The rules on business immigration and foreign workers are strict, with serious penalties and ramifications for those that fail to comply.
Many companies seek to employ staff from outside the EU for occupations they cannot recruit for in the UK or Europe. It is therefore important to make sure that any workers living and working in the UK are doing so legally, to guard from any penalties or reputational damage.
What We Do
Our business immigration solicitors advise many businesses and other organisations such as educational institutions on their immigration obligations. Whether you have employees abroad or want to bring employees to the UK, or need legal advice about your workers here at home, we can advise on your legal requirements to make sure you are fully compliant with immigration law.
We deal with many immigration law matters every year, successfully helping our clients to fulfil their requirements to bring specialist staff to the UK.
We can help you with:
- Sponsorship licenses for specialist or temporary workers – Tier 2 and Tier 5
- Understanding what activities business visitors to the UK are permitted to do
- A comprehensive document checking service to support visa applications
- Visa applications
- Applications for extension of stay and settlement
- Advising on immigration issues to be aware of on setting up business in the UK
- Dealing with migrants after a takeover or merger
- Assisting with large scale audits in the workplace to combat illegal working and any subsequent disciplinary issues
- Applications for reconsideration of negative decisions and dealing with workplace raids, the associated PR issues and strategies
- Best practice training and legal updates for recruitment managers and HR
Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?
We have experienced business immigration solicitors, who provide prompt and cost-effective advice to any organisation employing staff from overseas.
Our relationship with the Home Office has been established for many years in these cases, as we have helped many business clients to successfully apply for sponsorships, licenses and visas for their staff.
- National furniture retailer – sponsorship license reinstated without fee after initially being revoked by UK Visas and Immigration (part of the Home Office)
- New York based consultant – successful entrepreneur visa application (Tier 1) achieved, particularly in relation to the financial requirements for investment and maintenance funds
- International insurance company – obtained sponsorship license, implemented document checking procedures and supporting dismissal process for illegal staff and on an employee’s failed application for indefinite leave to remain whilst supporting the ensuing dismissal process
"Very client-focused, available, forthright and achieve resolutions we're happy with." - Chambers & Partners, 2016 (quote from client)
"The team acts commercially and pragmatically with a good balance between the legal aspects and helping us achieve our goals from a business point of view." - Chambers & Partners, 2015 (quote from client)
"I always get clear advice and the best options in terms of the way forward, with good risk assessment on the particular issues." - Chambers & Partners, 2015 (quote from client)