Immigration and Nationality Law

With over 20 years of combined experience of providing immigration and nationality services, we offer clients a personal and friendly comprehensive solution to their immigration and nationality needs. J Benson Solicitors Ltd are renowned for being meticulous and dedicated to each case, providing immediate, first class legal advice, representation and assistance during legal proceedings, ensuring the best interests of our clients.

With the benefit of our extensive experience, in providing legal advice and representation across the full spectrum of private Immigration Law matters, we are able to understand your needs and advise on the prospects of success and potential pitfalls in pursuing an application. Working together, we will use our experience to find a solution that matches your needs wherever possible.

Whether you are an employer looking to hire an overseas national, a skilled professional considering furthering your career in the UK, or a student contemplating a period of study at one of the UK’s universities, we can advise and assist you at all stages of the immigration process.

We will advise you on the legal requirements, your eligibility, the range and content of documentation required, processing timescales and supplementary matters to ensure that the immigration process runs as smoothly as possible for you. Building client relationships through trust is an important part of our business.

Many of our clients choose to stay with us from initial entry to the UK, through extension and settlement applications to naturalising as a British Citizen.

As a firm of solicitors, we are subject to strict regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales. You can be assured of the quality and integrity of service you will receive.

We can help you with entry clearance applications, further leave to remain applications, indefinite leave to remain application, applications for discretionary leave, back log cases – case assurance and audit unit, naturalisation as a UK citizen, passport applications, travel documents, applications made outside the rules of immigration, deportation and removal, human trafficking, detention cases including bail, appeals within the Asylum and Immigration Chambers [First Tier and Upper Tier], and Judicial Reviews.

We also deal with the following:

• EEA regulations such as residence cards and permanent
• residency for EEA Nationals and their family member

NB – we do not provide free advice under the Legal Aid Scheme

Nationals of the member States of the European Union benefit from more favourable provisions of immigration law than nationals of other countries. If you are a national of a European member State, do not assume that the general law applies to you; check for special provisions. Four groups must be distinguished:

Nationals of European Union countries in general. You are free to come to the UK. You can visit, work, whether for an employer or for yourself, and study. Workers can bring a wide range of family members with them, whether or not these family members are European Union nationals themselves. Students can bring immediate family members.

Nationals of countries collectively known as the A8 countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland Slovakia and Slovenia) are required to register under the Workers Registration Scheme to work for an employer in the UK. Your other rights, including rights to work in self-employment in the UK, are as for other EU nationals, although be aware that some of these rights depend on the EU national working, rather than just being, in the UK.

Nationals of Romania and Bulgaria, the most recent members of the European Union. Nationals of these countries are, since 1 January 2007, subject to their own, separate Workers Registration Scheme and no longer have to rely on the Association Agreements between the European Union and their countries. Your other rights, including rights to work in self-employment in the UK, are as for other EU nationals, although be aware that some these rights depend on the EU national working, rather than just being, in the UK.

Nationals of Turkey benefit from European Community Association Agreements (ECAA) between the European Union and their country.

J Benson Solicitors has many years of experience in European cases and cases under the Association Agreements. Contact us to discuss your requirements and how we can help you with your case.

Immigration Appeals and Judicial Review

Although consecutive British governments have sought to severely limit the right to judicial redress, most categories of immigration refusal still attract a right of appeal.

As a full service law firm, J Benson Solicitors can assist with the preparation of your appeal and presentation of the case at an appeal hearing from the First Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber all the way to the Supreme Court.

Out of country refusals

Where an application for entry clearance (a UK visa) is refused, this may attract a right of appeal. Such an appeal must be submitted within 28 days of the date of decision.