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Can lawyers apply for a work visa on my behalf?

If you need a UK work visa, lawyers working in immigration can assist you in getting one. A visa is a document that allows you to enter the UK for a specific purpose; for example, you can obtain a visitor visa or a work visa amongst other types. Lawyers can help you to make an application to come to the UK for the relevant purpose and can help with any appeals in the event that your application is unsuccessful.

The UK Borders Agency makes a distinction between visa nationals and non-visa nationals. A visa national needs permission to enter the UK for any purpose, including to visit, study or work, and must obtain a visa, such as a work visa. Lawyers working in immigration will make applications on behalf of the applicant to the British embassy or High Commission in the nearest country to which they are a national. A list of the countries whose nationals are visa nationals is contained within the Immigration Rules which provides the majority of rules on immigration into the UK. Non-visa nationals are different in that they are able to come to the UK as a visitor for up to six months, although they will also need a visa if they intend to stay in the UK for longer than six months, or if their stay is for any other reason than a visit, such as for work in which case they will need to obtain a work visa. Lawyers specialising in immigration law will be able to make you aware of the law relevant to your application, the documents you will need to produce and the fees you need to pay. They can increase your chances of a successful visa application, which can be particularly important if you think that there may be some complex aspects of your application.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on work visas, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist immigration / work visa lawyer free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding immigration / work visa lawyers please call us on 0800 1777 167 or complete the web-form above.

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