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The Sole Representative Visa is a unique route in the UK immigration rules. It permits a senior member of staff from a company overseas to set up a UK branch and represent the business for trading in Britain.
This ‘sole representative’ must be able to open a new subsidiary of the business and therefore must have in-depth knowledge and experience of the industry. The individual must also hold a senior position of authority within the company, but he/she cannot be the owner or majority shareholder.
The Sole Rep Visa remains one of the most lucrative visa routes for entrepreneurs and businesses, but is increasingly difficult to obtain. The chosen representative must meet stringent immigration criteria as well as corporate requirements in order to be eligible, so the success of the visa largely rests on the shoulders of who the applicant is.
At 1 Absolute Advisor, we have business immigration lawyers on hand to help. Our OISC-certified team of experts can help your company and your chosen representative with the entire application by making sure you both meet the immigration rules. Not only can we verify your eligibility, but we can even offer full Sole Representative Visa application guidance by helping you to create a portfolio of supporting evidence that will satisfy UKVI’s high expectations. Getting the right UK immigration advisor on-side is important.
The UK Ancestry Visa is an extremely narrow immigration route to the United Kingdom. Only certain people who can meet specific criteria are eligible for this type of Family Visa, but it is certainly advantageous when it comes to British citizenship.
Ancestry Visa holders are granted the unique opportunity to come to the UK to work or study for five years. And unlike the Skilled Worker Visa or Tier 4 Student Visa route, applicants are not at the mercy of a specific job, employer or place of study in order to receive the visa. There are no such restrictions on what type of work you must participate in and you do not need someone to ‘sponsor’ your visa.
However, Ancestry Visa applicants must have familial ties to the UK. Specifically speaking, you must be a Commonwealth citizen who can prove at least one of your grandparents was born in the United Kingdom. But even then, you may not be eligible if your grandparent was born after a certain time or in the wrong region, make sure you are clear with your UK immigration advisor.
Fortunately, there is some leeway in the immigration rules. For instance, you may eligible to claim ancestry if you or one of your parent/s were adopted.
Our immigration lawyers at 1 Absolute Advisor can help you to identify if you are eligible to apply via the ancestry route. Our team can advise you on your next steps to British citizenship in the event that you are not eligible as there are plenty of other visas and immigration routes that lead to settlement in the UK.
You may be wondering what the point is in hiring an immigration lawyer with your UK visa application. After all, there is no one stopping you from applying on your own.
However, it is highly advised that you hire a professional for three reasons: to save money, to alleviate the burden of the paperwork and to protect yourself from a devastating visa refusal.
Even with guidance, the UK immigration rules are complex and extensive. In some cases, the application guidance can be extremely vague. As such, it is highly unlikely that you are able to navigate through the rules without professional guidance from an immigration solicitor.
UK Visa applications are not cheap, either. There is an abundance of hidden yet mandatory fees and costs – none of which you are able to get back if your visa application is refused. It is very rare for the British Government to issue refunds on failed visa applications.
There is no better way to mitigate from a costly visa refusal other than to trust your case with the experts. At 1 Absolute Advisor, our immigration lawyers go above and beyond to help their clients achieve the outcome that they want. Our prices are competitive too with no frills or fluff – and we always advise honestly with your best interests at heart.
That’s why we offer a bespoke initial consultation call that is completely free of charge. We want to hear your concerns and visa plans so that we can match you to a suitable UK immigration lawyer who is well equipped to handle your case.
Call us today on 0207 993 6762 to find out more.
Absolute Advisor is a UK Immigration Advisor who offers high-quality legal services related to the immigration process in the UK. We customize our service for your circumstances, and we are always ready to support your immigration problem. If you’re worried about how to apply or how to do the paperwork properly, we are here to help make the process easier. We have qualified immigration advisers who offer hassle-free immigration services to our clients. As we have several years of experience, we have top-level knowledge which helps us to identify your problem and provide complete guidance.
If you need an immigration lawyer in London, 1 Absolute Advisor is here to help. Situated in Southwark we are at the heart of the city to assist families, skilled workers, businesses and more with their visa queries from across the world.
All of our immigration advisors are OISC-certified and legally trained to offer legitimate visa advice. We offer a unique personalised service where we cater our support to suit your needs and enquiries. You may wish for general immigration advice in a one-to-one session with your own lawyer, or require more thorough support with your visa application.
We also offer fast-track services for urgent enquiries. For example, if your visa is due to expire or you have already overstayed your immigration permission, our lawyers can fast-track your application and support you immediately with advice.
1 Absolute Advisor offers you a price promise guarantee and an initial phone consultation while we assess your case. If you need an immigration lawyer and you live in London or plan on migrating to the country, let us shoulder the burden of the paperwork.
The UK Spouse Visa application remains one of the most complicated visa routes with complex eligibility criteria and a long list of requirements. It also has one of the highest visa refusal rates as applicants can be refused for making tedious mistakes.
At 1 Absolute Advisor, we know how crushing a visa refusal can feel. To be denied the chance to live with your loved ones can have a huge detrimental impact on your mental health, wellbeing and familial life. Children also suffer when one of their parents is physically unable to be present in their life, and unfortunately having a child with your married partner does not guarantee visa success.
That’s why reuniting family members remains one of our top priorities. We even have specialist Spouse Visa and family immigration lawyers to attend to the emotive and high-pressure nature of this type of application.
Our Spouse Visa specialists are also well-versed in all aspects of family immigration law. This means we can advise and guide you towards an approved Spouse Visa application with confidence and utmost professionalism. Speak to one of our team, all experience UK immigration lawyers.
By entrusting 1AA with your Married Partner Visa application, you can protect yourself from a visa refusal and can significantly increase your chance of success.
In addition to full application support and advice with the Spouse Visa, our immigration lawyers at 1 Absolute Advisor can help with your Spouse Visa Extension application, too.
The UK Spouse Visa expires after a period of 30 months. But before your visa meets its expiry, you must seek alternative permission to remain in the country. For those with a Married Partner Visa, the next step is often a Spouse Visa extension as this allows the holder to pass the 60-month threshold needed for permanent residency.
However, a Spouse Visa extension is no guarantee. Just because you were successful with your initial Spousal Visa does not mean you will be successful again with the renewal. Indeed, you need to be mindful that you need to prove that you still meet all of the Spouse Visa requirements.
Evidence shows hiring an immigration lawyer enormously improves your chances of an approved visa application. As such, 1 Absolute Advisor can step in at any point during your Spouse Visa extension application – even if you sought immigration advice before from a different law firm.
Don’t take the risk by attempting the application yourself. Our Spouse Visa experts know exactly what UKVI is looking for in each application it receives. So, protect yourself from a devastating visa extension refusal by calling us today to learn all about our bespoke Spouse Visa advice and application support services.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a form of immigration status that allows you to live in the UK free from immigration restrictions.
The ILR application is one of the most demanding routes in the UK immigration rules. Applicants need to supply a bundle of documents in an evidence pack to prove that they meet every single ILR requirement. They must also pass a multitude of tests – including English language, Life in the UK and security (‘good character’) checks.
Failure to meet this strict eligibility criteria can result in an ILR refusal.
At 1 Absolute Advisor, we have all the skills, experience and qualifications needed to prevent you from receiving that refusal letter. Our immigration lawyers are OISC-certified and can assist you from start to finish with the ILR application, no matter how complex your case may be.
Our lawyers will even assess your case and ensure you meet all of the requirements before progressing with your case. You may be advised to wait for a few months, or even years, until you are deemed eligible. An immigration lawyer is able to check for you whether your visa record has put you on the 3-year route to settlement or the 5-year route.
After holding ILR status for at least 12 months, you are able to switch onto British Citizenship. Your new UK status will be yours for life and will even grant you new rights in the UK for you and your family.
British citizens are deemed completely free from immigration restrictions and share the same rights as UK-born Britons. For example, you can apply for a British passport and even live abroad without revoking your British nationality. Learn more by consulting a UK immigration lawyer.
However, UKVI closely examines each British citizenship application it receives. Applicants must prove that they meet a long list of requirements and criteria. Citizenship is not a right that is naturally awarded – you must complete the formal application process.
In addition, there are a variety of British citizenship routes such as by descent or ancestry, by naturalisation and by birth.
At 1 Absolute Advisor, our immigration lawyers are well-versed in the British Nationality Act and the subsequent British citizenship rules. We can help you to identify the best route for you and compile a compelling portfolio of supporting evidence to satisfy UKVI.
We have a firm commitment to assisting people with their citizenship application, no matter how complex their circumstances may be, as we know just how important it is to be able to call the UK your official permanent home.
The Skilled Worker Visa is a work permit for overseas nationals that came into effect 1 January 2021 alongside a new set of immigration rules – known as the points-based system.
The route has replaced the Tier 2 (General) Work Visa, though many of the eligibility requirements remain the same. The key difference between the two is that applicants must score 70 points in order to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa.
Applicants are able to score the necessary 70 points based on mandatory and tradeable rules. For example, 20 points may be gained on having a certain salary, or by having a PhD, while other points can be gained through English language ability, the job role offered and if the applicant is filling a position that is in shortage of labour in the UK.
However, the new points-based system is complicated. Those who attempt to complete the application alone are at increased risk of a visa refusal. Even if you meet all of the points, your application can still be refused if it is lacking in evidence or clarity.
At 1 Absolute Advisor, your UK immigration lawyer will know precisely what UKVI is looking for. If you’re unsure about how or where you can accumulate 70 points for a Skilled Worker Visa, 1 Absolute Advisor can help.
We guarantee an honest and professional service that is custom-made to suit your individual needs. Whether you need help with the points, general advice or full assistance with the Work Visa application, our immigration lawyers offer expert help and guidance.
The UK Sponsor Licence is a formal permit which allows businesses to legally hire people from overseas. It is also necessary for universities, colleges and schools to be able to ‘sponsor’ international students to come and study in their institution.
Due to the change in immigration rules following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, more companies will need a Sponsorship Licence in order to continue hiring talent from the EEA and beyond where they might not have needed one before. Universities may need a larger Sponsor Licence to cater to their EEA student base.
The Sponsor Licence comes in different sizes and can differ significantly in cost. This can depend on the size of your business and how many workers/students you intend on sponsoring from abroad.
Sponsoring an application is an act of endorsement. You are essentially verifying a specific individual’s right to come to the UK and work for you or study in your establishment. It can be subject to strict conditions and assessments by UKVI.
Fortunately, our corporate immigration lawyers are on hand to help. Our team assists businesses and universities with their sponsorship workload and the application process. We can even help you to prepare for your UKVI inspection. Call us today for a free initial consultation over the phone.
As a result of Brexit, the immigration rules changed as of 1 January 2021, bringing in new laws, requirements and routes. The Global Talent Visa is one such new route – and has particularly high criteria.
Global Talent applicants must have an exceptional skill in a certain field in order to successfully receive this visa. It is generally reserved for those who are considered a leader in the field of academia, research, arts and culture or digital technology.
You may also need endorsement from an official UK body as well as international recognition for your work. The rules change depending on your specific talent, but it is generally accepted if you are a person of high interest or who has contributed significantly to a field in some way. Getting the right information from a qualified UK immigration lawyer is important.
The Global Talent Visa application involves a series of rigorous tests and some of the most stringent criteria, not to mention that competition remains rife.
Our immigration lawyers are expertly trained to handle the pressure and the laborious nature of the Global Talent Visa application. Our office is based in London, but our lawyers can assist you no matter where you are in the world. Call us today on 0207 993 6762 to hear more about our bespoke Talent Visa services.
As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, it's challenging to provide specific figures for immigration adviser fees in the UK, as they can vary significantly. However, I can offer a general range based on the complexity of the case and the type of immigration service needed. Keep in mind that these figures are approximate and may have changed since then:
It's crucial to note that these figures are general estimates, and the actual fees may differ based on individual advisers, case specifics, and any regulatory changes. Always inquire about fees during your initial consultation with an immigration adviser and ensure that you receive a clear breakdown of the costs involved in your specific case. Additionally, verify whether the adviser is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and has the necessary qualifications to handle your immigration matters.
In the UK, an immigration adviser is a professional who provides advice and assistance on immigration matters. These individuals or entities are typically experts in the field of immigration law and are authorized to offer guidance to individuals seeking to navigate the complexities of the UK immigration system.
Here are key points about immigration advisers in the UK:
It's important for individuals seeking immigration advice to choose an adviser who is regulated by the OISC and holds the appropriate level of accreditation. Using a regulated immigration adviser can provide assurance that the individual is qualified, competent, and operates in accordance with professional standards. Clients should also be cautious of unauthorized advisers and always check an adviser's credentials before seeking assistance.
When seeking immigration advice, be cautious of unauthorized advisers and always verify the credentials of the individual or organization you are consulting. Reputable advisers will be transparent about their qualifications, fees, and regulatory status. It's advisable to have an initial consultation to discuss your specific situation before proceeding with any immigration service.
It's important to note that these figures are general estimates, and the actual fees may differ based on individual lawyers, case specifics, and any changes in legal regulations. Always discuss fees during your initial consultation with a lawyer and ensure that you receive a clear breakdown of the costs involved in your specific case.
Additionally, you may want to obtain quotes from multiple immigration lawyers to compare costs and services. It's crucial to choose a reputable lawyer with experience in immigration law and to verify their qualifications and regulatory status.
When reaching out to an immigration lawyer or organization for free advice, be clear and concise in explaining your situation. Provide relevant details about your immigration matter, and inquire about any available free or low-cost services. Keep in mind that even if you can't access free services, some lawyers may offer initial consultations at a reduced rate.
Remember to verify the credentials and reputation of the lawyer or organization you approach, even if they are offering free services. Always check if they are registered with the appropriate regulatory bodies and have experience in immigration law.
The decision to hire an immigration consultant depends on your individual circumstances, the complexity of your case, and your comfort level with navigating the immigration process on your own. Here are some considerations to help you determine if it's worth getting an immigration consultant:
Before deciding to hire an immigration consultant, it's advisable to research and choose a reputable consultant who is regulated and authorized by the relevant immigration authorities. Verify their qualifications, check for any complaints or disciplinary actions, and discuss fees and services upfront.
Ultimately, whether it's worth getting an immigration consultant depends on your specific needs, circumstances, and comfort level with the immigration process. If you are unsure, consider seeking initial consultations with consultants to discuss your case and assess whether their services align with your requirements.
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