Thanks Tom for your advice.
The last FPN which was issued by court was convicted in July, 2013. I am submitting my application this month. So, it is within 24 month. Providing that I have character references would this be a mandatory refusal?
Also, the first FPN is over three years now and the second one is over two years now. Should I include them in the application form? or should I put them in a side letter? For the last FPN, should I disclose it in the application form or in a side letter? Should I tick yes or no for the criminal record in the application form?
Sorry for bring up so many questions and I am looking forward to your kind help.
Thanks again for your clarification. I went back to check the general ground for refusal. For lLR, there is a timescale if I have convicted of a non-custodial offence, which is two years. within two years it is mandatory refusal. As my visa runs out in Jan. 2015, so, I have to extend it. I am planning to extend my Tier 2 (general) visa this time. I checked the general ground for refusal again for leave to remain, and for Convicted of a non-custodial offence, after 13 December it is Discretionary and need to be considered under character, conduct and associations, persistent offender and serious harm categories. Does this mean that the criteria for leave to remain in this case is the same as the one for ILR when the conviction was more than two years ago (they are all discretionary). So, good character references will help in this case and I wont be refused mandatorily?
My conviction is not more than two years. However, for leave to remain, would this 'more than two years' still applies? I checked the document, it seems it is only for ILR and not for leave to remain.
Thanks a lot for your help.
thanks for this.
I may confuse you or I may be confused. rule 322 (1c) (iv) is for
(1C) where the person is seeking indefinite leave to enter or remain:
As in my case, I am not going to seek indefinite leave to remain, I am only applying for leave to remain under tier 2 (general). would this apply still?
Please check the following document on page 37 to 40, it seems they make a distinction between leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain.
Thanks for your reply. In this case, would you know solicitors (better around Lincoln) who can better deal with my case?
Do you think in my case, a solicitor will do a great help? I can get character letters. What should I include in the cover letter?
Apart from the cover letter, if I find a solicitor to help me with my application, what will they do for me?
Do you have anyone around Lincoln you can suggest and also, do you have some examples for the statement and the character references?
It would be much helpful if I can have a look and find someone at this early stage to draft it rather than wait until the appointment with the solicitor.