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Business Immigration for Professional Services

Our business immigration practice, located within our highly regarded employment team, has a strong reputation for dealing with UK immigration matters on behalf of employers. We are particularly noted for our ability to handle sensitive employment and immigration crossover issues, and our strength in representing clients in the financial, professional services and technology fields, where international mobility is of key importance.

Dealing with immigration can be time-consuming and frustrating. In an increasingly international business world, we offer clients the help they need to assess, and where possible secure, permissions through a combination of technical expertise and practical experience of dealing with Government departments which control immigration. We work with HR teams and senior management to shape and implement their immigration strategies, addressing issues as they arise.

After many years of liberalisation, UK immigration policy has shifted decisively toward limits, quotas and compliance. There are hidden pitfalls which can result in commercial and professional embarrassment for regulated firms. We know where the issues lie. We aim to simplify the process as far as possible whilst counselling a compliant and realistic approach.

Our clients include financial institutions, international law firms, growing technology businesses, industry bodies and advisory professionals. We play our part in the immigration policy debate and are called on to contribute to Government consultations from time to time.

Our Expertise

  • Sponsor licence applications
  • Tier 2 applications for sponsored migrants under the points based system
  • Ancestry and nationality based applications
  • Entry clearance visas
  • Advising on compliant and non-discriminatory recruitment and management of migrant employees
  • Employer’s liability for illegal employment
  • Employment of temporary and student migrants, including internships
  • Entrepreneur and Investor applications for senior professionals
  • Managing the end-to-end immigration process for international employees and their households
  • Providing associated employment advice

Our Experience

  • Advising several US law firms on residency rights, points based system compliance and the business visitor provisions applicable to their staff, and representing them to the UK immigration authorities
  • Regularly advising international employers on intra-group transfers of staff, including post-merger immigration issues
  • Advising on the impact of prevention of illegal working legislation on the immigration and employment status of employees, and the liability of their employers
  • Assisting with in-house immigration compliance audits and preparation for external compliance inspections
  • Handling emergency situations involving professional staff where immigration status is challenged or in doubt

Who should I contact?


Sacha Schoenfeld
Direct dial: +44 (0)7515 991 833


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