Many clients do not appreciate the importance of hiring a qualified SRA regulated immigration solicitor to assist with their applications. Few UK citizens, let alone foreign nationals have an understanding of the UK’s immigration laws and regulations. OISC firms are not law firms in the traditional sense and work they do may not be carried out by a regulated UK lawyer (solicitor or barrister).
UK immigration laws and regulations are ever changing and at times can seem intimidating for those who wish to come to the UK or settle permanently. It can also be a very stressful time for an individual and his family and therefore it is important to understand that there is help available. We have a team of established and SRA regulated immigration lawyers with a proven track record of successful applications.
Ensure you instruct Qualified UK Lawyers with immigration expertise
Making a visa application is not as simple as filling out forms and providing evidence. It is advisable to instruct an immigration lawyer who understands these matters and can explain all options available to you. An Immigration Lawyer can assist in the following manner;
- A qualified Immigration lawyer will be able to assess the risks/merits of your Immigration matter and work with you to build a strong case;
- Provide guidance on the relevant documentation to submit;
- Advise you at all stages, assemble your materials, prepare and submit the application in accordance with the latest UKBA Policy guidance and Immigration Rules;
- Manage the application process and liaise with the UKBA on your behalf to ensure that your application is processed in an efficient and expedient manner;
- Reduce costs by allowing you to make a successful application on your first attempt and thereby avoiding further costs to resubmit or appeal an unsuccessful application;
OISC Advisers v Law Firms regulated by the SRA
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is responsible for regulating immigration advisers by ensuring they are fit and competent and act in the best interest of their clients. It is important to note that traditional lawyers in the UK are Solicitors and Barristers who are exempt from regulation by OISC which only regulates immigration advisers who are not regulated qualified lawyers.
Our immigration team is comprised of Solicitors and Barristers with decades of experience at the very highest levels of immigration law regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) or by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Members of the team are regularly instructed to deal with all types of points based applications along with family visas, visit visas and general appeals and are involved in judicial review and immigration appeal tribunal hearings at all levels.
As opposed to OISC registered firms, we are a law firm regulated by the SRA and therefore our clients have the benefit of legal professional privilege, which means the information you disclose to us will remain confidential at all times.
In addition OISC does not have equivalent powers to the SRA to close down a failed business in an orderly way thereby putting client interests and money at risk. Failed OISC practices have been widely reported in the media: Link
LEXLAW are based in the legal heart of London in Middle Temple (a Barristers’ Inn of Court) and provide the strongest possible UK Immigration Law advice and a comprehensive UK Visa and Immigration service.
How to check if you are using an SRA regulated Law Firm?
Instructing a firm of solicitors will ensure that your case will be managed and progressed by qualified lawyers and not OISC immigration caseworkers/advisers. All law firms are regulated by the SRA and appear on the following website directory provided by the Law Society of England & Wales: