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, and Tier 2 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 - Tiers 1,2,4, & 5 & 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 - record keeping and reporting
  • Advice to professional services providers, including lawyers & accountants
  • Applications under the points based system - Tiers 1,2,4, & 5 & 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 - record keeping and reporting

Business immigration experience

  • Advised a financial services institution with obtaining a sponsor licence, managing their account and assisting with their broad immigration requirements.

  • Advised the managing partner of a business in the professional services sector on a complex sole representative leave to remain application.

  • Assisted a start-up with securing a sponsor licence in order for it to employ a non-EEA national under the Tier 2 PBS category.

  • Advised an organisation with a ‘virtual business model’ on matters relating to contractors, routine roles and sponsorship compliance duties.

  • Advised a business in the professional services sector on sensitive and strategic sponsorship of individuals, including both partners and employees.

  • Advised tech companies on sponsoring non-EEA nationals under the Shortage Occupation List.

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

  • Advised on making a successful application for endorsement under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent).

  • Advised a business on the transfer of sponsored employees in the course of a sensitive acquisition.

"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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