Are you looking for Immigration Lawyers in the Edinburgh Area?
The Immigration Advice Service is a leading immigration law firm with some of the most skilled and experienced immigration lawyers in Scotland and throughout the United Kingdom.
If you require advice on any immigration issue, our Edinburgh immigration lawyers are here to help. We deal in all areas of immigration law including family visas such as Spouse Visas, settlement applications, UK work visas and in business immigration law. We also offer full support to those in emergency situations such as asylum seekers and those facing deportation.
We are proud of the exceptional service we offer to our clients. Over the years we have developed a reputation for our professionalism and expertise, becoming one of the most trusted immigration law firms in Edinburgh.
Our experts are able to provide a wide range of services that are designed to assist you in reaching your UK immigration goals. Whether you are a foreign worker on a Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa looking to extend your stay in the UK, an overseas student looking to study in the UK, or you are an EEA national wanting to bring family members to live with you, our immigration consultants can offer the practical advice and legal assistance you need.
Do I Need to Hire an Immigration Solicitor in Edinburgh?
If you need immigration legal advice or require assistance with visa applications, we highly recommend hiring the services of experienced immigration solicitors in Edinburgh.
An immigration lawyer can provide invaluable guidance and advice and can help to ease the stress you might feel. You can put your mind at rest, knowing that your case is being dealt with by a professional.
Also, through hiring immigration solicitors, you could save yourself a lot of time and money on visa and other immigration applications. A trustworthy solicitor will ensure that your application fulfils all requirements and standards, maximising your chances of achieving the outcome you are looking for with your first application.
On the other hand, if you choose to apply for a visa on your own, it is generally more likely that your application will be rejected. Indeed, unfortunately, visa application rejections are common. If your application is rejected, you will not receive a refund. This means that when you submit your application again, you will need to pay the full fee again.
To find out more about our services, please call us now on 0131 516 4671.
Why Should I Hire the Immigration Advice Service?
Our immigration lawyers in Edinburgh are well versed in all areas of immigration law and we are passionate about helping you to achieve the outcome you deserve. Our office is located in central Edinburgh on Princes Street, where you will find some of the most experienced immigration specialists in the whole of Scotland.
If you are applying for a UK visa, we can help you to complete your application to the very highest standards. The IAS has a wealth of experience in the field of immigration law, and we understand what it takes to formulate a successful application.
With our industry-leading application package, one of our immigration caseworkers will take the time to understand your case and will work with you through the entire visa application process.
We will inform you of the documents which you will need to include in your portfolio of evidence, which is an invaluable benefit of our application package – one of the most common reasons for visas being rejected is an insufficient portfolio of evidence. Your immigration caseworker will ensure that your portfolio of evidence is complete and includes all relevant documentation pertaining to your visa/immigration application.
Your caseworker will also complete your immigration application and submit your portfolio of evidence to the Home Office. We will liaise with the Home Office throughout the processing stage and will keep you informed of your application’s progress.
I Need Immigration Advice in Edinburgh. Can You Help?
Yes, the IAS are here to offer expert immigration legal advice on any issue. Our experienced immigration lawyers are passionate about the exceptional service we offer to the people of Edinburgh.
Our advice package is the ideal option if you are looking for immigration legal advice. With this service, you can have an untimed session with one of our immigration lawyers. During the session, you can discuss your case with your lawyer and ask any questions you may have.
Your immigration lawyer in Edinburgh will consider your situation and will explore the ways to get to your desired result. This includes a discussion of the requirements which you need to fulfil to qualify for the visa/immigration permission. They will also outline the expected timeframe to meet your desired outcome.
After the consultation, you will have seven days to ask any follow-up questions you may have, free of charge.
Regardless of what your personal immigration query might be, the IAS is here to help and support you. Call us now on 0131 516 4671 for more information about our advice package.
What Other Services Do Your Immigration Lawyers Offer?
Our Edinburgh immigration lawyers offer a range of different services to suit your needs. As well as our popular application package and advice package, we also offer the following services:
- Fast track application package. If your immigration application is time-sensitive, this is the ideal option for you. One of our immigration caseworkers will work tirelessly to complete your application as quickly as possible
- Document checking service. One of our immigration solicitors will take a professional look at your application, ensuring it fulfils all necessary requirements and adheres to administrative standards
- Appeal package. If you wish to challenge a Home Office decision, we can support you through the whole process
- Emergency support. If you require emergency immigration legal assistance, we are here to support you
- Immigration advice for UK businesses. If you wish to hire an overseas national, you will need to fulfil a number of requirements. We can offer expert immigration legal advice to UK businesses
For more information on any of the services which we offer, please call us now on 0131 516 4671.
I Want to Study in Edinburgh. What Do I Need to Know?
Scotland’s capital is home to three universities including the world-renowned University of Edinburgh, which is ranked as the 20th best university in the world.
Edinburgh is a vibrant city blending a world-class cultural space with a medieval feel. The “Old Town” area of the capital is like stepping back in time, imbuing a feeling of wonder and mystery. It is unsurprising that so many international students choose to study in Edinburgh.
If you are a non-EEA national, you will need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the United Kingdom. In order to be eligible, you must have been offered an unconditional place on a course provided by a licenced Tier 4 sponsor.
If you are from a non-English-speaking country, you need to prove that you can understand and communicate in English to the level of B2 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The fee for a Student Visa is £348. You must pay an additional £348 per dependent for any dependents who will be joining you in the UK. You need to prove that you can support yourself and your dependents financially whilst you are in the UK.
You can also extend your Tier 4 visa before it expires as long as your circumstances remain the same.
What are the Requirements for a UK Tier 2 Work Visa?
If you are a non-EEA national and you want to work in Scotland, you will need to apply for a UK work visa.
Tier 2 (General) visas are designed for overseas nationals who work in skilled professions such as engineering, IT, nursing and medicine. You must have been offered a position in a UK company in order to be eligible for the Tier 2 visa.
You can stay in the UK for up to five years under a Tier 2 visa, making it a particularly sought-after immigration permission.
The main requirements for the Tier 2 (General) visa are as follows:
- Must be over 16-years-old
- Must have been offered a position from a UK company with a sponsorship licence
- The job must meet the minimum salary threshold for your role
- Must have been given a unique certificate of sponsorship number from prospective UK employer
- Applicant’s position must have passed the ‘genuine vacancy’ test, an assessment used by the Home Office to determine whether role is suitable for applicant’s skill set
- If you are from a non-English-speaking country, you will need to pass an approved English language test which is at the level of at least B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening
We can help you relocate to Scotland as a skilled worker. Call our friendly team now on 0131 516 4671 for more information.
I Want to Start a Business in Edinburgh. What Options Do I Have?
If you want to start a business in Edinburgh, you can apply for a Tier 1 visa.
The Tier 1 Visas are:
- Innovator Visa. This is for entrepreneurs with some experience who have at least £50,000 to invest
- Start-up Visa. This is for those who wish to start a business for the first time
- Investor Visa. This is for those with at least £2,000,000 to invest
To be eligible for the Innovator Visa or Start-up Visa, you must have received an endorsement for your business idea from an authorised body.
There are different requirements for each of the Tier 1 visas. The main difference between the Start-up Visa and Innovator Visa is that you do not need to prove that you have a minimum amount of money to invest in your company with a Start-up Visa application.
To find out more about how we can help you start your business in Scotland, please call us now on 0131 516 4671.
Can I Extend my UK Visa?
If you want to extend your stay in Scotland, you may be eligible for a visa extension. However, this is entirely dependent on the UK immigration permission you have been living under.
Generally speaking, if your visa expires within 12 months, you will not be able to apply for an extension to your visa. For example, if you are visiting Edinburgh as a tourist under the Standard Visitor Visa, you will not usually be able to extend your visa in normal circumstances.
However, you can apply for an extension to your visa with many immigration permissions, providing your circumstances haven’t changed significantly.
Some of the visas you can apply for an extension on include:
- Spouse visas
- Tier 2 visas
- Tier 1 visas
- Unmarried partner visas
- Tier 4 student visas
Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.
Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Fast Track Package
Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.
Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.
The Advice Package
With our untimed Advice Session, our professional immigration lawyers will review your case and provide you with comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.
The Application Package
With our Application Package, your dedicated caseworker will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your legal advisor will then complete and submit your forms to the Home Office on your behalf.
The Fast Track Package
Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.
The Appeal Package
By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.
Why should I choose the Immigration Advice Service
With a team of immigration legal experts with a wealth of experience in the field, the IAS is one of the most renowned legal firms in the UK.
The secret of our success is the bespoke service that we offer to each of our clients. Before we take on a case, we always first establish your eligibility and what kind of visa would be right for you. In this way, we can make sure that your request will be successful, and you will get your UK Visa.
By getting in touch with us, you can benefit from:
- A first session with us, where you will have a clear plan of the range of applications available for your case, the costs involved and the potential outcome;
- An experienced immigration lawyer who will always be available for you;
- A complete assessment of your documents, to identify the best evidence to support your case;
- A Letter of Representation written by your lawyer to plead your case’s merits to the Home Office;
- Expert legal advice for you and your family;
- Complete support until you get your visa.
Our offices are located in Edinburgh city centre. However, as part of our bespoke service, we also offer our guidance over the phone or via Skype.
If you are unable to travel or if you need to communicate with your family abroad, you can still rely on our legal guidance. We believe in a modern, client-centred approach to immigration advice, and we can deliver our help in several ways.
For this reason, your dedicated expert will be available at any time is most convenient for you. You can schedule your video conferences with your adviser and contact our office whenever you need our help.
To book your first assessment, you can call us or ask for a free call back from our office. In addition, you can use our contact form to communicate with our staff.