Business Immigration

Immigration law is becoming stricter, making it harder for UK businesses to hire migrants to work and live in the UK. Our solicitors can help your business comply with complex immigration laws. We also help migrants looking to invest or start a business in the UK.

Any immigration process is stressful and following the rules is vital to avoid penalty fees or legal action. We work with you to understand your needs and put a bespoke strategy in place that protects your business and employees.

What business immigration issues could I face?

Businesses employing migrant workers need to make sure they have the correct sponsorship licence. Applying for and maintaining these licences takes time and resources. Whether you’re an organisation looking to decide which type of Sponsor Licence you should apply for or an individual looking to come to the UK on a work-based visa, we’re here to help.

Businesses can face issues if they don’t follow the correct process, including:

  • Applying for the wrong sponsorship licences and certificates of sponsorship
  • Having a sponsor licence refused, suspended or revoked
  • Failing to comply with the prevention of illegal working regulations.

We’ve worked with many businesses and employees with complex immigration issues. Our lawyers have a detailed knowledge of immigration law and a long-standing relationship with the Home Office. We’ll give you practical advice to help make your immigration experience less time consuming and stressful.

Which businesses and immigrants can we help?

Our immigration solicitors can help you if you’re:

Our immigration team work with businesses and individuals across the UK and abroad. Whether you can meet face-to-face or not, our team work closely with you to solve your immediate issues as well as putting plans in place to avoid any future ones.

How can Irwin Mitchell help with complex immigration law?

Business immigration law is complex and no two issues are the same. Our immigration team offer a bespoke service that doesn’t just help with a one-off application. We work closely with you to offer tailored advice to ensure you have the correct policies in place so you comply with regulations.

The UK Government has replaced the historic tier system:

Before applying for a business visa, you first need to decide which route you wish to choose for you or your business. There are two main worker sponsorship routes:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Global Business Mobility: Senior or Specialist Worker

Without sponsorship it is also possible to be granted a business visitor visa for up to 6 months.

Our expert team of immigration solicitors can advise you on which visa is the right one for your business. We can also make sure you’re complying with the legal requirements.

We can help you:

  • Make sure you comply with immigration law by auditing your business processes
  • Fix any problems we find from our audit and help you avoid them in future
  • Apply for sponsorship licences or certificates of sponsorship
  • Deal with sponsorship licences that are refused, suspended or revoked
  • Train HR teams on how to manage and stay compliant with sponsorship licences and employee visas
  • Create policies for sponsors, entrepreneurs and investors
  • Keep up-to-date on any changes to immigration law and how to implement them in your business.

Our flexible pricing options suit any budget and size of work required. You can choose from capped fees, bank of hours or a retainer service. Contact our immigration solicitors today on 0808 271 2602 to discuss your situation.

Can you help me with Brexit related immigration issues?

Immigration laws since Brexit have continued to change. We understand that for businesses employing people from the EU or EU nationals running businesses in the UK this is an incredibly unsettling time.

Our immigration lawyers can assess your business and advise the best way forward post Brexit. We’ll also help you and your dependants apply for a permanent residency permit to stay in the UK.

See our Brexit page to learn more about how our lawyers can help with a range of Brexit-related issues.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We recognise that employing migrant workers has a huge benefit to the UK economy. We approach business immigration issues from all perspectives to help businesses and individuals stay legally compliant with rapidly changing immigration laws.

Our team focuses on building a long-term relationship with you while solving any immediate problems you face. Immigration issues often stray into other areas of law such as employment or tax. If this is the case, we can work with our colleagues from other departments to offer you a complete service that addresses all of your needs.

We’re recognised by independent legal guides like Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as giving “clear advice and the best options in terms of a way forward”. We’ll make sure to avoid legal jargon and explain things in plain English so you understand every step we take.

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Get in touch with our team today to discuss how we can help you – call us on 0808 271 2602 or get in touch online.

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We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

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Clients say "The firm provides excellent service and good value for money" and they are "accurate, very detailed and able to work efficiently in restricted timeframes."

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“The immigration team are hugely capable, down to earth and approachable. Their multi-disciplinary approach to cases ensures practical advice and the best possible outcome for their clients”

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'Incredibly responsive and able to present technical issues in an understandable format'

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Find one of our solicitors near you

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.