Business Immigration Law

Service overview: Business immigration solicitors

  • Our business immigration solicitors can advise businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and educational establishments on all aspects of UK immigration law, from recruiting overseas staff to ensuring ongoing compliance obligations are being met with the UKVI.
  • Our corporate immigration lawyers specialise in Points-Based System (PBS) visa applications, but as an integrated full service commercial firm, we also work holistically to provide you with the best commercial advice across multi-practice areas.
  • We can help with Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 visa applications, as well as the obtaining and maintenance of sponsor licences with the UKVI.

What we do: Business immigration law firm

Our specialist business immigration solicitors are experts in providing strategic advice to businesses to help them meet global mobility requirements. We advise on applications to recruit non-EEA highly skilled nationals, as well as advice and training on meeting UKVI compliance obligations under the sponsor licence. We also provide legal assistance across a wide range of private immigration matters such as entrepreneur, spouse/unmarried partner and children visas.

People are at the heart of immigration, and we appreciate that acquiring the right global talent can have huge commercial and legal implications for businesses. We understand that the complexities of immigration law can be difficult to navigate for private individuals who may seek to join family in the UK, so we pride ourselves on offering a personal and efficient service that takes into account the latest Home Office immigration rules.

Our immigration legal service covers several areas:

Visa applications and sponsorship

We can advise on a diverse range of visa applications under the Points-Based System (PBS) for students, international workers, entrepreneurs, investors and business owners looking to expand internationally or remain in the United Kingdom, including:

  • Tier 1 (Start-Up)
  • Tier 1 (Innovator)
  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Tier 1 (Global Talent Visa – formerly Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer)
  • Tier 4 (Students)
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Workers)
  • New hires including assistance with the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)
  • Extensions
  • Switching visa categories
  • Business visitors
  • Dependant applications

We also deal extensively with:

  • HR training within an immigration context
  • Sponsor compliance obligations
  • Meeting requirements on the prevention of illegal working, and right to work checks
  • Home Office audits
  • Challenging Home Office decisions
  • Acquisitions/TUPE/sponsor licence changes
  • Management of the sponsor licence system
  • Private immigration matters including family and European applications
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Nationality enquiries such as British Citizenship

Processing and administration

Employing highly skilled professionals from outside Europe involves assessing the latest Immigration Rules and applying these to the preparation of a formal visa application. We work alongside third-party providers used by the Home Office to ensure visa applications are fully prepared. Our solicitors can help you to:

  • Liaise with government departments including the Home Office, British Consulate and the UKVI.
  • Complete all paperwork with third-party providers such as VFS Global and Teleperformance.
  • Review and complete visa application forms to ensure all legal requirements are met.
  • Offer an expediated service for priority processing visa applications made both outside and inside the UK.
  • Draft and assign Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) with employers to finalise Tier 2 applications.
  • Following successful approval of the relevant visa, post instructions for employers to meet ongoing compliance obligations with the Home Office. For individuals, we can ensure the intended date of entry to the UK can be achieved and that formal Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) have been collected within 10 days of arriving in the UK.

Compliance auditing and immigration training

The UKVI reserve the right to conduct both announced and unannounced audits on any sponsor licence holder in the UK. A UKVI Compliance Officer (CO) can issue suspension or revocation proceedings should your business fail an audit. Being accused of failing to meet compliance obligations can cause your business significant reputational damage. We specialise in auditing businesses for compliance with the latest Home Office immigration rules.

We can also provide training to employers and HR on how to protect the A-rated status of your company’s sponsor licence and avoid the UKVI initiating suspension or revocation proceedings. We provide detailed training seminars to HR staff to ensure elements like right to work and prevention of illegal working legislation are being met daily by your organisation. If you have received a suspended or revoked sponsor licence, we have expertise in submitting representations against any allegations made by the UKVI. Please see below for a list of specialised services we offer within compliance auditing and training:

  • Dealing with both contentious and non-contentious immigration matters.
  • Adhering to the latest right to work guidance.
  • Prevention of illegal working legislation.
  • Preparing for announced and unannounced Home Office compliance audits.
  • Comprehensive training seminars for HR staff on fully integrated immigration HR systems and future-proof Brexit planning.
  • Challenging and defending UKVI decisions on suspended and revoked licences.
  • Reviewing civil penalties imposed by the UKVI.
  • Dealing with enforcement notices and Judicial Review proceedings.


A note on value added tax (VAT) – All the figures given below include VAT charged at 20% unless specifically stated. However, charging VAT in relation to immigration matters may depend on where you live and what immigration permission you have. We will confirm whether VAT (at a rate of 20%) is payable when you instruct us and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

Service provided Hourly rates (ex VAT) Average hours to complete Average costs (ex VAT)
City plan Enterprise plan On-Demand plan City plan Enterprise plan On-Demand plan
Employer Sponsorship Licence £250 £125 £150 – £195* 15-20 hours £3750 – £5000 £1875 – £2500 £2925 – £3900*
Certificate of sponsorship and Skilled Worker application assistance £250 £125 £150 – £195* 6-8 hours £1500 – £2000 £750 – £1000 £1170 – £1560*
£250 £125 £150 – £195* Each additional dependent 3-4 hours £750 – £1000 £375 – £500 £585 – £780*
Global Talent visa £250 £125 £150 – £195* 8-10 hours for endorsement stage £2000 – £2500 £1000 – £1250 £1560 – £1950*
£250 £125 £150 – £195* 6-8 hours application £1500 – £2000 £750 – £1000 £1170 – £1560*
Innovator visa/startup visa £250 £125 £150 – £195* 15-20 hours for endorsement stage £3750 – £5000 £1875 – £2500 £2925 – £3900*
£250 £125 £150 – £195* 8-10 hours for application £2000 – £2500 £1000 – £1250 £1560 – £1950*
Indefinite leave to remain £250 £125 £150 – £195* 12-15 hours £3000 – £3750 £1500 – £1875 £2340 – £2925*
Visit/tourist visas £250 £125 £150 – £195* 10-12 hours £2500 – £3000 £1250 – £1500 £1950 – £2340*
Entrepreneur visa £250 £125 £150 – £195* 15-20 hours £3750 – £5000 £1875 – £2500 £2925 – £3900*

*On-Demand rates vary depending on the annual hours package purchased. Average costs shown use the highest hourly rate of £195.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • If the Home Office want to investigate or make a site visit
  • Whether you have previously been refused a licence or visa application
  • Whether you are applying with other dependants (such as a spouse or children)
  • If you have poor immigration history

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

What services are included

The work will involve:

  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 1-2 hours;
  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2 to 6 hours*;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as a business plan);
  • preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take 6-12 hours;
  • Attendance at a Home Office interview or site visit: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, or they wish to attend the employer’s business site we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 2 and 8 hours of work.
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

*the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.
  • If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal

All Business Immigration work is carried out by Rashid Uzzaman, who qualified in November 2015, and is supervised by Toby Harper.

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within one week of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Who we help: Businesses, universities and educational establishments, entrepreneurs, investors and more

Whether you’re thinking of hiring specialist overseas staff or your business already operates across multiple jurisdictions, we can help. We can act for businesses and organisations of all types and sizes across a range of diverse sector groups, from SMEs and start-ups to large multinational organisations. We specialise particularly in global immigration advice for acquiring talent for the IT and tech sector, which aligns with our firm’s specialism in advising disruptive and innovative industries.

We advise high net worth individuals within the recently launched Tier 1 (Start-Up) and Tier 1 (Innovator) visa schemes introduced by the UKVI by reviewing business plans and assessing the likeliness of receiving an endorsement from an relevant body. We are also well versed in advising clients on the EU Settlement Scheme, spousal and unmarried partner visas and more complex private immigration matters.

Our business immigration solicitors are highly experienced and skilled in providing sound legal advice to ensure visa applications are successfully approved.

Why choose our corporate immigration lawyers?

Over many years, our solicitors have helped and advised clients across a number of different business immigration matters.

Our solicitors speak multiple languages, with some being fluent in Bengali, Hindi, Sylheti and Urdu.

We have contacts within the appropriate immigration channels which allow us to ensure visa applications are processed expediently, whether made at a visa centre in the UK or a VFS centre abroad.

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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