Immigration

If you have an immigration issue you’ll need an experienced Immigration Lawyer who understands both the detail of the rules and the wider policy implications. You’ll need someone who understands your situation and can build a credible application or tell it to you straight if yours is a lost cause.

It’s also helpful to have someone in your corner who has an insight into the way Entry Clearance Officers work; they’re not ogres intent on playing out the role of little Englanders. In our experience they are hardworking civil servants grappling with complex Immigration Laws which are sometimes coated with unhelpful political hyperbole.

You’ll have a range of questions. Your questions will probably be familiar to us:

  • Can I extend my stay in this country?
  • How and when should I apply for an extension?
  • How does my fiancé obtain a visa so we can get married and build our lives together in this country?
  • How do I show that I am an elite sportsman?

Typically we will work with you in three phases. 

Phase 1 is your initial enquiryThis will usually be a short telephone conversation or an exchange of emails in which you’ll give us a flavour of the case so we can establish the general nature of the issue and whether we can help you (we don’t take asylum or detention cases and we don’t work under “Legal Help”). You’ll want to know something about our fees so we’ll give you a provisional estimate. Wherever possible we’ll quote you a fixed fee which will be confirmed in writing. We will also say something about the timetable for your work.

In phase 2 we’ll explore the circumstances, any relevant immigration history and we’ll take a close look at your requirements and your documents. The objective of this phase will be to identify and discuss the legal issues, to identify your options, make a recommendation and put you in a position to take an informed decision about how you’d like to proceed. In some cases the way forward is obvious but the immigration rules are evolving all the time and we’ll alert you to anything you may not have considered.

Phase 3 is implementing the action you have agreed with us. You may feel that having been over the ground with us you are sufficiently confident to do this for yourself. 

Clearly there may be cases where this model can’t apply but there’s one constant;  we’ll be working with you to a clear objective which you’ll have agreed with us.

Sometimes we have to accept that there are no routes through the immigration jungle.  At other times there may be more than one route.  We will help you make the decision that’s right for you and give you as much or as little help as you need along the way. 

Case studies

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Barry came to this country about 12 years ago. At that time he was a child dependant on his mother. His mother was born American, but she now has Irish nationality. Barry retained the US citizenship which he acquired on birth. Barry works as a chef in...
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Maggie was referred to me by the Operations Director of her employer. She was originally from South Africa. She crewed a yacht to the West Indies where she married a Scot and together they sailed to the UK. Maggie obtained permission to stay here for two...
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My client met a Russian lady over the internet. A relationship blossomed and after they’d had a holiday together they decided to get married and set up home in the UK. My client’s fiancée retained an immigration agent in Moscow who...

Meet the team

James Humphery
Senior Solicitor
Employment
01722 426915
Employment