UK residents enjoy a high standard of living, education and recreation. Publicly funded health care is free to all and there is a rich cultural heritage and abundance of leisure facilities.
Rich and diverse market
The UK is a rich and diverse market ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Fashion and Advanced Manufacturing through to primary food production and including world leading businesses in Space Technologies Aerospace and Automotive engineering. Whatever market sector you operate in you will find the UK an attractive location with customers, product innovators, suppliers and partners easily accessible.
Creative and innovative
Every business needs good ideas and the UK is one of the most prolific sources of imaginative solutions and creative thinking in the world. From research in academia through companies innovating in new products to design for the high street and digital creativity for the games industry, the UK has an outstanding record of achievement.
The UK has a long history as a trading nation and today embraces the modern international trading principles of fair and open trade on a level and equal basis. As a result overseas business investing in the UK can register their company, set up banking facilities and start trading very quickly and receive the same support from the UK government as any native business.
The UK has long term historical links with all corners of the globe extending to strong cultural bonds that are deeply rooted in UK culture. As a result the UK is an ideal location to set up and build a business that’s dependent on international links. Whether you need a network of connections, language skills or a familiar community for staff on expat assignments – the UK will can provide the solution.
Easy to set up, easy to operate, competitive cost base
You can register your company in just 24 hours in the UK. All high street banks can offer business banking services with online comparison tools available to compare costs. Financial transitions and government services are easy to manage on-line.
The UK is the number one gateway to Europe, giving easy access to the 27 member states of the European Union, the world’s largest single market. It offers world-class transport links - with Heathrow's new Terminal 5, and more expansion planned for international airports, sea containers and the rail network.
“We chose London specifically because of its excellent infrastructure, the ease of setting up and operating a business, the access to highly skilled staff and the ability to find partner companies”
UK labour market
The UK’s labour market is one of the worlds’ most flexible. This factor combined with its strong skills base in the UK is reflected in its excellent record of attracting major foreign investors from all over the world.
Quality of life in the UK
-Liaising with the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) and do all the follow up work until decision by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) on your Request for Administrative Review.
The immigration solicitors at Haque & Hausmann are experts in dealing with application for administrative review against the refusal of Entry clearance decisions.
Our expert immigration solicitors and barristers are ready to advice applicants who wish to come to the UK for visit purposes.
The main categories of immigration visitor are:
· General visitors (including family and tourist visits)
· Private Medical Treatment visitors
· Business visitors
· Special visitors
Normally most people want to visit the UK as family visitors or as tourists under the general visitor route. Both routes permit the applicant to remain in the UK for up to 6 months. A key legal difference between the two routes is that the family visit visa allows for the right to appeal a refusal decision, where a tourist visa does not.
The main requirements to come to United Kingdom as a general visitor are set out below.
-The applicant intends to visit the UK for up to 6 months; and
-The applicant intends to depart from the UK upon the visit; and
-The applicant has access to sufficient funds in order to pay for suitable accommodation, general maintenance and a return flight out of the UK.
The applicant will also need to demonstrate that they do not intend to:
-Do business in the UK
-Enrol on a long term course to study
-Get married or enter into a legal civil partnership
-Obtain private medical treatment.
Should you like to speak with one of our specialist Barristers or Solicitors about coming to the UK as a general visitor, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Private Medical Treatment Visitors
In order to qualify as a private medical treatment visitor, applicants will need to demonstrate the following:
-The illness being treated cannot be caught by others, in order words, it cannot be an illness that is contagious to those in the UK.
-The length of the treatment is for a limited period of time only, as appose to spending an indefinite time in the UK.
-Applicants will need to show they have sufficient funds for the duration of the visit, as well as covering the costs of the medical treatments and a return flight home.
-Applicants will also need to show they intend to return to their home country when the treatment is complete.
Our immigration experts have great expertise in this area and we are able to assist with advising on what evidence is required to demonstrate you are a genuine private medical treatment visitor.
Immigration rules for business visitors
Our experienced immigration specialists will be happy to assist with advising on the requirements for applicants who wish to enter the UK as a business visitor.
Applicants will need to demonstrate that they meet a number of criteria, with a few of the key points as follows:
-The applicant intends to remain in the UK for less than 6 months
-The applicant intends to depart the UK once the business trip is over;
-The applicant will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available in order to cover the costs for suitable accommodation and maintenance.
As a business visitor, the types of work which you can partake in are quite restricted and there is guidance on the types of business activity which you can do.
-Attending meetings and conferences. These can include any conferences, interviewing or meetings, as long as they are business related. So meetings that involve negotiation, signing documents, making deals and other such activities are all permitted.
-Planning and undertaking missions which involve site visits and fact finding
-The delivering and transferring of goods and passengers from outside the United Kingdom. The immigration authorities give the example of lorry drivers and coach drivers; and
-couriers for tour groups, the tour group firm must be based outside the United Kingdom, the courier must intend to seek entry to accompany a tour group;
-speaking and addressing at conferences where the conference is not run as a commercial concern and where the conference is not part of a series of conferences to be addressed by you;
-providing maintenance and other similar services for computer software companies. You must be visiting to install, maintain, debug or upgrade your firm’s products. The current guidance from the immigration authorities draw a distinction between being briefed as to the requirements of a United Kingdom client (this is fine for business visitors) and providing a service involving making detailed assessment of a potential customer’s requirements which they state is consultancy work; in those cases entry under the points-based system is the required course of action.
-Similar to the above, workers for foreign manufacturers can come under the business visa scheme coming to erect and install machinery. This machinery must be too heavy to be delivered in one whole piece;
-Similarly the immigration authorities cite the example of monteurs – workers who are fitters or service persons who are here to undertake specific tasks that can include erecting dismantling, installing, servicing, repairing or advising on the development and up keep of machinery that if foreign made
-Interpreters are allowed to enter under immigration rules, but must be employed by an overseas company, must be only entering to provide interpreting services and must only be accompanying foreign business visitors.
-There is also a provision for board-level Directors who wish to attend board meetings in the United Kingdom. They can be paid a fee for attending the meeting but they must be employed by an overseas company.
The Administrative Review is a process whereby an applicant whose application for entry clearance or leave to remain has been refused by the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) can request for the refusal to be reconsidered on the grounds that the refusal of the application by the Home Office is not in accordance with the relevant facts and laws.
The Administrative Review against the refusal of an entry clearance application as a PBS Migrant is submitted to the Home Office, UKVI within 28 days after the date of receipt of the refusal letter. The Entry Clearance Manager at the British Diplomatic Post (the British Embassy/High Commission/Consulate) will review the refusal and serve a decision on Administrative Review request within 28 days by either maintain the refusal or withdrawing the reasons for refusal and agreeing to issue the entry clearance.
The Administrative Review against the refusal of an in-country application must be submitted to the Home Office, UKVI within 14 days (7 days if the applicant is in detention) of the date of receipt of the refusal letter.
If your Entry Clearance application under the Point Based System is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), you have a right to apply for Administrative Review of the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer. The Administrative Review application should be made within 28 days of the date of receipt of the refusal letter. The Administrative Review against the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) is conducted by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM).
If your request for administrative review is refused and the refusal is maintained by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM), you have the option to challenge the refusal by way of Judicial Review in Upper Tribunal within 90 days from the date of the refusal letter.
Our Services:We can represent you in your request to the Entry Clearance Manager for Administrative Review and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) on your application. Our work will include:
-considering the contents of the refusal letter of the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) and discuss any possible grounds to challenge the same by way of Administrative Review;
-advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
-advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application;
-considering the contents of such documents and discussing the same with you;
-advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application;
-preparing grounds in support of the Administrative Review Request arguing how the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) is not in accordance with the relevant laws and facts;
-preparing a cover letter in support of the administrative review request;
-submitting the Administrative Review Request to the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) in the relevant British Embassy/High Commission/Consulate by fax or/and email; and