Immigration specialists in London
Our IAS immigration lawyers at our London branch are all OSIC accredited and have over 50 years of experience in the practice of immigration law. We believe that everyone should be able to access reliable and professional immigration advice and assistance.
Our team offer assistance with both personal and corporate immigration issues, from UK visa applications, to help with hiring overseas workers. Our services include legal advice, application help, fast-track application services and assistance with appeals. We also provide urgent consultations for those facing human rights issues such as deportation or immigration detention.
We work across all areas of UK immigration law including matters related to British citizenship, Indefinite Leave to Remain, Family visas, work permits and much more. Here at IAS, we are dedicated to meeting all of the immigration needs of our clients, which is why we employ specialist team members that are available to handle even the most complex issue.
Why should you hire an immigration solicitor?
The UK immigration system is notoriously complex, particularly now that the new points-based system has come into effect and free movement has ended between the UK and EU. This means that the application process and requirements for many visas have changed. Immigration applications can be stressful, time-consuming and costly and mistakes can be easily made, which can result in applications being refused. This is why, although seeking the assistance of an immigration solicitor is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that you do so.
Many people wonder whether the cost of hiring an immigration specialist is worth it, but this can actually save you money, as well as time and stress. With the assistance of an immigration lawyer, your chances of a successful outcome are greatly increased.
Our professional immigration lawyers have undergone extensive training in all areas of UK immigration law, including the new immigration system. They also have practical experience with assisting thousands of clients with their immigration issues. This means that they are in the best possible position to help you, and will know exactly how to assist you with your immigration issue. Our solicitors will pursue every route possible to achieve the outcome that you are after.
Bu choosing IAS, you can be assured that you will benefit from a professional and thorough service that will follow your needs and requirements closely, ensuring the whole process runs as smoothly as possible.
What service's do our lawyers offer?
Our solicitors have undergone extensive training and have a vast amount of experience when it comes to immigration matters, this is why they are able to offer a number of specialist immigration services. Just a few of the services that we offer include:
- Professional legal advice
- Immigration application assistance
- Appeal services
- Document and application checking
- Fast-track application services
We understand that every immigration issue is different and has its own complexities, which is why each of our services are bespoke and tailored to your individual needs.
One of our immigration advisors can discuss your case with you during a free consultation before you choose to go ahead with any of the above services. After finding out more about your issue, and your desired outcome, they can tell you a bit more about the services we offer, which would be the best option for you and how that service can be tailored to your specific needs.
How much does it cost to hire an immigration lawyer?
Because each immigration issue is different, there is no way to predict exactly how much it will cost to hire an immigration lawyer. However, here at IAS, we are committed to ensuring that there are no hidden costs in the services that we provide, which is why we use fixed fees for our advice, application and appeal packages.
Your fixed fee will be calculated based on your type of enquiry. You can receive a quote simply by getting in touch with our team and undergoing a quick consultation, which is free of charge, to find out more about your issue. The quote that you receive will cover all of the services that you will require and will not change once you have received it.
It’s important to note that our quotes vary as they take into account several different factors such as the complexity of your case and the number of resources and services that you will require.
When considering the cost of hiring a professional to assist you with your immigration application, you should take into account the application fee. Application fees are expensive, they also change every year and tend to rise. Without the assistance of an immigration specialist, it can be easy to make a mistake with your application or to not submit enough supporting evidence, this means that the chance of having your application refused is much higher.
If you have your application rejected, you won’t get your application fee back and will have to pay it again if you make another application. This is why hiring a lawyer can actually work out as much more cost-effective. The success rate of applications supported by professionals are much higher than those that aren’t, and by hiring someone to assist you with your initial application, you will be less likely to spend further time and money on a new application or an appeal.
UK immigration advice
Deciding the best way forward can be one of the most difficult parts of your immigration journey, our Advice Packages are designed to help you with this. We want to make sure that our services are accessible for all, which is why you can attend your advice session either in person, over the phone or via Skype, our immigration specialists are also flexible and will work around your schedule.
During your advice session, one of our caseworkers will discuss your situation with you and find out more about what you would like to achieve. Following this, they will assess your eligibility for any relevant immigration routes and will take you through each of your options.
Once you have decided which route you would like to go ahead with, they will explain the application process to you and will tell you exactly what you will need for the application.
All of our advice sessions are untimed, so you can spend as much time with one of our advisors as you need.
You can ask any questions that you have during the advice session and you will also be welcome to ask any reasonable follow up questions after the session, in case there are questions that you forgot to ask. You will also receive a document after the session containing information about everything you discussed with your immigration specialist. This is yours to keep and use as you like.
Our Visa Application Package is designed to guide you throughout the entire application process for any UK visa. This package can be adapted to suit your specific needs and also includes the full advice package so that we can find out more about your situation in order to provide you with the best service possible.
As part of the services included within this package, your designated caseworker will complete and submit any application forms on your behalf and help you to source and organise your supporting documents.
Your caseworkers will also write you a Letter of Representation, which cites legal sources to support your application and greatly increases your chance of success. Once your application has been submitted, your advisor will continue to liaise with the Home Office and will keep you updated on the progress of your application.
Corporate immigration assistance
As well as assisting with personal immigration issues, our team also provides assistance with business immigration issues. Our corporate services are designed to assist businesses with the challenges that come with an increasingly globalised market.
We have immigration specialists on hand to assist companies who are looking to hire overseas workers with their sponsor licence applications. We also offer assistance with sponsor licence renewals, can provide information about the duties that must be carried out by sponsors and can also help you to appeal a suspension or revocation of your sponsor licence.
Our corporate services also include assistance for those who wish to start or invest in a business in the UK. There are a number of UK business visas available, including the Startup, Innovator and Investor Visa, our corporate specialists are knowledgeable about each of these visas, can assess your eligibility and guide you through the application process.
Applying for ILR
Being granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is often a vital step for overseas nationals who wish to make the UK their permanent home. ILR is a form of permanent settlement that allows you to live and work in the UK without being subject to any time restrictions. Having ILR status is also a necessary step in the journey towards British citizenship if you intend to use the route of naturalisation.
The application for ILR can be particularly complex due to the number of strict requirements that you will need to prove that you can meet. To be eligible, you will need to have lived in the UK under a relevant visa or route for a certain period of time. As well as this you must:
- Pass the Life in the UK Test
- Meet the English language requirement
- Not have broken any immigration laws
- Not have spent more than 180 days outside the UK in a 12-month period during your residency
ILR applications are one of the most common types of applications that our solicitors assist with and we have many team members that specialise in the area of UK settlement. This means that you can trust us to handle your application with the utmost care and professionalism.
Applying for British citizenship
Many of our clients choose to apply for ILR with the long-term goal of becoming British citizen. Citizenship by naturalisation is the most common route to UK citizenship for overseas nationals and having settled status, usually for at least 12 months prior to your application, is one of the main requirements.
There are many benefits to obtaining British citizenship, as well as being free from immigration restrictions you will also be able to apply for a British passport that you can use to travel freely in and out of the UK and you will also have a right to vote in elections, stand for office and access public funds.
However, applying for citizenship is often very time consuming and can be stressful. You will need to provide many official documents to prove your eligibility and will also need to meet specific requirements, such as demonstrating your good character. Without extensive knowledge of the UK immigration system, this can be difficult. Just like with visa and ILR applications, our Application Package can be tailored to your British citizenship application.
Your caseworker will be with you every step of the way, helping you to gather any necessary documents, explaining the requirements to you and answering any questions that you may have about becoming a British citizen.
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.
Yes, here at IAS we are dedicated to making our services accessible. Whilst we have multiple offices located across London and the rest of the UK, we also offer our services remotely. This means that if you live abroad, or you simply can’t make it to one of our offices in person, we can still help you.
Our team can arrange remote appointments to be carried out over the phone or via Skype call. No matter which way you choose to access our services, you can be sure that quality will not be compromised.
To book an appointment today, simply get in touch on 020 3740 4613.
Of course. Unfortunately, there is never a guarantee that your application will be accepted by the Home Office and it can be very disheartening if it is rejected. However, we can help you to launch an appeal and give your application a second chance.
With our Appeal Package, we will look at the reasons for your refusal, evaluate the options you have for an appeal, help you to prepare a portfolio of documents supporting your case, liaise with the Home Office and will represent you at the full hearing before the tribunal if necessary.
Contact us on 020 3740 4613 for more information about our appeal services.
Yes, our legal aid services cover a variety of clients, including those claiming asylum or applying for leave to remain in the UK. Our team also provide free advice and application support for victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking. This is funded by legal aid.
These services use the same structure as our advice and application packages, so you will receive full and free legal support from one of our immigration specialists if you qualify for legal support.
We were an immigration advice charity until 2011, so we are passionate about continuing to provide high-quality services for vulnerable people in the capital and the rest of the UK.
If you are an asylum-seeker or vulnerable person who qualifies for legal aid, you can drop into one of our London offices. Please bring with you any documents you have which show that you have made a claim for asylum, legal help or had correspondence with the Home Office/UKVI. Your dedicated adviser will be happy to help you at any time.
Find out more about our legal aid services here.
Both EU and non-EU citizens must now apply for a visa if they wish to work in the UK. There are several UK visas that allow you to work here, the right one for you depends on the type of work that you will be doing and how long you plan to be here.
The most common work visa is the Skilled Worker Visa, previously known as the Tier 2 visa, to be eligible for this you must have been offered a job by a UK sponsor company at the appropriate skill level. You will also need to meet other requirements such as demonstrating a knowledge of the English language and meeting the relevant salary requirement.
The Skilled Worker Visa allows foreign nationals to work in the UK for up 5 years, can be extended after this and also acts as a route to ILR.
If you would like to apply for the Skilled Worker route or would like more information about the other types of UK work visas available, simply contact us today on 020 3740 4613.