Business immigration

Our business immigration team advises clients from different sectors on all aspects of business immigration law. As part of a wider employment team, we can provide advice that also takes account of, and ensures compliance with, UK employment law.
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Political and environmental factors can make managing business immigration challenging. We help our clients to recruit migrant workers and to ensure their businesses are fully compliant with immigration rules – from assisting with obtaining and retaining sponsorship licences through to ensuring that sponsoring employers meet their legal obligations.

We also guide clients through the immigration requirements for sponsoring migrant workers. To ensure a consistent and compliant approach, we review clients’ current recruitment and HR policies, systems and practices to identify risks and recommend changes.

For individuals, we provide tailored advice and support on visa applications through a range of categories covering work, investor, entrepreneur and visitor visas. We analyse individual circumstances to provide options and recommendations for the most appropriate routes available. We support our clients and their dependants throughout the application process.

We advise on and assist with:

  • visa applications covering work, investor, entrepreneur and visitor visas (in particular, applications of non-UK directors conducting business in the UK)
  • visitor applications for business travel (in particular, applications of non-UK directors conducting business in the UK)
  • assessing existing, and setting up new, HR systems and processes
  • drafting and reviewing employment contracts and offer letters to ensure compliance with immigration and anti-discrimination laws
  • Home Office compliance visits
  • domestic workers transferring to the UK.

Sponsor licence applications

Prepared sponsor licence applications for a wide range of clients across various sectors, particularly in financial and professional services, including preparation of contracts of employment and advice on recruitment.

Entrepreneur visa

Advised on an entrepreneur visa application for a shareholder of a real estate fund which included review of the business plan and advice on satisfying the Home Office's "genuine entrepreneur" test.

Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa for secondment

Advised on options for seconding staff from overseas parent company to UK subsidiary and offered personal assistance to secondee employees during the application process.

Indefinite Leave to Remain – Tier 2 (skilled worker)

Assisted with sponsor letter in support of the employee's application and advised the sponsoring employer on relevant documentation to provide.

Acquisition of sponsor licence – holding company

Conducted due diligence in relation to target company's sponsor licences and immigration compliance history, in addition to advising on appropriate warranty provisions of sale documentation and post-completion immigration duties on purchaser.

Tier 5 (international agreement)

Advised an international maritime authority on sponsor licence management and options for the employment of individuals sponsored under this category.

Tier 5 (government authorised exchange)

Advised professional services on using this category as a means to bring individuals to the UK for internship purposes.

Lawyer

Anne Pritam Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2925
M:  +44 7946 647 238 Email Anne | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Emily Aryeetey Associate

T:  +971 4 407 3942
M:  +44 7826 550 723 Email Emily | Vcard Office:  Dubai, London

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