Business Immigration

Our specialist business immigration lawyers advise employers on the issues involved in engaging non-UK workers and employees.

Sponsorship and risk management

All employers should be familiar with the law on employing migrant workers. If you want to make sure that you are complying with your immigration law obligations, we can carry out a compliance audit for you.

If you want to employ migrant workers under Tier 2 of the Points Based System (“PBS”), we can help you become registered as a sponsor, and advise you on your obligations under the Sponsorship Management System.

We can also advise and represent you if your business is being investigated by the UK Border Agency.

Tier 2 PBS and Work Permit employment

We can advise on issuing Certificates of Sponsorship under the PBS, and on managing the immigration status of any employees whose permission to work is based on the old Work Permits system.

Tier 1 PBS

Employees with Tier 1 (General) status have the freedom to take any employment for the duration of their visa. Note that this route is now closed to new applicants, but we continue to advise employers on employing existing visa-holders.

If you want to start a business or invest in the UK then the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) categories may be suitable to allow you to realise your ambitions.


Many overseas students have the right to work for up to 20 hours a week while they study. We can help your business make sure it is geared up to monitor compliance with your employees’ conditions of leave.

Business visitors

This visa category is appropriate for overseas workers attending the UK for conferences and courses, where they will not be employed in the UK during their visit. It’s also useful for “secondees” coming to oversee the work of an independent contracted company.

European Economic Area and Swiss nationals

We can advise you on your employees’ European free movement rights, and advise you on permission to work for non-EEA spouses and partners of EEA nationals.

Family members

Many categories of work visa allow the holder to bring members of their immediate family with them to the UK. Many dependants in this category are allowed to work without restrictions during the currency of their partner’s visa. We can help you assess a job applicant's right to work where they could fall into this category.

Employment law

Our Employment and Immigration solicitors are part of the same team, so you can be certain that we will look at your business immigration requirements in a rounded commercial context.

Solicitors in Southampton, Winchester, The New Forest and the South Coast

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