Business Immigration

As specialist business immigration solicitors with offices in Manchester, London and Brussels, Latitude Law’s solicitors are experts in providing guidance on UK business visa cases.

Business immigration laws are changing, often making it more complicated for UK businesses to hire workers from overseas. If your business relies on the contributions of migrant workers, our expert business immigration team can help you navigate the tricky compliance issues that surround this area of the law.

We give immigration advice on matters such as sponsor licence applications, applying for the correct type of visa and adhering to the law to protect yourself from illegal working penalties. We also advise individuals from other countries who wish to move to the UK to invest in or start a business.

If you would like to speak to one of our business sector experts, call 0044 161 234 6800 (Manchester) or 0044 207 046 7185 (London), or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back.

How we can help

Latitude Law helps thought leaders, employers, innovators and businesspeople navigate the complexities of the UK immigration system across a range of sectors. There are lots of ways our business immigration lawyers might be able to help. We can:

  • Fully prepare and manage sponsor licence and visa applications
  • Identify the correct visa for your specific needs
  • Help you to prepare the correct documents for each type of visa
  • Audit existing applications and processes to improve future success
  • Get denied applications or suspended licences back on track
  • Train you and your team to develop a deeper understanding of the law

Our team has deep knowledge of the law, Immigration Rules and Home Office policy and will guide you to make informed decisions in this field. The passion we have for business immigration law, advocacy and seeing client businesses flourish and thrive has allowed us to help countless clients reach their end goal of relocating, working and living in the UK with their families.

Who we can help

At Latitude Law, our expertise in business immigration law is both broad and deep, ensuring that we can assist a diverse range of clients. Whether you’re a multinational corporation, a small business owner or an entrepreneur, our team of experienced business immigration lawyers is here to provide tailored guidance and support.

Corporations and large businesses
For corporations operating on an international scale, navigating the complexities of business immigration, UK regulations and visa applications can be daunting. Our business immigration services are designed to make this process as seamless as possible, enabling you to bring skilled talent into the country with minimal disruption to your operations.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Understanding business immigration law is crucial for SMEs looking to expand or sustain their operations in the UK. Our business immigration solicitors offer straightforward advice on how to secure the necessary visas and permits, so you can focus on what you do best – running your business.

Entrepreneurs and investors
If you’re an entrepreneur or investor seeking to establish or invest in a business in the UK, we can assist in making sure you meet all the requirements set by the UK government, making your business immigration journey smoother.

Individuals and families
Business immigration doesn’t just affect companies; it has a profound impact on individuals and families as well. Whether you’re a professional seeking employment in the UK or a family member of someone who is, our business immigration lawyers can guide you through the various visa options and requirements, including the process to secure indefinite leave to remain.

Types of visas

Navigating the landscape of business immigration in the UK involves understanding the various types of visas available to individuals and organisations. At Latitude Law, our comprehensive business immigration services cover a broad spectrum of visa categories, ensuring that we can assist you in selecting the most appropriate pathway for your circumstances. Here are some of the key visa types that fall under our expertise:

Global Business Mobility Routes
The global business mobility route is geared towards multinational corporations and businesses that operate in multiple countries. It also benefits overseas companies looking to get established in the UK. We provide end-to-end solutions for transferring employees internationally, ensuring compliance with complex immigration laws not only in the UK but across your operational footprint. This allows you to focus on your business objectives while we handle the complexities of immigration law in relation to overseas businesses.

Skilled Worker Visa
The Skilled Worker Visa is one of the most common routes for business immigration in the UK. It’s aimed at individuals who have a job offer from an approved sponsor in an eligible skilled occupation. Our experts can advise you on the criteria you need to meet, including skill level, language proficiency, and salary thresholds, making the application process as straightforward as possible.

Health & Care Worker Visa
Specifically designed for qualified doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, the Health & Care Worker Visa provides a streamlined route to work in the UK. Given the critical role healthcare workers play, this visa category often has lower application fees and quicker processing times. Our business immigration lawyers are well-versed in the requirements and can guide you through the application process efficiently.

Minister of Religion Visa
If your primary purpose of coming to the UK is for religious work, such as preaching or pastoral duties, you may qualify for a Minister of Religion Visa. This visa is highly specialised and requires comprehensive evidence of your religious role and the need for your presence in the UK. Our team of business immigration solicitors can assist you in collating the necessary documentation and fulfilling all legal requirements.

Scale-Up Visa
The Scale-Up Visa is designed for individuals who have a job offer from a high-growth UK company in a qualifying role that meets a minimum salary requirement. This visa aims to attract highly skilled talent who can contribute significantly to the UK economy. It is especially relevant for fast-growing firms in sectors like technology, life sciences and financial services. We can provide detailed guidance on how to qualify and apply for this type of visa.

What is the cost of business immigration services?

The cost of business immigration services changes depending on a variety of factors, such as the type of visa you’re applying for, the complexity of your case, and the level of expertise required. At Latitude Law, we believe in transparent pricing and offer competitive fees tailored to your specific needs.

We offer an initial consultation in which our experienced business immigration lawyers will assess your situation and outline the scope of work. This is an opportunity to discuss the services you require and their associated costs.

For most cases, we operate on a fixed-fee basis, meaning you’ll know up front how much our business immigration services will cost. This enables you to budget effectively and removes any surprises down the line.

It’s important to consider other associated costs, such as government application fees, which can differ depending on the visa type. Our business immigration solicitors will provide you with a detailed breakdown, so you’re fully aware of all potential expenses.

We understand that each business has unique immigration needs. Therefore, we offer customised service packages, giving you the flexibility to choose only the services you require.

At Latitude Law, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, effective business immigration law advice. While our fees reflect the calibre of work we provide, we strive to offer value for money, ensuring your investment in our services yields a successful immigration outcome.

For a detailed quote tailored to your specific business immigration requirements, we invite you to contact us. We’re more than happy to discuss your options and find a pricing structure that suits you.

What documents are required for business immigration applications?

The documentation required for business immigration to the UK can vary greatly depending on the type of visa you’re applying for and the nature of your business. However, there are some common documents that are generally needed across various categories. Our team of expert business immigration lawyers at Latitude Law can guide you through this process, ensuring that you submit all the relevant paperwork.

Common documents

  • Valid passport or travel document
  • Proof of financial stability, such as bank statements
  • Proof of business ownership or employment, such as contracts or payslips
  • Business plan outlining your proposed activities in the UK
  • Evidence of qualifications or professional credentials, if applicable

For employers

  • Sponsor licence documents, if you’re planning to hire foreign nationals
  • Evidence of compliance with UK employment law

For entrepreneurs and investors

  • Business plans and financial projections
  • Proof of investment funds, authenticated by a financial institution
  • Due diligence reports on any existing UK business you intend to invest in or take over

For family members

  • Marriage or civil partnership certificates, if joining a spouse or partner
  • Birth certificates for dependent children

Additional requirements
Some visa categories may require further documentation like:

  • English language proficiency certificates
  • Medical clearance
  • Criminal record checks

Our specialist immigration solicitors will provide a comprehensive list tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that you have the best chance of making a successful application.

Missing or incorrect documentation can lead to delays or even the refusal of your application, which is why it is important to consult experienced business immigration solicitors. Latitude Law is here to assist you every step of the way, making the complex process of business immigration as straightforward as possible.

Why choose Latitude Law?

Our expert solicitors have extensive knowledge in all aspects of inbound immigration, human rights and nationality law. We have an excellent track record in assisting clients in the most complex cases and issues that can arise from applications, extensions and switching into other visa categories.

We are proud to have one of the largest business immigration law teams in the North West and are accredited as one of the best immigration law firms by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. Get in touch with an expert today to begin your journey to starting a business in the UK.