Rumbidzai Bvunzawabaya the principal Solicitor is an immigrant from Zimbabwe
and has had to deal with the UKBA on several occasions dealing with her own
applications. She therefore can empathise with clients and has walked a mile in
their shoes. We therefore try to take away the stress and anxiety that clients face
by being approachable and available even out of hours to deal with queries and
urgent concerns. RBM Solicitors have made many applications for visitors visas for
family members to visit their children, attend graduation ceremonies, weddings and
the birth of grandchildren. We have a very high success rate in initial applications
and appeals for family visit visa. We know the importance of family and realise
that there are some life events that cannot be replaced. We have a good working
relationship with the Entry Clearance Officers in Pretoria, Port Harcourt, Lagos.
Islambad, Vietnam, USA.

Thinking outside the box

An American Manager from a local Airline Training Institution was represented by
RBM Solicitors to make a Tier 2 application from USA. He had a complex case as
he did not meet the maintenance requirements for his family members due to having
money held in trust accounts. RBM Solicitors advised him to make an application
for a visitor’s visa for his wife whilst he built up his funds in a regular account that he
would have access to. We successfully made an entry clearance application for his
wife as a visitor and subsequently as a Tier 2 dependant.

Customer Focused

A Nigerian National who was married to a British National and had two children was
refused leave to remain on the basis of Article 8 due to his criminal convictions. He
was refused a right of appeal. RBM Solicitors challenged the Secretary of State by
way of Judicial Review. The Secretary of State withdrew her original decision and
with further representations our client was granted 3 years discretionary leave to


RBM Solicitors do not give up easily. Our clients a Pakistan National and an Indian
National were married with one child. The husband was a failed asylum seeker
whose case was being dealt with by the Case Resolution Directorate. His wife
was a student who has overstayed. His case was refused in 2008. RBM Solicitors
made further representations adding his wife and son as a dependant. Further
Submissions were refused. RBM Solicitors made further representations based
on the family splitting that would inevitably take place if the family were removed
to different countries. Further submissions were also made on the persecution
of Christians in the area that our client’s wife came from. The family was granted
Indefinite Leave to Remain in 2010.

Making a way where there seems to be no way

A Sri Lankan family arrived in the UK in 2001 and renewed their visas as students
until 2009 when the college they were attending closed down. They instructed a firm
of Solicitors to make an application under the 7 year concession. In February 2009
our client’s application along with his dependents was rejected and no right of appeal
was provided. We made further representations to the UKBA stating that our client’s
case attracted a full right of appeal. A full right of appeal was granted. Although the 7
year concession had been withdrawn we successfully argued that it would not be in
our client’s minor child’s best interests to return to Sri Lanka. Our client was granted
discretionary leave to remain. We have since made an application for registration for
our client’s minor son as a British Citizen since he was born in the UK and has lived here
for the last ten years.

Practical Solutions

We were instructed to make an application for our Zimbabwean client’s brother aged
16. Our client is a refugee and her parents are deceased. We made an application
for entry clearance which was initially refused. Our grounds of appeal were drafted
in detail and we obtained an expert report on the welfare of our client’s brother.
The ECO visited our client’s brother and noted that his circumstances were truly
compassionate and compelling. Our client was granted a visa without having a full
oral hearing..