Our highly-qualified lawyers are experts in applying for UK visas. They can advise, assist and represent you in every case of UK immigration nationality and asylum matters.

The Immigration Advice Service can help with applications for all UK visa types. This includes visas for partners or family, Visitor Visas, Study Visas or UK Work Visas. We are experienced in managing applications under the Five Tier Points-based System (Tier 1 to Tier 5). Your lawyer will be able to advise you on the relevant UK visa requirements for your application. Use our online form to make an inquiry or call us on +1844 290 6312 to find out more about how to apply for a UK visa.


What UK visa type is right for me?

The type of UK visa you will need depends on your personal situation: your circumstances, your reason for moving and the country you are coming from. Getting a visa to the UK grants you Entry Clearance into Britain. If you are unsure about the best UK visa for you, we have an interactive Visa Wizard which will help you decide by answering a few short questions.

The UK visa requirements vary with each category and are also dependent on your circumstances. With most UK visa types you will need to prove that you can support yourself in the country without access to public funds. Once you have found the visa that suits your circumstances, you will be able to find out more about the individual requirements you need to fulfil.

I am in a relationship with someone who lives in the UK, can I apply to join them there?

Your eligibility to join your partner in the UK will depend on such factors as:

  • Relationship status (married, civil partners, unmarried, children, etc.)
  • Their current status in the UK (are they a British Citizen, EEA national or in the UK on a visa?)
  • Most commonly meeting the financial requirement

There are many possible situations in these circumstances. It is advisable to meet with an experienced immigration lawyer. They will be able to discuss the particular UK visa requirements which best fit your situation.

Can I apply to come to the UK to work?

UK Work Visas, as a general rule, will allow non-EEA nationals to enter the UK for work. There are many categories of Work Visa which are dependent on your career, type of work and expected time you will spend in the country. The most common routes are the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visas.

These visas are also subdivided into groups including religious workers and sportspeople.

Each Work Visa UK requirements differ but are all subject to the Five Tier Points-Based System. To discuss your circumstances or to apply for a UK visa to work, contact one of our expert immigration advisers.

Can I apply for a UK visa with a criminal record?

Criminal convictions may cause difficulty when you apply for a UK Visa. This will be dependent on what the conviction was as well as how long ago it was committed. If you have a criminal record and would like to travel to the UK, it is highly advised you seek expert advice.

Any previous periods of overstaying in the UK will also have an effect when you apply for a UK visa. How much it affects your application will depend on certain facts such as overstaying period. It is also becoming easier for government officials to identify whether applicants are telling the truth. This is due to improved technology, such as scanning passports on entry.

Putting false information on your application is not recommended. Those who are concerned that overstaying will affect their application should consult the experts at IAS.

What is my status in the UK while my visa application is being processed by the Home Office?

Your status during the application process depends on your status prior to your application.

Your status depends on if your previous visa was still valid when you applied for extension or settlement.

If your previous visa was still valid when you made the application, it will auto-extend until a decision is made. If your visa has already expired by the time you make your application, your status in the UK is illegal and you should seek immediate legal advice. If you are unsure of your current UK immigration status, our lawyers can provide expert advice and help you resolve your issues

Can I switch from one PBS (Points Based System) category to stay as the dependent of my spouse who is in another PBS category?

Changes made in 2013 mean that the UK visa requirements are more restrictive on changing between PBS categories than they were before. You will generally be able to switch between PBS categories. Although, this application may have to be conducted outside of the country.

Switching categories will depend on which category you are on and which you intend to switch to. Simply switching is not an option between certain visa categories. It is recommended that you speak to one of our immigration experts as there are a number of different routes in this area of UK immigration law. Our lawyers will take instructions on your circumstances and advise you on your best options for switching.

Can I start a business in the UK?

If you are a highly-skilled migrant (this means investor, entrepreneur or exceptionally talented worker) you can apply for a Tier 1 Visa. This type of visa is usually more lenient once you have entered the UK, however, they are notoriously difficult to be accepted for.

Can I join my family in the UK?

If you are looking to join your family in the UK, you will need a type of Family Visa. The types of Family Visa vary depending on your circumstance.

Usually, you will need to be under the age of 18 to join your British or settled family members in the UK. Otherwise, you may also be able to join them if you are entirely dependent on them and need them for your care or support.


How can I study in the UK?

If you want to study in the UK for longer than six months as a US citizen, you will need a form of Study Visa. A Study Visa will allow you to take on study at a registered British institution (including universities). This is providing you have enough to support yourself and your studies as well as an offer from your chosen university.

What services does IAS offer?

We undertake all types of UK immigration casework. For private matters, our lawyers can assist with:

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • EEA Family Permit applications, for relatives of EEA nationals in the UK
  • Obtaining or renouncing British Citizenship
  • Entry Clearance
  • Visa expiry issues which lead to detention or removal, claiming asylum, appeals and bail This includes cases taken to Immigration and Asylum tribunal and all human rights-related matters.

For our corporate clients, we offer services for:

  • Entrepreneurs, investors or exceptionally talent workers
  • Temporary and long-term skilled workers
  • Students or UK institutions
  • Sponsor License applications for UK businesses

We offer a high standard of service, with knowledge in all key elements of immigration, nationality and asylum law. They possess an up-to-date awareness of rules, regulations and Home Office procedures. IAS hosts a team of professional lawyers across the country, ready to help you resolve any immigration issue you may be having.

All applications for visas to the UK can be an intense and complex experience, our lawyers are there to guide you through the process smoothly. We are available for:

  • Advice on eligibility, UK visa requirements and suitable supporting evidence
  • Assistance completing application forms and organizing documents
  • Application and document checks
  • Assistance preparing bail or refusal appeals
  • Representation to the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal for appeals or bail

To get expert help when you apply for a UK visa, contact IAS on 1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form.

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