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Corporate & Business Immigration

The UK economy thrives on the expertise and contribution of workers and investors from overseas. However, immigration rules are strict and making mistakes can be costly, so getting the right legal advice is essential.

At Barnes Harrild & Dyer Solicitors, we provide bespoke corporate & business immigration services to businesses, investors and entrepreneurs and other individuals.

Based in Croydon and Central London, we are one of the top providers of immigration advice in London and the South East.

We can offer a fully inclusive service that covers all your immigration needs, from obtaining initial Sponsor Licences to ensuring ongoing compliance with your legal responsibilities. Our specialist services include:

  • Advice for businesses on obtaining Immigration Sponsor Licences
  • Corporate immigration advice, including ongoing HR compliance, auditing, employee management and business consulting
  • Advice for businesses looking to form a branch or subsidiary in the UK
  • Advice for individuals looking to start a business in the UK
  • Advice for individuals looking to invest in UK business
  • Advice for individuals looking to work in the UK
  • ‘Sole representatives’ of overseas organisations, such as newspaper organisations

With over 30 years’ experience, you can rely on our Immigration team to take proactive steps to produce the results you need as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

Contact our business immigration solicitors in London and Croydon

To arrange a consultation with one of our senior UK business immigration solicitors, contact your local branch in Bank, London City or Croydon.

Alternatively, call our Senior Partner, Paul Turner, on 0333 444 8216 or email paul.turner@bhdsolicitors.co.uk.

How our specialist corporate & business immigration solicitors can help

Business immigration services

Our UK migration lawyers can assist individuals and businesses with the following immigration routes:

  • Innovator and Start-Up / Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Innovator / Tier 1 Innovator
  • Global Talent / Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
  • Investor / Tier 1 Investor
  • Skilled Worker / Tier 2 (General)
  • Intra-Company Transfer / Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer
  • Tier 2 Minister of Religion
  • Tier 2 Sportsperson
  • Tier 2 Creative & Sporting
  • Tier 5 Religious Workers
  • Tier 5 International Agreement
  • Sole representative
  • UK Ancestry

We can also provide practical advice about obtaining indefinite leave to remain in the UK or applying for British citizenship after living and working in the UK on a business visa.

From 1 January 2021 and Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit), many of the immigration routes have changed, unless you obtained, renewed or applied for your visa or Sponsor Licence prior to 9am on 1 December 2020. For some routes, there is a new points-based immigration system in place.

We appreciate that these recent changes have made the system even more complex than it was originally. We can provide tailored advice about which immigration rules apply to you in your individual circumstances, ensuring there is no room for error.

Employer Sponsor Licences

Our London immigration solicitors can provide all the advice and guidance UK businesses and organisations need to sponsor migrant workers from overseas.

From 1 January 2021, you need a Sponsor Licence to employ any non-UK or Irish person, including any EU or Swiss citizens, unless they have settled/pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to remain.

Getting the rules wrong can result in hefty penalties and considerable disruption to your business, so it pays to get the right advice. As well as general advice about Sponsor Licences and assistance with Sponsor Licence applications, we can play a vital role in your immigration corporate strategy and act as key personnel, helping you put in place the policies you need to manage your business’s immigration activities and retain the best talent. See more about our corporate immigration services below.

UK visa applications

We help individuals and their families get the right visa to legally live and work in the UK. Whether you are a skilled worker, a business person, a sportsperson, religious worker, a creative, or any other person with valuable skills, we can provide the guidance you need while minimising stress and confusion.

Corporate immigration services

Our corporate immigration solicitors in London can assist with all the practical and strategic aspects of hiring employees from overseas. As one of the leading immigration firms in the South East, we are able to become an intrinsic part of your corporate strategy, helping you:

  • Navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of immigration law.
  • Put in place bespoke immigration policies and procedures.
  • By acting as and assisting key personnel and overseeing employee management.
  • Reduce risk and avoid pitfalls, such employment law proceedings and penalties for breach of immigration rules.

With us by your side, you can focus on hiring and retaining the best talent for your business.

Our Immigration team boasts a wide range of cross-practice expertise, allowing us to provide a fully joined-up service covering not only immigration law, but employment, general corporate law and many other specialisations. Our inclusive service covers:

Why choose us for business and corporate immigration advice?

Over 30 years’ experience

It does not matter how many times immigration law changes, we will work tirelessly to produce the best outcomes for you. For over 30 years, our immigration specialists have dedicated themselves to putting the needs of our clients first, providing bespoke immigration advice designed to achieve your needs as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

Independently recognised for our expertise

Our London immigration lawyers have been independently recognised for their expertise. We are accredited by the Law Society in Immigration and Asylum matters. We are also accredited in Immigration Law Advanced which signifies our expertise handling complex immigration work.

Our firm has been recognised as one of the leading Immigration teams in the South East by prestigious client guide, the Legal 500.

Proportionate and flexible fee structures

We operate a firm policy of costs transparency and are happy discuss a clear strategy, bearing in mind your requirements and budget. Visit our Fees & Funding page for more information or get in touch for an upfront quote.

Business Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

How will Brexit affect my business’s immigration strategy?

One of the primary changes is the end of Freedom of Movement, which previously allowed migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA) to freely move to the UK to work. EEA and non-EEA citizens are now treated equally in the eyes of immigration law. There have also been changes to some of the UK migrant visa and sponsorship routes.

Whether these changes will affect your business and immigration strategy will depend on your individual circumstances. For example, for Skilled Worker (formally Tier 2 (General)) EEA migrants employed after 1 January 2021, you will now need a Sponsor Licence. If you already had a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, this will have been automatically transferred to the Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence.

It is important to seek advice to ensure that your transition is smooth and snag-free. Failing to get the rules right could result in your Licence being revoked completely.

We can provide tailored advice on exactly how Brexit will affect your business and help you implement any necessary changes.

For general information about the impact of Brexit on business immigration, read our Brexit updates here.

How does the new UK points-based immigration system work?

Read our in-depth article on the new points-based immigration system here.

What type of visa do I need to work in the UK?

The type of visa you need will depend on factors such as your skills, the type of work you want to do and the details of any job offer you have.

Most workers coming to the UK will need a Skilled Worker visa (formally a Tier 2 (General) visa). However, if you have specialist, highly sought-after skills, or you are a temporary or seasonal worker, another type of visa will likely be more appropriate. We can provide tailored advice about the type of visa you will need and can provide guidance and professional support through the immigration process.

For more information about the types of UK visa our London immigration solicitors can assist with, click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Get expert advice from business immigration solicitors in Croydon and London

To arrange a consultation with one of our senior UK business immigration solicitors, contact your local branch in Bank, London City or Croydon.

Alternatively, call our Senior Partner, Paul Turner, on 0333 444 8216 or email paul.turner@bhdsolicitors.co.uk.

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