Webinar: Exceptional circumstances in family-based immigration applications

This webinar will look at how partners and parents who cannot meet one or more of the requirements set out in Appendix FM can still make successful immigration applications by relying on exceptional circumstances.

CPD Points: 1
Length of course: 1 hour

About this course

What if someone is unable to meet the new minimum income requirement of £29,000 to join their partner in the UK? How can a parent with no immigration status apply to stay in the UK with their child?

In this webinar, we’ll explain how family members can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK by relying on the exceptional circumstances provisions.

We’ll cover paragraphs EX.1 and GEN of Appendix FM in the immigration rules which allow for exceptions to be made in certain situations, for example, where there are “insurmountable obstacles” to family life continuing abroad or where a refusal could breach Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. We’ll be focusing on key problems, offering practical solutions and providing insight into the art of making successful applications.


Barry O’Leary is a partner at Wesley Gryk and has expertise in applications based on partnership and family. He is listed by the Chambers Directory as a Band 1 leader in the field and by the Legal 500 as a leading individual.


Level: intermediate

This webinar is aimed at practitioners providing advice on family-based applications. This includes solicitors, barristers, and IAAS Level 1 and OISC Level 2 accredited caseworkers (and above). We will assume attendees have a working knowledge of Appendix FM.


The ticket cost is £50 + VAT for members, and £60 + VAT for non-members. If you’re already a member, log in to your Free Movement account before booking.

If you would like a certificate of attendance for your continuing professional development record, please email editor@freemovement.org.uk after the webinar has finished.

Refund policy: We understand that circumstances can change. Cancellation and refund is possible with no questions asked up to 7 days before the webinar is due to begin. Please contact editor@freemovement.org.uk. 

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Members price:

£50 + VAT

Non-members price:

£60 + VAT

Date: 24 April 2024
Course length: 1 hour
Time: 11:00-12:00

The webinar will take place over Zoom.

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