Immigration Law

We offer a full range of legal services for immigration law

We can assist with a vast range of both individual and corporate UK inbound Immigration matters for your needs. Our services can start at the point of assisting an applicant overseas to obtain an entry clearance visa for the UK. We also assist with required visa and immigration applications made from within the UK, up until the point of obtaining British nationality and a British passport.

We are committed to providing exceptional client care through clear, concise and effective immigration advice tailored to your circumstances. We advise on all options available in order for you to reach the desired outcome, providing you with complete support throughout the entire process.

We have the expertise to provide honest professional advice and practical assistance on visa and immigration applications for both individuals and businesses from all industries.

We are able to assist with a wide range of immigration matters including, but not limited to:

  • Sponsor Licence application and compliance
  • Skilled Worker visa
  • Intra-Company visa
  • Tier 5 visa (Youth Mobility Scheme visa, Creative and Sporting visa and Government Authorised Exchange visa)
  • EEA applications (Pre-Settled Status, Settled Status, Family Permits and Frontier Worker Permit)
  • Visitor visa
  • Family visas (spouse/civil partners/unmarried partners, child, parent)
  • Ancestry visa
  • Student visa
  • Graduate route (this route will open on 1 July 2021)
  • British National (Overseas) visa
  • Settlement applications “Indefinite Leave to Remain”
  • Naturalisation/Registration as a British Citizen
  • British passport application

We offer a free initial call so that we can understand your requirements and advise you on the options available to you. We will let you know in advance if a paid consultation will be required for matters that require more in depth discussion.

For all applications where the Immigration requirements are met with no complicating matters in the case (such as having previous immigration refusals, a criminal history, having lived in the UK illegally or where your permission to be in the UK has expired), we offer fixed fees.

Please be aware that we are unable to offer Legal Aid.

As an employer or education provider you will usually need a Sponsor Licence to employ someone to work for you from outside the UK. This includes citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who arrived in the UK after 31 December 2020.

The type of licence your business needs depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are ‘Workers’ (this licence will let you employ people long-term or permanently) or ‘Temporary workers’ (this licence will let you employ people on a temporary basis). You can apply for a licence covering one or both types of worker.

We can assist your business to apply for a Sponsor Licence, this is whether it is a first application, a renewal or you wish to add a tier to an existing licence. We also offer guidance on compliance regarding carrying out duties as a Sponsor including running mock compliance and right to work audits.

A Skilled Worker visa (previously known as Tier 2 General visa) allows you to come to or stay in the UK to work with a UK employer.

To qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, you must:

  • work for a UK employer that has been approved by the Home Office
  • do a job that is on the list of eligible occupations
  • be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work you do
  • have a Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer with information about the role you have been offered in the UK

You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. There are several ways to prove that the requirement is met and also some exceptions to needing to meet the requirement – we can advise you accordingly.

If they are eligible, you can bring your partner and children with you as your Dependants.

Your initial visa can last for up to 5 years. We can assist with initial visa applications, extensions and applications to switch to work for a different employer. Once you have completed 5 qualifying years in the UK and you meet the eligibility requirements then we can also assist you to apply for settlement “indefinite leave to remain” in the UK.

An Intra-Company visa (previously known as an Intra-Company Transfer visa) allows you to come to or stay in the UK to work at your employer’s UK branch.

There are 2 types of Intra-Company visa.

  1. Intra-company Transfer visa – you can apply for this visa if you are being transferred by your employer to a role in the UK. You will need to have worked for your employer overseas for more than 12 months, unless they are going to pay you £73,900 a year or more.
  2. Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa – This visa is for transfers to the UK as part of a graduate training programme for a managerial or specialist role. You will need to have worked for your employer overseas for at least 3 months immediately before the date that you apply.

To qualify for an Intra-company visa, you must:

  • be an existing employee of an organisation that has been approved by the Home Office as a sponsor
  • have a Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer
  • do a job that is on the list of eligible occupations
  • be paid at least £41,500 for an Intra-company Transfer visa or at least £23,000 for an Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa

If they are eligible, you can bring your partner and children with you as your Dependants.

How long you can stay in the UK with an Intra-company visa depends on which visa you are applying for and how long your employer is sponsoring you for.

We can assist with initial applications and extension applications. This route does not lead to settlement “indefinite leave to remain” in the UK.

We can assist with various types of Tier 5 Temporary Worker visas including Youth Mobility Scheme visa, Creative and Sporting visa and Government Authorised Exchange visa.

Youth Mobility Scheme visa

You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you:

  • have certain types of British Nationality (British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen, British national (overseas)) or are from certain countries or territories (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Taiwan)
  • are aged 18 to 30
  • want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
  • have £2,530 in savings
  • meet the other eligibility requirements.

You will be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.

Creative and Sporting visa

You can apply for a Creative and Sporting visa if you have been offered work in the UK as a sports person or creative worker and you meet the other eligibility requirements. A creative worker is someone who works in the creative industry, for example an actor, dancer, musician or film crew member.

You can come to the UK for a maximum of up to 12 months.

Government Authorised Exchange visa

You can apply for a Government Authorised Exchange visa if you want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme. You must have a sponsor and meet the other eligibility requirements.

You can stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme that you are applying for)

Settled and Pre-Settled Status

We assist with applications made under the EU Settlement Scheme (both Settled and Pre-Settled Status).

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020, your rights and status will remain the same until 30 June 2021. We can assist you to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to enable you to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

You will be given either Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status. Which status you get depends on how long you have been living in the UK when you apply. Your rights will be different depending on which status you get and when you started living in the UK.

You will usually get Settled Status if you have lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (this is known as ‘continuous residence’). You can stay in the UK as long as you like if you get settled status. You will also be able to apply for British citizenship if you are eligible.

If you have not lived in the UK for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’), you will usually get Pre-Settled Status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 unless you are applying as the existing close family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who started living here by then. You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status. You can then apply for settled status as soon as you have had 5 years’ continuous residence.

If you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, your close family members can join you in the UK if you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, your relationship with them began before 31 December 2020 and the relationship still exists when they apply to join you.

Family members

Depending on the circumstances, your family member can either apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK or apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit to come to the UK. We will advise on which is appropriate for your circumstances.

Frontier Worker Permit

A Frontier Worker permit lets you come to the UK to work while living elsewhere. You may be eligible if all of the following apply:

  • you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • you live outside of the UK
  • you have worked in the UK by 31 December 2020 and you have kept working in the UK at least once every 12 months since you started working here

Family members will not be covered by your Frontier Worker permit.

We assist with Standard Visitor applications for the following purposes:

  • tourism, for example for a holiday or to see your family and friends
  • to do a short course of study
  • certain business activities, for example attending a meeting or conference

You will need to prove that you meet the eligibility requirements which are that:

  • you will leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • you are able to support yourself and any dependants during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you)
  • you will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home
  • you have proof of any business or other activities that you want to do in the UK, as allowed by the Visitor Rules
  • you are able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey)

You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months however if you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period you can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years.

We can assist you to apply for a family visa to live with your:

  • spouse/civil partner, unmarried partner, fiancé/fiancée or proposed civil partner
  • child
  • parent

We can also assist you to apply to extend your stay with your family member if you are already in the UK on a family visa or switch to this visa if you are currently on a different one.

Spouse/civil partner, unmarried partner, fiancé/fiancée or proposed civil partner

To be eligible to apply, you and your partner must both be over the age of 18 and intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.

Your partner must be one of the following:

  • be a British or Irish citizen
  • have permanent residence in the UK – e.g. have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status
  • have a Turkish Worker visa or Turkish Businessperson visa
  • have humanitarian protection or refugee status in the UK

You must be able to prove one of the following:

  • you are in a marriage or civil partnership that is recognised in the UK
  • you are a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner and will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of arriving
  • you have been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years when you apply

You also need to prove that you have a good knowledge of English and can financially support yourself and your dependants – we will advise you further on these requirements.

You can stay in the UK for up to 2 years and 9 months on this visa. If you are applying as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner then you can stay for 6 months. After this you will need to apply to extend your stay. We assist with initial applications, extensions and also indefinite leave to remain after 5 years in the spouse/partner category.

Child’s application to live with their parent

You can add your children to your spouse/partner application as dependants if they are under 18 and do not live an independent life.

We can also assist with applications made separately to the parent – we can advise you further on this.

We assist with initial applications, extensions and also indefinite leave to remain after 5 years in the child category.

Parent’s application to live with your child

You can apply to live in the UK to care for your child. Your child must either be under the age of 18 on the date you apply or have been under the age of 18 when you were first granted leave. Your child must not live an independent life.

Your child must be living in the UK and one of the following must also be true:

  • they are a British or Irish citizen
  • they have settled in the UK – e.g. they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • they are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status
  • if you are applying in the UK, they must have lived in the UK for 7 years continuously and it would not be reasonable for them to leave

You need to have sole or shared parental responsibility for your child. You must also be able to prove that you are taking an active role in your child’s upbringing and that you plan to continue this after you apply.

Usually you must also prove that you have a good knowledge of English and can financially support yourself without claiming public funds.

You can stay in the UK for up to 2 years and 9 months on this visa. After this you will need to apply to extend your stay. We assist with initial applications, extensions and also indefinite leave to remain after 5 years in the parent category.

We can assist you to apply for a UK Ancestry visa if all of the following is correct:

  • you are a Commonwealth citizen
  • you can prove one of your grandparents was born in the UK (or the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man)
  • you are able and planning to work in the UK
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements – we can advise you on these

You can claim ancestry if you or your parent were adopted or you parents or grandparents were not married however you cannot claim UK ancestry through step-parents.

You can bring your partner or child to the UK as your dependants and you can stay in the UK for 5 years on this visa.

You can apply to settle in the UK permanently if you have lived in the UK for 5 years on this visa. Alternatively, you can extend this visa for a further 5 years and can do this as many times as you like, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

We can assist with both the initial visa application, extensions and applications for settlement after 5 years on this visa.

You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you are aged 16 or over and you:

  • have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – we will advise you on the amount as it will vary depending on your circumstances
  • have consent from your parents if you are aged 16 or 17

If you are aged 16 or 17 and you want to study at an independent school in the UK, you may be eligible for a Child Student visa instead.

How long you can stay in the UK depends on the length of your course and what study you have already completed.

If you are aged 18 or over and your course is at degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 5 years. If it is below degree level, you can usually stay in the UK for up to 2 years.

You may be able to bring your partner and children to the UK as your dependants.

We can assist with an initial student visa application from overseas, a switch to this visa from within the UK and also extension applications from within the UK.

The new Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021. Students on the Graduate route will be able to remain in the UK to work or look for work after their studies for a maximum period of 2 years, or 3 years for Doctoral students.

The Graduate route will be unsponsored. This means that applicants will not need a job offer to apply for the route. There will also be no minimum salary requirements or caps on numbers. Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required.

In order to be eligible under this route, International students must have completed an eligible course at a UK higher education provider. The provider must have a track record of compliance with the government’s immigration requirements.

Whilst applications under this route cannot be submitted until 1 July 2021, we can advise on eligibility and assist with preparation on the application before this date.

If you are from Hong Kong and are a British national (overseas) and are aged 18 or older, you and your family members can apply for a British National (Overseas) visa. This is known as a BNO visa. It allows you to live, work and study in the UK.

Your permanent home must be in Hong Kong, if you are applying from outside of the UK or in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Hong Kong if you are applying from within the UK.

Your family members who normally live with you can apply for a BNO visa if they are eligible. They should apply at the same time as you.

You can apply to stay for up to 5 years and you can apply to extend your visa as many times as you want if you want to stay longer.

After you have lived in the UK for 5 years, we can assist you to apply for settlement “indefinite leave to remain” in the UK.

If you are eligible, we can assist you with your application for Settlement “Indefinite Leave to Remain” (ILR). This would result in you no longer having any time limit on your ability to stay in the UK.

If you have been living in the UK lawfully under a visa route that can lead to settlement then you will be able to apply for ILR once you have passed the minimum time threshold for that particular visa. There are also various requirements to be fulfilled which vary depending on the route to ILR – we can advise you further on this.

The amount of time you must have spent in the UK before you are eligible to apply for ILR depends on your particular circumstances. Below are examples of visas which require five years of UK residence:

  • Family visas (spouse/civil partners/unmarried couples, child, parent)
  • Skilled Worker visa
  • Intra-Company visa
  • UK Ancestry visa

We also assist with applications based on 10 years long residence in the UK.

If you are applying for ILR, you might need to prove your knowledge of the English language if you are 18 or over. You can prove it by having either a degree taught or researched in English or an English qualification at B1, B2, C1 or C2 level.

You also usually need to take the Life in the UK Test as part of your application for settlement in the UK.

We will assess your eligibility to apply and then guide and assist you with each step of the process of your application.

If you have “settled status” or “indefinite leave to remain” (ILR), we can assist you to apply for Naturalisation to become a British Citizen.

You can apply for British citizenship if you have lived in the UK for 5 years and have had any one of the following for 12 months:

  • indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • indefinite leave to enter the UK (permission to move to the UK permanently from abroad)
  • ‘settled status’ (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’)

In order to be eligible to apply, you must also:

  • be over the age of 18
  • prove your knowledge of English
  • have passed the Life in the UK Test
  • intend to continue living in the UK
  • prove you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the day the Home Office receives your application
  • have not spent more than 450 days outside the UK during the 5 years before you apply
  • have not spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12 months before you apply
  • be of good character – we can advise you further on this requirement

If you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen and you have indefinite leave to remain or settled status then you will be eligible to apply for citizenship immediately and you must have lived in the UK for the last 3 years (rather than 5) before you apply.

We also assist with applications Registration as a British Citizen for those under the age of 18.

Once you have obtained British nationality, we can also assist you to apply for a British passport.

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