Our business immigration team has been consistently ranked as one of the best in London and the UK and advises on all aspects of UK business immigration law.
Leading legal directory Legal 500 has in the last few years alone stated as follows relating to our immigration team:
"a standout firm in business immigration"
"provides a 'brilliant service'"
"achieves impressive results"
"regularly advises national and multinational businesses"
"The team is also able to advise on complex sponsor license issues"
Added confidence: We have for many years in a row been independently ranked as one of the leading business immigration law teams in London and the UK. This gives our clients added confidence that we are a good choice to help them achieve the immigration related outcomes that they want.
Success rate: There are a plethora of grounds on which sponsor licence and visa applications can be refused, including a failure to meet the eligibility requirements set out in the Immigration Rules and/or separate Home Office guidance, incorrect or insufficient documentation being submitted, ineligible Key Personnel applying to hold those roles, applications for sponsor licences and/or visas being incorrectly completed, deadlines being missed, incorrect application fees being paid, Certificates of Sponsorship being incorrectly assigned. However, our solicitors have an extremely high success rate with business immigration applications. 100% of the sponsor licence and 100% of the sponsorship based visa applications submitted by our team members have been approved where we have been instructed to complete the process, which reflects our insight and expertise.
Speed and insight: Many of our clients have required applications to the Home Office to be processed more quickly than standard Home Office processing times, and where there is no official mechanism to speed up such applications. Our solicitors are adept at 'speeding up' Home Office processing times in these scenarios for our employer clients. For instance, we have often had applications, which can take between 8 - 18 weeks to process, approved within just a few working days by deploying creative arguments.
Personal approach: We understand that immigration is intensely personal, even for businesses, and we reflect this in our advice and approach.
Trusted by a very wide range of organisations: Businesses across a very wide range of industry sectors have trusted us to help them achieve their immigration related objectives in the UK<, ranging from London based, to national and multi-billion pound multinationals, to large financial institutions, to professional services firms, to charities, to small and medium sized businesses.
Our immigration law advice for businesses
Business immigration related areas that our immigration lawyers advise employers on include:
- Tier 2 - Intra Company Transfer (ICT) visa applications
- Tier 2 - 'General' visa applications and conducting a Resident Labour Market Test
- Advice relating to all aspects of the sponsorship regime, including licensing as a sponsor with UK Visas and Immigration and ongoing compliance with the sponsor regime
- contentious business immigration matters, including challenging unlawful Home Office decisions, e.g. by judicial review or appeal
- compliance audits and manuals and ongoing compliance with UK immigration laws and sponsorship duties
- advising on appropriate record keeping and monitoring processes
- standard visitor visas (formerly called business visitor visas)
- training for businesses, including training on compliance procedures and recruiting international staff
- visas for dependants and overseas entry clearance applications
- 'switching' between relevant immigration categories
- immigration appeals and visa extension applications
- immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions
- advising business people on Tier 1 Investor visa applications
We also provide advice to individual immigration clients: individual immigration services.
Our immigration team is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA).
We have written immigration articles for legal publications such as Corporate Counsel, Corporate International, Lawyer Monthly, Global Legal Post, Tolley's Employment Law and the International Bar Association's Immigration and Nationality Newsletter and have provided commentary on immigration law developments for national publications such as The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and Personnel Today.