Our specialist immigration solicitors work with both businesses and individuals solving UK immigration law problems. The team is a multi-disciplinary immigration law practice able to offer comprehensive solutions on matters relating to companies, shareholders, investors, tax and employees.
Many clients already face a problem when they call us – we do understand and have probably dealt with a similar problem before. Please do call us.
Our team of immigration solicitors handle cases including
- Resolving immigration issues for people wanting to work or set up business in the UK;
- Working with employers to solve problems in bringing employees from abroad to the UK;
- The right to work and guidance on what to do if you have been found employing illegal workers;
- Securing visas for applicants and their families with complex backgrounds.
Our job is to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
How to secure your visa
We deal with visa applications and UK immigration law problem solving for the various categories of visas available in the UK. The most popular visas we deal with are:
- Investor visa
- UK entrepreneur visa
- Exceptional talent
- Sponsorship licence for employers
- Employees transferring to the UK from abroad
- European nationals
- Family member visas
Dealing with the UK visa authorities
The reality is that many people approach us once things have gone wrong. We are experts at resolving complex immigration matters and will always take the most direct approach to ensure you can move on with your life.
Hundreds of thousands of UK immigration decisions are made annually. The process can be life changing but very intrusive and nerve wracking. The UK immigration rules continue to be criticised widely for their poor drafting and complexity, leading to many unnecessary refusals. This is a growing area of expertise for our immigration solicitors.
Any excuse to refuse a visa will do
Whilst the UK authorities have pledged to continue attracting people from abroad, they only want the best and are not inclined to give applicants the benefit of the doubt. In short, it pays to get it right the first time. This is where we come in.
We often get approached when there have been failed visa applications or the immigration rules have not been adhered to. Having some issues in your immigration history does not necessarily mean that you will always have problems in the future if you have resolved problems when they arise.
Why do UK visa applications get refused?
Applications often get refused for avoidable reasons. In our experience, common reasons for refusals which we can help you avoid include:
Incorrect documentation to support the visa application
Errors and omissions in documentary evidence – this is the primary reason that applications of unrepresented people get refused. The immigration rules and guidance are long, complex and it is easy to lose over-sight.
Doubts over genuineness
Doubts over genuineness – the UK authorities need to be convinced that you are coming to the UK to do the activities you are permitted to do by the visa category you are applying under.
Failing to meet requirements
Failing to meet requirements – either because the applicant simply misunderstood the rules or because their personal circumstances are such that they cannot meet them.
Making the wrong visa application
Making wrong applications – either because the applicant was unaware that the rules have changed, misunderstandings or filling in the wrong application forms.
We determine the weaknesses of your case and mitigate; thus ensuring we are one step ahead of the UK authorities. This will save you time and money in the long-term as your chances of success will be higher from the outset and you will avoid having to rectify any issues in hindsight.
How we can help if your application has been refused
In practice, we more often than not get approached once an application has been refused already. If that is the case, we will discuss your options with you and decide the best course of action.
The options available to you will depend on the visa category you applied under. If you applied under the points-based system you could challenge the decision by requesting an administrative review or a judicial review.
Appealing decisions via the courts
If you raised human rights or applied under the European Economic Area Regulations, then you will normally have a right of appeal. Litigation can yield great results and is sometimes necessary, especially in complex cases. At the same time, it should be a matter of last resort and we will always give you our honest opinion regarding your chances of success.
Reasons to pick us
We work with clients from all over the world; either in their initial applications to come to the UK or those who are already living here. We challenge refusals of visa applications. All options will be considered for you.
We understand every situation is different
UK immigration issues can be intensely personal and stressful. We often deal with people facing complex situations of a sensitive nature. Our immigration solicitors are understanding and personable. Everything is treated in absolute confidence. We will never disclose any information about you to the UK Home Office without your permission.
We do not shy away from challenges
Our litigation expertise gives us an edge. Whilst we try to avoid litigation we will litigate if that is the only solution. Our experience includes bringing challenges to UK immigration visa decisions in court. We will never advise you to pursue an appeal if we think your chances of success are low. Pursuing applications or appeals that have no chance of success is morally wrong, but it is also short-sighted and ultimately bad for business. At the end of the day, we are a business so it is in our interest to conserve our excellent reputation.
We are commercially minded
Many of our clients want to come to the UK to join or establish businesses. We work with many start-ups and Gannons was also a start-up once; we have gained experience by ‘doing it’ . We direct you along the process of establishing your own successful business, whilst at the same time taking care of your UK immigration visa needs.
We are globally connected
We are connected to other professionals in the UK and worldwide, via networks and long-standing business-relationships. If we cannot help you we will be able to put you in touch with trusted professionals that can.
You will deal with the same people at Gannons. The solicitors handling your case will therefore have an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of your matter.
We believe in our people
Our team-members are our greatest asset. We understand the importance of investing in their knowledge and continual learning, especially in light of the constant changes to the immigration rules and policies. We are constantly monitoring the updates and changes to the UK immigration rules. We never stop learning.
We will keep our costs to a minimum and will always estimate fees. We will never exceed the estimate without your express permission so you will have no negative financial surprises.