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People across the globe plan to go to Australia to visit its outstanding natural beauty or to get a job and relocate.  Many are defining Australia as the land of opportunity,  there are many stories of people who have thrived in the country.

In broad and wide terms, there are two main forms and types of working visa for Australia – the Employers Nominated Visa and the Skills Assessed Visa. 

You may find it hard to assess what type of visa suit with their needs. Don’t worry, call our expert team now and we can help you in making the right decision.

Already Got Been Offered The Job?

If you have already got the job, your employer may able to sponsor your own resident visa application. The major requirement is that you must have  work offered by an approved Australian employer. If you are going to get a working visa under this scheme, you will have permanent residency that enables you to do the following things:
  • Apply for citizenship
  • Access to Medicare
  • Study, work and live indefinitely
In other words, you are going to live every day in Australia like an Aussie.
 

Going To Australia to Look for a Job

While it can help you get the job offered, it is not an absolute necessity. If you have got skills that can help in the economic production and growth of the country, you can apply for a working visa. If you have the ability to work for a job under Consolidated Sponsored Occupation Lists or CSOL, you can apply for points-tested skill visa.
 

Going To Australia to Run a Business or Invest 

In order to do these things, you will need a Business Innovation and Investment – a Provisional visa Subclass 188. It may sound simple but in any class of working visa Australia, it comes in four variations:
  • Business and innovation: this is for people who want to manage or run a business in Australia
  • Investor: this is for people with at least 1.5 million dollars to invest.
  • Significant investor: this is for people with at least 5 million dollars to invest
  • Premium investor: this is for people with at least 15 million dollars to invest. 

Going To Australia on a Working Holiday

If you are aged between 18 to 39 years old, you have a chance to spend a single year in Australia. For you to qualify, you need to show that you can support and raise yourself whilst you are at the country, and ensure you hold a valid passport from a country you came from.

Find out which visa suits with your ability, skills, and needs. We will help you identify what working visa suits you. If things are unclear, you can seek guidance from our professionals. 
 

Would you like to unite with your partner holding a settled status in the United Kingdom then you have the options of applying for a partner visa, spouse visa or visa for unmarried partner. You will be given a settlement visa which enables you to reside here for a period of 30 months. To continue living in the UK you can submit an application for an extension of the same length of period provided the requirements are met. Which will bring about applying for Indefinite to Remain.Nationals from non-European countries are eligible to apply to go to the UK or remain there under different categories.

  • Partner/spouse of a person having settled status or British citizen
  • Humanitarian protection or refugee visa in a spouse visa category
  • Visa for unmarried partner or partner visa

Indefinite leave to remain or ILR, also known as settled status is needed to get a permit to settle in the UK permanently. Obtaining of the spouse or partner visa is vital before traveling in case you happen to be outside of the United Kingdom.
 
UPDATE: spouse visa UK – Changes in the requirement for minimum income
 
With recent changes in the immigration law, Home Office in the UK needs to make an allowance for specific situations if the spouse or partner there does not presently meet the threshold of minimum income. Post 10th of August 2017 assessment of visa applications for spouses must look into other ways of financing. It may comprise self-employment, self-sustainability, or continuous financial backing from a kith or kin. Such a change will give a little hope for people whose unmarried partner visa or spouse visa have been rejected previously and also for the ones who had delayed applying.

Requirements of the spouse visa

Under the immigration rules that include relationship, suitability, English language and financial requirements, on condition that you satisfy the criteria for a specific visa as a non-European civil partner, spouse, same-sex or unmarried partner of a person having a settled status in Britain or a British citizen you may get permission to reside in the United Kingdom for a period of 30 months. Continuing to meet up all these requirements you will be eligible to apply for residing for another 30 month period.
 
Post a gap of five years you will be able to apply for ILR or settlement in the United Kingdom. Instead, you can also fill an application which has a less severe route that overlooks the English language and financial requirements but you may be required to show intractable problems with your partner or spouse in the family life continuing overseas.
 
Not meeting spouse visa requirements in any of the routes you also may be granted consent to stay here on your personal life basis, on condition that you produce proof that you lived in the United Kingdom continuously for the requisite time period. Both the 10 year period settlement route and private life route can be applied for only from inside of the UK.

 

Is switching over to spouse visa possible?

Having been united with your partner or spouse in the United Kingdom you can apply for switching to a visa for an unmarried partner or a spouse visa from an immigration category that is different from yours.

​A visitor who is on temporary entry cannot change the categories if the stay permission was only for a period not extending 6 months (but for that the leave was specially granted as a fiancée or proposed civil partner for his or her appropriate visa), or he or she breaks the rules of immigration (an overstay of not exceeding 28 days may not be considered).
 

If the said relationship ends what then

When a relationship ends with a divorce or separation it is vital that Home Office of the UK is informed at the earliest as it can impact their visa application in the future.

​Then Home Office of the UK can give out a spouse visa curtailment. Different options are available after the divorce for the spouse who is dependent, but to take action quickly is important. To know more about spouse visa curtailment after divorce click here.

What is the result of spouse visa refusal?

On you receiving a letter stating that the spouse visa was refused, quick action from your side is anticipated in order that you can appeal this decision or send an application for a new visa. If you overstay on a spouse visa that has expired you can face some problems which you need to avoid.

What is the first step towards an unmarried partner or spouse visa?

Partner visa and spouse visa applications are complex and it is greatly recommended that you contact an expert at immigration laws.
​The track record of IAS is really good with cases of spouse visas and the solicitors here have extremely high experience on this subject. To get no obligation and friendly advice from professional hands get in touch with the IAS. You may not be sure of what kind of visa you need so you can please check with the Visa Wizard that can find a solution to for you based on the situation at hand.

You may have suffered illness or food poisoning whilst on holiday. If you have had your dream holiday ruined by sickness or illness even if it was for a short period of time we understand that it can have a devastating effect. We understand the impact it can have on your holiday and to other friends and family that may have suffered as a result of the illness.
We can help you in making your claim and will ensure that you recover the maximum amount of compensation due to you.  ​

 Common illnesses from food poisoning include:

  • Sickness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Dehydration
  • Dramatic changes in temperature

Some of these illnesses can come about from some of the following causes

  • Poor standards of hygiene in food preparation areas
  • Buffet food left out for long periods in high temperatures
  • Undercooked food
  • An unhygienic swimming pool
  • Negligence from hotel staff
  • Poor sanitation

For people who are planning to visit or reside within the UK, it is advisable to have a UK immigration lawyer for a variety of reasons. If the process is hard for you, our lawyers can help break down all complex issues easier and faster whilst giving you comprehensive advice as an applicant. 

We can help you in a whole manner of matters whether that be preparing a straightforward application or a complex case at the First Tier or Upper Tier Tribunal of Asylum Chambers and Higher Courts. Our Immigration lawyers can provide you with special immigration services throughout the UK. Whenever you need one, you are privileged to gain a local service with the nationally recognised excellence.

Business Immigration Services and Advice
UK immigration lawyer can help you with your business immigration law matters, such as investors visas, illegal working compliance, sponsorship licensed visa, sponsor skilled worker, global migration planning, entrepreneur visa, temporary workers, point based system, temporary workers, and many more. The process, complexity and size of these immigration issues might be hard to handle especially when you have no idea of how everything works. So, as a remedial action, you need to ask for professional assistance.
Your lawyer will take extra time to understand your needs using their individually tailored and bespoke services. Furthermore, they are also comprehending your business and investment objectives so that they can fully assist you with the business planning. With the help of business immigration services and strategic advice, your business can be successfully assisted so that you can fully use your potential to navigate the business visa criteria and UK immigration rules.

Studying, Working and Settling Individualised Service

​Perhaps you are wishing to come to UK to either study, land a job or get a residency or join a family or partner that is already there. A UK immigration lawyer can assess your own eligibility under Points Based System, helping you submit a successful application of visa whenever you are required to pass one. A lawyer can help you with your PBS in the following area.
 
Individual Settling in UK
  1. Naturalization and Citizenship
  2. Indefinite Leave to Remain
  3. EEA Nationals
  4. Partner Visa
  5. Dependents
  6. Family of EEA National

Individual Studying or Working in UK

  1. Introduction to Point Based System
  2. Tier 1 Visa
  3. Tier 2 Visa
  4. Tier 4 Visa
  5. Tier 5 Visa
With the help of experience, knowledge and expertise, all your needs regarding any aspect of immigration can easily be addressed whenever you wish to hire a UK immigration lawyer. The issue is hard, and the process might be complex and difficult to understand. If you allow our lawyers to do all the processing and actions, you can rest assured that your case is in the right hands.

Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant we have a range of areas we can assist you in. Our Landlord Tenant team are dedicated to helping you reach the outcome you deserve.

Are you a landlord?
We offer a number of services for landlords including:
  • Advice on obligations to tenants
  • Possession proceedings
  • Debt Recovery
  • Disrepair and Dilapidation issues
  • Representation in Courts
  • Nuisance
  • Registering Deposits
  • Compliance with Health & Safety and Local Authority Regulations

If you are a landlord we advise that you: ensure all utilities are tested by registered engineers before the tenant(s) move in; you should also keep records of how and when rent is paid and how much was paid; ensure your tenant’s deposit is adequately protected by a registered scheme.

Are you a tenant?
We also offer a number of services to tenants including:
  • Rent arrears and negotiating re-payment terms with the landlord
  • Disrepair claims and who is responsible for the repairs
  • Recovery of deposits and overpayments
  • Failure by the landlord to fulfil their obligations
  • Advice on Tenancy Deposit Schemes

When entering a new tenancy agreement you should ensure that: any deposit is properly protected by a registered deposit scheme; keep a copy of your Tenancy Agreement safe; keep note of how and when you pay your rent and how much was paid.

Business Opportunity?

If you are looking for business opportunities and have £200,000 to invest then you may be eligible to come to the United Kingdom.

The Entrepreneur Visa is for non-European migrants who want to invest in the UK by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of 1 or more businesses here.

Amicus Solicitors provide a bespoke and personal service for your visa application and have a great success rate with the UKBA.

We will guide you every step of the way to ensure you have the best possible chance of success with your application.

For this visa you need to show:

  • That you have available funds of £200,000.
  • That you have completed an English test.
  • That you have held maintenance funds of £3,100 in your account for at least 90 days.

An application for entry clearance (UK visa) as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant is submitted to the British Embassy / High Commission in the country of nationality/residence of the applicant. The application can be submitted either online or by completing the paper application. The online application option is available in only in certain countries. The British Embassy / High Commission will decide the application according to the waiting times / processing times for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.

You can include dependants in your application too. The dependents of Tier 1 Entrepreneur can also apply at the same as the main applicant (Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant) along with the main applicant to accompany the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant to the UK. Alternatively, they can apply subsequently as PBS Dependents to join the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant in the UK.

The £200,000 investment funds can be shared by an entrepreneurial team of up to two people. Each member of the team may apply to come to the UK as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) using the same investment funds. A maximum of 2 people in an entrepreneurial team is allowed. Neither applicant must have previously been granted leave as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant on the basis of investment and/or business activity linked in this way with any applicant other than each other if the same funds are being relied on as in a previous application.

You will have direct access to our expert UK lawyers including Solicitors, Barristers and other Business Associates.

If your application for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant is refused by the UKBA, you can apply for Administrative Review within 28 days of the date of the receipt of your refusal letter. The Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) makes a decision on the Administrative Review application within 28 days from the date of the receipt of the review request. Our expert lawyers can provide you with personal representation in such circumstances.

The process can be completed in just weeks from application with an initial 3 year, 4 month visa which can be extended by a further 2 years before applying for permanency and British passport. This process can be fast tracked subject to terms and conditions.

Looking to Invest?

If you are looking for business opportunities and have £1,000,000 to invest, then you may be eligible to come to the United Kingdom.

The Investor Visa is for non-European migrants who want to invest in the UK by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of 1 or more businesses here.

Amicus Solicitors provide a bespoke and personal service for your visa application and have a great success rate with the UKBA.

We will guide you every step of the way to ensure you have the best possible chance of success with your application.

For this visa you need to show:

  • That you have available funds of £1,000,000.

You do not have to complete an English test or fulfil any maintenance requirements.
An application for entry clearance (UK visa) as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant is submitted to the British Embassy / High Commission in the country of nationality/residence of the applicant. The application can be submitted either online or by completing the paper application. The online application option is available in only in certain countries. The British Embassy / High Commission will decide the application according to the waiting times / processing times for Tier 1 Investor visa.

You can include dependants in your application too. The dependents of Tier 1 Investor can also apply at the same as the main applicant (Tier 1 Investor Migrant) along with the main applicant to accompany the Tier 1 Investor Migrant to the UK. Alternatively, they can apply subsequently as PBS Dependents to join the Tier 1 Investor Migrant in the UK.

You will have direct access to our expert UK lawyers including Solicitors, Barristers and other Business Associates.

If your application for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Investor Migrant is refused by the UKBA, you can apply for Administrative Review within 28 days of the date of the receipt of your refusal letter. The Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) makes a decision on the Administrative Review application within 28 days from the date of the receipt of the review request. Our expert lawyers can provide you with personal representation in such circumstances.

The process can be completed in just weeks from application with an initial 3 year, 4 month visa which can be extended by a further 2 years before applying for permanency and British passport. This process can be fast tracked subject to terms and conditions.

How Can We Help?

  • Take detailed instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKBA in your application for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category.
  • Discuss your case in detail with you and advise you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Immigration case.
  • Advise you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application.
  • Consider contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the application and discuss the same with you.
  • Complete the relevant immigration form and discuss the same with you.
  • Prepare a covering letter to introduce and support the application. In the covering letter, our immigration solicitors will explain in detail how all the relevant legal requirements for the grant of the visa have been satisfied.
  • Liaise with the Home Office, UKBA for an expeditious decision on the application.
  • Protect your interests while your application is pending with the Home Office and keep you informed of the progress on your immigration matter.
  • Do all the follow up work until decision is reached on your application.
  • Advise you about the implications of the Home Office decision.

Our fees are competitive and value for money. We will charge you an agreed fee for our professional Immigration services in relation to your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on the application. The agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by the company on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

We can help in offering a fast and easy debt recovery service to our client’s. We have specialists in recovering monies owed whether that be from an individual or a company.

We appreciate that pursuing a debt can be daunting and as such we are proud to be able to provide a bespoke service to help you in recovering your monies.

Our expert team of debt advisors offer straightforward, personal debt recovery advice. Disputes may include:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Faulty goods
  • Breach of Contract
  • Failure to supply agreed services
  • Poor or incomplete workmanship

Was the driver uninsured?

Unfortunately, national statistics show us that nearly one in ten motorists on the road is uninsured. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered any losses or injury as a result of a uninsured driver we can help in pursuing your claim via the Motor Insurance Bureau who are a body set up to help compensate individuals who have been injured, or had property damaged, as a result of uninsured or untraced drivers.

We will help to insure that we can identify the offending party and apply to help you recover any losses you have sustained.

Road traffic accidents are unfortunately incredibly common and we at Amicus Solicitors have a wealth of experience to help you deal with the array of issues often presented by insurance companies.

We help recovering losses such as vehicle damage, Hire charges, storage charges and medical expenses. We can help to recover any losses for personal items that have been damaged as a result of a road traffic accident.

Whether you were a driver or passenger and you have suffered any loss or injury you may be entitled to pursue a claim against the offending parties insurer.

We operate on strict no win no fee basis which means that you get to keep 100% of any road traffic accident compensation that you are awarded.
We have a dedicated team on hand that has helped in recovering millions of pounds from insurers in the past whether that involves a claim for damages or a complex case requiring care and rehabilitation arrangements.

Injured at work?

Wherever you work your employer has a legal duty to ensure that your workplace is a safe and risk free environment. Our team are fully up to date with all rules and regulations covering health and safety at work and can help you in dealing with minor injuries to claims of the utmost severity in a sensitive and professional manner.
We understand that it can be daunting to claim against your employer and have dedicated staff and raft of experience who aim to process your claim as efficiently as possible.

Office not safe?

Whether you work on a building site or in an office your employer has legal obligation to ensure that your workplace is as safe as possible and we will liaise with their insurers meaning that we will have little involvement with your employer directly.
If you have been injured at work as a result of defective equipment, your workplace environment, co-worker or unsafe practice contact one of our dedicated team who will happily discuss your options with you in detail.

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