United Kingdom Immigration Services

With offices in London, Newland Chase UK provides corporations and individuals operating in the United Kingdom with complete support for all their immigration and visa needs – inbound to the UK and outbound to more than 190 countries around the world. Our full spectrum of services allows us to manage all of your business visa and employee immigration needs.

The UK’s migration laws are complex and constantly changing. Newland Chase’s team of highly qualified consultants, regulated and accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), provides unparalleled expertise in the complexities of UK visa rules and regulations. Our team of UK immigration specialists provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive advice and expertise to clients across all sectors, delivering tailored solutions customized to our clients’ business needs.

  • UK Immigration Management

    We provide support in all areas of United Kingdom immigration for corporations and individuals – including applications under the various tiers of the points-based system, as well as family, settlement and citizenship applications, including both company employees and accompanying family members. Our approach covers you from comprehensive guidance and pre-planning of new assignments and immigration options to completion of all in-country requirements to ongoing compliance monitoring.

    For up-to-date information on the most common work authorization routes in the UK, see Employment Immigration below.

  • Comprehensive Global Immigration Management

    For corporations and individuals located in the United Kingdom, we also provide support in all areas of immigration to more than 190 countries around the world. Our UK team is part of the larger Newland Chase global team of 1,700+ expert immigration and visa professionals – specializing in everything from short-term work assignments and temporary residency to long-term work assignments, permanent residency, and citizenship throughout the world.

  • Business Traveler Management

    Business visas are a key component of a globally mobile workforce – allowing individuals to enter the United Kingdom and other countries for non-work business activities. Business visas typically apply to business meetings, seminars, conferences, trade shows, limited sales activities, contract negotiations, and some supervisory activities. Newland Chase UK offers comprehensive services for business travelers both inbound to the UK and outbound to more than 190 countries.

    Our services include everything from personalized assessment of the activities and destination for visa compliance, to obtaining the proper visas, to tracking of the number and length of stays of your business travelers for legal compliance.

  • Immigration Policy and Compliance

    Our UK immigration experts offer an extensive suite of advisory services and immigration compliance strategies to ensure that your organization and employees remain compliant with all UK immigration and visa requirements. Our services include strategic guidance on immigration plans, development and implementation of immigration policies, sponsor compliance, education and training, audit support (including mock audits), and immigration compliance technology solutions.

  • Consulting and Advisory Services

    Our UK immigration experts act as trusted business advisors – supporting you in virtually any unique or complex immigration-related matter. Our UK team is able to manage the scope of immigration in large-scale projects and employee moves, as well as guide you through the immigration complexities involved in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

    • Audit and Right to Work Services

      We will support you in ensuring that you remain informed and compliant with UK immigration best practice. A Compliance Audit by our OISC registered immigration consultants will evaluate your existing HR systems and migrant worker arrangements, make recommendations for improvements and changes, indicate a rating against Home Office standards and provide a comprehensive written report.

      Our Right to Work Audit Service works to mitigate the risk of hefty civil penalties resulting from illegal employment and ensures that you continue to meet your obligations under the UK immigration points-based system. We will check the veracity of an employee’s documents indicating their right to work in the UK and provide an Audit Certificate to confirm the individual’s entitlement to take employment.

    • Bespoke Training and Workshops

      With the legislative burden on UK employers constantly increasing, we offer bespoke training and workshops to improve efficiency in immigration processes and increase overall control and compliance. We cover a wide variety of topics, such as:

      • Sponsorship requirements – what employers should know about sponsoring migrant workers
      • Developing internal documentation and processes – keeping on top of legislative requirements
      • Forgery detection techniques – how to spot falsified documents and what to do next
      • EU Settlement Scheme – how to navigate the changing immigration landscape for EU nationals in the UK
  • Glossary of Brexit Terms
    • Article 50

      Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon outlines the process for a member state to withdraw from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017, launching a two-year period for the UK to leave the EU.

    • Brexit Day

      Originally 29 March 2019. On 20 March 2019, the Prime Minister requested an extension until 30 June 2019. On 21 March 2019, the Prime Minister and the EU agreed two options: an extension until 22 May 2019 if the withdrawal agreement was approved by Parliament by 29 March 2019 (it was not approved); otherwise, the UK has until 12 April 2019 to present the EU with a way forward or to leave with no deal.

    • European Economic Area (EEA)

      The EEA was formed on 1st January 1994, amalgamating the (then) 25 independent states of the European Union and the European Free Trade Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

    • European Union (EU)

      The EU is the political and economic union of 28 countries.

    • EU Referendum

      A voting procedure held on 23 June 2016 in which voters were asked “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?” 51.89% of voters voted to leave the EU.

    • EU Settlement Scheme

      This scheme opened on 30 March 2019. In the event of an exit with a withdrawal agreement, EU citizens resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 will need to apply by 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. Their family members in a relationship by the same date, will be able to join them at any time in the future.

      In the event of a no-deal exit, EU citizens resident in the UK by Brexit Day will need to apply by 31 December 2020 to continue living in the UK. Their family members in a relationship by Brexit Day will be able to join them within three years.

      A successful application under the scheme will result in either “Settled” or “Pre-settled” status.

    • Freedom of Movement

      EU citizens are permitted to live, work and study in any EU member state without requiring permission to work or study in that member state.

    • Implementation Period

      See Transition Period.

    • No-deal

      “No-deal” Brexit means the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place.

    • Pre-settled Status

      Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals living in the UK, who do not yet qualify for Settled Status, may be granted Pre-Settled Status. Successful applicants will be permitted to remain in the UK until they are eligible to apply for Settled Status, usually five years.

    • Schengen Area

      A free travel area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished internal borders and have a common visa policy, allowing travellers to move freely within the Schengen Area. The Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    • Settled Status

      Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals living in the UK may apply for settled status. This is a grant of indefinite leave to remain in the UK and retains the same access to work, study, healthcare and other benefits as the rules currently permit.

    • Transition Period

      A period from Brexit day up to and including 31 December 2020, the transition (or implementation) period is intended to allow both the UK and the EU time to make final agreements on their relationship. There would be no transition period as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

    • Withdrawal Agreement

      The separation agreement negotiated between the UK and the EU, this covers three main areas of the UK’s departure from the EU:
      • The UK’s financial settlement with the EU;
      • The post-Brexit rights of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU;
      • A so-called ‘backstop’ to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, if alternative arrangements preventing such a hard border have not been agreed between the UK and the EU before the end of the transition period.

Immigration Summary

The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long Term process is for employees transferring between commonly owned entities. It allows a maximum duration of stay in the UK of five years in total, or nine years in total for senior employees earning £120,000 or more but does not lead to settlement.

The applicant must have been employed by the sending company for a minimum of 12 months. Note that this requirement is not applicable to applicants paid £73,900 and above.

Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) are not capped under the new UK quota system. However, sponsors must apply for an allocation of CoSs every year.

Salary should be paid according to the relevant Code of Practice for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code or minimum salary of £41,500, whichever is higher.

The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainee process for graduate trainees transferring between commonly owned entities and coming to the UK temporarily as part of a structured graduate training programme with progression towards a managerial or specialist role within the organisation.

This route allows a maximum duration of stay in the UK of 12 months and must not be used to fill long term posts. The applicant must have been employed by the sending company for a minimum of three months. Salary should be paid according to the relevant Code of Practice for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code or minimum salary of £23,000, whichever is higher

The Tier 2 (General) process is for applicants who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker, and who do not qualify as intra-company transferees (ICT). After five lawful and continuous years of residence this category may lead to settlement

Each financial year, a maximum of 20,700 skilled workers can come to the UK under Tier 2 (General). The cap is allocated monthly so Tier 2 (General) applications will be assessed against other applications made that month. If the cap has been reached for that month, the application will not be approved. In-country switching applications from Tier 4 and positions with annual salaries of £159,600 or above are not subject to the cap. Non-EU doctors and nurses are also excluded from the Tier 2 (General) cap.

Salary should be paid according to the relevant Code of Practice for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code or the Tier 2 General minimum of £30,000/annum - whichever is higher. However, note that due to the UK's quota system, the minimum threshold for a Tier 2 General is often far higher than the minimum of £30K.

The Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange scheme is designed specifically to allow undergraduates and graduates to gain experience working in UK industry as an intern in a skilled temporary role. Note that the work that the intern would do should be additional to the UK entity's normal staffing requirements and that the sponsorship of this category will go through a government approved sponsor, rather than the host entity. This category may also be used for academics and researchers with some slight variations.

Applicants will be granted a maximum period of 12 months on this status and may not renew beyond this point.

Applicants travelling to the United Kingdom to undertake certain limited activities for a maximum of six months may, in some circumstances, do so under a Standard Visitor Visa status. Applicants should remain on home contract and payroll throughout the assignment and are recommended to seek expert advice if in any doubt about whether their activities qualify as "visitor" activities or not.

The applicant must not have a local contract in United Kingdom and must not receive payment from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK, except for reasonable expenses to cover the cost of their travel and subsistence.

EEA/EFTA nationals do not require immigration documentation to live or work in the UK, unless accompanied by non-EEA/EFTA family members, but may apply for an optional EEA/EFTA Registration Certificate.

Our UK team members are highly qualified and dedicated professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of UK immigration. They come from the best of legal, consulting, in-house corporate and government backgrounds and bring a breadth of experience and insight both in immigration and a multitude of industry sectors. With a dedication to service and a consultative approach, our people act as your trusted advisors and partners in achieving your business goals in the United Kingdom.

Our United Kingdom leadership team directs over 100 immigration experts working for you in the UK. Meet our United Kingdom leadership team:

Tony Butterworth

Managing Director

+44 0 20 3668 2695

London, United Kingdom

Darren Faife

Managing Director

+44 207 510 4901

London, United Kingdom

Annette Wright

Immigration Director

+44 2 08 305 3051

London, United Kingdom

Jaana Alliku

Immigration Manager

+44 0 20 7593 6308

London, United Kingdom

Dhanjaye Damhar

Business Development Manager

+44 207 593 6303

London, United Kingdom

Nicola Digby

Immigration Manager

+44 0207 5936310

London, United Kingdom

Rowen Edy

Immigration Manager

+44 207 510 4905

London, United Kingdom

Gurjinder Hothi

Immigration Manager

 +44 0 20 7593 6342

London, United Kingdom

Martin Maddocks

Immigration Manager

+44 0 20 7001 2130

London, United Kingdom

Diana Matsinde

Immigration Manager

+44 (0) 20 33053054

London, United Kingdom

Sherry Mossavat

Immigration Manager

+44 0203 668 2728

London, United Kingdom

Jo Rogerson

Immigration Manager

+44 208 305 3055

London, United Kingdom