If immigration is something that is exercising your mind, you probably need professional help from a regulated Immigration practitioner. Some cases can be straightforward, involving the simple remittance of a form together with any supporting documentation. However, you do not want to make a mistake that could carry serious consequences for your case and set it back weeks or even months.
Your immigration status, or that of a loved one, perhaps your spouse, civil partner or children is of crucial importance and advice gleaned from family, friends and Internet information sites may, unintentionally, mislead you. One of the following may apply:
- Your application for a visa has been refused and the 28 days you have in which to appeal are reducing;
- You are facing removal or deportation;
- A family member wants to join you from somewhere within the EEA but doesn’t have the correct papers;
- A spouse, civil partner or another family member wants to join you;
- You are an employer who needs advice about their employees working in the UK, or an entrepreneur looking to buy a business in the UK, or start one;
- Temporary immigration status needs to be applied for; or
- Help with any other immigration issue is required.
For all these immigration matters, it is imperative that you get expert advice quickly. A registered immigration lawyer can provide that advice; help you with documentation and navigating the process through which you aim to achieve your objective. But, how do you choose your representative? Below are some tips to help you.
Tip -1. Do you need an Immigration Lawyer?
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner maintains a list of regular immigration advisors who are registered with them to provide advice at one of three levels of growing complexity from the provision of advice to advocacy and representation. These are often referred to as OISCs. However, there are some aspects of immigration law they cannot be involved with. A solo firm, on the other hand, can offer you a comprehensive service that goes a long way beyond just advice, and can handle the most complex of cases, including the provision of representation at Judicial Review. Make sure, of course that your solicitor is registered.
Tip – 2. Transparency.
The more your immigration solicitor understands your case, the better they are able to represent you. Be open with them from the very start and set out clearly the details pertaining to your full circumstances and history. Do not hold back details that you might find embarrassing to disclose, these might emerge later and have significant consequences for the outcome of your case. Be truthful; discuss your worries and concerns with your representative. Experienced immigration solicitors will provide you with advice that is specific to your case. Don’t be tempted to try and shadow what they are doing by reading up on immigration law, or getting advice from other solicitors or OISCs.
Tip – 3. Look for someone who is multilingual.
You are going to be working closely with your chosen representative and whilst you don’t need to become firm friends, you do need to be able to build a rapport that enables you to work with them successfully. This may mean that you need to engage someone from your own culture who speaks your language in addition to English. If you case involves liaising with solicitors from another country, perhaps it is a complex divorce or custody case, it may be a distinct advantage if your representative could speak that language too. GCS Solicitors in London will ensure that you are allocated a solicitor that best meets your requirements.
Don’t try and navigate the complex waters of immigration law without professional help. GSC London are on hand to provide that assistance across all areas of immigration law. Contact them today.