Finding a reliable UK Immigration Lawyer is often an onerous task. Here are some of our top tips for finding the best immigration lawyer for you. It is worth spending some time to ensure you find an immigration lawyer that will work “with you” and “for you”.
Following these tips should help you to avoid making costly and time consuming mistakes.
Do your research
The Home Office website is a good place to start to ensure that you find a legitimate firm. You should ensure that your lawyer is regulated by the OISC or the SRA. It is worth noting that there are three levels of OISC certification.
Ask for a referral
Friends, colleagues and online reviews are great sources to check for recommendations. Often you can find people who have gone through similar application and can provide feedback on the service they used.
Talk to a few firms
Pick up the phone and speak to a few of your shortlisted firms to see if they meet your needs and have experience with your type of case. Try to get an idea of how the firms work and whether you feel comfortable with them. A good lawyer should be both personable and professional.
Check the fee structure
Different firms will work differently. We would recommend you agree a fixed fee before instructing any lawyer. If you instruct a lawyer who charges by the hour, you will not be sure of the true cost until the end of the process.
Be wary of guarantees
Immigration law is complex and clients will often have their own unique circumstances which can impact the application. Firms that provide guarantees or promises on the outcome of applications should be avoided. Good lawyers should provide clear and honest advice so that you know exactly where you stand.
Have a consultation
Once you have selected a firm, have a consultation. Due to individual circumstances, it will be very difficult for any lawyer to provide guidance without reviewing your documents or understanding your history. A consultation will allow your lawyer to assess your case in detail and provide tailored advice. It will also allow you to find out whether you can trust and feel confident working with the lawyer.
Organise your documents
Documentation is one of the most important aspects for any visa application. Since it takes many years to qualify for visa routes, the earlier your get your documents in order, the better. The required documentation will vary depending on the route so it is best to check the Home Office website and consult with an Immigration Lawyer. Doing this will give you more time to focus on finding the right lawyer for you.
Visa applications can seem daunting and stressful. If you prepare appropriately and find a good lawyer to represent you, then you should have peace of mind knowing that you have a well-prepared application.