Immigration Law Solicitors

If you’re looking for help with immigration law, nationality law or UK citizenship our specialist team of solicitors based in Ilford can help. 

We’ve advised many people seeking to live and work in the UK and, eventually obtain UK citizenship and offer our wide range of expertise in dealing with many aspects of immigration and nationality law for individuals and companies.
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Experts in Immigration, Nationality Law & Citizenship

Our specialist legal team is passionate when it comes to representing you and can advise, assist and represent you in all areas of law regarding immigration, nationality and citizenship.

  • Study, student and professional qualifications
  • Work permit applications and skilled migrant worker
  • Investment, right to live in UK and retirement
  • Family reunion (including betrothed or unmarried partners)
  • Applications for travel documents and entry clearance
  • Naturalisation
  • Asylum claims, appeals and refugees
  • Extensions and variations of leave
  • Applying for a document to prove your right to live in the UK if you're a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

You are usually eligible for:

  • a registration certificate if you've lived in the UK for less than 5 years
  • a permanent residence document if you've lived in the UK for 5 years (or earlier in some situations - for example, if you retire)

You may also be eligible as the partner, child or family member of someone from the EEA or Switzerland.

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Points-based system for businesses

From 1 January 2021 the UK will end free movement and operate a points based immigration system whereby anyone coming to the UK for work has to meet a specific set of requirements gain enough points before they are awarded a Visa.

Tier 2 (General) visas

These are for skilled workers who have received a graduate level job offer from a UK employer.

Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visas

These are for employees of multinational companies that have been transferred by their overseas employer to a UK branch of the organisation, either on a long-term basis or for frequent short visits.


The skills charge applies to a sponsor of a Tier 2 worker assigned a certificate of sponsorship in the 'General' or "Intra-company Transfer" route and who will be applying from:

  • outside the UK for a visa
  • inside the UK to switch to this visa from another
  • inside the UK to extend their existing visa The skills charge does not apply if you are sponsoring:
  • a non-EEA national who was sponsored in Tier 2 before 6 April 2017 and is applying from inside the UK to extend their Tier 2 stay with either the same sponsor or a different sponsor
  • a Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Graduate Trainee
  • a worker to do a specified PhD level occupation
  • a Tier 4 student visa holder in the UK switching to a Tier 2 (General) visa.

You do not have to pay the skills charge for the worker's family members ('dependants'). The skills charge will be €1000 per year for medium or large sponsors and €364 per year for small or charitable sponsors.

This is payable upfront and for the total period of time covered by the certificate of sponsorship.

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Visas for people in a relationship with a UK national

Our immigration lawyers can also assist with visa applications and entry clearance applications on behalf of:

  • spouses,
  • civil partners,
  • unmarried partner and
  • same sex partners

We understand that the right legal advice at an early stage can make a significant contribution to successful visa applications.

Appeals when applications are not successful

Where applications are unsuccessful, we can assist with the various routes to challenge decisions and to provide advice on strengthening your case. You may have either the right to appeal or to an administrative review of the decision and in some cases a judicial review of the decision may be appropriate.

Our solicitors are here for you

Orchid Solicitors aim to make your life easier by providing high quality advice and representation in all immigration and nationality law matters. If you would like more advice or to book a consultation please contact our team at our office in Ilford at the details below.

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