Immigration

Our immigration practice provides specialist advice to a wide range of high net worth individuals, private clients and corporate clients on personal and business immigration.

We advise on all aspects of UK immigration, naturalisation and European rights of free movement, providing clear and practical guidance to relieve you of the confusion and frustration that the immigration system can often cause. We manage the process from start to finish, providing a thorough and reliable service designed to achieve a successful outcome.

We regularly deal with the UK Visas and Immigration Department of the Home Office here in the UK as well as with British Embassies and Consulates throughout the world. Our close relationship with these departments and offices helps us achieve expedited consideration times for our clients. We are registered with UKVI’s Premium Service Centre and assist clients with submitting applications for consideration on a same day basis on short notice.

As a full service firm we align our immigration advice with company commercial advice to ensure that owner-managers and senior employees with leave under Tier 1 or as representatives of overseas business set up and run their businesses in accordance with conditions of their leave. We also advise UK businesses on human resources issues relating to employing foreign migrants.

We are active members of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and are able to keep our clients up to date with the frequent changes in immigration law.

What we do:

The areas covered by our immigration practice include:

A table showing our typical fees for various immigration and nationality applications can be viewed at the following link:

Representative Immigration Work

Examples of our immigration work include:

  • Advised several major restaurant chains on securing sponsor licences to enable them to employ foreign nationals.
  • Advised a major exporter of steel and metals on the requirements of bringing in a new managing director from overseas.
  • Advised an unmarried partner of an EEA national on securing a residence card which involved successfully arguing that the Home Office should exercise its discretion in waiving the requirement for the couple to have lived together for two years.
  • Advised a software licence company on securing a sponsor licence for a foreign national who was assuming a lead role on a major new project.

Contact our team:

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Amy Bennett

Associate Immigration
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2340

Biography

Amy qualified as a solicitor in May 2015 and joined Teacher Stern LLP in January 2018 as a member of the Immigration team. She advises on all aspects of immigration and nationality law for private individuals and corporate clients.

She has extensive experience of making applications under the Points Based System, with particular expertise of Tier 2 applications for skilled migrants and advising SMEs to apply to be added to the list of registered sponsors.

Amy regularly advises individuals applying under Tier 1 of the Immigration Rules as Investors, Entrepreneurs or Exceptionally Talented migrants and those applying as Sole Representatives. She has recently gained experience of applying to Endorsing Bodies with a view to applying to enter the UK under the Innovator category.

Amy has provided advice to numerous European nationals and their family members on the impact of Brexit. She has significant experience of submitting applications under the EEA Regulations and the EU Settlement Scheme. She has also presented to small businesses and their employees on how to prepare for Brexit.

Amy has submitted numerous applications for the family members of British nationals and settled persons, including applications based on complex finances and those relying on the ‘exceptions’ paragraph of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. She has helped clients to make successful applications for leave to be granted outside of the Immigration Rules and on a discretionary basis.

She is also experienced at dealing with complex nationality matters, such as those who exceed the relevant absence thresholds to naturalise or have previous criminal convictions. Amy also regularly assists clients to register as British on a discretionary basis and with complex applications to the Passport Office.

Amy is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).

 

Career History

Solicitor – Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP
Paralegal and Trainee Solicitor – Miles & Partners LLP

 

Education

Graduate Diploma in Law & Legal Practice Course – BPP University London

BA Social Policy – University of Leeds