Spot Light On Nelson Cifuentes, Assistant Solicitor At Wornham & Co
Nelson recently helped a Pakistani national successfully apply for leave to remain as a Tier 4 student. The matter was not straightforward as the client had previously made a Tier 4 application himself which had been refused. The client’s appeal, which he made himself, had also been dismissed. Nelson liaised with the client’s college to arrange the assignment of a new Certificate of Acceptance for Studies so that a fresh Tier 4 application could be made before his appeal rights had been exhausted. Nelson attended the local Public Enquiry Office with his client to submit the application, receiving approval the same day.
He has also advised and assisted a Zimbabwean national with an appeal won on human rights grounds. The grounds were based on the length of the client’s residence in the UK, his private life in the UK and his fear of returning to Zimbabwe. Although the lower court’s decision to allow the appeal on human rights grounds was appealed by the Home Office it was upheld by the higher court. Nelson assisted his client in both appeal hearings.
Nelson recently helped a Kenyan teacher who came to us after she had inadvertently overstayed as a result of her Tier 2 (General) extension application being rejected after her leave had expired. He advised and assisted her in making a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) application. This route was followed to avoid the Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship issue at this stage. A switch into Tier 2 (General) will be made in due course.
He has also advised and assisted with several successful Tier 1 (General) and Tier 1 (Post Study Work) applications. This includes a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) application by a Nigerian national who had sought Nelson's help after four previous applications had been rejected and a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) application had been refused. Nelson advised on and prepared a fresh Tier 1 (Post Study Work) application for his client addressing any shortfalls in supporting evidence. The application was not straightforward, due to previous rejections and refusal. This application was approved within 3 months.
Nelson has also helped several couples to continue to live together in the UK by helping them to obtain spouse, civil partner and unmarried partner visas. This includes recently helping a US client to switch from Tier 2 (General) to unmarried partner, attending the local Public Enquiry Office with his client to submit the application and receiving approval the same day.
He also recently helped a US national with a poor immigration history successfully apply for a visitor visa to UK. The application was not straightforward as the client had twice previously been refused entry to UK.
Last but not least, Nelson recently helped an Iranian client and his Hungarian wife apply under European law for a residence card and registration certificate respectively - the applications being approved within 1 month.