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22 May 2009 by Mary Heaney

Immigration lawyer

Navigating the rules and procedures for applying to enter the UK can be tricky and consulting an immigration lawyer could make the application process much smoother and more likely to succeed.

Navigating the rules and procedures for applying to enter the UK can be tricky and consulting an immigration lawyer could make the application process much smoother and more likely to succeed.


Why use an immigration lawyer


You may wish to enter the UK for a number of reasons - whether it be to work, study or join a spouse - and an immigration lawyer can assist in making any of them happen. For such a multitude of purposes there are a corresponding array of options available and demands to be met, which is why an immigration lawyer can be thoroughly useful.


The types of application that an immigration lawyer can assist with include work permits, study permits, permit extensions, business visas and citizenship. The requirements that your immigration lawyer will help you fulfil will then depend on factors such as your nationality, skills and previous income.


Such applications can be both confusing and expensive and an immigration lawyer can help ensure that you do not waste your money by giving you the best chance of success.


Hopefully the advice of an immigration lawyer will save you the time and money of having to appeal a rejection. A positive decision can never be guaranteed though and should you need to appeal your application your immigration lawyer can once again help in presenting your case.


What an immigration lawyer does


First of all, at an initial consultation your immigration lawyer will assess your eligibility so that you can decide whether it is worth making an application. If you do decide to go ahead then your immigration lawyer will help collate and check over evidence. Your immigration lawyer will also help complete the application form itself and the accompanying cover letter.


A refused application does not necessarily spell the end of the affair either. If you are given the opportunity, your immigration lawyer can assist you in appealing the decision. Even if you are not, your immigration lawyer may be able to request an administrative review. Immigration lawyers are well versed in the arguments for appeals and reviews and will, again, discuss the advisability of proceeding and then assist in setting out the grounds for appeal and collection of evidence. Your immigration lawyer can also represent you before an appeal judge.


The application process can take months in some cases but if time is at a premium then an immigration lawyer can fast-track certain applications and even turn them around on the same day.


If you feel confident in completing your application yourself but would appreciate a glance from the experienced eye of an immigration lawyer then most will also offer this service.


NB: None of this information should be construed as legal advice.

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