We work with clients to assist across the full range of business immigration matters, with an emphasis on the provision of bespoke and tailored solutions to often complex immigration issues.

People are the primary asset of any organisation, and as mobile workforces expand, the UK authorities have imposed increasingly complex sets of rules, regulations, policies and penalties in relation to the international movement of workers and legal right to work compliance. It is crucial that UK based businesses and individuals understand and implement these rules: we work with businesses of every size to assist with all aspects of the immigration space, from entry and residence to settlement and citizenship. We advise on all business immigration queries, including international secondments, intragroup transfers, regularly assisting clients to navigate requirements such as the resident labour market tests and changing legislation and rules.

Our work with clients helps them to unravel the complexities of international mobility and take responsibility for business compliance with work permit schemes, sponsorship regimes and residence requirements. Dealing with immigration applications and compliance can be time consuming, frustrating and confusing for the uninitiated. There are also some very nasty pitfalls. We aim to simplify the process for clients and to ensure that applications are handled as expeditiously as possible, whilst counselling a compliant and realistic approach.

We also provide advice for private individuals and families and advise regularly to assist clients to navigate the challenges presented by Brexit, including assisting EU and non EU nationals and their family members to ensure they can travel to the UK to work or remain following the end of the transitional period. We have particular expertise in supporting start-ups, SMEs, making applications for senior and highly specialised individuals, as well as advising on the crucial immigration-related compliance issues that arise in corporate transactions.

Business immigration expertise

  • Advice to professional services providers, including lawyers & accountants
  • Applications under the points based system & global mobility strategy
  • British nationality - naturalisation & registration as a British citizen, & ancestry applications
  • Challenges to refusals - administrative review & appeals
  • Compliance issues for employers & sponsors, & employees - prevention of illegal working
  • Entry visas - visitors, marriage & family issues, residence and settlement
  • EU nationals & Brexit; the EU Settlement Scheme, issues for EEA nationals & family members
  • Global talent, investors, innovator & start up applications
  • Indefinite leave to remain & returning residents
  • Practical guidance - training & representation, including assistance with audits & practical advice
  • Sole representatives of overseas businesses
  • Sponsor licences & compliance, including record keeping and reporting
  • Advice to professional services providers, including lawyers & accountants
  • Applications under the points based system & global mobility strategy
  • British nationality - naturalisation & registration as a British citizen, & ancestry applications
  • Challenges to refusals - administrative review & appeals
  • Compliance issues for employers & sponsors, & employees - prevention of illegal working
  • Entry visas - visitors, marriage & family issues, residence and settlement
  • EU nationals & Brexit; the EU Settlement Scheme, issues for EEA nationals & family members
  • Global talent, investors, innovator & start up applications
  • Indefinite leave to remain & returning residents
  • Practical guidance - training & representation, including assistance with audits & practical advice
  • Sole representatives of overseas businesses
  • Sponsor licences & compliance, including record keeping and reporting

Business immigration experience

  • Advising law firms and financial institutions on the impact of Brexit and the new Immigration Rules on workforce planning and global mobility

  • Advising an international law firm converting its UK branch to an LLP, resulting in the TUPE transfer of sponsored workers, and on consequences for its sponsor licence

  • Assisted a sponsor in having its sponsor licence reinstated following suspension due to compliance failures

  • Advice on a successful application for endorsement by TechNation under the Global Talent category

  • Advised a household name in the Publishing sector following a sensitive acquisition on a new sponsor licence and the transfer of sponsored employees.

  • Advising businesses in Technology, FinTech and Financial services sectors on several complex sponsor licencing and compliance matters

  • Advising an organisation with a ‘virtual business model’ in the Technology sector on matters relating to contractors, routine roles and sponsorship compliance duties

  • Advising clients in the Travel, Technology and Professional Services sectors on complex Representative of an Overseas Business / Sole Representative applications

  • Advising a client in the Professional services sector on sensitive and strategic sponsorship of individuals, including partners and employees

  • Advising clients in the Education sector on the immigration aspects of the recruitment of interns and temporary workers and on applications for sportspeople

  • Advising on complex spouse / partner application and providing advice on the Appendix FM maintenance requirements, including issues relating to self-employment income

  • Advising on applications involving excessive absences from the UK by the applicant requiring discretion to be exercised by the Home Office

  • Advising individuals with regard to refusal of entry clearance on arrival at port or had their applications refused

  • Advising with regard to an appeal at the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, involving complex facts and immigration history

"The Fox Williams immigration team are experts in dealing with complex cases at a reasonable and competitive price. They can always come up with tailor-made solutions, adopted to each unique situation, and are very much focused on maintaining high quality of service, and at the same time – keeping costs under control."


Legal 500 2021

"Everyone I have spoken to at Fox Williams has been very friendly, approachable and professional."


Legal 500 2021

"The team has always been very professional and I they are very well informed. They have a commitment to quality."


Legal 500 2021

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