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Immigration Solicitors play a pivotal role in assisting individuals and their family members gain permission to live, settle, work, invest, set up a business, perform, study, or visit family members in the UK, or any other country. As one of the top immigration lawyers in central London, Reiss Edwards is trusted by many of the UK’s largest companies and businesses to assist with their immigration needs. We are proud to have worked with many national and international brands, including Samsung, TM Lewin, Enertechnos, Jurassic Fibre, Amjad - AQGT, Hassan API, SecGate, Automation Logic and LoopMe. Our London based specialist immigration lawyers know what it takes to make a successful UK visa application, even in the most complex of cases. Excellence in customer service is our absolute priority. We will always take the time to listen carefully to your requirements, and explain the range of options available to you. It is common for our clients to initially pursue a particular immigration route and to be delighted when we explain they have easier and more beneficial and cost-effective options available. Our team of qualified immigration Solicitors will always be understanding to your unique situation and responsive to your questions and concerns. Whether you are making an application for a visa, settlement, or citizenship, or you need assistance with an appeal, we are here to provide prompt and professional guidance.
Reiss Edwards was awarded best immigration law firm of the year in 2018 and 2019 and Corporate immigration firm of the year in 2019 by ACQ5 Global Awards. We are proud to have many of the best immigration lawyers London has to offer; our many awards, track record, and over 600 online reviews from our clients are a testament to this. Our vastly experienced immigration Solicitors understand the minute details of the immigration rules for all of the visa and settlement routes available. This allows us to ensure that when your application is submitted, every aspect has been considered and that you have the best chance of receiving a positive decision in the fastest possible time. As a London based immigration firm, we truly understand that gaining timely immigration permission is important, not only for the applicant, but also their employer, and their family members. This is why our lawyers ensure that every item of proof is correct and included in your application to remove the possibility of any delay.
As immigration Solicitors in London, we have over eight decades of collective experience in dealing with the most complex of immigration cases, and have successfully challenged many adverse decisions on behalf of our clients. Our immigration advisors have refined their approach to ensure that appeals and administrative reviews proceed smoothly and lead to visa refusals or license revocations being reversed. If you have had a family, work, settlement, visitor, asylum, or any other visa type of immigration decision refused, no matter what the reason, we can help. Just having one of the top immigration lawyers in London on your side will carry substantial weight in your case, and give you the best chance of success. If you need to challenge a decision made by the Home Office, we understand what is at stake and the importance of finding a timely resolution. Our team will provide you with the utmost reassurance and support, removing the pressure off your shoulders.
Core to our philosophy is that we are always transparent, honest, and reliable. Reiss Edwards is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), meaning we maintain the highest possible standards in all aspects of our business. Whether you are looking for an immigration law firm to support you with a work, visitor, study, or family visa, or to advise you on your settlement or citizenship application, or any other immigration matter, our team of London immigration lawyers are here to help. Likewise, if you are a business or organization requiring assistance with international sponsorship, our immigration lawyers can advise and represent you. Regardless of the scale of your organization, whether you are a small business or a multi-national company, we have the capacity and resources necessary to meet your needs. If your business requires a sponsor license to allow you to recruit from outside of the UK, we can advise on your immigration strategy and explain how to set up the necessary systems and processes before applying. Our specialist business immigration Solicitors can also play a key role in ensuring ongoing compliance with the Home Office sponsor license rules, including carrying out mock audits on a periodic basis.
Our specialist team of London based immigration Solicitors pride themselves on their expert knowledge of the immigration process. When it comes to drafting an initial application, preparing a covering letter, and collating the necessary documentation, we leave no stone unturned to ensure a successful immigration decision. Where our immigration lawyers can foresee a situation which may cause the Home Office to question your eligibility or the information provided, we will pre-empt this by providing clarification and explanatory information with the initial application. We know how to do this in such a way as to mitigate the risk of a delay or possible refusal of your application. This is why it is so important to find a good immigration lawyer from the outset of your matter. Leaving your application to chance is not only stressful, but it is also potentially costly, and will lead to a delay in securing the clearance you need to move, start work, visit, or start your studies.
As the top immigration lawyers in London, we are regularly asked to assist high net worth individuals with their immigration law matter. Our immigration Solicitors provide the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion, ensuring that your personal immigration matter, and those of your family members will always remain private. You can be assured with one of our highly experienced immigration Solicitors on your case, you can relax in the knowledge it is in the best hands possible, allowing you to focus on your family and work. And if you only need immigration advice at this stage, we will always take the time to speak to you in confidence to review your situation and requirements, and provide some guidance on the possible ways forward. Being based in Holborn, in central London, only 30 seconds walk from Chancery Lane Underground station – the heart of London’s legal hub – our immigration lawyers are accessible and able to meet with you.
As an SRA accredited and regulated immigration Solicitor, our own systems and processes meet the highest standards. To ensure this remains the case, we use the latest digital technology to manage cases and encrypted messaging to ensure secure communication with our clients. Our digital platform enables our specialist immigration teams to progress cases smoothly and quickly, and ensures our clients are kept up to date with their matter at each stage. It also allows our immigration Solicitors to provide a personal and bespoke service. It goes without saying that all of our clients receive tailored immigration advice, based on their exact circumstances, priorities, and requirements, and those of their family members. From our many decades of experience in the immigration law sector, we know that understanding the fine details of each case can make the difference between providing average service and excellent service. By taking the time to ask the right questions from the outset, our experienced immigration consultants will get to the heart of the matter and adjust their approach accordingly.
If you are looking for a personal immigration lawyer to assist with your UK visa application, the immigration experts at Reiss Edwards are ready and available to provide tailored immigration advice. Our experienced London based immigration Solicitors know how to fast-track the resolution of a problem, and which immediate decisions and steps to take to ensure a successful outcome.
As a premier immigration law firm in London, we are widely considered the ‘go-to’ for other law firms requiring help with highly complex or contentious immigration cases. This might be because their client has received a refusal, and there is no obvious route forward, or a company has lost its sponsor license. If your law firm or in-house counsel needs advice on an immigration law related matter, Reiss Edwards would be glad to assist.
Reiss Edwards has been cited by Cambridge University and Lexis Nexis (the main legal resource used by legal practitioners around the world). To maintain the quality of our legal advice, we provide regular and comprehensive training on the latest cases and changes to immigration law (and other related areas of law) to our immigration professionals. This ensures our immigration Solicitors have the expertise to succeed in even the most urgent and highly complex cases.
This is one of the biggest concerns that many of our clients express. For example, if you are unsure if you meet the continuous residence requirement to secure indefinite leave to remain, or the minimum salary requirement for a work visa, we can advise you. Where we find a potential problem, we will provide solutions.
We deal with the most complex immigration cases in the country, and there is almost nothing we have not handled successfully before.
If you have already received a negative decision on your immigration application, it is even more imperative that you engage an immigration Solicitor. Often you will only have a short period of time to challenge or appeal a decision, and hence engaging an expert in immigration will give you the best chance of responding correctly and on time.
If you need to secure a decision quickly, perhaps to start work by a certain date, or to join a family member, we will ensure that the time to securing a positive decision is as short as possible. We do this by ‘front-loading’ applications with evidence and information to remove any reason for delay. Also, if you just don’t have the time to apply, we can handle the whole process for you – this can be particularly beneficial if your application involves gathering lots of paperwork and several family members.
in either of these cases, an immigration lawyer will be able to advise on the best way forward in light of your circumstances.
Some immigration routes have higher refusal rates than others (e.g. the Tier 1 Investor visa). Engaging an immigration lawyer will significantly boost your chances of securing a positive decision.
Yes, while the immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards are based in London, we will act on your behalf no matter where you are located within the UK or around the world. After all, for centuries, London has been at the centre of global commerce, and this continues to be the case today. Given its international nature, immigration law, perhaps more than any other, is almost always practised at a distance. Most of our visa clients initially engage our services from other countries, including India, China, Russia, the United States, Australia, and Canada, then from within the UK once they here. It does not matter where you are located in the UK, whether in Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, or any of the islands such as the Isle of Man or Isle of Wight, we can represent you.
Our digital technology platform is key to enabling our team members to work easily and effectively with clients around the world, no matter which language they speak, and in which time zone they are located. If you have a question or need to speak to your Solicitor, we will always endeavour to when it is convenient for you. We keep in constant contact with our clients using a range of secure platforms, through video, voice calls, and secure messaging.
We have also made it easy for you to send or share documents required to support your immigration application, including your passport, qualifications, identity documents, proof of income, and language certificates. Any item you send to us will be stored securely and confidentially, in accordance with UK data protection regulations.
For clients based in or near London, or those visiting London for business, we are conveniently located in London’s legal district in Holborn, next to Chancery Lane underground station and the Central Line (Exit 4 of Chancery Lane station). From our office, Holborn station is less than a ten-minute walk, allowing access to the Piccadilly line (which links to Heathrow airport). Farringdon underground and overground stations are also only a ten-minute walk providing links to the overground, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines. If you would like to visit our office in London, it is important to book an appointment with your Solicitor to ensure that they are fully available when you arrive.
At Reiss Edwards, we have made it as easy as possible for you to speak to one of our immigration lawyers, and if you choose, instruct our services. We cannot emphasise enough that you will never be under any obligation to use our services. If having spoken initially, we can assist in your matter, we will explain how we see your position, outline your options, and how we can assist you. Our job is to help you if and when you are ready for us to do so. The choice is entirely yours.
There are several ways to make contact with the team at Reiss Edwards:
When you first contact us, we will ask for some initial details, including your contact information and the nature of your immigration enquiry. You can be assured that everything you discuss with us will be confidential, and any information we hold on your matter will be stored in accordance with UK data protection regulations.
If you need to instruct our services from outside of the UK
Most of our clients initially engage our services from outside of the UK. As such, it does not matter which country you are currently located in, we can speak when it is convenient in your time zone. The latest digital technology means that distance is truly no barrier to engaging our services and receiving regular updates on your matter. We use a range of secure and encrypted messaging and video platforms to speak to prospective clients. And if you don’t speak English, we will arrange for you to speak with a translator to enable you to use our services and communicate with your lawyer.
20-minute free consultation
We understand that your immigration matter is extremely important to you. After all, lives, jobs, family relationships, marriages, and the success of investments, and businesses can hinge on securing the necessary immigration status. To allow you to make an informed decision, we always provide a 20-minute free consultation with no obligation to engage our services afterwards. We believe that providing you with free advice on your situation, from which you can use to make your decision, is essential. During this session, you are open to ask any questions you like in relation to your matter. Only if we can assist and can see you have a robust chance of success will we advise you that we can take your case on. If we cannot take your case on for whatever reason, we will explain why. We believe in being open and honest from the outset, and this becomes the foundation of how we engage with you throughout your immigration matter.
We always recommend having a 20-minute free consultation even if you think you may not be eligible under your preferred immigration route, if you believe you cannot challenge a Home Office refusal, or if you simply wish to check your understanding of the immigration rules. With the benefit of our expertise and experience, our immigration Solicitors will clarify your situation, find solutions to problems, and often recommend easier and faster routes to achieve your immigration goals.
Before making an immigration application or taking any action on your matter, an immigration lawyer will make sure that you understand the options available to you, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We often advise clients that they have faster, easier, less costly, and more beneficial immigration options available which they were not previously aware of; this is the real benefit of expertise.
By making sure that all possible reasons for refusal or delay are proactively dealt with, an immigration Solicitor can ensure you have the best chance of securing a positive decision without any delay. Remember, each time the Home Office have to make an enquiry because they don’t have sufficient information or evidence to reach a final decision, the timescale increases. It is our job to pre-empt this and ensure that everything that could possibly be needed is provided with the initial application.
Your Solicitor will handle any enquiries raised by the Home Office on your behalf, making sure that the correct information is provided in response.
An immigration specialist will help you achieve your long term goals. For example, if your long term goal is to settle permanently in the UK, we will provide a roadmap for how this can be most easily and quickly achieved. Likewise, if you are an entrepreneur, investor, or you have a business, we will work with you to achieve your strategic goals.
An immigration Solicitor will take the pressure from your shoulders. You will have the peace of mind that your matter is in hand, allowing you to focus on your family, work/business, and other matters.
Immigration Solicitors have access to other legal specialists – this can be extremely beneficial when it comes to more complex applications where there are questions around taxes, family law, human rights, company law, or employment law. This additional expertise can make the difference between a successful application or appeal and one which does not succeed.
We specialise in helping families to reunite in the UK. Whether assisting family members of a main visa applicant to gain entry to the UK, a spouse, fiancée, child, or parent of a settled person or UK national under the family visa route, or applying through ancestral links, we help to bring families safely together. We also specialise in cases involving asylum seekers and refugees coming to the UK to be with friends and family who are already here. When dealing with family immigration matters, our family immigration lawyers understand the importance of being sensitive and being confidential. Ultimately, we know that the decisions made by the Home Office in relation to family immigration applications have the power to change the lives of the adults and children we represent. This is not a responsibility we ever take lightly.
Applying for visas in the innovator, entrepreneur, investor, and global talent categories requires specialist immigration knowledge and skills. This is because the Home Office place a considerable burden on applicants to prove their eligibility. For example, to acquire an innovator visa, applicants need to demonstrate to an endorsing body that they have a genuinely new innovative and sustainable business idea. Investor visa applicants must provide sufficient proof of their investment funds and that investments have been made in accordance with the Home Office guidelines. Where necessary, we can engage business and financial experts to assist with your application to ensure that you have the best chance of success. We also have a wide network of contacts in the areas of education, real estate, banking, and investment, to assist high-net-worth individuals to come to the UK.
We are proud to assist small, medium, and multinational employers and their employees navigate the work visa system. If you are a worker coming to the UK on a long-term or short-term basis, we can assist you with the full immigration process, from applying for roles, through to coming to the UK, and later indefinite leave to remain and citizenship.
Our team are highly proficient at helping businesses prepare, apply for, and gain the sponsor license they need to recruit from outside of the UK. And just as important, they will then help ensure those businesses remain compliant with the Home Office sponsorship rules, and hence able to keep their license.
At Reiss Edwards, we have many decades of experience of helping individuals with their immigration matters. While most individuals will engage our services to secure their first visa to come to the UK, most then ask us to help them with gaining indefinite leave to remain and then gaining British citizenship. If you are planning to come to the UK for work, due to your ancestry, or as a parent, spouse/fiancée, we can help you and your family members to gain the immigration status you need.
Deciding whether you need an immigration Solicitor, and then which one to choose can be a challenging process. We would always recommend looking at track-record, such as online reviews, when making your ultimate decision, as this offers an impartial measure of who is providing the best service to their clients. When speaking to an immigration firm, it is also important to ask questions about their ethos, approach, and what makes them different; after all, you need to feel comfortable and confident in the choice you make.
Here are the reasons why we believe you should engage the team at Reiss Edwards to handle your immigration matter:
Reiss Edwards are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). This means that we meet the very highest standards for client service, systems, internal training, ethics, and the quality of legal advice we provide.
We care about our client’s immigration matter because we understand the real-life implications of receiving a positive or negative decision. To this end, we always aim to provide exemplary levels of service through each stage of your case.
We have thousands of satisfied clients and over 600 positive online reviews, attesting to the quality of our service. See Google reviews by clicking here, and our reviews.co.uk reviews here.
We were awarded ‘best immigration law firm of the year’ in 2019 and 2018 and ‘corporate immigration firm of the year’ in 2019 by ACQ5 Global Awards.
Amar Ali was recognised as ‘Gamechanger of the year’ in 2019 and 2018 and by threebestrated.co.uk as one of the top three immigration Solicitors in London in 2020.
Reiss Edwards are listed as one of the three best solicitors’ firms in London by the “three best”
When it comes to assisting businesses, because we are business-people at heart, we understand the practical commercial realities you face, and will help you to devise a recruitment and immigration strategy to meet your short, medium, and long-term goals.
We are cited as a highly authoritative source on immigration law by Lexis Nexis and Cambridge University.
We are trusted by UK household names such as Samsung, TM Lewin, Enertechnos, Jurassic Fibre, Amjad - AQGT, Hassan API, SecGate, Automation Logic, and LoopMe.
We have invested heavily in the latest digital technology and systems to ensure that our data, and that of our clients is secure and confidential. This also enables us to share documents and keep in regular contact with our clients, allowing them to view updates or ask questions on their immigration matter quickly and easily.
Skilled worker visas
Tier 5 temporary worker visas – including the Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, International Agreement Worker visa, Religious Worker visa, and Seasonal Worker visas
Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
Asylum seekers and refugee applications
Representative of an Overseas Business visa
Tier 2 visas – including the Sportsperson visa and Minister of Religion visa
Youth Mobility Scheme visa
Ten-year settlement applications
Frontier worker permits
Turkish Worker visa
Health and Care Worker visas
British National (Overseas) visas
EU settlement scheme (EUSS)
Long residence application
Immigration application refusals
Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa
Adults caring for a relative
Indefinite leave to remain
Spouse, fiancée, and civil partner visas
Settlement as a victim of domestic abuse
Family visa extensions
EU settlement scheme (EUSS)
Family visa refusals
Sponsor licenses – including assisting and advising on sponsor strategy, systems/processes, auditing and compliance, and reinstatement following revocation / suspension / downgrading
Global Talent visas
Representative of an Overseas Business visas
Whether you are an individual, business, or family member, receiving a negative decision on your visa or settlement application from the Home Office can be distressing. We receive many calls each day from people in this situation, and we assure them that in most cases, it is possible to find a solution. Refusals are issued by the Home Office for a wide range of reasons. In some cases, the adverse decision may be incorrect and can be challenged through the process of ‘administrative review’. In other cases, it may be prudent to submit a new application. It may also be possible to bring an appeal to the First-Tier or Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), and in limited circumstances, a judicial review whereby a judge will determine whether the Home Office acted lawfully when refusing the application.
We first recommend gathering all of the documents, correspondence, and emails regarding your matter to date. Then speak to an immigration Solicitor who can rapidly assess your situation and recommend a course of action.
At Reiss Edwards, our team of immigration lawyers will look to determine the exact reason for your refusal and your appeal rights. Having analysed the situation, our Solicitor will outline your options and help you to decide which to choose. There is often a deadline for bringing an appeal or administrative review, hence time is of the essence. No matter what the circumstances, please be assured that in most cases, there is a great deal we can do to turn your negative decision.
It takes a wide range of skills and qualities to become a highly effective immigration Solicitor in London. We select only the very best immigration law talent to ensure the highest levels of legal advice and service is provided to our clients. Led by our Director and Senior Associate, Amar Ali, our team are experts in the field of immigration law and have been cited by the University of Cambridge, and the foremost legal information firm in the world, Lexis Nexis.
When hiring a new associate, senior associate, or caseworker to join our team, we look for a number of different ingredients. In addition to their legal qualifications and education, we also take into account their experience with other law firms, whether they have a particular passion for helping others through their immigration law expertise, any community or ‘pro-bono’ work they have undertaken, and whether they have contributed to legal research.
While it is not always an essential factor in who we choose to join our team, the educational attainment of some of our top immigration Solicitors is highly compelling. Joe Thai Duy Dinh, one of our Senior Associates, has an LLB with Honours, and a Masters from Kings College London, while our Director and Senior Associate, Amar Ali, has an LLB law degree with First-Class Honours.
We also look for other qualities which we consider vital; the willingness to work hard on behalf of their clients, caring for the interests of clients and their family members, a sharp eye for the smallest of details, and a keen ear for listening. We also encourage our team members to have a rich life outside of work, whether this is with their family, enjoying hobbies and interests, or travelling. This is vital in ensuring that when they engage with a client, they are able to bring their ‘A-game’ on their behalf.
Reiss Edwards also believes in the power of the team. For this reason, we select Solicitors who can add to our collective knowledge and experience, enabling each member of staff to benefit from a wider pool of expertise and skills.
Understandably, there is a perception that hiring a London based Solicitor may be more expensive than one in another part of the UK. For this reason, we always ensure that our fees are competitive when compared nationally. This ensures that you can benefit from the top-level immigration expertise and experience from a London based Solicitor without necessarily paying more than you would locally.
It is also important to bear in mind how much you can save by securing your immigration decision quickly and on the first attempt. The cost of having to apply a second or third time due to mistakes made in your application can be considerable, especially if applying for one of the more expensive visa types or for several people in your family. Indeed, it may be possible to find a cheaper immigration Solicitor, but rather like any other profession, you can expect the level and quality of service you receive to be reflected in that lower price. For this reason, we don’t compete with the lowest cost immigration firms because we hire the very best immigration lawyers in the country to represent you in your matter.
At Reiss Edwards, we firmly believe that the best legal advice should not be reserved only for those who can afford to pay. We always ensure our fees are fair, and these are fully explained right from the start, so you know exactly what to expect. You can be assured that the fee you are quoted at the start is what you will pay at the end. If you request us to undertake additional work on your behalf during your case, we will outline the cost of doing so, enabling you to make a decision whether to proceed. As such, you are always in control.
Reiss Edwards is in the heart of London’s legal district, meaning we are close to many of the courts and institutions which influence immigration law and cases.
For our entrepreneurial, start-up, and global talent visa applicants, we can easily engage with endorsing bodies, and large, influential businesses and investors on your behalf.
The immigration Upper Tier Tribunal is only a five-minute walk from our offices. This is especially convenient when lodging appeal documentation, Judicial Review applications and attending the Upper Tier Tribunal for Appeal hearings. If a deadline is fast approaching, the location of our offices helps save valuable time.
For our investment clients, as we are close to London’s financial hub, we can introduce you to many of the UK’s top financial and banking firms.
We regularly enlist the services of many of the top barristers in London who we can employ if your matter proceeds to court.
We are often contacted by new and existing clients with urgent visa requirements. It may be that an employer needs a new worker to start work as soon as possible, an intra-company transfer visa is urgently needed to kick-start a new project in the UK, an investor who needs to take advantage of a new and emerging investment opportunity, or a family member who needs to come to the UK to support or care for a loved one. Even if your matter is not necessarily urgent, we know that you will want your visa as soon as possible to enable you to come to the UK, or if already here, to continue to stay.
While we cannot provide a fixed timescale for when your visa application in the UK will be submitted, we can offer the following reassurance:
When you instruct our services, we will allocate one of our immigration Solicitors in London to your case immediately, to allow them to start progressing your application without delay.
We will recommend the use of priority and super-priority services where they are available – this can reduce the time taken to secure a decision from months to a matter of hours.
We have refined our operational approach to reduce the amount of time it takes to gather all of the information required, draft your application, and ensure it is quality reviewed prior to submission.
Where we can foresee a delay in making your application (for example if you need to provide a document from your home country which may take several weeks to arrive and/or be translated), we will look at all possible alternative ways of satisfying the Home Office’s evidence requirements. This is where our detailed knowledge of how the Home Office case officer will handle your application becomes invaluable. Where necessary, we can speak to the Home Office to verify that any alternatives will be acceptable on your behalf. Taking this pragmatic approach can reduce the time to the submission of your application considerably.
Our digital workflow technology ensures the maximum amount of efficiency when dealing with your matter, allowing your documents to be quickly gathered, and eliminating any gaps in the application preparation stage.
Where necessary, our team will pool their collective resources and expertise to expedite a particularly complex or time-consuming matter.
In some cases, visa and settlement applicants may experience excessive delays in receiving a decision from the Home Office. This may be as a result of a poorly prepared application which leaves lots of questions unanswered and requires additional information in order to be assessed, or it may be solely down to poor performance or mistakes by the Home Office. Understandably, migrants in this situation may feel powerless and that there is little they can do to speed up the process, especially where they do not understand the rules, or have confidence in speaking English. This is where an immigration lawyer based in London can be invaluable.
Even if you have already submitted your application, you can still instruct us to represent you. If you do so, we will immediately contact the Home Office on your behalf to determine the reason for any delays. Because of our experience and expertise of the immigration process, we understand which questions to ask and what to say to the Home Office to ensure the earliest possible resolution. We understand the timescales which case officers are supposed to adhere to, and the steps they are required to take when processing a visa or settlement application, and hence can quickly assess whether the reason for any delay is the fault of the Home Office or due to other factors. Having identified the reason for any problems, we will agree on a plan of action with the Home Office to enable the resumption of your application’s processing.
Any actions or steps which are needed to get the assessment of your application back underway will quickly be completed by your immigration Solicitor, and the Home Office will be advised of the progress made. We will then stay in regular contact with the Home Office to ensure your matter is then brought to a timely conclusion.
By taking control of your application and pushing the Home Office to resolve your matter, you can relax in the knowledge that there will be no further delays.
Do your lawyers in London offer immigration audit services for UK businesses?
Yes, our business immigration Solicitors in London specialise in all aspects of Home Office sponsor license compliance, including providing comprehensive auditing and mock auditing services. We have seen at first hand over many years that many UK businesses and higher education establishments which are highly reliant on their sponsor license to hire non-UK staff and educate non-UK students are not sure if they are compliant with their sponsor duties. This means that if they receive a visit from a Home Office compliance officer, which are often unannounced, they may have their license revoked, suspended, or downgraded. If this does happen, they are then unable to continue to recruit from outside of the UK, and existing migrant workers are at risk of losing their visa status. Many businesses make the mistake of believing that if they are assessed as being compliant when they first applied for their license, they always will be. This is not the case, as if poor working practices are inadvertently introduced, this can lead to non-compliance. Indeed, compliance is an ongoing process.
As part of the sponsor license process, to remain compliant, your business will need to:
Report key events to the Home Office within a set timescale (e.g. if a new migrant worker does not arrive for work on their first day, or if they take a long unauthorised absence)
Keep records on candidates you have interviewed.
Nominate key staff to liaise with the Home Office and update the Sponsor Management System (SMS)
Only sponsor migrant workers for eligible roles.
Keep records on your migrant workers – including their latest contact details, immigration status, professional registration status, and right to work.
Ensure that anyone you hire from outside the UK has the skill level to perform the role for which they are being sponsored.
It is vital that from the outset, your business puts in place people, processes, and systems to keep up with your sponsor duties. At Reiss Edwards, we have helped hundreds of companies, small, medium, and large, to do exactly this. By engaging us early on, we can ensure that you have the foundations necessary to make fulfilling your sponsor duties easy and efficient. This makes ongoing compliance with the Home Office sponsor license duties a matter of formality.
Even if you have all of the correct components in place to ensure your ongoing compliance, it is recommended that you have regular unscheduled audits carried out by an external third-party. At Reiss Edwards, our team of sponsor license compliance specialists will undertake regular mock audits on your behalf, across all of your sites. Where we find problems, we will quickly advise you of these and explain how to resolve them. Very often, even the smallest of changes can make all the difference. In some cases, a more substantial improvement, or programme of improvements, may be needed.
By carrying out regular mock audits on your behalf, our aim is to provide those in positions of responsibility in your organisation the confidence that if the Home Office carries out an onsite audit, your business will pass with ‘flying colours’. We understand the importance of your sponsor license to your business and will work to ensure it is securely retained for as long as it is needed.
If your sponsor license has already been downgraded (from an A-rating to a B-rating), or suspended, or revoked, Reiss Edwards will work with urgency to ensure it is upgraded or reinstated. Our team have considerable expertise and experience of helping businesses resume their sponsorship, allowing them to continue operating. Our team will look to assess the reason for your license interruption, and recommend how to resolve the matter/s in a way which will fully satisfy the Home Office.
Beyond auditing and compliance, many large businesses engage the services of Reiss Edwards to advise on their sponsorship strategy, playing a key role in ensuring they can ensure the timely flow of resources and expertise from outside of the UK, whether required on a short-term or long-term basis.
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