IAS' London Immigration Lawyers
We are proud to have some of the best immigration lawyers in London. Our team is all OISC accredited and experienced in practicing in the immigration law sector.
Our team is made up of some of the most experienced, specialist immigration advisers in the UK . Here at IAS, we can help with a range of enquiries, applications, and appeals ranging from UK visa applications to help with hiring people from overseas.
We offer professional advice, appeals, application help and fast-track services for a variety of different UK immigration law areas, including:
Why do you need a specialist immigration lawyer?
UK immigration law is an extremely complex area. Often, applicants are denied visas because they don’t fully understand what is required of them, or they face complications/issues surrounding their visa applications. That’s where we come in.
Consulting a lawyer can help to eliminate a lot of stress and frustration from the immigration process. Our immigration lawyers make the process of applying for a visa simple, easy to understand and less time-consuming for you.
With some of the best immigration lawyers in London, our specialists will increase your chances of being approved for a visa to visit, work, live or study in the UK.
Where can I find an IAS' team?
IAS has an office at London Bridge, which hosts several experienced OISC immigration lawyers.
Our experts have a combined experience of over 50 years of experience in practicing UK immigration law. They are all experienced in all areas of the law, from Spouse and Partner Visas, Immigration and Nationality matters, Work Visas and visa sponsorship for employers.
No matter what your enquiry, you can always count on our lawyers for immigration issues. Our services are bespoke, meaning they are crafted around individuals, couples and businesses and are completely dependent on you. You will be paired with a lawyer who suits your needs and can help best with your particular enquiry. This means that you will be placed in the best hands, with the best possible chance of success.
What services do IAS’ offer?
Our highly qualified team have extensive knowledge of all the key areas of UK immigration. This includes immigration law, nationality law, family law, asylum law and corporate and business immigration law.
As every situation is unique, we’ll assess each case on an individual basis to ensure we provide the best advice. You’ll be assigned a lawyer who will personally handle your case and be available to answer any queries you have. Our team of immigration specialists can help you to understand complex immigration application requirements or issues and represent you for your application or appeal process.
Get in touch with our team of Immigration lawyers to find out more about our step-by-step advice and application process.
Why hire IAS'?
Situated in Southwark, south London, the Immigration Advice Service’s office is located on Borough High Street. We offer a professional environment for you to discuss your case with us.
Our specialist team of lawyers will expertly review your case and give you dedicated legal guidance. We will help you on your way to resolving your UK immigration issue or submitting a successful application.
We are able to fully analyse your immigration matters, from Spouse Visa applications to any immigration and nationality matters, on a case by case basis. We can provide you with the best clear, concise and effective guidance and representation from a dedicated lawyer.
By 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.
Our immigration and nationality advice packages
- Before the session, one of our lawyers will examine your enquiry. This means they will be prepared for your session and will know what to expect when you visit one of our offices.
- You will attend the session with your lawyer, either in person, over the phone or via Skype. You can choose which you prefer — your visa immigration specialist will work around your schedule.
- During the session, the lawyer will discuss your options with you. They will assess your eligibility: if you are eligible, they will move on to discuss what you need to apply. If you are not eligible, they will tell you what you need to do to become eligible in the future.
- If you meet the requirements for a particular immigration route, they will tell you what documents you need for an application. They will also tell you which form you need to fill out a correct application.
- This session is untimed. This means that your lawyer will spend as much time with you as is needed.
- During the session, you can ask questions about anything you don’t understand or would like to know more on.
- After the session, you can ask reasonable follow-up questions. So you don’t need to worry if you forget anything during the session.
- Once your session is over, your lawyer will send over a document which includes information on everything you discussed in the session. This is yours to keep and use as you like.
Our immigration application packages
Our bespoke immigration application packages are structured and adapted to suit you and your own unique circumstances.
What you can expect from us:
- You will receive the full advice package as part of this service.
- Your lawyer will help you source and organise your supporting documents. They will then file them into your personal Application Portfolio, which helps your case be easily reviewed by immigration officers at UKVI.
- Your lawyer will then write you a personal Letter of Representation. This pleads your case to UKVI/the Home Office and improves your chances of success greatly.
- They will complete and submit your application forms on your behalf.
- Your adviser will stay in contact with the Home Office and tell you as soon as a decision has been reached.
If you are looking for the most experienced immigration lawyers in London, look no further. All our caseworkers have been practicing for many years, with a combined experience of over 50 years.
No matter how complex your case may be, we can help. Our OISC lawyers will support you every step of the way and leave no stone unturned in their search for an option for you to come to or stay in the UK.
Can I trust my IAS Immigration Lawyer?
With highly experienced immigration legal specialists, we have five star reviews from people around the globe for whom we have helped to secure a visa. To read our reviews, scroll down to the bottom of this page or click here to read our reviews.
All our immigration lawyers are experienced in different areas of law, making them specialists in that particular area. Some practice in family law while others are more experienced in making applications for British citizenship.
The IAS also offers expert services in the area of corporate immigration law. We have assisted various high-profile businesses and employers to recruit foreign talent and apply for sponsor licences.
Do IAS' have fixed fees?
Yes — our advice, application and appeal packages have fixed fees which are calculated based on your type of enquiry. They are not subject to change once they have been quoted to you; there are no hidden costs or fees with IAS. When you make an enquiry with us, either by calling our office or filling out our contact form, your dedicated adviser will review your case and quote you accordingly. Your fee will be based on several different factors and will take into account the complexity of your case and the resources it is likely to take up.
Based on your enquiry, you will either receive a quote for an advice package — this is an untimed one-off session with one of our lawyers. You may also receive a fixed-fee quote for our tailored application service. However, in most cases, this will be assessed by your personal solicitor after your advice session. In this scenario, once the lawyer has assessed your case after speaking with you, they will send you a quote for an application service.
If you choose to proceed with the service, this quote will not change.
Does IAS offer legal aid?
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.
My visa has been refused. Can IAS’ help me submit an appeal?
Unfortunately, no one can guarantee that your visa application is going to be successful. Nevertheless, you may be entitled to ask the Home Office to amend its decision on your case.
If you have received a visa refusal letter, you can discuss your situation with us. We will review your case and investigate the reasons for the Home Office’s rejection. Together with your dedicated lawyer, you can decide if proceeding with an Administrative Appeal can be beneficial for your situation.
Since your appeal application may be time-sensitive, you should seek legal guidance as soon as possible. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our Appeal Package.
Can I hire an IAS’ immigration lawyer from abroad?
Of course, you can also choose to hire our services remotely. We have adapted to the current climate and offer our full services in a remote setting through phone consultations and over Skype.
Our services are available wherever you are located in the world. So if you are not in the UK or cannot travel here, this is no barrier to hiring our services.
Our team will be happy to arrange an Advice session with your dedicated lawyer at any time that is convenient for you, via Skype or over the phone. We also have offices in Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham and many other cities in the UK.
How much does it cost to hire an immigration lawyer?
Since each case is different, it is impossible to predict how much the services provided by an immigration lawyer are going to cost. It must also be noted that every year the fees required to apply for a visa tend to rise. As a consequence, no one can deduce the precise price to enter or settle in the UK.
On the other hand, it is only by hiring a professional immigration lawyer that you can ensure that your application will be handled with the utmost care. By entrusting your case with one of the IAS’ team, you can maximise your application’s chances of success. This means that you will be less likely to spend further time and money in a new application or an appeal.
Do IAS’ offer assistance for families?
The IAS’ team is committed to helping families to live happily together.
For this reason, we also provide immigration, legal guidance and support for families who wish to apply for leave to remain in the UK.
Our UK immigration team are ready to use their knowledge of this field to help you and your loved ones with your UK immigration issues.
Children and Adult Dependents, and Fiancé(e) and Unmarried Partner Visas.
Can an immigration lawyer help me work in the UK?
Skilled individuals who wish to work in the UK can apply for a Skilled Worker Visa.
To be eligible you must:
- Hold a job offer from a UK-based company with a sponsorship licence
- Score at least 70 points on the points-based system
- Will be earning an appropriate salary for your job role
- Pass the ‘genuine vacancy’ test, meaning that your skills must be appropriate for your role
- Able to demonstrate that your English language ability is at least at the level of B1 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Must be able to prove that you have enough money to financially support yourself (and any dependents in the UK)
At IAS, our experienced UK immigration solicitors have already helped several applicants with their Skilled Worker Visa application. Our team is fully equipped to advise you on your options to enter the UK as a migrant worker, and as part of our services we will:
- Help you prepare an adequate bundle of supporting documents.
- Liaise with the Home Office until your case is solved.
- Facilitate the assignment of the Certificate of Sponsorship and liaise with your UK-based employer.
- Prepare a Letter of Representation to highlight the merits of your case.
Do IAS’ provide services for UK businesses?
If you are a UK employer and you wish to hire foreign workers, you must first get a sponsor licence. This is a necessary part of the process of employing skilled international workers.
To be eligible, you must prove that:
- You are a legitimate business;
- You need to hire a skilled workforce from outside the EEA;
- Do not have any unspent criminal convictions nor a history of failing to carry out sponsorship duties.
Proving that you have a genuine need for migrant workers can be a complicated and time-consuming process. For this reason, at IAS, our team offer several services dedicated to those who wish to apply for a Sponsor License.
You will be assigned to one of our lawyers who specialise in corporate immigration law. Your lawyer will guide you through each stage of your application and will work closely with you and all your company representatives until your case is solved.
Our team will work with you through conference calls or Skype, at any time that suits you.
We also offer extensive support on how to pass the genuine business test and organize all your relevant documents into a proper and successful application portfolio.
Can You Help me Apply for a Tier 1 Investor Visa?
Yes, IAS offers full support with Investor Visa applications. This Tier 1 visa is designed for those who have at least £2,000,000 to invest in an active and trading UK business.
The main eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Must be at least 18-years-old
- Must be able to prove that your investment funds belong to you or your spouse/civil partner or long-term unmarried partner
- Must have opened an account at a UK regulated bank
- The funds must be disposable and free to spend
We can help you to formulate your application to the very highest standard with our application package.
With this service, we will work with you to prepare your portfolio of evidence, ensuring it contains all necessary information and documentation in the correct format.
We will complete your application form and submit your full application, accompanied by a letter of recommendation highlighting the merits of your case.
When Can I Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK?
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a form of settled status which can be applied for after you have spent a certain period of time living in the UK. In most cases, this is five years.
As a holder of Indefinite Leave to Remain status, you can live in the UK without any immigration restrictions. You can also apply for British citizenship after you have spent one year living in the UK under ILR.
The main requirements for ILR are as follows:
- Must have spent a certain period of time living in the UK
- Must not have broken any immigration conditions (or any laws) in the UK
- Must have not spent more than 180 days outside of the UK in a 12-month period during your UK residency
- Must achieve a pass in the Life in the UK test. This is a series of questions about the history, traditions and culture of the UK
- Must be able to demonstrate that your English language ability is to at least the level of B1 as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
If you have been living in the UK as an entrepreneur under the Innovator Visa, or under the Investor Visa, you could be eligible for ILR after three years, or even two, depending on business activities.
We can help you to secure settled status in the UK. To find out more about our Indefinite Leave to Remain application package, please call us now on 020 3883 6530.
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.
If you and your partner are living together in the UK on a Spouse Visa, your leave to remain is set to expire after up to 33 months. At the end of this period, you can apply for a Partner Visa extension for a further 30 months. When the extension expires, you may finally be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and, eventually, for British Citizenship.
The requirements for the Spouse visa renewal are similar to the original Spouse Visa. This includes being able to prove that your relationship is genuine and that you intend to carry on living in the UK together. Besides, you must still be able to sustain your family financially without seeking public funds.
To make sure that your application is successful, it is recommended seeking the help of an immigration expert. At IAS, we only employ the best UK immigration legal specialists, who are committed to helping all the couples who wish to live in the UK together.
We will help you and your spouse through each step of your application, and liaise with the Home Office during the entire application process. We will also write a letter of representation to accompany your paperwork and highlight the merits of your case.
Call us today or get in touch with us online to learn more about our immigration services, or to arrange your first consultation.
Some applications may be rejected by the Home Office, due to several reasons.
If the authorities have rejected your case, you must act as soon as possible.
You will soon receive a refusal letter, with more information about your right to apply for an appeal. If this is the case, we recommend seeking the help of an experienced UK immigration solicitor.
By submitting an Appeal, you can still try and save your case. You will be working closely with your IAS’ specialist, who will:
- review the reasons for your refusal;
- evaluate your options to appeal against the Home Office’s decision
- help you produce a portfolio of supporting documents for your case
- liaise with the Home Office
- represent you at the full hearing before the tribunal, if necessary.
Call us today or request a callback from our team to learn more about our bespoke services, including our Appeal Package.
The Tower of London is the most famous castle in London, placed on the north bank of the River Thames. Every year, thousands of tourists visit this magic place, along with other wonderful attractions in London.
You may need to apply for a visa to visit London, depending on your personal circumstances. If you are unsure whether you need a permit to travel to the UK, you can seek the help of IAS’ immigration lawyers. Call us today, and we’ll be happy to help you.
Wherever you might choose to hire our services, you can be assured of a service of the very highest order from our London immigration lawyers.