UK Visas & Sponsorship for Skilled Staff, Entrepreneurs & the Highly Talented

If you want to set up a UK office, hire from abroad, or just relocate to the UK, we can help

"Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do", - J.P Morgan.      

If you need a UK visa, there is almost always a way to get it.  The Investor visa route is closed, but if you have £2m and want to come to the UK, we will find a way to get you here.  Need to bring in household staff?  Sponsorship can work for Nannies, Nurses and Cooks.   But most of what we do is helping Entrepreneurs bring themselves and/or key staff to the UK.

James Wallace-Dunlop began his career in immigration law in 1987 when he worked for Simmonds & Simmonds Solicitors in the City of London; his  immigration work has been mentioned in Parliament, and our policy submissions have been quoted extensively in reports by the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the UK government on immigration policy.  

 

Writing by James Wallace-Dunlop on subjects other than immigration can be found at  https://jameswallacedunlop.substack.com/

To see how we can help you, please do get in touch.  

Popular services

We work on all Visa applications, here are some of our most popular ones 

SKILLED WORKER VISAS
(TIER 2)

The UK has 70m people, the world offers a talent pool of 7 billion

* Obtaining a Sponsor Licence
* Assigning expats to client contracts
* Compliance & Audit support
* Hire Tier2 ICTs (cooling off period abolished)

TIER 1 INVESTOR VISAS

£2m brings flexibility

We help get round the 'chicken and egg' issue of needing a UK account to get the visa, while UK banks KYC processes usually require you to have a visa in order to open your acocunt.

We can also help entrepreneurs that want to invest in their own businesses, rather than accept passive investment in listed securities.

EXCEPTIONAL TALENT VISAS

An option for 'the world's brightest'

Success in this area depends on having the right endorsements, and on being genuinely exceptional.   

We help prepare for a successful application: absences, proof of means, etc.

We can work with your tax advisors to look at the intersection of tax residence rules with settlement / nationality criteria.

The long term goal of many

INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN (SETTLEMENT) AND UK NATIONALITY

The UK is open for Business

Pedestrian Bridge

Brexit has made the UK keen to show that it is a Global economy, open to the world's brightest and best.  In 2021 the time taken to sponsor an expat worker fell to under a month, when previously it could take three.  The Scale Up visa coming in Spring 2022 promises to be far more inclusive than the Exceptional Talent visa.   If you want to setup in the UK, don't hesitate.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Aneesh, Tech Entrepreneur

James found me £200k of backing, arranged my Entrepreneur visa, and now I have ILR

Nima, Solicitor

When we had a sponsor licence suspension, I worked with James  and counsel, to restore Home Office confidence in the business, and get the licence reinstated.

Manoj, CEO

J Dunlop & CO has been indispensable in getting our Sponsorship Licence, advising us on updates, and our recent successful renewal.

Aneesh, Tech Entrepreneur

James found me £200k of backing, arranged my Entrepreneur visa, and now I have ILR

Nima, Solicitor

When we had a sponsor licence suspension, I worked with James  and counsel, to restore Home Office confidence in the business, and get the licence reinstated.

Manoj, CEO

J Dunlop & Co has been indispensable in getting our Sponsorship Licence, advising us on updates, and our recent successful renewal.

For Visa advice for employers and business owners, speak to our experts.

CONTACT US

140 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 8DS

07879 480 755

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