With a comprehensive and technically in-depth understanding of UK immigration law, a fully personalised approach and genuine dedication to fulfilling the best interests and wishes of our clients, you will find the specialist immigration solicitors at Freemans well-equipped to represent you in any UK immigration law matter.
As a multicultural and multilingual firm recognised industry-wide for our expertise and skill, we are privileged to be able to offer specialist capabilities across a range of legal issues. This means that we can provide you with fully cohesive support through every aspect of your passage to the United Kingdom, from working and studying through to family reunion, investment and retirement, and everything else you need to ease your resettlement.
Our UK Immigration Law Support Services
Our London immigration solicitors offer extensive experience across a variety of aspects of immigration and nationality law including UK visa advice, emergency applications to remain, asylum and refugee matters and judicial reviews. For complete consistency, we are able to offer UK immigration support that spans the entire process, from your initial application through to court representation and post-grant assistance.
Our UK immigration legal advice services include:
Tier 2 (General) Work Permit
If you have been offered long or short term skilled employment in the UK, you may be eligible for a Tier 2 visa. We will provide expert assistance with your application, paying meticulous attention to ensuring all your documents are in order for the best possible chance of success.
Tier 4 Student Visa
For students with a secured full-time place at a UK-based, Home Office registered institution we are able to offer specialist UK visa advice and guidance through the application process. We will ensure all your supporting documentation is correctly compiled and help you demonstrate what is required to meet the criteria for a successful application.
If you are considering making the UK your permanent home, you can rely upon our dedicated immigration lawyers to provide you with the highest level of advice and representation to assist you in gaining British citizenship. If you have been refused citizenship then judicial review may be an option and we have achieved numerous successes for our clients in such cases.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) provides those who have decided to make the UK their permanent home with peace of mind and freedom from immigration controls. The UK immigration system is extremely complex and challenging to navigate, which is why it is highly beneficial to have immigration solicitors on your side to relieve the pressure by ensuring your application is right first time.
European Nationals (EEA) and EEA Permanent Residence
If you are an EEA national then before you can apply for British citizenship, even if you have already acquired permanent residence, you will need to obtain an EEA Permanent Residence Card. The application form is long and complicated and the card can be slow to materialise once the application is submitted, if indeed it is approved (which is often not the case). Getting it right from the outset is therefore essential. UK immigration legal advice from one of our dedicated specialists will ensure you have the best possible chance of being approved.
Brexit: Information for European Nationals
European nationals who are either already living here, or planning to relocate in the future, are naturally feeling daunted by the prospect of what could be on the horizon post-Brexit. The importance of applying for an EEA Permanent Residence Card cannot be stressed enough and you can rely upon the expertise of our experienced immigration lawyers to guide you through this and, in addition, provide you with all the advice you need to help secure your residence post-Brexit.
Visiting the UK
Whether you are seeking to apply for a visa for friends or family to visit you in the UK, or wish to visit the UK yourself, you will need a good level of specialist UK visa advice to ensure your application is approved. Various supporting documents will need to be provided and there will also be a requirement to prove there is a genuine relationship between you and your visitor, or the person you are visiting. Visas are regularly refused, so to be sure of a successful application it is always wise to invest in expert advice.
Bringing Family to the UK
Our UK immigration solicitors are well-equipped with the skill and knowledge to assist you through every stage of reuniting your family in the UK. Regularly liaising with the Home Office on behalf of clients to ensure the relevant documentation is approved, our work does not stop when the visa is successfully issued. Guidance continues courtesy of our extensive team of specialist lawyers who are on hand to assist with a range of legal matters such as property, family matters and making a will or power of attorney.
Human Rights Applications and Asylum
Our team of immigration lawyers is respected for its dedicated work in all aspects of asylum and human rights. We will fully support you through your bid to seek protection, or your application to remain in the UK on human rights grounds, delivering the highest levels of advice and working hard to ensure you have the strongest case possible.
Immigration Law Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to obtain British citizenship?
British citizenship, also known as naturalisation, may only be granted if you are over the age of 18 years; settled in the UK with no time limits on your stay (i.e. you have Indefinite Leave to Remain or permanent residence) and you intend to have your main home in this country. You will also need to meet the good character, residency and knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements and should not have breached any immigration conditions levied within the last ten years.
If you have a spouse or civil partner who is a British citizen then, in addition to the above, you will need to have lived in the UK for a minimum of three years and have not spent more than 270 days outside of the UK.
If you do not have a British spouse or civil partner then you will need to have lived in the UK for at least five years and not have spent more than 450 days outside of the UK.
Younger people may be able to register as a British citizen if born in the UK, are under the age of 18 years and either have one parent who holds British citizenship, Indefinite Leave to Remain or permanent residence; or are a minimum of ten years old and have not spent more than 90 days outside of the UK during the first ten years of their life.
How do I pay for UK immigration legal advice?
It may be possible to obtain public funding for matters related to asylum, refugees, appeals, applications to remain, judicial reviews and emergency issues. Freemans Solicitors is a Community Legal Service provider for UK immigration legal advice and our immigration solicitors will let you know from the outset whether you are eligible for financial support. Other funding options will also be clearly explained to you.
Freemans Solicitors: UK Immigration Legal Advice for the Settled Life you Desire
With Freemans Solicitors you will have complete peace of mind at all times of a personalised service that ensures your individual wishes and needs are met. We are genuinely dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help you feel settled and secure here in the UK.
As a multicultural firm we offer a variety of languages, so you are welcome to communicate with us in your mother tongue where offered.
To speak in confidence to one of our highly experienced London immigration solicitors please get in touch.