Leading immigration lawyers in London
Our lawyers at the IAS immigration lawyers London branch are some of the best immigration lawyers in the country. All of our London immigration lawyers are OSIC accredited and have over 50 years of experience in the practice of UK immigration law. We believe that everyone should be able to access reliable and professional immigration advice and assistance.
Our team of immigration lawyers in London offer assistance with all UK immigration matters including 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. Our immigration lawyers are highly knowledgeable about the UK immigration rules and can assist with even the most complex immigration matters.
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 one of our immigration solicitors in London?
The UK immigration system is notoriously complex, particularly now that the immigration rules have changed with the new points-based system coming into effect and free movement ending 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 immigration advice or assistance from 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 lawyer is worth it, but having a professional to help you navigate the UK immigration rules 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 specialist immigration lawyers in London are some of the top immigration lawyers in the country. Our London immigration team 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 services do our immigration lawyers offer?
Our immigration lawyers have undergone extensive training and have a vast amount of experience when it comes to UK and US 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
- Late EUSS applications
Our services can be used to assist with a wide variety of immigration applications including applications from corporate clients for overseas business visas or global talent visas as well as applications from private clients for a range of other applications including judicial reviews, family visas, work visas, citizenship and permanent residence.
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. Our specialist immigration solicitors will provide you with tailored immigration advice as part of our bespoke services. No matter which immigration route you choose or what your current immigration status is, our London immigration lawyers will be able to help.
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 legal services. After finding out more about your issue, and your desired outcome, they can tell you a bit more about the legal 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 an immigration lawyer 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 an immigration 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.
It is important to note that if you have a criminal conviction, it will most likely have a negative impact on your application. You may be able to extend your leave instead, which our IAS lawyers can assist you with.
UK immigration advice
Deciding the best way forward can be one of the most difficult parts of your immigration journey, our Immigration 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 immigration 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 immigration 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 provide you with comprehensive advice by taking 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 immigration lawyers are trained in all areas of immigration law and can provide you with reliable and professional advice.
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 immigration lawyer 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 matters. Our corporate services are designed to assist businesses with the challenges that come with an increasingly globalised market.
We have specialist business immigration solicitors 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 Start-up, Innovator and Investor Visa, our expert immigration solicitors 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 London immigration lawyers assist with and we have many team members that specialise in the UK settlement area of immigration law. 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 obtaining British citizenship. British 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 British 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.
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The Advice Package
With our Advice Package, you can book a one-to-one session with one of our legal team and receive bespoke advice tailored for your situation. We will review your case and give you expert advice on how best to proceed with your immigration matter. Reach out to a member of our team and book your session today.
The Application Package
Our Application Package is designed to help relieve the stress of immigration applications. One of our legal caseworkers will help you throughout the entire process, including establishing your eligibility for your chosen route, completing your application form to the highest standards and organising your documents. We will then submit it and monitor its status on your behalf.
The Fast Track Package
Our premium Fast Track Package is ideal if you need to submit an application quickly, such as if you need to meet a tight deadline. Our lawyers will work closely with you to see that your application is completed to the highest standards and ensure you get your application in on time, helping to take the stress and pressure off you.
The Appeal Package
Visa appeals can be a stressful process, especially if you’re relying on a specific visa to be approved. Our legal team can help you navigate the whole process and maximise your chances of a successful appeal, working alongside you to reach a favourable result. We can also represent you in immigration-related hearings and 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 London immigration lawyers 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 3944 3274.
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 3944 3274 for more information about our appeal services.
Yes, our legal aid services cover a variety of clients, including asylum seekers or those applying for leave to remain in the UK. Our UK immigration solicitors 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 London immigration lawyers if you qualify for legal support. We can also represent you at an immigration and asylum tribunal.
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. One of our London immigration lawyers will be happy to help you at any time.
Find out more about our legal aid services here.
What are my immigration options if I want to work in the UK?
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 the Skilled Worker Visa 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 migrant workers 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 our immigration experts today on 020 3944 3274.