Why do you need an Immigration Lawyer?

To bring my partner to the UK To bring my family to the UK To settle in the UK To invest or start a business in the UK To work in the UK To study in the UK To visit the UK

Need an immigration solicitor? Our immigration lawyers can help.

Our immigration lawyers will remove the stress from the immigration process, maximising your chances of a successful outcome.

If you are planning to visit, reside or extend your stay in the UK, our specialist advisers, many of whom are also qualified as UK immigration solicitors, are here to help you and your family with our tailored immigration advice.

As part of our bespoke services, you will be assigned an immigration lawyer who perfectly matches your individual needs. Our advice, application and appeal services are tailored to you. Your personal lawyer will work with you to assess your needs, goals and eligibility. They will then guide you through the process making an application, supporting you every step of the way.  Your immigration lawyer will spend time ensuring your application meets the standard which is demanded by UKVI and the Home Office.

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How our UK immigration lawyers can help

At the Immigration Advice Service, our lawyers specialise in a wide range of UK visa, nationality and asylum applications and have represented clients in various successful complex and high-profile cases. We can provide advice, practical assistance and professional representation to guide you through the application and decision-making process from start to finish. Whatever service you are looking for, we can help. 

Our experienced nation-wide immigration lawyers have an exemplary track record in applying for Family Visas, Partner and Spouse Visas, including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 visa applications under the UK’s five-tier points-based system.

Our expert advisors often have more hands-on experience of immigration and asylum cases than even the UK’s most highly-qualified immigration solicitors and can offer advice and assistance in applications to extend your stay in the UK. This includes Indefinite Leave to Remain, EEA family permit applications for relatives of European nationals, and applications for British citizenship

We are also leading voices on Brexit and industry and have provided in-depth insight for various publications on how Brexit and other political policies will impact the UK. Our staff’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

As leading experts and advisers to UK immigration solicitors, the Immigration Advice Service also offers an extensive range of corporate immigration services for entrepreneurs, overseas investors, businesses, employers, recruiters, and education providers.

As well as making private and corporate applications for clients, the Immigration Advice Service conducts publically funded work for asylum-seekers, domestic-abuse survivors and victims of trafficking. IAS has a Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark (SQM).

We offer specialist advice and assistance for those wanting to work or set up a business in the UK and can advise employers on obtaining a sponsor licence if they are seeking to recruit migrant workers on a UK visa or work permit.

We can assist carriers and hauliers in meeting their legal obligations, as well as others operating international transport services to the UK, and can offer education providers guidance on enrolling foreign students on a Student Visa.

We have a nationwide network of immigration advice centres, and we provide immigration support across Britain. Many of our lawyers qualified immigration solicitors, and all are OISC trained and regulated.

Our highly qualified and fully accredited immigration advisors have extensive knowledge of all key immigration legislation. All our lawyers and caseworkers undergo regular accredited training to keep abreast of any changes, including Home Office policy, practice and procedures, as well as in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. Particularly in these politically turbulent times, this is a key factor which makes IAS’ staff the best UK immigration lawyers on offer. 

What will an IAS immigration lawyer do?

Our services range from advice sessions — where a lawyer will assess your eligibility and initial requirements — to full application and appeal support packages. Our packages are entirely unique to each individual; crafted around specific situations and needs.

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As part of our service, you will be assigned an immigration lawyer who suits your needs. This means that we will pair you with a caseworker who has experience within the area of immigration, nationality, corporate, EEA or asylum law which is relevant to you.

Once you have been assigned an adviser, they will work closely with you to assess your immigration needs and goals. They will then provide in-depth immigration advice based on your circumstances and provide you with detailed notes on the documents, evidence and application forms you will need for an application.

If you proceed with an application with your lawyer, they will continue working with you, assisting you through each step of your application. They will help you source, gather and organise your supporting documents and evidence, filing it into a comprehensive application portfolio. This will present your case to Home Officials in a way which is easy to navigate, read and process. Once this is completed, your lawyer will write a detailed Letter of Representation to support your application. This letter, which builds upon specific case-law, immigration legislation and Home Office guidelines, will address the Home Office directly. The letter will discuss the merits of your case, pleading that your application is viable and reasonable.

Your UK-based immigration lawyer will then complete and submit all your application forms and documents on your behalf, ensuring they meet the standard which is demanded by the Home Office.

Once your full application bundle has been submitted, your lawyer will then continue to communicate with the Home Office on your behalf, until a result has been reached. Once a decision has been made, your lawyer will inform you of it immediately.

With the Immigration Advice Service, you will receive the absolute highest quality of care, support and legal guidance. All our lawyers are the best in their fields, and this is demonstrated by our success rates and reviews.


Frequently Asked Immigration Questions & Answers

How much does it cost to hire an immigration lawyer?

Are you asking ‘how much does it cost to hire an immigration lawyer’? If so, you should be aware that it is important to weigh up immigration solicitor costs with the overall costs of making an application the Home Office.

Government visa and settlement fees are rising year on year, with the cost of migration going up. While the costs of hiring an immigration lawyer mean you may be spending more money than if you made an application by yourself this is very often worthwhile, and saves many people money in the long-run.

In many cases, individuals will make simple mistakes on their applications or will apply for visas which they aren’t yet eligible for. This will result in a rejection from the Home Office or UKVI. If your visa or settlement application is denied, you will not receive any sort of refund or compensation. If this happens, an individual must either make a fresh application, which requires fresh costs, or they can make an appeal. In many circumstances, an appeal is even more expensive than an initial application — and more legally complex.

With the help of an immigration lawyer, you will be in the best possible position to be granted your visa or status the first time around. As part of IAS’ services, you will be paired with an immigration lawyer who is experienced in your particular area of immigration law. Your lawyer will then work with you to determine your eligibility for the visa/settlement category you want. If you meet the requirements, they will then help you source and gather your supporting documents. after this, they process each document to ensure it meets the required standard and file it in your Application Portfolio. Your lawyer will then write you a Letter of Representation, addresses to the Home Office, to support your case and argue that it should be granted. This letter used legal knowledge and case-law wherever necessary. Once they have done this they will complete your application documents to the highest standard and submit it on your behalf to UKVI. They’ll liaise with the Home Office during the waiting period and alert you as soon as a decision has been made.

While it is important to be aware of how much it costs to hire an immigration solicitor or lawyer, it is also very important to consider all the costs of making an application and think about the long term when making a decision.

How do I find a good immigration lawyer?

It is often difficult to find a good immigration solicitor or lawyer. If you are wondering ‘how do I find a good immigration lawyer’, and you find yourself at a loose end, do not worry. When looking for the best immigration lawyers, consider three main questions. These will help you determine whether any immigration lawyer is good or bad.

  1. Is the lawyer experienced? Experience is one of the most important factors in seeking a good immigration lawyer. Immigration applications can be very complex and a lawyer who has not tackled an application under the same category before tackling yours could risk the success of your application. You deserve an immigration lawyer who is experienced, one that knows the immigration system inside out. Our immigration lawyers are experienced in all areas of immigration, nationality and asylum law. They have made applications on behalf of clients for every single immigration category and are highly knowledgable about the entire process. What’s more, as part of our bespoke services, you will be assigned an immigration lawyer that closely matches your enquiry type. So, if you want to make a Spouse Visa application, you will be assigned a lawyer with vast experience in Family and Partner Visa applications. This means you will be paired with a lawyer who suits your needs perfectly and will know exactly what you should show to the Home Office and how you should present it. This will place in the best possible position for a successful outcome.
  2. Is the lawyer qualified? It is important that your lawyer is qualified to give immigration advice. There are many circumstances in which ‘fake immigration lawyers’ have been uncovered, and have taken client’s money without giving them the appropriate legal advice. All immigration lawyers must have the appropriate qualifications to legally offer immigration advice. All our lawyers are accredited by OISC, the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. This is the official accreditation scheme for the immigration advice sector, to become a regulated immigration adviser an individual must have passed their OISC qualification.
  3. Is the lawyer successful? Our success rates are higher than our competitors, as we offer unique, tailored services. Our advice sessions and application services are tailored to the client. Our lawyers spend an unlimited amount of time with their clients, ensuring they spend the time to get every single detail right. As a result, all of our lawyers have an incredibly high application success rate.

It is important to bear these questions in mind when trying to work out how to find a good lawyer, as this is a very important decision which takes time to consider and make.

What does an immigration solicitor do?

If you are the beginning of your immigration journey and are wondering ‘what does an immigration solicitor do’, you are not the first. Many people who want to make an immigration or settlement application are often confused about whether they should enlist the help of an immigration solicitor or lawyer when starting out their process. There is lots of information around, and many who claim to be able to help you. But, it is important to find out what an immigration solicitor can do for you before you make any decisions about your application or claim.

Firstly, you don’t need an immigration lawyer or solicitor to make a visa application. If you wish, you can make an application yourself. However, using the services of one will hugely increase your chances of success. This is because a qualified immigration adviser can lend you a perspective which you cannot have while making your own application. Immigration lawyers who are OISC qualified, such as those at IAS, are qualified and experienced in all areas of immigration applications and claims. This means that they can help decipher the Home Office’s jargon for you. It also means that they can ensure your completed application documents and supporting evidence meet the required standard.

Some immigration solicitors and lawyers, such as ours, will also write something called a Letter of Representation to support your application. This acts as a cover letter of sorts and is written using legal understanding and insight. It outlines the merits of your case and usually cites relevant legislation and case-law which supports your case. This is hugely beneficial for your case, as it does all the hard work for UKVI/Home Office officials, giving them all the information they need about your case in a digestible and navigable format.

Ultimately, using an immigration solicitor is your choice. But it is always worth bearing in mind that having a legal expert to help you navigate through the process of emigrating or settling will place you in the best possible position for a smooth process and successful outcome.

How long does an immigration appeal take?

An immigration appeal length can vary depending on the complexity of your case and can take up between one and six months for the full appeal process to be complete.

If you receive a rejection from the Home Office, this letter will tell you whether you have a right to appeal. If you do, you can launch an appeal against the Home Office’s decision. You will have either 10 days (if you made your application in the UK) or 28 days (if you made your application outside the UK) in which to lodge your appeal. You can either appeal through a hearing or on paper.

Once you have lodged an appeal, the review process will begin. This is the process which takes the longest amount of time, so when asking ‘how long does an immigration appeal take’, this is an important phase to consider. The review stage usually takes around 19 weeks but can take longer depending on different factors (like the complexity of your case and the appeal unit who are dealing with your case).

Once your appeal has been reviewed, it will be given to an independent judge to consider. If your appeal was made on paper, the judge will independently review your case based on the evidence before him. If you have opted to attend a hearing, you will receive a letter with a court hearing date on it. This can be up to approximately 30 weeks after the date of your initial application refusal. At the court hearing, the judge will review evidence from

After the hearing, the judge who reviewed your case should have your appeal decision letter sent to you within four weeks. This will tell you whether or not your appeal has been granted and your original decision overturned.

What are the requirements for a UK visa?

The UK visa requirements vary depending on why you want to come to the UK.

  • Visitor Visas: to meet the requirements for a Visit Visa, you must want to come to the UK for a particular purpose, for a temporary period (six months or less). This could be to attend work meetings, get married, visit your family or have a holiday. Another key requirement for this type of visa is that you must have a reason to return to your home country that you can prove in your application. This could be a property, a job, school, family or a business. You must also have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your trip to the UK.
  • Family Visas: these types of visas let you join family members in the UK, or are either settled or British. This could be as a Spouse, Partner, or dependent. There are various requirements for this visa that depend on the category. In most cases, you will need to show substantial prove that your relationship to the family member or partner you want to join is ‘genuine and subsisting’.
  • Tier 1 Visas: the requirements for Tier 1 Visas are that you are a highly valued individual. This could be through skill/talent, wealth or entrepreneurial capabilities.
  • Tier 2 Work Visas: to be eligible for a Tier 2 Visa you must be a skilled worker, with a job offer from a British employer who holds a Sponsor Licence. This job must earn at least £30,000 per annum and the job must either be in shortage or tested with the Resident Labour Market Test. This means that the employer has made sure it cannot be filled with domestic (UK or EEA) talent.
  • Tier 4 Student Visas: the requirements of a Tier 4 Student Visa are an offer of education on a course which is longer than six months at a registered British university or institution. You must also have enough funds to pay for your course and support yourself while in the UK.
  • Tier 5 Temporary Work Visas: to apply for this visa type, you should have a job offer for temporary work with a registered UK employer who holds a Tier 5 Sponsor Licence. In some cases, like with the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme, you do not need a job offer — however, you will need to meet further visa requirements, such as being a certain nationality and being endorsed.

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