Straightforward, pragmatic and personalised legal solutions for those seeking to live, work and invest in the UK.
Our considerable experience includes applications within tier 1 of the points based system for investors, entrepreneurs and their dependants together with personal applications within the immigration rules.
For more information on any of the below please contact Simon Kenny, our immigration law specialist.
Tier 1 entrepreneurs
This has become a specialism of the immigration team and our service includes comprehensive assistance in establishing that the immigration rules are met regarding such applications. Our services include checking documentation to confirm that the requirements are met. Showing that the necessary funds are in place requires very specific evidence. A significant percentage of applications are refused on the basis of failure to meet a “genuine entrepreneur” test, with visa officers and UK visas and immigration officials given significant discretion to make such assessments, so robust and credible business plans assist in meeting this requirement. Continuing to meet the criteria after arrival in the UK and addressing issues such as a change to the original business model, difficulties in making the investment required or showing that the necessary number of full-time jobs has been created can all become issues and we help in all these matters.
Tier 1 investor applications
This is a rapidly increasing area of work. Demonstrating that the money exists and is under the control of the applicant can be a major difficulty, as it may not always be possible to demonstrate that the funds have been held for the previous three months and would be readily disposable in the UK. Qualifying for an extension of stay if the value of the investment decreases in the period between the initial visa and the time of extension and meeting all the criteria for indefinite leave to remain are also common issues. We can prepare all necessary documents to make the application, in conjunction with expert financial advisers who are able to advise on the investment itself.
Personal immigration applications
Moore Blatch offers assistance in almost all common personal immigration and nationality applications. Visas for the partners of British citizens now require a minimum income for British sponsors. We are able to advise on such applications and prepare the documentation accordingly.
There are now almost 200,000 applications for British citizenship made every year, with a significant percentage being refused. We have significant experience in how to meet all requirements of a nationality application, including those in which exercising discretion is requested of UK visas and immigration. Obtaining indefinite leave to remain in the UK can be lengthy and complicated. We are able to assist in such applications, using UK visa and immigration’s “fast track” services where possible. Moore Blatch is able to prepare applications for EU dependants to be sent to UK visas and immigration.
There are several subcategories within the immigration rules relating to different classes of visitor and the requirements of some, such as those relating to business visitors, can be difficult to interpret. We have substantial experience of advising fully on the requirements of these categories and evidence necessary to obtain a visa if required.