|Awtani Immigration Solicitors (who have moved their practice to W Legal Limited) are a leading firm of Immigration lawyers specialising in all aspects of United Kingdom Immigration and Nationality Law. |
We offer a comprehensive service for corporate and individual clients and as we deal exclusively in Immigration law, you will only ever deal with a specialist Immigration solicitor who will be able to advise you on any aspect of U.K Immigration. Where we do not believe that an application has any prospects of success, we will advise you of this in order to prevent you from wasting your money and propose suitable alternatives.
We are very conveniently located in the very heart of London. We are just a five minutes' walk from Holborn and Chancery Lane tube stations. The founder of this firm, Sushma Awtani, who is a very friendly and approachable lawyer, has 20 years of Immigration experience. She has been giving live Immigration advice on national television since March 2004 and she regularly updates herself of the latest changes in this fast evolving field.
The UK Border Agency have listed our firm on the UKBA website amongst only a selected handful of the finest immigration firms in the UK to have been assessed as advisers to prospective sponsors.
Awtani Immigration Solicitors are also registered with the UK Border Agency for the same-day service also known as 'Premium Service', where cases can be submitted on your behalf directly to the UK Border Agency. This means that you can avoid a lengthy waiting period and get a decision on the same day.
Business and commercial immigration
We deal with sponsorship licences, work permits (called certificates of sponsorships), highly skilled migrants, entrepreneurs, investors, post study workers and all other categories of business immigration.
We also handle all individual applications including appeals (for which we have a success rate of almost 100%), discretionary leave, domestic workers, entry clearance, EEA applications, family and dependents, further leave to remain, indefinite leave, long residence, naturalisation, overstayers, students, spouses, unmarried partners, UK Ancestry, visitors and all other individual categories.
IMPORTANT CHANGES MADE ON 9TH JULY 2012:
The Government recently announced changes, via a Statement of Intent, that occured with regard to the Immigration Rules for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK on the family migration route. The new Immigration Rules sought to unify consideration under the rules and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, by defining the basis on which a person can enter or remain in the UK on the basis of their family or private life. These changes are now applicable to new applicants applying from 9 July 2012.
The potential changes are significant to some categories. Those sponsoring the settlement of a spouse or partner in the UK as well as those sponsoring children are subject to higher financial requirements; there is a greater emphasis on proving genuineness of relationships and consequently there is an extension of the minimum probation period for settlement for non EEA spouses and partners; the abolishing of immediate settlement for migrant spouses/partners who have been living abroad and an implementation of a probationary period for these couples; higher language requirements; potential deportation of those with serious criminal convictions and abolishing the 14 year long residence category, are amongst some of the changes to have occurred earlier this month.
You can view Sushma Awtani advising on the new changes on a live legal TV show at:
28 DAY GRACE PERIOD FOR LEAVE TO REMAIN NOW ABOLISHED - 24 NOVEMBER 2016:
The Immigration rules were amended with effect from 24 November 2016 to abolish the 28 day grace period, under which applications for leave to remain were not refused on the basis of overstaying if made within 28 days of the expiry of leave.
Prior to 24 November 2016, the Immigration Rules allowed for someone whose leave had expired, to submit an application for further leave to remain within 28 days of the expiry of their leave. The Home Office explained the need for the change as follows: "The 28 day period was introduced so that people who had made an innocent mistake were not penalised, but retaining it sends a message which is inconsistent with the need to ensure compliance with the United Kingdom's Immigration Laws". Therefore the decision was made to abolish the 28 day grace period.
Following this change, an out of time application will only be considered if it was made within 14 days of the expiry of the applicant's leave and if the Secretary of State considers that there was a good reason beyond the control of the applicant or their representative (provided in or with the application) why an in time application could not be made.