Visas and Immigration
We can assist with different types of UK visas available to foreign nationals. We provide up-to-date information about changes in immigration rules and opportunities available to immigrate to the UK.
Law Firm Limited immigration advisors can assist in all areas of immigration matters in the UK.
Law Firm Limited immigration advisors are registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and are authorized to provide assistance with variety of applications under the Points Based System, European Law, Family based applications and Nationality and Citizenship under the UK law. Our advisors are authorized to provide advice regarding more complex applications within the Immigration Rules, as well as applications outside the Rules and applications under UKVI's concessionary or discretionary policies. Our advisors are also authorized to provide you with further guidance in case your application was refused.
Please note that SOME FIRMS OR INDIVIDUALS PURPORT TO OFFER IMMIGRATION ADVICE AND SERVICES WITHOUT BEING APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED. Any firm or individual whom you decide to instruct for your immigration matter must be a qualified solicitor, regulated by Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA), barrister, regulated by Bar Council or are registered as Immigration Advisors with OISC or Law Society. IF THEY ARE NOT PROPERLY QUALIFIED TO GIVE IMMIGRATION ADVICE DO NOT USE THEM.
We have a team of registered Immigration Advisors working for our clients, providing immigration advice and services within their respective levels of registration with the OISC.
From 1 July 2021 New Graduate visa
24.05.2021 the Home Office published a New Plan for Immigration “Strategy Statement”. It is mostly about legal immigration and economic migrants, as opposed to the New Plan for Immigration document published in March that focused on illegal immigration and asylum seekers.
Immigration measures in the 2021 Budget: High-skilled migration, reform the Global Talent visa, review the Innovator visa, new Global Business Mobility visa, modernise the immigration sponsorship system, Global Entrepreneur Programme
Covid Visa Concession Scheme from 11 January 2021
Coronavirus and the UK immigration system - NEWS
TIER 1 (Investor)
TIER 1 (Investor) replaced the Investor category and is for those applicants who wish to invest £2 million and over in the UK.
This visa is intended for those who are starting a new business in the UK for the first time and is replacing Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route after 29 March 2019.
This visa category is focused on more experienced businessmen who already have the funds (£50 000) to invest in their business and is replacing Tier 1 Entrepreneur route after 29 March 2019.
TIER 1 (Entrepreneur) - only extension applications from 29 March 2019
TIER 1 (Entrepreneur) replaced the Business persons category and is for those applicants who would like to set up or buy an existing business in the UK.
GLOBAL TALENT Visa
Global Talent visa if you work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed:
- as a recognized leader (exceptional talent)
- as an emerging leader (exceptional promise)
- under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option
SKILLED WORKER Visa (formerly known as TIER 2)
There are five categories of Skilled Worker applicants who will require a sponsorship certificate from their sponsors in order to make visa applications in line with the certificate:-
Skilled Worker Visa (formerly known as TIER 2 (General))
Minister of Religion Visa (formerly known as TIER 2 (Minister of Religion))
Sportsperson Visa (formerly known as TIER 2 (Sportsperson))
Intra-Company Visa (formerly known as TIER 2 (Intra-Company Transfer))
Health and Care Worker Visa (formerly known as TIER 2 (Health and Care Visa))
From 05 October 2020 this category is no longer called “Tier 4 Student visa” and now includes two sub-categories:
- Student Visa – for those who are coming to the United Kingdom for the post-16 education;
- Child Student Visa – for children between 4 and 17 years old coming to the UK for their education to study at independent schools.
Educational provider means any educational establishment in the UK that is approved by the Home Office and has been given a licence to bring overseas students to the United Kingdom under the Student Visa category.
Graduate Visa route is open for applications from 01 July 2021.
The Graduate Route available to international students who have successfully completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.
Tier 5 came into force on 27th November 2008. Tier 5 enables young nationals to experience life and culture in the UK and also permit workers to undertake short-term or temporary employment in the UK. Tier 5 replaced the following existing immigration categories:
- Au pairs
- Domestic workers in Diplomatic Households
- Gap year
- China Graduate Work Experience
- General Agreement on Trade in services (GATS)
- Japan: Youth Exchange Scheme
- MP’s Research Assistants
- Ministers of religion, missionaries and members of religious orders
- Overseas government employees
- Training and Work Experience Scheme
- Voluntary workers
- Working holidaymakers
Tier 5 consists of two main categories under the Points Based System: the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) and the Tier 5 (Temporary Workers) which consists of five sub-categories, set out below:
- Tier 5 Youth Mobility
- Tier 5 Temporary Workers
The visitor visa is the most popular single route for individuals coming to the UK for tourism, family visit or for business or under categories noted below.
As of 24 April 2015 applicants can apply Standard Visitor visa if they wish to visit the UK for the purpose of:
- Permitted paid engagements
- Marriage and
The Standard Visitor visa has replaced the:
- Family Visitor visa
- General Visitor visa
- Child Visitor visa
- Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
- Sports Visitor visa
- Entertainer Visitor visa
- Prospective Entrepreneur visa
- Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
- Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa
Reasons why you may wish to visit the UK
There are numerous reasons why an individual may wish to come to the UK for a short period. In addition to visiting family, sightseeing or visiting on business, people may wish to visit the UK to get married or undertake a civil partnership ceremony, arrange plans for studying in the UK, undertake a short course, attend important events, visit the UK as a representative of a company or conduct research or sit a test/exam in the UK.
General requirements for coming to the UK as a visitor
Individuals intending to visit the UK must be able to demonstrate that they are genuine visitors and wish to visit the UK for no more than six months and that they will be leaving the UK at the end of the visit. In addition, individuals must be able to show that they have sufficient funds to maintain and accommodate themselves (and any dependants) without recourse to UK public funds.
The exceptions to this general rule are:
- ‘academic visitors’ may be granted a visa for up to 12 months
- ‘medical visitors’ may be granted a visa for no more than 11 months
- a visitor under the Approved Destination Status Agreement (ADS Agreement) may be granted a visit visa for a period of up to 30 days
It is important that if you intend to visit the UK you should apply for the correct category of visitor visa before entering the country as you are required to comply with different conditions of your visa. Any breach of visa conditions during your stay in the UK may result in adverse consequences, and it is therefore recommended ensuring that your intentions for coming to the UK are in line with the type of visitor visa you apply for. Additionally, you should be aware that under the visitor visa in the UK you are not entitled to switch categories.