USA and the UK
Do you need a reliable and dedicated US immigration lawyer?
The Immigration Advice Service (IAS) is available to assist with all of your immigration needs. The US immigration system can be difficult to navigate and we are here to help. We can work with you on your application, preparing documents, and guiding you throughout the entire process.
Our highly qualified US immigration lawyers provide tailored support on your individual immigration case and give you the legal advice you need. We are highly committed to maximizing your chances of a successful immigration decision and we are tireless in pursuing all available options for you.
Whether you need support with a work, family, visitor, or student visa, or if you are applying for US citizenship, we can support you with all immigration-related matters every step of the way.
How our US immigration lawyers can help
Our team of lawyers specialize in the following areas of immigration law:
- US Work Visas
- US Family Visas
- US Visitor Visas
- US Citizenship and Residency
- US Student Visas
- Emigrating from the US
- Corporate immigration law
- Deportation and removal defense
As industry experts, we understand our clients’ situations and how we can best help. We have bespoke advice packages and application packages, depending on your individual circumstances and needs.
A friendly, professional advisor will discuss the right package for you and assess your eligibility for your immigration application.
We can save you time and money by preparing top-class applications that meet all the requirements of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
We cannot guarantee that your application will be successful, as all immigration decisions are at the discretion of the US immigration authorities. However, we can ensure that your application is accurate and has all the necessary supporting information.
How can IAS help me and my family?
Our experienced lawyers are experts in all areas of immigration law. We can give you the best chance of success with your personal or corporate immigration case. We use our expertise to create a customized strategy that works for you.
We draft unique case documents, reference letters, and briefs that meet all USCIS requirements and increase the chances of a successful application.
As with all immigration cases, we understand the need to move quickly. When you get in touch with us, we can provide urgent immigration support and advice.
Working together with your dedicated immigration lawyer, you can be guaranteed a professional, personalized service from the start of the process until the end, with a focus on helping you and your family to achieve your goals.
As well as our outstanding team of immigration lawyers, our client care team are always available to help you at any time. We aim for 100% client satisfaction and our client reviews demonstrate how we have helped thousands of clients with their goals.
Speak to our friendly advisors on +1 844 290 6312 for immediate help and assistance with your immigration case.
What immigration services does IAS offer?
We offer our expertise as experienced immigration lawyers who are specialists in all areas of immigration law. Whether you want to come to the US to join a family member, work, visit, study, or apply for US citizenship, we can provide the expert legal support you need.
US Family Visas and Family Green Cards
US Family Visas
If you want to come to the United States to join a family member or spouse, you may need to apply for a visa which is sponsored by a US citizen. Depending on your circumstances, we can advise you on the best route for you to join your loved ones in the US.
K Visas are a non-immigrant category designed for US citizens to petition for their fiancé(e), spouse, children, or the spouses of their children to enter the US. It is important to note that each category has numerous rules and eligibility criteria that an applicant must meet.
- K-1 Visa – Fiancé(e) Visa: Allows an eligible engaged partner of a US citizen come to the US to marry their partner within 90 days of arrival
- K-2 Visa – K-1 Dependents: Allows the children of the US citizen’s fiancé(e) to enter the US (if the parent qualifies for the K-1 visa)
- K-3 Visa – Spouse Visa: Enables spouses of US citizens that are not currently residents in the country to come to the US
- K-4 Visa – K-3 Dependents: Enables the children of K-3 visa recipients to enter the US
Family-Based Green Cards
The family-based green card is one of the ways to become a US lawful permanent resident (LPR). There are 226,000 of these green cards issued every year and competition is high. Some people may have to wait years for their application to be accepted.
Having a legal expert to guide you through the process and ensure that your application is completely accurate can be a major help and may save you time and money in the long term.
- Unmarried Children: The Family First Preference Visa allows unmarried children of US citizens and their dependent children to come to the US
- F-2A Visa – Spouses & Children: The Family Second Preference Visa (A) allows dependent children under 21 years and spouses to join an LPR resident in the US
- F-2B Visa – Adult Children: The Family Second Preference Visa (B) allows unmarried children to join the LPR sponsor
- F-3 Visa – Adult Children: The Family Third Preference Visa is for married children of US citizens and their offspring under the age of 21
- F-4 Visa – Brothers & Sisters: The Family Fourth Preference Visa is designed for siblings of US citizens, as well as their children under 21 years and any spouses, to come to the US
One of the first steps in applying for a family-based green card is petitioning USCIS. The sponsor (who must be a US citizen or LPR), submits Form I-130 on behalf of their ‘alien’ relative to come to the US.
If this petition is approved, the applicant may begin the application process to come to the US. It’s important to note that this is the first stage in a multi-step application and can take a significant period of time from the date of the initial petition to the granting of the visa.
US Work Visas
The US is an attractive destination for many workers who wish to take advantage of the many opportunities in multiple industries. There are a number of routes available for those who wish to seek employment in the United States.
Temporary non-immigrant worker visas
One option is to work in the US on a temporary basis on a non-immigrant visa. Some of these categories are outlined below:
- E-1 Visa – Treaty Traders: Treaty traders and some qualified employees
- E-2 Visa – Treaty Investors: Treaty investors and some qualified employees
- E-3 Visa – Australian Professionals: Some specialty professions from Australia
- H1-B Visa – Specialty Workers: Workers in a specialty occupation
- H2-B Visa – Temporary Workers: Temporary and non-agricultural workers
- H-3 Visa – Exchange Visitors: Trainees in a field other than medicine or academia
- 01 Visa – Extraordinary Ability: For people with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics or media production industries
- I Visa – Journalists and Media: Representatives of international press or foreign media
- L-1 Visa – Intra-company Transfer: Individuals who are being transferred to a US branch of a multinational organization
- P-1 Visa – International Athletes: People who are internationally recognized athletes
- P-3 Visa – Artists and Entertainers: Individuals who are part of a group or individually coming to the US to perform, teach, or coach on a culturally unique program
- R-1 Visa – Religious Workers: Eligible workers in a faith-based or religious organization
- TN Visa – NAFTA Professionals: Temporary professionals coming from Mexico or Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement
Permanent worker visas
For those who qualify, it is possible to apply to live and work permanently in the US on an employment-based immigrant visa. The five main categories are outlined below:
- EB-1 Visa: First Preference Visa for applicants with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics sectors. This also includes notable professors, researchers, multinational executives and managers
- EB-2 Visa: Second Preference Visa for people who hold advanced degrees in a specific profession, or have exceptional abilities in the arts, sciences, or business industries
- EB-3 Visa – Workers Green Card: Third Preference Visa for professionals, skilled workers, and some other workers
- EB-4 Visa: Fourth Preference Visa for those termed ‘special immigrants.’ This category includes some religious workers, employees of US foreign services, retired employees of international organizations, and some classes of non-citizens
- EB-5 Visa – Investors Green Card: Fifth Preference Visa for business investors who can demonstrate an ability to invest a minimum of $1.8 million in a commercial enterprise employing US workers
You may wish to apply for US citizenship if you meet the eligibility criteria. The advantage of holding American citizenship is that you can live, work, and study freely and without restriction as to your immigration status.
There are some options available to help people become US citizens, but it is a complex and usually lengthy process. Our experienced immigration lawyers understand how important a citizenship application is, and work carefully with you to maximize your chances of success.
If the following situations apply, you may be eligible for US citizenship:
- You were born in the United States or a recognized US territory
- You have one parent who was a US citizen when you were born
You must also demonstrate that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which include continuous residency in the US for a number of years, proving that you have good character, and passing a US citizenship test.
Furthermore, you must be prepared to accept the duties and responsibilities involved in becoming an American citizen. These include supporting and defending the US constitution, respecting the beliefs and rights of others, and participating in the democratic process when necessary.
US Student Visas
The US is home to some of the world’s most renowned universities and educational institutions. If you wish to study in the US, the two main options are the F Visas or the M Visas. There are other visas that allow for international exchange or cultural development (J-1 and Q-1).
- F-1 Student Visa: To allow eligible students to attend academic educational courses from elementary to graduate level, as well as some language courses
- M-1 Visa: Enables students to come to the US to undertake some vocational or non-academic educational programs (excluding language courses)
- J-1 Visa: A student permit that allows eligible young people to come to the US to teach, study, or receive training on some accredited exchange and visitor programs
- Q-1 Visa: Allows for people to come to the US on an international cultural exchange program
In some cases, it is possible to apply as a dependent of a Student Visa holder, if the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.
Demonstrating that you fulfil the requirements of each student visa is not an easy process and your application could be supported with the help of an expert immigration lawyer.
US Visitor Visas
There are almost 80 million tourist visitors who come to the US every year. For people who wish to enter the United States on a short-term visit visa, there are two main types:
- B-1 Business Visitor Visa: Allows eligible applicants who wish to come to the US for a short-term business trip (and undertake only permitted business activities such as meetings, negotiations, or tours)
- B-2 Tourist Visitor Visa: Enables international visitors to come to the US for the purposes of tourist or leisure reasons
In most cases, Visitor Visas are issued relatively soon after the date of application. The United States has agreements with some 39 countries for a Visa Waiver Program. This allows eligible foreign citizens to come to the US for visitor purposes without applying for a visa.
However, it is essential that the traveler applies for and receives authorization from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before entering the US.
US Emigration to the UK
If you are a US citizen and wish to emigrate to the UK, the Immigration Advice Service is available to help you.
With offices based throughout the UK, we are experts on emigration from the US to the UK. Whether you or your family wish to live in the UK on a Family Visa, apply for British citizenship, or work in the UK, we can advise you on the best immigration route for your situation.
We work with clients from the beginning to the end of the process, ensuring that they have the best and most accurate legal advice and support.
As one of the largest law firms in the UK, we are well placed to assist you with any matter involving emigration to the UK.
Applying for a visa to come to the United States is not a straightforward process, and involves many steps. If there are inaccuracies in your application, this could lead to your visa being refused or delayed, which will cost you more time and money.
A qualified immigration attorney will work closely with you to ensure that your application is fully accurate and gives you the best chance of a successful outcome.
If you engage the services of the IAS, we provide you with the following services as standard:
- Initial consultation and eligibility assessment with an immigration lawyer
- Comprehensive support throughout the information-gathering process of your visa application
- Constant communication with you about the progress of your application
- Obtaining certified translations of any official documents not in English
- Liaising with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on your behalf for updates on your application
Contact our friendly advisors today for a confidential discussion about your immigration case. Call us on +1 844 290 6312 for immediate help and assistance with your situation.
At IAS, we strongly recommend that you do your research before choosing to work with any immigration attorney.
Check that the firm is accredited with the appropriate regulatory body and that this accreditation is clearly displayed on the website and in any correspondence.
It is important to find out whether the law firm is a specialist in the area of immigration law that you need support with. You should independently research online to find customer reviews of the lawyers’ services.
The costs of hiring a specialist immigration lawyer from the IAS will vary depending on your situation. This is because no two cases are the same and require specialist support and advice.
Depending on the most appropriate immigration route and processing time for your case, we will be able to give you an accurate estimate of the price that you can expect to pay for our legal services.
We recommend working with a legal specialist on visa applications to increase the likelihood of a successful application the first time that you apply.