UK Immigration Legal Services
Immigration solicitors at Chattertons advise individuals and families on their right to live and work in the UK. Immigration solicitors at Chattertons also assist individuals and families with their UK immigration applications and British nationality applications.
Much of what we do is about bringing husbands and wives, partners, children, parents, grandparents, and the wider family network together, by applying UK immigration law and British nationality law. We also act on behalf of asylum seekers and those seeking humanitarian protection in the UK.
Our immigration advice covers:
- Family visas
- Human rights applications
- EU Settlement Scheme
- Domestic violence matters
- Investor visas
- Innovator and Start-up visas (and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas)
- Global Talent visas
- Work visas, including Skilled Worker visas, Health and Care Worker visas, Intra-company visas, Temporary Worker visas, Youth Mobility Scheme visas, Graduate visas, Representative of an Overseas Business visas, UK Ancestry visas and British National (Overseas) visas
- Student visas
- Long Residence settlement applications
- Returning residents
- Armed Forces
- Asylum and Humanitarian Protection
- Stateless persons
- Dependents of the above-mentioned visa categories
- Visit visas, including Standard visitor visas for tourism, business, recognised courses of study, medical treatment and to take part in research or an exchange programme as an academic, Marriage and Civil Partnership visitor visas and Permitted Paid Engagement visitor visas
- Appeals, Administrative Reviews, Judicial Reviews and Reconsiderations
- Nationality services.
Immigration is a complex and developing area of law. Clients rely on our knowledge of the rules, our deep understanding of the processes and procedures and our attention to detail. They also count on our ability to listen and to advise clearly and simply.
Most clients are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the UK immigration system and with the terminology used. We will work hard to ensure that everything is explained in a way that makes sense to you and that you understand your options and our recommended course of action.
As lawyers who work day in, day out providing immigration advice and practical support to people here and overseas, ours is expertise that ensures clients’ interests are best represented and that their rights are upheld.
CLIENTS OFTEN ASK US.....
HOW MUCH WILL IMMIGRATION ADVICE COST?
This depends on the work that you need us to do. We offer fixed fee consultations for individuals and families thinking of moving to the UK and wanting to stay in the UK. The consultation would cover the rules on eligibility and the steps that would need to be taken (and the evidence required) in order to submit an appropriate application to the relevant authorities.
In other situations our immigration solicitors charge an hourly rate. The extent of our involvement can vary, depending on what you need from us, but we frequently prepare and lodge applications on clients’ behalf, get the right paperwork in order and, where it becomes necessary, represent clients at immigration appeals or reviews of decisions.
Whether we propose a fixed fee or an hourly rate arrangement, we will ensure that you know what our likely overall charges will be from the outset.
For more information on immigration pricing, click here.
DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR A VISA TO COME AND WORK IN THE UK?
If you are a British citizen with the right of abode, an Irish citizen or a person with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK, you would not need a visa to live and work in the UK. Nationals of other countries and people without permanent residence in the UK would normally require a recognised form of sponsorship to apply for a visa to live, work and study in the UK.
Our Immigration solicitors can advise you in your unique personal circumstances on the basis of your nationality, your current immigration status in the UK (if any), your relationship and family circumstances and your UK immigration history whether you would be eligible to submit an immigration application to acquire the right to live and work in the UK.
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT THE UK, AND HOW LONG CAN I STAY?
It depends on your nationality. There is a list of countries in the immigration rules whose nationals have to pre-apply for a Standard Visitor visa to come to the UK for a short-term holiday. Even if you are from a country whose nationals do not have to pre-apply for a Standard Visitor visa to come to the UK for a short-term holiday (the USA, for example), you are still required to comply with all of the requirements in the Visitor immigration rules when you come to the UK.
A Standard Visitor can come to the UK for up to 6 months to have a short-term holiday in the UK.
The UK Visitor immigration rules are quite complex. Where a person is planning to visit the UK for anything other than a holiday, they should seek independent, properly regulated professional legal advice before they come to the UK to avoid complications in their UK immigration circumstances going forward.
I HAVE LIVED IN THE UK FOR A LONG TIME. CAN I SIMPLY BE TOLD TO LEAVE?
This will depend on your nationality, your immigration status and your immigration history in the UK.
Our immigration advice extends to situations in which an individual or a family has difficulty in meeting the Home Office’s strict immigration criteria and they are facing the prospect of having to leave the UK. In those situations, our Immigration solicitors help clients make applications under human rights law on the basis of their established private and family life in the UK, often requiring substantial and complex legal submissions to the relevant authorities backed up by specified documentary evidence in support of the applicants' human rights claims.
Our Immigration lawyers have a strong track record of successful applications.
I LIVE IN THE UK. MY PARTNER IS A FOREIGN NATIONAL WHO LIVES ABROAD. WILL I BE ABLE TO BRING THEM TO THE UK?
It depends on the circumstances of those involved in the matter. You may be able to act as a ‘sponsor’ to bring your partner to the UK depending on your nationality and immigration status in the UK. There are different provisions in the immigration rules that apply to the partners and children of British citizens and people who are settled in the UK versus individuals who have a temporary immigration status in the country. Different requirements and specified documentary evidence would be required for the foreign national's UK immigration application depending on the nationality and immigration status of the 'sponsor'.
MY FAMILY HAS BRITISH ANCESTRY. WILL I BE ABLE TO GET A BRITISH PASSPORT?
If you have an ancestral connection to the UK, or to any countries that have close historical ties to the UK, you may automatically be a British citizen by descent or you may have a right in law to register as a British citizen where you can show how you satisfy the requirements to do so in British nationality law.
Where you cannot acquire British citizenship immediately through British nationality law, there may be an opportunity for you to come to live and work in the UK on a UK Ancestry visa. This visa category leads to settlement in the UK and you can bring your partner and your children under the age of 18 years old with you to the UK.
WHAT IF MY VISA APPLICATION IS REJECTED?
Our Immigration solicitors will be able to advise you on any possible review or appeal of that decision. We are experienced in preparing review and appeal cases and in representing clients at hearings in the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).
For information on Immigration pricing, click here.