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UK Immigration & Nationality Law

Fragomen LLP – UK Immigration

The UK is recovering despite the pandemic and London remains the top global financial centre outside of the US, with a skilled workforce including specialisation in financial and professional services.  The UK offers an attractive legal, regulatory and tax regime for new businesses, and London is a diverse city with 37% of Londoners born outside the UK.

The UK has ended free movement from Europe and closed the Investor route without warning in February 2022, but at the same time, significantly relaxed economic routes into the UK in an effort to attract talented workers and entrepreneurs in areas such as academia, science, research and technology. Some helpful recent reforms include:

  • Making it easier for UK businesses to recruit foreign workers, abolishing the advertising requirement and relaxing the skill and salary levels
  • Taking away quotas on the Global Talent route and relaxing the criteria for endorsement
  • Opening a new, unsponsored route that is available to those graduating from top universities in the last five years

In 2022, the government are looking at further liberalisation:

  • Opening a new Scale-Up visa route in August 2022 to enable fast growing businesses in the UK to recruit talented workers
  • Reforming the Innovator category to make it more attractive to entrepreneurs

Fragomen has an unrivalled expertise in business migration to the UK, with more than 60 solicitors focused exclusively on immigration.  We act for corporate immigration clients, including banks and technology companies, as well as professional advisers, family offices and private individuals.  We have specific teams dedicated to work permits, start-ups, corporate internships, investors and private wealth, and residency and citizenship by investment.

Our extensive contacts within Immigration Authorities and decades of experience allow us to achieve exceptional results for our clients.

Working with a client, we will identify the best route for them and their family, considering time to landing, documentary requirements, UK residence requirements and their target level of investment.  All work is supervised personally by a solicitor.  A snapshot of our recent work includes:

  • Assisting an investment management firm on bringing workers to the UK to establish a branch
  • Helping a digital technology entrepreneur relocate to the UK to establish a new business
  • Advising a well-known private bank on creating a Tier 1 (Investor) programme for clients
  • Reporting to a retiring business owner on international alternative residencies
  • Applications for Maltese citizenship by investment
  • Successfully challenging a visa refusal on conducive grounds

We look forward to helping you.  To arrange an initial discussion, contact a member of the team (details below) or write to:

Team Contacts

Residency & Citizenship by Investment: Alisa Bartholdy, Senior Associate ( +44 (0)20 7090 9282)

UK Enquiries: Alexander Finch, Senior Manager ( +44 (0)20 7090 9282)

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7090 9100

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