Nisha is a senior associate within the immigration team at Russell-Cooke. She has specialised in UK immigration law for over 10 years and has extensive experience of advising both businesses and individuals on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious immigration matters.
Nisha has advised employers from various sectors such as, professional services, education, finance, media, pharmaceutical and healthcare, in all aspects of the sponsorship regime including licensing as a sponsor with the Home Office, advising on compliance issues, conducting compliance audits and providing training. She has also advised companies that wish to send a representative to the UK to set up a branch/subsidiary of their overseas company.
One of the benefits of acting for individuals is that it allows Nisha to offer a full service to her employer clients as she is able to advise and submit Skilled Worker, Intra-company and dependent visa applications for the employees and their family members.
Her breadth of experience in individual immigration also includes advising on Partner visas, Child and Adult Dependent visas, Human Rights applications outside of the immigration rules to Investor and Entrepreneur extension applications. She can assist clients from their initial visa application to indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship.
Nisha is ranked as a 'rising star' in The Legal 500 (2022).
- Advising national and large multi-national companies on a very wide range of UK immigration law as it relates to their businesses and their employees, this can include advising and applying for the sponsors licence application for the business and obtaining Tier 2 visas for the employees and their family members
- Successfully expedited Tier 2 visas and applications for Certificates of Sponsorships. Assisted employers to submit reports etc – via the Sponsorship Management System and provided comprehensive training relating to Tier 2
- Advising higher education institutions relating to their sponsors licence and applying for Tier 4 visas for their students. We have been involved in high risk litigation matters where the educational institution’s sponsor licence has been revoked by the Home Office
- Challenging negative Home Office decisions relating to sponsor licences for both multi national companies and educational institutions and/or where the sponsor licence application has been refused or revoked by the Home Office
- Advising high net worth individuals in extremely complex matters such as Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas
- Advising and preparing applications for British citizenship, partner visa applications under Appendix FM, applications on the basis of long residence and discretionary applications outside the immigration rules
- Advising and submitting applications under the EU law, such as EU Settlement scheme and for permanent residence under the EU Regulations for individuals and also employees of businesses
Examples of some immigration matters:
- Assisted a senior employee of a large multinational business in the food sector to obtain a visa as a Overseas Representative of a Business
- Successfully advised a Tier 1 Investor migrant in relation to the 10million investor visa category
- Successfully challenging a refused Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application at administrative review stage
- Advised on a matter that involved DNA evidence, human rights related arguments and novel issues of nationality law in connection with a family, some of whom had had overstayed in the UK; all of these applications for British citizenship were granted
- Advised an EEA national who was applying for British citizenship (and who was facing a challenge that if his application was granted his wife and children would lose their immigration status temporarily as a consequence of the switch) on how his family's position could be safeguarded through changing his wife's status to become a qualified person in her own right meaning that she and their children would be dependents of her in that capacity
- Advised on permanent residence which gave the young adult a route to obtaining British citizenship by naturalisation. The EEA national did not meet the requirements for permanent residence due to not being able to show sufficient evidence of comprehensive sickness insurance and complex representations were submitted to grant on exceptional circumstances as otherwise the individual would become stateless. Application was granted and she applied for British citizenship
- Advised a high net worth EEA national who had lived in the UK for nearly 20 years on obtaining permanent residence in the UK with his family and structured the applications such that they were eligible to apply for British citizenship immediately thereafter
- Advised a client on obtaining indefinite leave to remain under the "10 year residence" route, despite the client having separated from her husband whilst she was on a spousal visa and having lost all of her passports, and in doing so assembled 6 lever arch files to prove continuous residence in the UK
- Successfully granted leave to enter the UK on compassionate grounds, for the partner of a British national's daughter who had been refused leave to enter the UK on more than four occasions for making false representations
- Advised a CEO of a multinational company in relation to a business visitor visa pending applying for his employment visa in relation to what he can and can’t do as it is extremely important that he did not breach his visa conditions whilst in the UK
- Ranked as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 (2022)
- Recognised in Thomson Reuters' London Super Lawyers' list (2015/2016)
- Member of The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)
- Presented business immigration talks at several magic circle law firms
- Presented a Brexit related talk at Roehampton University in 2019/2020. Also, presented Brexit talks to a multinational company and magic circle firms in 2020
- Attended the American Bar Association's Labour and Employment Law Section annual conference, in Washington DC