to the home office
Before you make any decisions, it’s of the utmost importance that you inform the Home Office that you have got a divorce. Throughout the process, immigration professionals will need you to be fully transparent and honest, so the sooner you let them know the better. Failure to do so could heighten the chances of them enforcing your leave from the country.
Once notice has been given and you have informed the Home Office that … Read More