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Helping a family to stay together

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Our immigration unit helped a Latvian man, his Latvian wife and her non-EEA mother living in the UK. The couple have two children, both born in the UK.

Our clients applied for registration certificates for the two Latvian nationals and a residence card for the non-EEA mother. The husband had worked in the UK from 2004 and obtained a Workers Registration Certificate in 2009. He became ill in 2013 and was off work for eight weeks, but then returned to his employment. His mother-in-law had been visiting the UK since 2009 for extended periods and had very close family ties to the couple and their two young children. Her flights, accommodation and basic living costs were paid for by her daughter and son in law.

The Home Office refused the application on the basis that the husband did not lodge sufficient evidence that he was a worker and his mother-in-law did not lodge evidence of her dependence.

We submitted supporting documents and a skeleton argument to the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Court) and the Home Office withdrew its refusal decision at the tribunal.

The Home Office has granted our clients EEA registration certificates to the two EEA nationals and a residence card to the mother. The family are now able to travel freely and feel more secure.

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