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Client Testimonials
  • I would like to thank you for your fantastic and kind work in overturning the decision on Mr Muhammed’s visa. We thought this wouldn’t be possible; we are quite astonished and very happy.

    Charlie Walker-Arnott, The Islamic Manuscript Association

  • The services you provided were excellent and we would recommend this highly to anyone who has a need to deal with UK Border Agency on immigrant workers issues.

    Dejan Stojanovich, Senior Project Manager, Obelisk Energy Group

  • “I found the whole team professional, knowledgeable and empathetic. I felt that my appeal case could not have been better prepared, in fact I do believable the team had planned for every potential argument.”

    Kara Eigl

  • “They took time to understand my circumstances and guide me through the process. Whoever picked up the phone seemed to be familiar with my case and be able to help me – it’s a tribute to the communications within the team.”

    Simon Lancaster

  • “Getting through the hurdle of the sponsorship licence system would have been impossible without you.  We highly recommend you to any prospective employer!”

    Artificial Lift

  • “The Kadmos team goes above and beyond for their clients, which was quite comforting when the Home Office pressure started making me frazzled. We were extremely well represented, and it showed.”

    Nicole Cobble

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Immigration News

Reform of immigration tribunals: court fees will soar from £140 to £800 per appellant

The government has published a consultation paper proposing to raise tribunal fees in the First tier immigration Tribunals from the present £140 to £800 per appellant for an oral hearing, or from £80 to £490 per appellant for paper considerations. Appeals in the Upper Tribunal, until now not charged separately, are proposed to incur a fee of £455 for an application for permission at the first stage, further £350 for applications for permission at the second stage, and further £510 for an appeal hearing where permission is granted (£1315 in total).… Read More

Brexit – free movement rights to be compromised

European Council Conclusions summarise the deal offered to the UK following negotiations in Brussels on 18 and 19 February 2016. Part of this deal related to immigration issues is tucked away in Annex 7, a short document based on the Draft Declaration of the European Commission on issues related to the abuse of the right of free movement of persons. The proposal is drafted primarily along the lines of fighting abuse of the system by those who receive immigration advantage through marriage with an EU national.… Read More

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Immigration Success Stories

Kadmos wins a Human Rights immigration appeal for a visitor from Syria

We are delighted to have finally won this appeal after more than two years of fierce fighting in immigration tribunals. Our client’s barrister in the Upper tribunal was Sonali Naik of Garden Court Chambers whose expertise, commitment and painstaking preparation was vital for the success of this case. The appellant was a Syrian national, currently resident in Egypt, who wished to visit her daughter’s family in the UK and who was denied a visitor’s visa due to political situation in Egypt and the war conflict in Syria.… Read More

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa granted

We were instructed to represent a client in her application for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and Tier 1 Entrepreneur dependants’ visa for her husband and children. The client had the necessary funds and met formal requirements for this category. Her concern was the genuine entrepreneur test, as she had never previously ran a business of her own and had not had a formal education in business management. She wanted to give it a try but was conscious that Home Office may not take her seriously.… Read More

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How to choose your Immigration Solicitor

There are so many immigration lawyers in the UK that selecting one can be a real challenge. We hope the following information will assist you in this process.

Are you in good hands?

Immigration is one of the most important decisions one makes in life and leaving it in the hands of semi-professional people may be a rash decision with dire consequences. Check if the immigration solicitors have a strong record of success, how long have they been known and what clients say about them. Do they offer professional, efficient and reliable service? Are they qualified and registered with the appropriate regulating body? What is their reputation based on? Are you as important to them, as they are to you when your immigration affairs are in their hands?

You may be confused by the variety of legal qualifications in the UK. There are solicitors regulated by the Solicitors Regulating Authority, Barristers regulated by the Bar Council and there are other immigration professionals regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Solicitor firms usually undertake a wide scope of legal work and it is important to check if your solicitor actually specialises in immigration. Immigration law is extremely complex, and is getting more and more complex by the hour. Solicitors doing a variety of work may not be fully up to date with the ever changing immigration rules and we would advise to instruct someone who is fully devoted to immigration.

Barristers are lawyers who specialise in presenting the case in court. Traditionally, barristers have been instructed by solicitors or OISC advisors. Some barristers now offer ?direct access? to lay clients. However, barristers will not be running routing correspondence with the Home Office, calling the caseworkers, preparing the bundles of documents and putting together evidence. Cutting out a solicitor may often turn out neither cost effective nor expedient.

OISC regulated immigration advisers may be professional solicitors or barristers working under the supervision of the OISC, or they may have no formal qualifications in law but would have passed the OISC examination to be approved and registered at a specific level of competence. OISC has three levels of competence which allows advisers to undertake work of varying complexity. Top level 3 registration authorises the adviser to represent clients in immigration courts, currently known as First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). OISC firms would usually charge less than big firms of solicitors as their overheads are lower than those of big solicitors? firms. Our advice is to check that the firm is properly regulated and get in touch with them to see if you gel.

Whether your lawyers are based in London or not is not massively important. Modern means of communication make it easy to give and take instructions over the telephone, by email or skype. The best way to find out what your immigration adviser will be like to deal with is to get in touch,. You should be able to have a brief conversation regarding your case and receive some general advice. This will give you an indication of the adviser?s level of knowledge and professionalism. They should respond to your emails, return phone calls and book appointments in a timely manner.

You may ask yourself whether it is worth hiring an immigration lawyer to represent you in your immigration matters. There are several factors to consider such as the complexity of your case and whether you intend to make the application yourself or wish to instruct professionals to represent you.

If you are unsure, then you should consider booking a consultation with an immigration specialist who can assess your situation, answer your specific questions and clarify what options are open to you. A consultation may not provide you with all the details you need to make a UK immigration application by yourself, but it can help you decide whether it is worth instructing someone to assist you.

It is important to agree on terms before instructing an immigration lawyer to represent you. These should be set out in a Client Care Letter which confirms your instructions, the fee structure (as well as clarification on Home Office fees) and the complaints procedure in case you are not satisfied with the service you receive.

Price will always be an important factor in choosing a solicitor. However, making your selection solely on this basis is not a good idea. It could mean handing your case over to someone who is taking on too many clients and therefore unable to dedicate enough time to each one. Good lawyers' fees are likely to reflect the amount of time and effort they will put into preparing your case. Selecting the right specialist could save you a lot of time, hassle and money, especially in the long run. However, the overheads your solicitors are likely to bear, such as an address in a posh London location, would involve an extra cost which is inevitably transferred to the client. You might wish to note this as one of the factors in your assessment.

Kadmos Consultants have been specialising solely in immigration since 2007 and have an excellent reputation and an impressive track record of success. Our clients' testimonials speak for themselves. We are professional lawyers and we are accredited by the OISC at the top level. We are very approachable and you can call us at any time or send us an email and we will respond without delay. You can also visit our offices in Wembley Park in London.

We offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to assess the merits of your case and tell you whether there is scope for us to help you. When a more detailed discussion of your affairs is necessary we will offer you a paid consultation and if necessary may organise to get an independent second opinion. We are not the cheapest company you will find, but the money you pay will go into careful and thorough preparation of your case. We will advise you of our fees in advance and you will receive from us an engagement letter which sets out our terms and conditions.

Immigration Blog

Visit our blog for discussion of the current developments in the UK Immigration policy and law

UK visitor visa
December 14, 2015
New visitor visa guidance: genuineness and credibility of visitors from the war affected zones

On 2 December 2015 the Home Office issued a new guidance for decision makers in relation to visitor visa applications. This document confirms the policy of differential treatment of applications on the basis of the applicant’s country of residence or nationality (visitors from the war affected zones are not to be admitted) and visitors with family ties in the UK will find it more difficult to visit if they have no “anchor” in the country of origin. How this new Guidance lies with the provisions of the Race Discrimination Act is probably a matter to be tested.

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You shall not marry in haste
November 28, 2014
Spouse Visa Applicants Shall Not Marry In Haste

There is an old saying, “marry in haste, repent at leisure”. Fortunately, this risk will become less likely from March 2 2015. The period for giving Notice of Marriage will extend from 15 to 28 days. And if the Home Office consider there are reasons to suspect a “sham marriage”, you may see your Notice period extended to a full 70 day.

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Baffling questions in immigration appeals
October 30, 2014
Six most baffling questions I’ve heard from Immigration Judges

Representing a client in an immigration appeal is a cherished opportunity for immigration solicitors to have a conversation with a learned member of the legal profession. It is similar to our academic seminars at Oxford or Cambridge. In a quiet discussion we are trying to reach for the essence of the problem, and then find the right answer. I recall a few questions from those academic discussions, that baffled me with the simplicity and profundity of message.

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October 12, 2014
Who wears pyjamas? An Immigration Solicitor’s Perspective

My clients often ask me whether in case of early morning visits by the immigration officers probing into the genuineness of their marital relationship it is advisable or not advisable to wear pyjamas. This intensely complex ethical, anthropological and legal question deserves a careful and impartial analysis without which I would be struggling to give a clear and unequivocal answer that one would expect from respectable immigration solicitors: is wearing pyjamas worthwhile?

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