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Tips on Choosing an Immigration Solicitor to Apply for a Work Visa

submitted on 15 August 2020 by
The new immigration laws in the UK are a cause for concern for those seeking employment in the country. The points-based system appears to be more restrictive, which means you'll need to clearly understand the details of the policy to guarantee an approved work visa. As such, one of the most significant decisions you need to make is finding an experienced immigration solicitor.

Having a solicitor with expertise in immigration law is vital to ensure that you get a clear understanding of all the nuances involved in applying for a visa. Also, individual circumstances surrounding your desired employment will impact the application process which a capable solicitor should be able to handle. Let's discuss several recommendations on how to best approach the process of hiring an immigration solicitor.

Begin by asking for references
Asking for references from people you trust will likely lead you in the right direction. Immigration law is complex and involves lots of paperwork; there are many detailed requirements you must demonstate sufficiently that you have met and which can, without professional counsil cost your entire application. Therefore, you'll need someone experienced in the matter. If you can't find personal references, you can also try searching online. You can look through directories and listings for law firms that specialise in immigration law such as The Law Society and The Solicitors Regulation Authority. Apart from friends and family, your colleagues could also be a good starting point if you need references. If it's your first time applying for a job in the UK, your future employer could also help in recommending an excellent solicitor to help with immigration issues.

Schedule an interview with potential immigration lawyers
Once you've narrowed down your list of options, the next step is to schedule interviews. It's a standard practice to have a meeting first before deciding whether or not you want to hire the lawyer. The conversation should be the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions about their background in similar cases. You may also want to test how comfortable you are with the lawyer, and if you feel you can work comfortably with his method or style. This is usually chargeable.

Conduct a simple credential check
Once you've chosen a solicitor, it's also critical to check his credentials or background before signing a contract. Verify if the solicitor is a member of The Law Society and is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and whether he's in good standing. Don't hesitate to ask about the solicitor's professional background as well as previous cases handled that may be relevant to your current circumstances. Remember that your chances of getting a work visa approved will also depend on how your solicitor handles the application process. If you feel that the lawyer may not have sufficient experience, it's better to look elsewhere.

The process only begins once you have a solicitor
Getting legal assistance is crucial for anyone who wants to apply for a work visa. As such, the procedure only starts once you've chosen and instructed a solicitor. It may seem intimidating at first, but these solicitors are professionals who are there to help you understand and overcome any confusion. Trusting your lawyer is vital to making sure that your working relationship is as smooth as possible. And since the decision to choose a solicitor is entirely up to you, making the right choice is essential to your success.
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