How do I find a good immigration solicitor in Cambridge?
It can be difficult when trying to find a good quality immigration lawyer, especially as making an immigration application is such an important step and can be very time-consuming and personal.
The factors to look out when selecting an immigration lawyer in Cambridge can be broken down into three main parts: experience, qualifications, and location.
With a combined experience of more than 50 years, our specialists are perfectly positioned to help you with any issue you have. All our lawyers are experienced in every area of immigration law, including family law, UK visa law, business immigration and nationality law (including ILR and British citizenship applications). When choosing between the immigration lawyers in Cambridge or in any other part of the UK, look for experience in all areas of immigration law. This will ensure that your adviser is able to deal with anything thrown their way, and offer you advice and support which is based on previous experience of cases like yours. This will increase your chances of success greatly.
Make sure that any lawyer you choose to work with has the appropriate qualifications. All the solicitors at the Immigration Advice Service are OISC-regulated which means that they are certified in immigration law. To be able to offer advice a person has to be certified through OISC or, failing that, must have passed Bar. It is essential that you look for an immigration solicitor in Cambridge who can provide evidence of this.
The IAS is unique in that it is the most widespread immigration law firm in the UK. This means, wherever we are, you will be able to get to us. But even if you can’t, we still provide the same services remotely, via Skype or conference call. This means that if you are looking for immigration advice in Cambridge, there are several options for you.
To find out more about our Cambridge immigration solicitors, and what they can offer you, call us on 0333 305 9375
What kinds of enquiry will an immigration lawyer in Cambridge be able to help me with?
Our lawyers have experience in helping clients with every type of visa, settlement and asylum application, including Spouse Visa applications and appeals, Work Visa applications, Sponsor Licences (for employers hiring foreign employees) and applications for citizenship.
Even if you are unsure of which visa category you need advice on, and you simply want to find out your options, our solicitors can help. Our Advice Packages are tailored around our clients, meaning they can be as specific or non-specific as you need. During an IAS advice session, your immigration lawyer will work with you closely to assess your options, requirements and next steps and advise you accordingly. You will also receive a written document detailing this advice once your session is over,
If you already know what kind of application you need to make, and are sure you’re eligible or have already started making the application, our Application Package may be more suited to you. This package allows one of our most experienced lawyers to take full control of your case. They will work with you to devise a detailed plan of action, help you source and compile your evidence, and write a detailed Letter of Representation to support your application. This package is highly professional, and it will greatly improve the chances of success on your application.
As well as these two options, our immigration solicitors in Cambridge also offer appeal representation, specialist support for business sponsors, an emergency support package, and a general document-checking service.
How long does an advice session with one of IAS’ immigration solicitors in Cambridge last?
Our advice sessions are unique in that they are not timed. As part of the Advice Package, one of our dedicated immigration lawyers in Cambridge will work closely with you to assess all your needs: from experience, we have found that you can’t put a timer on these kinds of dialogues. Because of this, our advice sessions are always untimed, which means you have plenty of time to take in what your adviser is saying. This also gives you a chance to ask questions and go back over any information you didn’t understand the first time around.
Once your session is finished, there is also a period during which you can ask questions to your lawyer. This means that, if there is anything you forgot to mention during the session, you can do so once it’s finished.
To find out more about what an IAS immigration solicitor in Cambridge can offer you, call us on 0333 305 9375
Our Cambridge immigration lawyers are focussed on speed and attention to detail: so they will not rush an application through without ensuring it is of the highest quality. However, they will take into account all your deadlines, and ensure they are met. For example, if you are extending a Spouse Visa, or another form of UK visa and there is a cut-off date for the extension. Likewise, they will also take into account Home Office deadlines, such as appeal deadlines.
Because of the nature of the UK’s immigration system (it is very complex), it is difficult to predict how long an application will take to process. Without including the time it takes for the Home Office to make a decision on it, it is estimated that one of our immigration lawyers in Cambridge would likely process it within six months maximum, but this could vary depending on how simple or complex your case is.
You can make any application on yourself, but it is advised that you get the help of an immigration lawyer if you can. This is because someone who is well-versed in the law, and the jargon surrounding it, can offer an insight that the average person usually wouldn’t be able to.
Immigration solicitors in Cambridge and the rest of the UK are trained to spot mistakes, errors, or issues with different types of visa applications. The process of migrating to the UK can be very complex, as the Home Office uses a range of strict proto-col to make its decisions. A qualified immigration lawyer knows how to navigate this protocol. In addition, they will also write a cover letter that supports your cases and uses their legal understanding to back it up — which is very beneficial.
If you make a mistake on your application or miss off a requirement or piece of evidence, and your visa is refused, you are not eligible for a refund. In some cases, you are even barred from re-applying (such as in the case of an appeal).
All IAS’ immigration lawyers are qualified to assist with any type of application or appeal, as they are all OISC-accredited. But some have different specialisms, and areas where they focus their practice. The different areas of practice are:
- Family immigration law — including Spouse and Partner Visas, and Dependent Visas
- Points-based applications — including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, and Tier 5 applications
- Nationality law — including Indefinite Leave to Remain, and naturalisation applications
- Business immigration — including Sponsor Licence applications, visa sponsorship, and business applications
- Asylum law — including asylum applications, detainee support, and refugee reunification applications.
As part of our bespoke service, IAS pairs up its clients with lawyers who are practiced in areas that will suit their application. This ensures you the best chances of a positive outcome.