I joined Irwin Mitchell’s immigration team in April 2016, which is based in London.
I specialise in all aspects of immigration law and offer bespoke, personalised immigration advice to high-net-worth individuals and businesses. Matters I recently assisted include:
- Tier 1 Investor visa
- Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa
- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
- Tier 5 (Temporary workers)
- EEA family permit
- Ancestry visa
- Standard visitor visa
- Partner and family visas
- Employer’s Sponsorship Licence
- Representatives of Overseas Business
- Indefinite leave to remain applications
- Naturalisation (British citizenship)
- Administrative review, appeals and judicial review
- Application for discretionary leave
I am fluent in Mandarin and am an active member of the firm’s China Group.
"We called on Ben Xu and his team to assist us in ensuring our client (Erykah Badu, Recording Artist) cleared through UK customs smoothly. This was our first time appointing a legal team to assist with any of our events. Ben did a brilliant job in making us feel comfortable, the whole process was a complete pleasure. We would strongly recommend using Irwin Mitchell for your legal requirements."
John & Charles (Neoluv), clients
"Ben guided me through the complex immigration system and communicated efficiently with my bank relationship managers as well as immigration agent... The application process was so smooth and I received my approval letter from Home Office within a month. I highly recommend Ben and Irwin Mitchell."
Alexia Tian, client
"My case was assigned to Mr. Ben Xu, he represented the firm very professionally and efficiently. To obtain the entrepreneur visa (Tier 1 visa) you have to be meticulous and pay a lot of attention on details. Ben walked me through all the papers, business plan and documents required by the British Government in order to have a successful outcome. They deserve 5 stars."
Alexandra Cadenas-Arnal, client
"With a complicated personal situation, we had more than once been advised that UK citizenship was not an option for me. However, the team at Irwin Mitchell took a very different view of my case... After several months of careful guidance, they accomplished the "impossible" for me.
"I can't thank my solicitor, Ben, and his team enough for the professional and personal handling of my citizenship application."
"I knew Ben many years through our professional working relationship... Ben is not only a first-rate immigration lawyer but he is also very pleasant to work with, he always go extra miles and ensure my clients receive a timely responsible and give very sound advice, you feel fully confident that he is putting the client interest first and always exceed the expectation.
"I cannot recommend Ben more highly to anyone who needs immigration service."
Emily Ou, BDO Accountants
What inspired you to get into law?
A career in law is not only exciting and rewarding but it requires one to pride top-class advice and thought provoking solutions to a wide range of clients. The scope of opportunities available within the sector is limitless.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Working as an immigration lawyer is extremely rewarding and demanding, especially when you know that the advice you give can potentially change someone’s life.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I am pleased to be working with some of the greatest minds in the sector and learn from them, in particular our private client team.
What do you do away from the office?
Travelling and going to theatres are on the top of my spare-time-to-do-list. I probably have been to eight or nine countries in the last year alone.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2013.