Our business immigration solicitors provide specialist advice to UK and foreign businesses of all sizes on applications for their workers’ entry to the UK and related issues.
We advise employers recruiting specialist workers from overseas under the UK Points Based System and other immigration routes, as well as high net-worth individuals looking to invest or set up a business in the UK.
Our team is at the cutting edge of immigration law, having already successfully advised on the new Global Business Mobility sponsorship routes launched by the UK government in April 2022, as well as hundreds of frontier worker permit applications and the new BNO visa for Hong Kong nationals. We regularly advise on applicable immigration routes for recruiting workers from the European Union following Brexit, allowing businesses to secure and attract crucial trained staff. Get in touch to find out how we can support your case.
Our solicitors embody the Wilkes specialist expert-led ethos, approaching each case individually. Therefore, regardless of your situation, you will receive a tailored service. We will never waste your time with unrelated legal advice.
The team is highly responsive and thorough, meticulously auditing visa applications and legislation so that you secure your right to work quickly. These situations are often time-sensitive, and you may need urgent support. That is why we go above and beyond, providing advice supported by detailed analysis. We work closely with UK authorities to resolve any issues efficiently.
Our Business Immigration Support
We offer a range of services to both employers and workers, covering the broad landscape of business immigration legislation. We can help you:
Secure Work Visas
Visa and work permits are the basis for any business immigration case. With the UK's post-Brexit position, this is more relevant than ever, and many employers need support securing them. Our experts are here to provide it.
We support you through the application process for worker visas, including skilled worker visas, frontier worker permits, business visitor visas, and entrepreneur visas, to increase your chances of securing your documents. Our experts can help you apply for a visa for you or your senior managers looking to set up a new UK branch of your global business and advise on all related employment and immigration issues.
When you run a global enterprise, you need the flexibility to change how you operate. You may change your focus towards a different market or invest in a new service abroad. We can facilitate these changes by supporting you with the legal processes when moving staff across borders.
We specialise in preparing documentation for business visitors entering the UK and bringing EU workers into the UK following Brexit. This expertise will help you work with the evolving border and immigration, as well as employment regulations so you can hire new workers for your UK offices and boost your productivity.
Duties Of An Employer
As an employer in the UK, you have the opportunity to sponsor people from abroad to come and work for you in Britain. We can help you successfully apply for a sponsor licence, allowing you to bring top foreign talent to study and work in this country. We are then on hand to guide you through your duties as a sponsor.
Our business immigration solicitors can also advise you on how to conduct ‘right to work’ document checks on your workers to protect your business. If a situation arises or action is taken against you, we are here to defend prosecutions for illegal working.
What You Can Expect When Meeting Us
After you enquire about our business immigration solicitors, we can arrange an initial consultation. This meeting is conducted in person at one of our offices or online, whichever you prefer.
We will discuss the individual aspects of your case, including your legal needs, background and relationship with the UK. This information will help us determine how we can help and the immigration routes that may apply in your case.
The solicitor will evaluate your eligibility for your desired permit and then explain the application process and the time frame, as well as the costs.
Why Our Clients Choose Us
Partnering with our business immigration team puts you in a unique position: you not only just get access to our 200 associates and staff in the UK but also our global network of associations in 40 countries as well. These connections allow us to operate internationally and provide legal support with foreign legislation, perfect for business immigration issues.
You receive a dedicated solicitor tasked with managing your entire case. They become your point of contact, and you can rely on them for regular support and prompt communication.
By choosing Wilkes, you benefit from:
- A specialist expert-led approach tailored to your needs
- A Legal 500 recognised law firm
- A Lexcel accredited and Solicitors Regulation Authority authorised law firm
- Our experience and knowledge of multiple UK legal disciplines
- A highly experienced and nationally accredited based in Birmingham and Solihull
- Our network of global associations covering 40 countries
We have offices in Birmingham city centre and the suburban town of Solihull, helping us serve clients in person in the Midlands. However, our services are also available from much further afield. We can act for clients throughout the UK and abroad with our network of international associations in 40 countries.
We often help our clients secure work visas, apply for a sponsor licence, prepare documentation for UK business visitors, relocate staff in global enterprises and defend against illegal working prosecutions.