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For companies hiring skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), or employing non-EEA migrants already in the UK, the complexities of immigration law can be costly and difficult to manage without expert assistance. Providing guidance on all aspects of the UK’s points-based system for immigration, we work with you to understand your business and resolve any challenges you face.

We also advise individuals wishing to come to the UK as visitors, to work, to start a business, to invest or as family members as well as those already in the UK (both EEA and non-EEA nationals) who wish to settle and perhaps apply for British Citizenship.

For landlords and letting agents we provide immigration advice on complying with recent legislation on tenancy agreements.

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Andrew Dekany

Andrew Dekany

Partner

Commercially focused immigration solutions

Regardless of your sector or business size, recruiting non-EEA migrants from overseas or from the UK can involve complex legal issues. Our expertise will help you navigate regulations without lengthy or costly interactions with the Home Office.

Whether an intra-company transfer from outside the EEA, an immigration audit or an international secondment, we will provide expert advice and guidance to help keep your business compliant and commercially focused. Our experienced team can also support the growth or relocation of your workforce to ensure you have the human capital you need to meet your business objectives.

Highlights

Our Employment and Immigration Team has been involved in a wide range of cases. Highlights include:

  • obtaining sponsor licences for the UK branch of non-EEA companies wishing to recruit from their home countries
  • advising a foreign oil and gas company on maintaining its A-rated sponsor status under Tier 2 (ICT) and carrying out regular mock inspections to test the robustness of its systems and procedures
  • advising a foreign household in the UK about the immigration status of its domestic workers
  • obtaining spouse visas for the non-EEA spouses of British citizens returning to the UK
  • advising EEA national permanent residents in the UK about obtaining British citizenship and British passport including for family members
  • obtaining a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa for a non-EEA national setting up a new business in the UK
  • advising on a landlord’s duties to carry out immigration checks on new tenants
  • advising on Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa for an artist
  • advising high-net-worth individuals on obtaining Tier 1 (Investor) visas

Expertise

For companies

  • advising companies on the recruitment and termination of non-EEA nationals
  • tier 2 sponsor licence applications, including Intra-Company Transfers, and acting as Level 1 user of the Sponsor Management System
  • international secondments
  • prevention of illegal working
  • working with employment, residential property, family and tax teams to relocate senior executives to the UK
  • immigration audits and compliance advice for sponsors including mock inspections to help maintain A-rated status
  • challenging Home Office decisions (appeals)

For individuals

  • immigration applications for Tier 2 skilled workers, Tier 4 students, Tier 5 temporary workers, visitors and high-net-worth individuals
  • family immigration including spouse visas and Tier 2 Dependent visas
  • advising on settlement (indefinite leave to remain / permanent residence) and British citizenship applications for both EEA and non-EEA nationals
  • challenging Home Office decisions (appeals)

Case Studies

Thrings helped a migrant successfully apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa after he was made redundant. This enabled him to establish a thriving, independent business while ensuring his family, whose visa status depended on his, were able to remain in the UK.

Thrings advised a UK-based company through the process of being granted a sponsor licence. This enabled the company to recruit from the global talent pool in order to staff a skilled role in one of its UK branches, and to overcome skills shortages in the UK going forward.

Extremely knowledgeable and takes time to understand the context and impact on the business.

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