We work with traditional and digital age talent, helping them obtain visas to perform, tour, play, act, film, create, appear and take on engagements in the US. We also help companies expand into the US, transfer personnel to their US offices, and employ foreign workers in the US in non-immigrant status or as permanent residents (aka “green card holders”).
We work with numerous British household name companies and start-ups that make news, advising them on permissible activities in the US during business visits, and strategizing their US expansion plans to create an infrastructure facilitating personnel travel and US moves.
Being based in London, we have an extensive consular practice, preparing clients for in person interviews both at the US Embassy in London and at other US Embassies in the EMEA region.
We act for investors seeking green cards under the EB-5 scheme, as well as individuals seeking green cards based on extraordinary abilities, National Interest Waivers, or other routes, or wishing to obtain US visas for themselves or their relatives.
We also assist clients with complex waivers of inadmissibility resulting from previous criminal record or immigration violations.
Last but not least, we assist clients with all kinds of US nationality matters, including clients wishing to acquire US citizenship for themselves or their children, clients who believe they have lost their US citizenship and wish to acquire formal proof of their loss of nationality, and dual-citizens who have found the obligations involved in maintaining dual citizenship too burdensome and wish to give up their US citizenship.
We advise on all UK business and personal immigration matters, both under the Points Based System and outside of it.
This includes, among others, Tier 1 applications for Investors, Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Exceptional Talent/Exceptional Promise; Tier 2 (Business and Commercial Sectors) and Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting Sectors) Sponsor Licence Applications for employers, advice on recruitment processes and the Resident Labour Market Test, and applying to assign individual Certificates of Sponsorship; applications for Representatives of Overseas Businesses; Dependant Family Member and Domestic Worker applications; various applications for EU nationals and their family members; and visa applications by Representatives of Overseas Businesses, UK Ancestry visa applicants and visitors.
We also support clients who may be in breach of the Prevention of Illegal Working regime and we regularly challenge Civil Penalties. We conduct on-site audits to ensure that employers have the systems in place to mitigate against illegal working and to meet their sponsorship obligations if they hold a sponsor licence or wish to apply for one.
We also advise and assist with UK Permanent Residency applications, Naturalisation and Registration applications, together with British passport applications as well as discretionary applications outside of the Immigration Rules.
Our team members are involved in many industry organisations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), International Bar Association (“IBA”), American Bar Association (“ABA”), Immigration Law Practitioners Association (“ILPA”) and British American Business (“BAB”). The team consists of Senior Paralegal Margot Sacré, Senior Associate Natasha Hotson, and Partner Diana Okoeva.