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Business Immigration Law

Business Immigration Solicitors

In a competitive job market, finding and attracting highly skilled staff is becoming more difficult for employers. Hiring new employees from outside the UK or relocating senior employees that currently work abroad is a simple and cost-effective way of bringing skills into your business. Our team of experienced Business Immigration lawyers can help you bring skilled workers into the UK, whilst ensuring you remain compliant with UK Immigration laws.

We deliver Business Immigration services for companies ranging from start-ups, SMEs, nationals, and overseas businesses looking to expand into the UK, as well as individual work visa and business visa applicants moving to the UK for work or to set up a business.

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Experts in Business Immigration law

Whether you are an entrepreneurial start-up, established business, busy HR director struggling with recruitment, or a visa applicant, our corporate immigration solicitors can help you with:

Global Business Mobility Visas

Senior or specialist worker route, graduate trainee route, UK expansion worker route, service supplier route, secondment worker route.

Work Visas

Skilled Worker Visas, Health And Care Worker Visas, Creative Worker, Sportsperson, Graduate Visas, Seasonal Worker Visas, Business Visitor Visas, Dependant and Family visas, UK points based immigration system advice, follow on visa switch applications, visa extensions, settlement and British citizenship applications.     

Entrepreneurial Business Visas

Start-Up visas, Innovator Visas, Global Talent Visas.

Sponsor licence applications

Skilled Worker Visas, Senior or Specialist Worker Visas, UK expansion worker route, seasonal workers, universities and higher educational institutions sponsoring international students on Student Visas.

Sponsor licence management

Standardised occupational codes and genuine vacancy test assistance, certificate of sponsorship allocation guidance, advice on sponsor licence reporting and recording duties, right to work checks, sponsor licence renewals, sponsor licence management services, audits and sponsor licence training for key personnel, sponsor licence suspension and revocation advice.

Business set up

UK expansion worker route, Start-Up Visas and Innovator Visas.

Employee transfer to the UK

Senior or Specialist Worker Visa.

Sector Visas

Creative Visas, sportspersons, start-up and entrepreneur visas, including the Start-Up Visa and Innovator Visa endorsement process.

Business Immigration law services

Business Immigration is about understanding your global mobility choices. Whether you are an individual visa applicant, start-up, OMB or national presence in the field of education or industry, there are normally visa options. As a full service law firm, Harper James and its business lawyers will work with you to understand how those business immigration choices can best fit with your business plans or settlement goals.

Sponsor licences for employers

You don’t have to be a large company with a minimum turnover to apply for a sponsor licence to secure the talent your business needs to scale-up. Sponsor licences are available for start-ups, whether you need a tech or digital or other type of skilled worker. If you are an established employer used to relying on the availability of EU workers, you may need to apply for your first sponsor licence or welcome the ease of a full sponsor licence management service to help with the transition into complying with sponsor licence reporting and recording duties.

Business Immigration strategy

Are you mulling over whether a start-up visa or innovator visa is the best option for your plans to start a new business venture in the UK? Are you concerned about how your business will meet its recruitment needs because of the UK talent shortage? Does your overseas based business want to transfer employees to the UK or set up a new subsidiary company in the UK? Our commercial immigration solicitors are strategists and planners and can look at the immigration routes available under the UK points based immigration system and work out how the visa options fit with your plans and objectives.

Setting up business in the UK

If you are setting up a business in the UK using the global business mobility visa UK expansion worker route or you are an entrepreneur looking at the options of the start-up visa or innovator visa, the complexities of applying for a sponsor licence to sponsor a UK expansion worker or seeking endorsement for a start-up visa can be off putting. It need not be with comprehensive legal advice covering all you need to know from business immigration law to corporate set up, to employment and commercial contract law needs.

Business Immigration audits

Whether you are planning to submit an endorsement application for a start-up visa or innovator visa or contemplating making your first sponsor licence application or a sponsor licence renewal application our corporate immigration lawyers can audit your plans or policies and come up with a strategy to ensure visa or sponsor licence application success. As with many things in life and business, preparation is the key to success and will ultimately save you time and money.

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Here is a breakdown of expected fees

 

Our fees 


Who we help: Businesses, Universities and educational establishments, entrepreneurs, investors and more

Our business immigration lawyers act for a diverse range of individuals, businesses and higher education institutions.

With our start-up and IT and tech sector expertise, we have particular experience in overseas business expansion into the UK as well as start-up visa, innovator visa and global talent visa applications.

We work closely with our corporate team so you have all the expertise and paperwork you need when it comes to business plans for entrepreneur visas and in setting up new companies in the UK.

For businesses, large and small, we specialise in sponsor licence applications providing as much support and assistance as you require with everything from preliminary advice and auditing to advising on the overseas recruitment process and allocation of certificate of sponsorship to managing your sponsor licence for you to assisting if your sponsor licence is placed at risk of suspension or revocation. Working with our employment law team, you receive seamless global mobility, immigration and employment law advice to help you progress your recruitment plans and attract the global talent you need to enable your business to grow and meet its goals.


Why choose our Corporate Immigration lawyers?

At Harper James we know that our business and individual visa applicant clients are not really interested in corporate immigration law or the complexities of immigration rules under the UK points based immigration system. You do not want complicated explanations of the law on business immigration. Instead, you want cost-effective global mobility solutions, delivered efficiently and effectively. We do that by:

Team work – working with you and with our specialist business lawyers so you get the joined up legal advice, whether that is on employment contracts, company formation, IP protection or reviewing your existing commercial contracts to make them fit for purpose in the UK once your UK expansion worker has set up the UK based subsidiary company.

Client focussed – business immigration is all about individuals, whether your business is hiring global talent or whether you are an individual looking to move to the UK on a work visa, accompanied by your family on dependant visas. Our corporate immigration lawyers take the time to understand your needs so we can come up with the best global mobility and immigration solutions that meet your business or personal circumstances.

Professional paperwork – the key to a successful Home Office application, whether it is a sponsor licence application, or an application for a skilled worker visa or innovator visa, is professional paperwork supported by the correct documentation. Faced with longwinded immigration rules and Home Office guidance written without plain English in mind, you need business immigration solicitors who efficiently and reliably produce the paperwork needed to achieve global mobility.


Pricing plans

Legal support designed
to fit your business needs

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.

On-Demand

Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.


Testimonials

What our clients say

As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson CEO, Amalyst
We use Harper James because they understand the venture capital sector we operate in, know our business inside out and are always on hand to assist us in any way we need.
Doug Scott CEO, Potential
My colleagues and I have found them to be adept at dealing with the variety of challenges facing early stage companies. They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management.
Jill Shaw CEO, Anvil Semiconductors
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang Head of Operations, Kite Global Advisors
Harper James are our trusted legal adviser and having them by our side at key moments in our business growth, knowing we are protected, is immensely reassuring.
Chris Mason CEO, Namos Solutions
As an on-demand client with Harper James Solicitors I like the assurance of having a legal services provider which is there as and when the business needs it.
Will Richardson CEO, Wayland Additive
As a University spin-out getting the right team of lawyers to support our emerging business was fundamental and the team are always available to provide us with the invaluable guidance and support we require.
David Hodgson CEO, Amalyst
We use Harper James because they understand the venture capital sector we operate in, know our business inside out and are always on hand to assist us in any way we need.
Doug Scott CEO, Potential
My colleagues and I have found them to be adept at dealing with the variety of challenges facing early stage companies. They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management.
Jill Shaw CEO, Anvil Semiconductors
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
Always great to have HJ on hand
Lucy Lam Po Tang Head of Operations, Kite Global Advisors
Harper James are our trusted legal adviser and having them by our side at key moments in our business growth, knowing we are protected, is immensely reassuring.
Chris Mason CEO, Namos Solutions
As an on-demand client with Harper James Solicitors I like the assurance of having a legal services provider which is there as and when the business needs it.
Will Richardson CEO, Wayland Additive

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