RVS Solicitors provide high-quality immigration legal services to individuals and businesses. In the current political climate, if you are going through an immigration matter, it is important to have the best immigration advice you can get. Our experienced UK immigration solicitors have intimate knowledge of the Immigration Rules and the Home Office processes.
Our Immigration team is lead by Dr Lusine Navasardyan, who has years of experience in UK Immigration law, as well as in business and corporate law, making her input indispensable for all your immigration needs. Our team comprises of the best and brightest immigration lawyers London has to offer.
Our Immigration Services
Our team of experienced UK immigration lawyers can offer guidance in all immigration matters, including:
- Appeals and Judicial Reviews
- British Nationality
- EEA Family Applications
- Family & Spouse Visas
- Human Rights applications
- Indefinite Leave to Remain
- Innovator and Start-up visa
- PBS Refusals & Admin Reviews
- Overseas Business Visas
- Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visas
- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
- Tier 1 Investor Visa
- Tier 2 & 5 Sponsorship
- Tier 2 & Tier 5 Visas
- Visitor Visas
We take your matter from your shoulders
For those with busy lives, i.e. people in business, high-net-worth individuals, and entrepreneurs, there is simply no time to spend creating immigration applications – they are focused on what they do best, running their lives and businesses. If this resonates with you, RVS Solicitors is an ideal fit. When we say we value your time, this is not an empty promise. Not only we have very high success rate for the applications that we work on, but we ensure that the entire process is as stress-free and smooth as possible. As a niche specialist law firm, we tailor our approach to the needs of our clients, so if you need more communication and involvement, or if you want to hand over your matter entirely, or somewhere in the middle, we will work to your requirements. We will take care of your immigration matter from start to finish, ensuring all aspects are covered and you are given the best chance of success in your immigration matter.
If you need assistance with an immigration matter that has not gone your way, we have specialist immigration lawyers capable of giving you the best immigration advice on the matter. We have assisted many businesses in gaining or having their Tier 2 or 5 Sponsor Licence reinstated, and helped individuals reverse negative decisions made against them – something that is increasingly common with the current government’s policy on immigration.
Our experience speaks for itself
When you entrust your Sponsor Licence, visa, settlement, or British Citizenship application to us, you are choosing some of the foremost experts in immigration law in the UK. Our Head of Immigration and co-director Dr Lusine Navasardyan is a specialist in assisting high-net-worth individuals, families, and businesses in relocating to the UK. The team led by her has successfully concluded many highly complex business and personal immigration cases.
As any top immigration lawyer would attest, working closely with different service providers and professionals is essential in achieving excellent outcomes for our clients. We have a vast network of professionals, who ensure that all elements of your matter are catered to.
Our team provides a highly personal service, in contrast to many law firms in London, and will always make you feel comfortable and confident in what we are doing on your behalf. While we are niche, we think big and we have the results to show for it.
We focus on the detail
The UK immigration process has become increasingly complex in recent years, with many new and complicated rules which must be understood before making an application or seeking an appeal. It is our meticulous attention to detail which ensures that applications made on behalf of our clients are rarely questioned by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). By instructing us, you can be confident that our team will create a legally watertight and robust case and present it to the Home Office on your behalf.
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No matter what your immigration law matter, we can assist
Business Immigration Services
Whether you represent a UK-based company seeking to recruit employers from another country, or you plan to set up a business in the UK, we can help you. Our London-based business immigration Solicitors can assist with any type of application, including:
A Tier 2 or 5 Sponsor License will enable your organisation to recruit staff from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). With Brexit on the horizon, more businesses are looking at this route to bring the necessary skills and expertise into their businesses, to enable continued operations and future growth.
Handling the application process on your behalf
RVS Solicitors will secure your Sponsor License in the first instance and then help maintain your compliance with immigration rules and guidance. We have an in-depth understanding of the criteria by which your application will be assessed, including whether your business qualifies and whether it can fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a Sponsor License holder.
Once your Sponsor License is secured, you will then be able to request Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), which can be assigned to potential talent from outside the EEA.
Maintaining ongoing compliance
To ensure ongoing compliance, we can provide training to your staff, assist you to operate your Sponsor Management System (SMS), and undertake regular mock audits to replicate those carried out by UKVI.
As part of the training we offer, we can show your key personnel how to keep necessary up to date records, how and when to update the SMS, and how to carry out Resident Labour Market Tests (RLMTs). RLMTs are carried out to ensure no settled worker is available within the UK already who can carry out the role your organisation is recruiting for.
Revocation or suspension
If your license is revoked or suspended, please contact us immediately. We will act swiftly to have your Sponsor License reinstated, ensuring you can continue to recruit international talent to grow your organisation.
In this field, experience and attention to detail will make all the difference between a quick decision in your favour, and an adverse one that can jeopardise your business. By instructing us, you can be confident we will achieve the former on your behalf, saving you time, money and stress.
Tier 1 Visas
Tier 1 Investor visa
Tier 1 Investor Visa provides an entry route into the UK for high-net-worth individuals with £2m or more to invest in approved UK investments. The Tier 1 investor visa provides successful applicants, and their families, with a route to settlement and UK citizenship. The visa is extremely flexible; applicants do not need to meet English language requirements and are permitted to travel outside of the country for up to 180 days each year and can purchase property within the UK.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa
Tier 1 Entrepreneur route allows you to invest in and run a business in the UK. This route has now closed for most of new applicants, however, it remains open to those who are or in previous 12 months before the application has held a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa. It is also a relevant route for those who already are in the UK on Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and are looking to extend or obtain a settlement.
Tier 1 exceptional talent/promise visa
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is available to those outside of the EEA who are endorsed by approved institutions as having exceptional talent or promise in a range of creative, scientific, and technology fields. One of the real advantages of this visa type is its flexibility; once in the UK, holders have the option to be employed, self-employed, or to freelance.
Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
The Representative of an Overseas Business Visa provides a route for businesses outside of the EEA wishing to send a representative to establish a foothold within the UK market. The application process for this visa requires a considerable amount of documentary evidence to be collated and presented for consideration. Furthermore, the applying organisation must prove they are headquartered outside of the UK and intend to set up a registered branch or wholly-owned subsidiary within Britain. RVS’s business immigration team have assisted many businesses to setup within the UK and will help your organisation achieve the same goal.
Start-up and innovator visas
A Start-up Visa offers an opportunity for individuals from outside of the EEA to set up a new business in the UK. Individuals can apply for a Start-up Visas from outside the country, or if within the UK by switching from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa, Tier 2 Visas, Tier 4 (General) Students, or Standard Visitor Visas.
An Innovator Visa is like a Start-up Visas; however, applicants are typically at a later stage in their business plans and require a minimum of £50,000 in investment funds.
Both visas require an applicant to obtain endorsement from an approved body. The endorsing body will base their decision on whether the business and applicant meet the following three criteria:
- Innovation – an original business idea and a plan that proves you meet an existing market need.
- Viability – proof you have or are developing the required experience, skills, and knowledge to run a profitable business in your chosen sector.
- Scalability – evidence that your business can grow and provide jobs to UK settled individuals.
At RVS, we are well acquainted with the requirements of Innovator Visas and Start-up Visas, including demonstrating that you have a truly new or innovative business idea which potential for growth, and are able to help you showcase this in a manner that will help you get endorsed by an authorised body.
Tier 2 Visas
Tier 2 (General) visa
Tier 2 (General) Visa enables individuals from outside of the EEA to work for employers with a Sponsor License. Before sponsoring you, the employer is required to undertake a series of checks to verify no other settled worker within the UK is available who could fill the vacancy. If you are offered sponsorship, and your Tier 2 (General) Visa is granted, your sponsor will assign you a Certificate of Sponsorship (Cos). Applicants may apply from within the UK if they have a valid job offer from a sponsoring employer, or from outside of the EEA.
Other Tier 2 visa routes
There are three additional Tier 2 routes for non- EEA citizens who wish to work for a UK business:
- Intra-Company Transfer
- Minister of Religion
The team at RVS Solicitors have assisted hundreds of people in securing a Tier 2 Visa. Hence, we understand the steps to take to achieve a positive result. If you have received an adverse decision from UKVI for a Tier 2 Visa application, speak to our team today; we will take the time to fully review the facts of your case and your circumstances, and recommend the best possible course of action to obtain your visa. We are highly experienced and successful in turning around decisions in favour of our clients through Administrative Review and/or Judicial Review.
Personal Immigration Services
RVS Solicitors immigration team can take on any immigration case regardless of complexity. We have the best immigration lawyers who understand how visa applications are assessed by UKVI and will always put you one step ahead. We can assist with any of the following individual immigration applications and/or refusals:
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
Indefinite Leave to Remain enables applicants to remain in the UK without any visa restrictions. After many years of being required to apply for visa extensions, obtaining settlement can come as a welcome relief for many migrants.
The period after which you are eligible to apply for ILR depends on the type of visa you hold; for example, someone on a Tier 1 Investor Visa can apply after two, three, or five years based on the amount of money invested. Dependants of those on a points-based system (PBS) visa may apply after five years. The long residence route requires ten years of continuous residence before settlement can be applied for.
It is important to understand that ILR and citizenship are different; the latter can apply for a British passport and can vote in UK elections, the former cannot. Citizenship can be sought 12 months after receiving ILR.
EU/EEA pre and settled status
All EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals wishing to remain in the UK must apply for Settled Status before 30th June 2021. Failing to do so may risk you being removed after the deadline expires. On application, you will be granted either Settled or Pre-settled Status.
Settled Status requires five years of continuous residence in Britain at the time of application; Pre-settled Status will be granted if you have less than five years continuous residence in the UK, allowing you to work towards gaining Settled Status after you have completed five years continuous residence.
Standard Visitor Visa
If you have been refused a Standard Visitor Visa to come to the UK for leisure, family, to receive medical treatment, take part in a sports event, or attend a business occasion, or for any other reason, you are not alone. Many people are refused entry due to concerns that their stated intentions for coming to the UK are not genuine. This conclusion is often based on flimsy reasons, or due to errors when processing the Standard Visitor Visa application.
Our specialist immigration lawyers will review your case in detail and advise the best course of action, which minimises the cost, time, and stress. Because we are a niche firm, you will be dealing with a senior member of our immigration team. You can be assured we will secure the best result possible, providing you with a close level of service throughout every stage of the process.
From the moment you engage our services, if your ultimate aim is to secure ILR and British Citizenship, every decision we make on your behalf will be to this end. One of the biggest benefits of choosing a small niche law firm such as RVS Solicitors is that we get to know you and your family. This allows maintaining an ongoing relationship with you as the years’ progress. As such, we make decisions in the short-term that are designed to meet your long-term gains.
If you have received notification that you are not being granted ILR or British Citizenship, we will fight on your behalf to have this decision reversed. Often adverse decisions are made based on the feeblest of reasons, and even errors – meaning decisions can be quick without complex legal mechanisms being needed, just by explaining the error to UKVI. If this is not successful, we are highly adept at Administrative Review and Judicial Review and will pursue either of these routes if warranted.
If you are planning to join a family member already in the UK or wish to bring a dependent family member into the country, we will secure the necessary visa for you. Whether you require a Spouse, Civil Partnership, Fiancé, or Unmarried Partner Visa, we understand the application routes and legal technicalities that will lead to a positive result; experience is everything in immigration law.
We can advise you on the minimum income requirements, which have recently become more favourable to applicants and appealing a refusal on human rights grounds.
Our point of difference is that we truly care. Many of our team have come from other countries to set up lives in the UK, and so understand the emotions underpinning your decision to be with your loved ones. This first-hand experience means we go far beyond what other law firms offer to reunite your family.
Appeals, Administrative Review, and Judicial Review
In the event your application is refused, you may have the right to appeal. If you do not have a right of appeal, Administrative Review or Judicial Review may provide an option where we believe that UKVI has refused your application in error. Challenging a visa refusal for caseworker error or unlawfulness is a complex issue and requires the attention of immigration lawyers who specialise in such matters. Our immigration team has extensive experience in immigration litigation and works with the best and brightest counsels to achieve the desired result.
Find out more information on our fees here. To find out more about how we can advise you on immigration law matters, please contact our London office on 0203 372 5125 or complete our online form to make an appointment.