Nilmini is an associate and solicitor in the immigration team.
Nilmini advises on a very wide range of immigration law as it relates to individuals, ranging from British citizenship applications, to EEA related applications to human rights related matters.
She also has business immigration related experience relating to Tier 2 of the points-based sponsorship system.
Nilmini has provided training within our firm relating to immigration law as it relates to individuals.
Nilmini was previously at another leading and legal directory rated immigration law firm.
Nilmini qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in April 2014, and as such has more than 4 years' post-qualification experience. Nilmini is a senior caseworker under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. She is also an immigration adviser and supervisor relating to immigration advice provided to, in particular, our individual immigration clients.
At present, Nilmini spends one-hundred per cent of her time, advising clients, advising on immigration related matters.
Nilmini typically deals with immigration matters for individual clients.
She advises on immigration matters that are extremely complex (such as refugees in need of protection in the UK and appeals against complex negative decisions), to moderately complex (such as human rights, administrative removal and deportation matters) to relatively non-complex immigration matters (such as various entry clearance, EEA applications and applications under the Points-Based System).
Nilmini has experience of advising on the following types of immigration matters as referred to below:
- British citizenship. For example, Nilmini has experience of advising and assisting in relation to naturalisation applications and applications for registration of a child, including children born outside the UK to British parents. She has also advised and assisted with applications for British citizenship by EEA nationals and partners of British citizens
- applications on behalf of EEA nationals and their family members. For example, Nilmini has advised on applications under EEA Regulations and on use of the EEA family category by non-EEA national spouses and partners and on applications on the basis of retained rights of residence including for reasons of domestic violence. She has advised and assisted in applying for permanent residence status under various categories, including relating to EEA students
- indefinite leave to remain/settlement. She has experience of advising and assisting with indefinite leave to remain applications on the basis of being a spouse/civil partner of a British citizen, domestic violence and also by persons with refugee status and in need of humanitarian protection. She has also advised on indefinite leave to remain on the basis of long residence and Tier 2 (General) status
- other applications, including under the Immigration Rules:
- family and dependant related visa applications. For example, Nilmini has advised on wide range of family based applications including by unmarried and same-sex partners, by the parent of a child and where parents whose children were under social services care and children who had a serious complex medical condition
- visit visas. For example, Nilmini has advised in relation to a family related visit to the UK and also use of the visitor visa category for 5 or 10 years
- spouse and partners applications. For example, Nilmini has advised and assisted in relation to applications for entry clearance based on a relationship with a settled person or British citizen. She has advised on applications within the UK where it was required to switch into the spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner related immigration categories. She has also advised and assisted on further extensions of leave to remain in the UK as a spouse and unmarried partner and where third party support was relied upon
- applications for study under the Points-Based System. For example, Nilmini has advised on "General" student visa (Tier 4) applications including curtailment of student visas. She has also advised on child student (Tier 4) applications and the rights of parents under this category
- dependent relative and family reunion applications. For example, Nilmini has advised relating to adult dependent relative applications, including applications where medical conditions were relied upon. Nilmini has also successfully advised relating to an appeal against a negative decision in connection with an adult dependent related application. She has also advised individuals, who have been recognised as a refugee and granted humanitarian protection in the UK, on reuniting with their family members who were living abroad
- asylum applications. For example, Nilmini has represented individuals relating to asylum and humanitarian grounds related applications. She has significant experience in this area where she has dealt with complex cases including victims of trafficking and vulnerable individuals
- Nilmini has advised on a statelessness related matter
- human rights/private life applications. For example, Nilmini has very significant experience of advising and assisting with applications based on the breach of human rights, particularly on Article 3 and Article 8 related grounds
- applications to Secretary of State for immigration bail. For example, Nilmini has submitted numerous successful bail applications including applications where individuals have been unlawfully detained. She has successfully represented individuals at immigration related bail hearings
- legacy related applications. For example, Nilmini has advised and assisted on legacy applications where individuals have been waiting for a Home Office decision for a long period of time
- judicial review. For example, Nilmini has significant experience in judicial review related matters where applications have been submitted to challenge the delay in processing applications, in particular applications involving children, unlawful detention, decisions without an in-country right of appeal and also relating to third country removals and breach of human rights
- drafting consent orders and grounds of appeal. For example, Nilmini has significant experience in drafting grounds of appeal and submitting appeals against negative decisions to the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and has achieved successful appeal outcomes
- she also has experience of representing individuals relating to discretionary leave to remain
- she has advised and assisted individuals who have previously been granted indefinite leave to remain but have been absent from the UK for a long period of time. She has assisted such individuals in relation to returning resident visa applications
Nilmini typically, most recently and currently, deals with EEA, British citizenship, family-based and point-based applications.