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Milestone Solicitors | City of London


You can greatly improve your chances of a successful application for citizenship in the UK with our well-established team of experts in the immigration realm. The UK offers a wealth of opportunity, and as such has attracted talents from across the world. Milestone Solicitors is a leading City Immigration legal practice situated in Central London, backed by a track record of success for people of all nationalities and backgrounds. Over the course of our experience, we’ve honed our methodology to provide clients with the fastest and most direct route to citizenship.

We’ll keep you informed every stage of the way, and guide you through the intricate details in transparent, simple steps.
Because we want to hear from you, we’ve ensured that our talented team consists of English, Arabic, French, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Malay, Punjabi and Tamil speaking members. Our Business Immigration and Managed Migration Department are directly headed by Uma Devi Rajasundram (Managing Director).

Business Immigration


Business Immigration and Managed Migration in the UK

The UK is a commercial and corporate hub and often seeks fresh talent to stay competitive. But gaining the right to work in the UK has become increasingly difficult following stricter immigration policies. The government has set rules in motion to encourage the employment of UK residents before migrants, which risks stifling business growth in the current economic climate. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in serious sanctions and civil penalties. For this reason, it’s crucial that a business properly manages and monitors migrant employees, prior to their employment and thereafter.

What happens if you do not comply with Immigration Law in the UK as an employer?

As the employer in question, you could be liable to a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal employee. Your organisation's details could be published by Immigration Enforcement to serve as an example to other businesses. More severely, a case of knowingly employing someone of the incorrect immigration status could be escalated to the Crown Court and result in an unlimited fine or up to 2 years’ imprisonment. Illegal workers range from anything to students with expired visas and students working more hours than permitted, to people who work on a visitor’s visa. There are numerous other examples of circumstances which could render a business liable.

To avoid such repercussions, it’s important to ensure that job applicant or incumbent employees are vetted for compliant immigration status and that the business has obtained the correct sponsorship licence. To date under the current immigration law, official statistics reveal that approximately 1270 employers across the UK have been subject to civil penalties for retaining illegal migrant workers, with their total value amounting to £10,843,750.

Our Business Immigration and Managed Migration Services at Milestone Solicitors

We provide clear and concise advice on all aspects of business immigration law in the UK, specialising in small to medium business. The results will allow you to:
  • Employ and maintain the right of skilled workers for your organisation
  • Avoid any negative publicity and damage to your organisation’s reputation
  • Make visa application and/or applications for extension of stay and settlement
  • Under audits in the workplace to combat illegal working and any subsequent disciplinary issues
  • Avoid any criminal and civil sanctions that may be enforced upon you


Milestone Solicitors can explain the intricate immigration issues to your organisation. Our Business Immigration service includes keeping you abreast of changes and updates to immigration law which may affect your business. Our team will provide you with and advise you on the necessary and relevant materials, and be more than willing to host in-house training seminars to inform management of what is required of them.

We’re confident we can accommodate your business with a bespoke service that adheres to your budget. The advice available includes:
Obtaining a Sponsorship Licence

The registration to enable businesses to sponsor specialists or temporary employees to work, or Academic institutions to sponsor overseas students in the UK under the Tier 2, Tier 4 or Tier 5 category.
High-value migrants
(Tier 1)


The routes available to exceptionally talented and highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs seeking to work in the UK.
Sponsored skilled workers (Tier 2)

The form of application available to employees who have, or are able to obtain, a certificate of sponsorship under the points-based system.
Sports Immigration


The legal course for professionals of various sports, such as footballers, who wish to arrive in the UK.
Temporary workers
(Tier 5)


Options for individuals who wish to work in the UK on a temporary basis for a licensed sponsor.


We can also help with:

  • Applications for investors and entrepreneurs
  • Applications for work visas, short stay visas, study visas
  • Applications for domestic workers
  • Applications for intra-company transfers from abroad
  • Applications for visitor visas for sole representatives of overseas companies
  • Applications for representatives of overseas newspapers
  • Applications for news agencies and broadcasting organisations
  • Applications for indefinite leave to remain
  • Applications for business migrants wishing to settle permanently in the UK
  • Applications for British citizenship
  • Applications for becoming a British national
  • Applications for switching - Facilitating long-term immigration objectives by helping migrants ascertain they are in the right category at the right time
  • Applications for reconsideration of undesirable decisions, and handling workplace raids by Immigration Enforcement, as well as the associated PR issues and strategies
  • Services for landlords concerning tenant immigration checks
  • Appeals for business immigration
  • Applications for investment immigration
  • Applications for multinational companies


Why choose Milestone Solicitors for your Business Immigration needs?
  • We’re comprehensive, ensuring you get everything you require in one place
  • We’re experienced, with a confident track record of success
  • We’re versatile, covering organisations from small businesses and educational institutions to major corporations
  • We’re flexible, and tailor our service to meet your requirements
  • We’re renowned, having catered to high net worth individuals and celebrities within their respective fields
  • We’re cost-effective, working within your budget
  • We’re timeous, offering fast and effective results
  • We’re global, having facilitated immigration from Asia, America, and the rest of the world

Contact us for an obligation-free consultation, where we can assess and discuss the current status and structure of your organisation in relation to the current immigration law.

Our unique Business Immigration service can be broken down into the following components:
Compliance Check

We offer a comprehensive document and compliance checking service that ensures all employee records are up-to-date and meet the requirements of current immigration law. This service includes the provision of a single check of employee records with a personalised report of the current status of employees, as well as further advice on all actions that are expected to be active. We will also help to monitor any immigration conditions your employees may have, such as working entitlement, visa expiry and other issues.
Benefits:
  • Reports on the immigration status of employees
  • Report on employer’s record keeping
  • Up-to-date analysis with administration and audit of all immigration concerns
Compliance Check-in Service

Our Compliance Check-in Service will provide you with a published report of employee records for your organisation’s HR records. We can also conduct relevant check-in services with the Home Office on your behalf, to ensure your organisation is operating within its legal boundaries. Additionally, we will help you review all mechanisms and practices put in place by your organisation to ensure you are correctly abiding by the law.
Benefits:
  • Monitoring the immigration status of employees with alerts on visa expiry dates
  • Excellent training and legal updates for HR Departments
  • Advice on meeting deficiencies recorded in employees’ immigration status report and employer’s recordkeeping report
Compliance Check Retainer

We conduct a personalised service report that will help you monitor employee HR records in relation to their immigration status. We can ensure that your organisation receives regular recruitment checks for new employees within 24 hours, eliminating any delays or losses. Our Compliance Check Retainer further consists of us undertaking a monthly on-site check of all HR records of your employees.
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Benefits:
  • Certifying ID and other documents kept in employees’ file
  • Advice on meeting deficiencies recorded in employees’ immigration status report and employer’s recordkeeping report
  • Dedicated 24/7 advice over telephone for employers

Individual Immigration


We could be the first step to starting your new life in the UK. The immigration process can be long and arduous, and there is several different routes worth consideration. Whether you want to reunite with family, move in with a partner, launch a new career path, or simply become a British citizen, we can offer the pertinent options in relation to your situation.

Talk to us concerning:
  • Investors and Entrepreneurs
  • Partners and Family
  • EEA Nationals and Family
  • Work Visas
  • Short Stay Visas
  • Study Visas
  • Settlement in the UK
  • British Citizenship
  • UK Visa Applications
  • Challenging Decisions
  • Premium and Priority Visa Services
  • Judicial Review


Asylum

Milestone Solicitors firmly upholds justice and commits to its dire need in the cases of asylum seekers. Our firm has a proud reputation for protecting and representing vulnerable individuals from nationalities and backgrounds across the world.

We understand this is a difficult time and a colossal task. Our expert team has expended a great deal of time and effort to understanding the needs of asylum seekers and keeps their finger on the pulse of change within the global and political spheres which might affect the requirements to gaining access to the UK. A steady passion for human rights has helped us achieve a high success ratio among clients.

Asylum in the UK

By ‘asylum’ it is meant a person is seeking “protection or safety from danger or imminent harm provided by a sheltered place.”

The UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (“the Refugee Convention”) was approved at a special United Nations conference on 28 July 1951. It was initially limited to protecting European refugees after World War II, but a 1967 Protocol removed the geographical and time limits, expanding the Convention's scope. There are now 147 signatories to either or both the Convention and Protocol. The UK is a signatory to the Convention and “must afford all the Convention rights to anyone who is a refugee”, within the meaning of Article 1A, to avoid a breach of the UK’s international obligations.

By definition, a refugee is a person who has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of one or more of the following five Convention reasons:
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership of a particular social group
  • Political opinion

The person concerned must be outside their country of origin or habitual residence and be unwilling or unable to seek protection from or return to their country or habitual residence out of fear.

What is Persecution?

Persecution is seen as the combination of a “failure of state protection” and “serious harm”. A continued failure of the state to protect fundamental freedom and human rights, coupled with the presence of a threat to these freedoms and human rights to individuals who belong to one or more of the five groups specified above, would constitute persecution.

It is essential that the fear of persecution be based on one or more of the five Convention categories. It is not enough to state that the asylum seeker is a member of a race, religious sect, ethnic group, or political party. It must be proven that they are being targeted or discriminated against because of one of these conditions. Bear in mind that “Membership of a particular social group” is an umbrella term which covers aspects such as sexual orientation, membership of a targeted family, gender, and so on.

If unable to attain refugee status, an individual may still be granted some other form of Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave outside of the Convention. It may be possible to acquire protection under European Human Rights Law if the client can show that they would face cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment subject to their return, in particular, torture. In such instances, their claim would not have to be strictly linked to one of the five Convention reasons.

How Milestone Solicitors Can Help You With Your Asylum Matter

The onus to provide proof of a “well-founded fear” is on the asylum seeker. Milestone Solicitors can review the evidence at hand as well as any expert evidence to deduce whether or not you have a claim. This can be achieved by presenting evidence to suggest that returning to your place of origin would pose a “serious possibility” or “a reasonable degree of likelihood” that you would face persecution. We also highlight any violations of human rights that may have taken place.

We offer a 24-hour hotline for emergency cases, enabling us to provide you with legal assistance outside of office hours. Our expert UK lawyers can assist you with the following:
  • Asylum support
  • Family Reunion
  • LGBT support
  • Application for an integration loan
  • Section 4 bail address and support
  • Section 4 extra services or facilities
  • Detained Asylum Cases
  • ‘Clearly Unfounded’ Certificates
  • Safe Third Country Cases
  • Fresh Asylum Cases
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Victims of trafficking
  • Legacy Cases
  • Settlement in the UK
  • Challenging Decisions
  • Premium and Priority Visa Services
  • Judicial Review

Visit our dedicated Immigration Website for an in-depth knowledge of our work in Immigration.
Our Asylum Department is directly headed by Uma Devi Rajasundram (Managing Director), who has a portfolio of great success in winning her cases.

For a free consultation with an expert lawyer within our passionate team, please get in contact.

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