Employers often rely on being able to recruit people from outside the UK or Europe to ensure their workforce has the best skills, experience and qualifications. Recruitment from overseas can be crucial for positions where there is a skills shortage in the UK.

If your potential recruit is a non-EEA national, it is likely that they will need permission to work in the UK.

UK immigration law is complex and the rules change frequently. Navigating the UK immigration system can be a difficult and time consuming process for companies operating in the UK and individuals wishing to relocate to the UK to work, start up a business or study. There are also potential civil and criminal penalties for employers who are found to be employing illegal workers.

Our team of immigration specialists is experienced in offering straightforward advice to guide employers and individuals through the different immigration routes available.

We act for both corporate and private clients including international organisations, entrepreneurs and investors coming to live and work in the UK, on the routes of immigration available to them and on the UK’s Points Based Immigration System.

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Relevant Experience

We advise on a wide range of immigration issues relevant to businesses, including:

  • Securing a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa for a US citizen setting up a marketing business in the UK. We advised on all aspects of the visa application process including the applicant's business plan to meet the genuine entrepreneur test and the evidential requirements for third party funds.

  • Sponsor Licence applications for employers recruiting under Tier 2 of the Points Based System.

  • Advising on Tier 2 compliance and best practice.

  • Setting up and maintaining HR systems which comply with Home Office requirements for sponsors.

  • Recruiting employees under Tier 2 including advising on conducting the resident labour market test and issuing certificates of sponsorship.

  • Transferring existing employees to the UK under the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer route.

  • Sole representative visas for overseas organisations setting up in the UK.

  • Advising on the business visitor rules.

  • Prevention of illegal working and potential liabilities for employers.

  • Advising a high net worth Chinese national on a Tier 1 Investor visa.

  • Advising a high net worth individual applying for British Citizenship by descent.

  • Acting for a Tier 1 US national applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

  • Tier 1 visas for 'high-value migrants' : Entrepreneurs and Investors

  • Assistance with leave to remain and entry clearance applications

  • Extensions to existing work permits

  • Applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and British Citizenship

In addition to our immigration services, specialist advice is also given on related issues including employment, corporate and private client law and other matters concerning relocation. 

For further information on how our team can assist you, please contact Stephen Moore on 0117 3218065 or Kirsty Cooke on 01392 333908

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Kirsty Cooke

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+44 (0)1392 333908

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