Nisha is a senior associate in the immigration team.
She specialises in all aspects of immigration law and has significant experience of advising corporate and institutional clients on the full spectrum immigration matters.
Nisha also has extensive experience of advising individuals on all types of immigration matters, ranging from investor and entrepreneur visa applications to appeals in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.
She has recently been described as "active across human rights, appeals and overstay matters, as well as business-related immigration cases" in The Legal 500 (2019).
Nisha was previously at another leading legal directory rated immigration law firm, where she was responsible for all private immigration referrals and managed her own immigration team.
She has specialised in immigration law since qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008, and has more than 9 years’ post-qualification experience.
She is also an immigration adviser and supervisor for immigration advice provided to employers and individuals. In the last several years, Nisha has spent c.100% of her time advising clients in relation to advising employers and on immigration matters.
Nisha has considerable experience of 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, of advising higher education institutions and of advising on immigration matters that are typically of interest to high-net worth foreign nationals. She typically deals with immigration matters for both employers and individual clients.
She typically deals with immigration matters that are extremely complex (such as applying for Tier 1 related visas and sponsor licences on an expedited basis, challenging negative Home Office decisions relating to sponsor licences, submitting novel Human Rights based British citizenship and other applications for individuals), to moderately complex (such as applying for British citizenship and indefinite leave to remain in the UK on a non-discretionary basis, Tier 2 visas and trying to speed up applications for Certificates of Sponsorship) to relatively non-complex immigration matters (such as visa renewals for individuals on a non-discretionary basis and use of the Sponsorship Management System).
Nisha has experience of advising on a wide range of immigration matters that relate to employers and Tier 2 related employment visas. Examples of this work and the complexity of issues she has typically dealt with in this area are below:
- Tier 2 - Intra Company Transfer visa applications. She has advised in relation to many Tier 2 - Intra Company Transfer related matters, including obtaining this type of visa for the CEO of a leading investment management firm and for a senior employee of an asset management company
- Tier 2 - "General" visa applications. She has advised in relation to a large number of Tier 2 - General related matters, including obtaining this type of visa for the CEO of a large multinational restaurant business and a senior employee working in the finance sector
- Tier 2 - licensing as a sponsor with UK Visas and Immigration. She has advised in relation to many sponsor licence applications, including advising employers in the investment management, finance, foods, proprietary trading, retail and technology sectors. Some of these sponsor licence applications have been granted within several days of applying
- Tier 2 - ongoing compliance with the sponsor regime. She has advised numerous employers relating to ongoing compliance with the sponsorship regime, including relating to record keeping, reporting, compliance with law, visa and Key Personnel related duties
- Challenging unlawful UK Visas and Immigration decisions, e.g. by judicial review or appeal. She has advised in relation to numerous negative or potentially negative Home Office decisions relating to Tier 2 and Tier 4 sponsor licences and relating to judicial review
- General compliance with UK immigration laws. She has advised many employers in this area outside the context of the sponsorship regime
- Nisha has on many occasions provided training externally relating to business immigration law, including in relation to sponsorship and other business immigration related immigration matters
She also has experience advising relating to other "business" related immigration matters as they relate to individuals. Examples of this work and the complexity of issues she has typically dealt with in this area are below:
- Tier 1 Investor visas. For example, her experience in this area includes successfully advising on numerous Tier 1 Investor visa applications, including a £10m Investor visa application
- Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas. Her experience in this area includes successfully applying for these types of visas, including for a non-EU national, and successfully challenging a refused Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application
- Overseas Representative of a Business visa category. She has, for instance, obtained this type of visa for a senior employee of a large multinational business in the foods sector
Nisha has experience of advising on a very wide range of other immigration matters that relate to individuals. Examples of this work and the complexity of issues she has typically dealt with in relation to advice for individuals are below:
- British citizenship. For example, Nisha has 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. She has also 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. She has also advised on obtaining British citizenship by naturalisation for a client who was the only member of his direct (and extended) family who was not British and who did not meet related absence requirements
- applications on behalf of EEA nationals and their family members. For example, Nisha has advised an EEA national on a successful application for permanent residence, despite difficulties in showing "self-sufficiency" due to ill health and made human rights based arguments in this context. She also 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
- indefinite leave to remain/settlement. For example, Nisha has 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.
- complex British passport applications. For instance, Nisha advised on a complex application for a British passport by a member of a foreign royal family and on securing the return of a passport (mid-citizenship application) without withdrawing or otherwise prejudicing an application for British citizenship
- human rights/private life applications. For example, Nisha successfully challenged a declined Tier 1 related visa application on human rights grounds and obtained settled status for family members despite loss of a sponsored job leading to loss of their Tier 2 dependent status and some of the family members not qualifying under the 10 year residence route
- discretionary applications and removals. For example, Nisha obtained limited leave, on compassionate grounds, for the partner of a British national's daughter who had been refused leave to enter the UK on more than one occasion for making false representations. She also advised, on short notice, in relation to preventing removal of a non-EU national from the UK
- appealing negative Home Office decisions. For example, Nisha has advised on an appeal relating to a religious leader being denied entry to the UK and appealing, in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), against refusal of leave to remain in the UK, of a non-EU national, as the spouse of her British husband. She also advised a client whose sole representative visa had been refused and submitted a successful administrative review on his behalf
- other applications under the Immigration Rules, including:
- family and dependent related visa applications. For example, Nisha has obtained an EEA related family permit for the unmarried spouse of an EU national, advised on an application for leave to remain as a fiancé and subsequently as a spouse. She has also advised in relation to a family that wished to regularise their immigration status, in the UK, of children who they intended to adopt and in doing so made a novel application outside of the Immigration Rules and gave them a route into British citizenship
- visit visas. For example, Nisha obtained a visitor visa for the mother of a bride to be (within one week of being instructed), who had previously been denied a visitor visa, so she could attend the wedding and obtained a visitor visa despite two previously refused visitor visa applications
- spouse and partners applications. For example, Nisha has advised on obtaining a spousal visa despite the couple having been in a relationship for less than 6 months before they were married
Nisha typically, most recently, deals with immigration matters for both employers and individuals.
- Described as "active across human rights, appeals and overstay matters, as well as business-related immigration cases" in The Legal 500 (2019)
- Described as "calm and professional" in The Legal 500 (2017)
- Described as "an excellent communicator" by The Legal 500 (2016)
- Listed in the Thomson Reuters' London Super Lawyers' list (2015)
- Member of The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)