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Changes to the Immigration Rules: Tier 2 (General) Visa

The Home Office announced on 15 June 2018, changes to the Immigration Rules will affect a number of categories including Tier 2 of the Points-Based System.

Changes are being made to exempt doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 (General) limit. This is in response to the particular shortages and pressures facing the NHS at the current time, and the fact that the limit has been oversubscribed in each month since December 2017.

The changes will mean that health sector employers will be able to sponsor doctors and nurses without requiring restricted Tier 2 certificates of sponsorship or putting pressure on the limit. This will free up places within the limit for other key roles which contribute to the UK economy and other public services. The changes will be kept under review.

In all other respects, the change preserves the existing arrangements. This means that all applications for nurses, and all applications for doctors not currently recognised on the Shortage Occupation List, will continue to be required to demonstrate that they have met the requirements of the Resident Labour Market Test.

Doctors currently recognised on the Shortage Occupation List will continue to be exempt from the RLMT.

The following additional changes are being made to Tier 2 Visa category:

  • Amendments are being made so that applications for Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship for Croatian nationals no longer count towards the Tier 2 limit. This is because Croatian nationals will no longer need to apply for work authorisation in this category, owing to the lifting of transitional controls on the work rights of Croatian nationals on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Croatia’s accession to the EU.
  • From 14 June 2012, the skills threshold for jobs sponsored under Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT) increased from Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 4 to RQF level 6. The transitional arrangements, for those previously in these routes to extend their stay, are no longer needed and are being closed. Provisions for these migrants to apply for indefinite leave to remain are being retained. The Government signalled in March 2016 that this closure would take place in July 2018, and set this out in the published guidance for Tier 2 sponsors.
  • A change is being made to expand the restriction on Tier 2 migrants holding more than 10% of shares in their sponsor so as also to restrict such ownership being held indirectly, such as via another corporate entity.
  • A change is being made to the evidential requirements for Tier 2 migrants applying for settlement, who have been absent from work on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave. These applicants are additionally required to provide evidence of the underlying adoption or birth that necessitated their leave. These changes bring the requirements in line with similar requirements elsewhere in the Immigration Rules.
  • References to Find a Job, the service replacing Universal Jobmatch, have been included for the Resident Labour Market Test.
  • Minor drafting corrections are being made to correct the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code used for midwives. These corrections have no impact on the way applications for midwives are considered.

These changes to the Immigration Rules will come into effect on 6 July 2018.

More information is available in the statement of changes.

For more details, please feel free contact our please contact our immigration lawyers on Tel. +44(0)20 7822 8535, Mobile / Viber: +447463382838, by e-mail: contact@sterling-law.co.uk or via our online appointment booking form.

New UK start-up visa introduced by the Home Office

The new visa route was announced by the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, during London Tech Week on 13 June 2018. According to the statement, the UK start-up visa route will widen the applicant pool of talented entrepreneurs and make the visa process faster and smoother for entrepreneurs coming to the UK. It will replace a visa route which was exclusively for graduates, opening it up to a wider pool of talented business founders.

People who want to start a business in the UK will be able to apply for a new “start-up” visa, the Home Secretary has announced. 

According to the Home Secretary, new start-up visa will help to ensure that the UK continues to attract the best global talent and maintain the UK’s position as a world-leading destination for innovation and entrepreneurs.

It will require applicants to have acquired an endorsement from a university or approved business sponsor, including accelerators. This start-up visa has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee and feedback from the tech sector and other stakeholders.

This initiative builds on other recent reforms to the visa system – including doubling the number of visas available on the Exceptional Talent route to 2,000 per year – and shows the government’s commitment to making the UK a dynamic, open, globally-trading nation.

The expanded UK start-up visa route will launch in Spring 2019, further details will be announced in due course.

Immigration Assistance

For expert advice and assistance in relation to your particular immigration case, please contact our immigration lawyers on Tel. +44(0)20 7822 8535, Mobile / Viber: +447463382838, by e-mail: contact@sterling-law.co.uk or via our online appointment booking form.

Successful Application for Administrative Review of Refusal in Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension

Our team is delighted to share the latest news that our client’s application for administrative review of the refusal of  leave to remain a s a Tier 1 Investor has been successful.

Administrative review is a procedure that allows your visa application to be reviewed if it has been refused.

The administrative review is carried out by a different department of the Home Office. It should be successful if any procedural errors made by an original decision maker will be identified. If that is the case, the original decision will be withdrawn and your visa application reconsidered.

Tier 1 Investor Visa Extension

The Applicant is a Kazakh national, who has been issued with entry clearance as a Tier 1 Investor, entered the UK with her dependants. On the expiration of her visa, she applied for further leave to remain as a Tier 1 Investor, with her dependants applying for an extension of their leave. This application was refused on several grounds.

  1. Firstly, the Respondent was not satisfied that the funds loaned to the Applicant were under her control in the UK, which was against the provisions of paragraphs 2, 6 and 11 of the loan agreement. This allegation was founded upon the basis that the requirement of the Applicant to invest the loan in an Authorised Investment Destination (AID) Company was not satisfied, thus resulting an agreement to ‘lose its force’. The Respondent assumed that the reference to an ‘AID Company’ must refer to a specific company. However, this was not specified in the loan agreement and the Respondent’s claim was argued to be unreasonable, whist lacking any objective evidence.
  2. Secondly, the Respondent was not convinced that the Applicant’s investment was This was argued to be outside of the Respondent’s concern with the regards to the merits of the investment. The investment of 1 million pounds in the company is one of the main requirements to obtain a Tier 1 Investor Visa, which was done in accordance with the rules and regulations according to the facts.
  3. Thirdly, the Respondent referred to the Articles of Association of the company, alleging that its provisions prevented the funds from being under the Applicant’s control and disposable in the UK. However, the Articles of Association guaranteed that the funds would be redeemed to the Applicant, making them consistent with the fact that the Applicant had a sufficient control over them.
  4. Finally, the Respondent alleged that the Applicant’s investment was not within the category of paragraph 65(b) of Appendix A, namely ‘open-ended investment companies, investment trust companies, investment syndicate companies, or pooled investment vehicles’. However, no clear evidence was provided regarding this matter. The Respondent was concerned about a disclosure of the company’s principle business by its Accountants. This evidence was argued to be insufficient to assert the company’s activities at the time of the investment. Additionally, the Respondent referred to the information given by the Applicant during her interview, particularly that the Applicant exercises powers to control the company’s future investments, which was again argued to be lacking any reasonable basis on which to determine the applicability of paragraph 65(b) of Appendix A.

Success of the Application

Sterling Law, defined against all odds, provided all the necessary arguments in favour of the Applicants. Accordingly, the Administrative Review was successful on the grounds of paragraph AR2.11(d) of the Immigration Rules, particularly that the ‘original decision maker failed to apply the Secretary of State’s relevant published policy and guidance in relation to the application’.

The arguments presented by the Home Office authorities were made on the basis of their subjective and unreasonable assumptions, rather than relying on the objective evidence.

This is but a mere example of how passionate and dedicated Sterling Law is to fight for a just and unbiased bureaucracy.

Immigration Assistance

For expert advice and assistance in relation to your particular immigration case, please contact our immigration lawyers on Tel. +44(0)20 7822 8535, Mobile / Viber: +447463382838, by e-mail: contact@sterling-law.co.uk or via our online appointment booking form.

Home Office Unreasonable Conduct Incites Award of Costs Claims

The award of costs, though not a relatively new scheme is one that has recently had its scope expanded thanks to a court decision made at the end of last year. This time with an expert panel of senior judges stepping in to give their determination on whether Home Office officers can be held to account for unreasonable behaviour by way of an order of costs.

In the last few years, it has become unclear whether an order of costs can be made against Home Office officers who are not considered regulated legal representatives per se.

However, owing to Awuah (No2) an unpublished follow-up to its predecessor, Awuah and Ors [2017] UKFTT 555 (IAC), the Tribunal has positively determined that awards of costs can be made against the Home Office. Though, this power, granted by Rule 9 of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014 and Rule 10 of the Tribunal Procedure (Upper Tribunal Rules) Rules 2008, remains a power to be exercised with significant restraint. Perhaps a necessary constraint to prevent a colossal flood gate from being opened in claims against the Home Office. Nonetheless, it remains to be said, I am quite sure there are many.

Case Study

Sterling Law have recently acted as legal representatives to the Appellant – a Ghanaian citizen, refused a visa as a partner of a British citizen by the Home Office. The Home Office had claimed – as they too often do in assuming that in such cases sham marriages are predominantly made in order to obtain a British visa – that the appellant’s marriage was not a genuine and subsisting one. This, of course, turned out to be a false allegation and as the appellant’s legal representatives, we served several documentary evidences including DNA reports during the appeal in April which strongly contradicted such claims.

The Ghanaian appellant continues to be engaged in a genuine marriage and has borne a young child with his British wife, which overwhelmingly indicates an individual’s serious and sincere commitment to the development of his family life. A commitment that also entails the creation of the individual’s sustaining and long-lasting family-unit.  As such, all of this detail was assertively provided to the Home Office in evidence of the Appellant’s relationship with his wife and child. However, the Home Office not only and resoundingly failed to make a proper assessment of this case in our submission of the initial application, but there were also several incidents of negligence and unreasonable behaviour displayed throughout the duration of the appeal.

As the Tribunal judge noted in the Appellant’s decision, the Home Office officer neglected to file important documentation in compliance with the procedural rules of the Tribunal prior to the Appellant’s appeal hearing. Notably, incidents which do not fully comply with the rules that the Tribunal has in place for all parties to a legal proceeding, can often prove to be an obstacle to the progress of the case. As such, the nature of this documentation was Home Office interview records that the Home Office used almost exclusively as their evidence against the appellant to incriminate and delegitimise his credibility. Considering the weight of this evidence, which allegedly fortified the Home Office’s position against the appellant, they absurdly ‘forgot’ to submit these records on time for the appeal hearing and despite several letters sent by us prompting them to do so. These records were only properly acquiesced to both Sterling & Law and the Tribunal upon the Home Office representative being found to carry it on-file on the date of the hearing.

Unfortunately, this is not all of such irresponsible acts to have taken place during the appellant’s appeal.

On the day of the hearing, the Home Office had also foregone their obligation to cooperate with the Tribunal by failing to turn up without any explanation or prior notice for the absence. This is despite being appropriately notified of the hearing date well in advance by the Tribunal. Positively, the appeal continued to proceed despite this setback. Therefore, it proves how the Home Office continues to show much disregard and indifference for a large number of the immigration cases it oversees. Even more so in this case where the Home office has clearly shown irresponsibility, unreasonable and even unprofessional conduct that does nothing but further damage the image of the Home Office and its officers.

Appeal Success

Sterling Law proudly states that the Tribunal has granted this appeal on the proper consideration of all the evidence we have provided as the Ghanaian appellant’s legal representatives. The appeal has subsisted against the Home Office upon the grounds of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), preventing the unnecessary interference to the extant family life and private life between the Ghanaian appellant, his British wife and their child. An interference which is only really justified and serves as the exception and not norm in the event it contravenes with the law, is for the legitimate public end necessary in a democratic society, or is an interference which is ardently necessary to protect the economic well-being of the country.

Finally, this case has shown clear faults in the way the Home Office operates. It is clearly unlawful for the Home Office not to have full regard for the appellant’s circumstances before deciding whether to exercise their discretion in favour or against granting the applicant’s entry into the country. It also exudes of unreasonable conduct when the Home Office either fail to consider all the documentary evidence submitted to them or fail to appropriately present evidence as per the rules and regulations of the Tribunal, or both. Such as in this case.

As such, to continue to demerit such acts of negligence by the Home Office, Sterling Law will be pursing more relentlessly, claims for the award of Costs where cases are, prima facie, handled with unreasonable conduct.

As a law firm specialising in immigration and human rights, we continuously strive to protect the best interests of our clients.

Is your business compliant with the New Data Protection Regulation?

What is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

In short, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a set of European regulations on how EU citizens’ data is handled. In general, the rules are more strict than before and there are significant fines and penalties if you do not take care to familiarise yourself with the new legislation.

Does it apply to my business?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018.

If you are processing (handling) or controlling (making decisions about) any personal data (for example names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, IP addresses etc.) of an EU citizen, then you will be affected by these changes. This includes businesses that are not necessarily based in the EU and the data is not limited to your clients but also includes employees, suppliers and other partners. There is a separate group of ‘special categories’ of personal data for things like ethnic background or religious views.

Furthermore, the government has indicated that this legislation and the Data Protection Regulation will remain in full force after Brexit.

What do I have to do?

There are 11 chapters and 99 separate articles in the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. There are various legal reasons you can have for processing data (contract/legal obligation/vital interests/public task/legitimate interests), but generally speaking, the most important one for most small businesses is that of consent.

Consent to handle data needs to be clear, specific, explicit and freely given, so it cannot be hidden in small print or involve a default ‘opt-in’ position.

Additionally, data must be deleted or anonymised after a certain period of time. People will also have the right to access all the personal data you hold on them at any time, or request that you delete the data you are storing on them, so it is important that it is stored in an organised and comprehensible fashion to be accessed quickly and easily.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Businesses that breach the new Data Protection Regulation are open to substantial fines of up to €20 million or 4% of your company’s annual global turnover (whichever is larger), so clearly these rules are not to be taken lightly. It is also worth bearing in mind that an individual who suffers as a result of poor data management can sue you for damage.

How can we help?

If you are unsure about what steps to take next, our lawyers are on hand to point you in the right direction.

Our comprehensive and competitive advice on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance includes, but is not limited to:

  • Update your Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to comply with the GDPR
  • Update your website to comply with GDPR
  • Provide a list of action points to anonymise online payments
  • Advise on anonymising inactive customers and prospects
  • Consult on data mapping
  • Provide full-scale, comprehensible information about “Right to Access” and “Right to be Forgotten”
  • Additional services, such as training your staff

For expert advice and assistance, please contact our lawyers on tel. +44(0)20 7822 8599 and by e-mail: info@sterlinglawyers.co.uk

Spouse Visa Refusal Successfully Challenged

Oksana Demyanchuk, Immigration lawyer (OISC Level 3) successfully represented the client in a difficult case and helped to challenge the Home Office’s refusal of the UK entry clearance – spouse visa application.

The basis of the spouse visa refusal was that the appellant has previously entered the UK on false documents and that she had used deception in a previous application by failing to declare that she was previously refused entry clearance.Therefore, deception was alleged by the Home Office and her application refused under both Appendix FM and paragraph 320(11) of the Immigration Rules.

After hearing the evidence from the sponsor of the applicant and upon reviewing evidence put forward by Sterling & Law Associates LLP, the Judge allowed the appeal on the grounds of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Private & Family Life

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides a right to respect to individual’s private and family life. It was held that if our client’s husband relocates to Ukraine he would potentially be subject to military service. Our client was subsequently granted an entry clearance visa, as it was held that her husband cannot be reasonably expected to relocate to Ukraine to live with his family.

The judge had also taken into account the fact that the appellant had previously voluntary returned to  Ukraine and her intention to set matters right by making the proper entry clearance application from abroad.

The appeal was allowed on Article 8 of the ECHR grounds.

Law Student Internship (Ukrainian / Russian Speaker) – London

We are offering an unpaid internship for undergraduate / postgraduate law students. The internship is normally full-time lasting 2-3 months.

Sterling & Law Associates LLP is a London-based immigration law firm accredited by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) at the highest qualification level 3.

Sterling & Law Associates LLP is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The firm has a level 3 registration allowing to work on the most complex immigration and visa cases. The firm assists corporates and individuals on all immigration law cases, including visa refusals and appeals.

Responsibilities and Duties

During the internship we try to expose interns as much as possible to the working practices of the firm in the area of immigration law and human rights. This will include administrative assignments, filing, contacting clients, legal research, and assisting immigration lawyers and partners of the firm with current casework.

A full-time job offer may result from a successfully completed internship. References will be provided at the end of internship.

Law Student Internship Applications

In order to apply for internship please send your CV by email contact@sterling-law.co.uk

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Vacancy: Experienced Immigration Solicitor (3 PQE) – IAAS Level 2, Supervisor level

We are looking for an experienced immigration solicitor (3 PQE).

The successful candidate must be accredited to at least IAAS level 2 and IAAS Supervisor level.

The candidate will be expected to manage a heavy workload involving practical advice to individual and corporate clients. This solicitor role will require you to handle a full range of immigration and asylum matters. The candidate will be required to handle own caseload without supervision.

  • Salary: £60,000 (negotiable) plus bonuses
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Experience: PQE: 3 years (Required)
  • Accreditation: IAAS level 2 or above and Supervisor level (Required)
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (Required)

About the employer:

Sterling Lawyers Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No.630147). The firm specialises in immigration, criminal and family law cases and assists corporate and individual clients.

How to apply:

For more details and to apply for this position “Experienced Immigration Solicitor (3 PQE)” please send your CV and cover letter indicating your expected salary and/or fee share, and availability by e-mail to info@sterlinglawyers.co.uk

Football World Cup in Russia: Visas, Migration Control & Registration

This summary describes the main visa-free entry, migration control and registration requirements applied to the supporters travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup.

On the 11th May 2018, the Embassy of Russian in the UK published an official updateInformation on foreign citizens’ migration regulations and registration at the place of temporary residence during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

According to this statement, foreign nationals and stateless persons, visiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ football matches, can enter and exit the Russian Federation between 4 June and 25 July 2018 without visas, using identity documents (passports, travel documents) and a FAN ID (personalised football supporter card) issued either in the paper (laminated) or electronic form.

FAN ID to Visit Russia for Football World Cup

The FAN ID entitles a foreign spectator to enter, temporary reside in and exit the Russian Federation during the football tournament.

The FAN ID is a personalised football supporter card, which is part of football fans’ identification system.

The FAN ID is issued to all football supporters to ensure their comfortable and secure stay at the stadiums in Russia during the football World Cup matches. All supporters, who have purchased tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches, must obtain this card.

The FAN ID is a personalised laminated card, which is issued free of charge and once for each spectator.

How does FAN ID work:

“Fan ID” holders are permitted to enter without a visa and stay on the territory of the Russian Federation from 4 June 4 to 25 July 2018.

  1. Buy a ticket for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™
  2. Register on the website and receive a confirmation
  3. You can get a FAN ID by mail or at one of the FAN ID Distribution centres
  4. Use your FAN ID for free travel in Russia
  5. Take your FAN ID with you for admission to the stadium 

Information on the procedure for obtaining a Fan ID can be found on the websites of the organizers of the above sports events at: www.fan-id.ru and www.welcome2018.com.

Fan ID Guide

Info for Travellers

Information for FIFA World Cup 2018 Travellers

The information on the migration legislation and foreign spectators registration

Entry to Russia: Migration Card & Registration

A migration card is handed out to each supporter by the Border Control officers on arrival to Russia. This card must be retained by a visitor during the whole period of stay in Russia.

In case of damage or loss of the migration card a visitor must apply to the migration subdivision of the territorial office of the Ministry of the Interior Affairs of Russia (the “Migration registration body”) at the place of temporary residence to obtain a duplicate.

Foreign nationals visiting Football World Cup venues in the cities of Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi between 25 May and 25 July 2018 must register at the place of their temporary residence within 24 hours after arrival to each city.

If a visitor intends to stay in one of the above cities less than 24 hours, he/she should not register, except in cases when he/she stays at a hotel.

Foreign nationals who are taking part in the sporting events, including Football World Cup participants, as well as representatives of the FIFA and FIFA subsidiaries, confederations and national football associations, and who are included in the FIFA lists, shall not be subject to registration at the place of their temporary residence (According to Article 8 of the Federal Law dated June 7, 2013 No 108-FZ “On preparation and hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in the Russian Federation”).

Who can host World Cup visitors in Russia?

The citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless person having permanent residence in the Russian Federation (holders of residence permit), as well as legal entities and their subsidiaries or branch offices can act as the hosts (Hosting Parties) for the foreign nationals visiting Russian for the Football World Cup.

When a foreign national stays in a hotel, the hotel’s administration is the host (Hosting Party).

In order to fill in the Notification of Arrival at the Place of Temporary Residence (the Notification of Arrival) a foreign national must present to the Hosting Party identification document and migration card. In case a foreign national arrives to a new place of temporary residence he/she must also present to the Hosting Party a detachable part of the Notification of Arrival issued at his/her previous place of temporary residence in the Russian Federation.

The Hosting Party fills in the Notification of Arrival and submits it together with copies of all pages of the visitor’s identification document as well as the copy of migration card to a Migration registration body, which stamps the Notification of Arrival and returns the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival to the Hosting Party.

The Hosting Party then gives to a foreign national the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival. The fact that the visitor has the detachable part of the Notification of Arrival with the mark of reception confirms his/her migration registration.

There is no government fees or other charges for registration at the place of temporary residence.

The Hosting Party’s non-submission of the migration card to the Migration registration body can not serve as ground for a refusal to accept documents necessary for the foreign national’s registration at the place of temporary residence.

Submission of the Notification of Arrival and necessary documents via the post, through multifunctional centers, the Unified Portal of State Services or by electronic means in the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ is not allowed.

A foreign national has the right to register his/her arrival at the place of temporary residence with the Migration registration body by him/herself in case there are documented reasonable excuses (illness, physical impossibility, etc.) preventing the Hosting Party from submitting the Notification of Arrival to a migration registration body.

The foreign nationals permanently residing in the Russian Federation and holding a residence permit have a right to notify the relevant Migration registration body of his/her arrival at the place of temporary residence by him/herself directly with the written consent of the Hosting Party.

Foreign nationals, who have not undergone registration at the place of their temporary residence are not subject to responsibility for violation of the migration registration rules, except in cases when the duty to register lies with the said foreign citizen (According to Article 24 of the Federal Law dated July 18, 2006 No.109-FZ “On the Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons Migration Registration in the Russian Federation).

Additional Information

Foreign citizens who in the course of the Football World Cup plan to temporary reside and travel around Russia exclusively by buses, camper vans, personal transport means, small vessels, etc. are not subject to registration at the place of the temporary residence.

For the purpose of timely registration of the football supporters, the territorial offices of the Ministry of the Interior Affairs of Russia will be open on a daily basis, including weekends and public holidays.

Legal Assistance

For expert advice and assistance in relation to your particular case, please contact our lawyers on Tel. +44(0)20 7822 8535, Mobile / Viber: +447463382838, by e-mail: contact@sterling-law.co.uk or via our online appointment booking form.

Workshop Invitation: How to build a startup (and stay in the UK with Tier 1 visa) – 17 May 2018

Sterling & Law Associates LLP and Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club invite students and graduates to join our workshop “How to build a startup (and stay in the UK with Tier 1 visa)” held on Thursday, 17 May 2018 at Cass Business School, London.

Date & Time:

Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 18.00

Venue:

Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ [MAP]

Admission: Free but registration is required via Eventbrite.

Speakers:

  • Ruslan Kosarenko Lawyer UK – Principal Partner at Sterling & Law Associates LLP, has 11 years of experience in immigration law practice with particular expertise in complex human rights cases. He is an expert in Tier 1 Visa (Investor and Entrepreneur) applications, acting for both corporate and individual clients.
  • Slava Baranovskiy – creative entrepreneur, tech startup founder, film director/producer and Entrepreneur in Residence of Westminster Business School with a strong business and tech background, founder of Eligent.

The event is aimed at Russian speaking students and graduates considering to establish their own company in the UK and utilise it to obtain a Tier 1 visa.

Schedule:

1. How to build your own start-up –  presentation by Slava Baranovskiy
2. How to get a Tier 1 visa – presentation by Ruslan Kosarenko
3. Panel Discussion on contiguous matters
4. Q&A session
5. Networking

Main topics covered:

1. Building a tech startup

– How to get a great tech startup idea.
– How to build your startup product.
– Main technologies you need to know.
– How to build your startup team.
– How to find CTO/tech resources for your startup.
– What are the main tech startup challenges/failures and how to resolve them?

2. Defining your product/service

– Who is your target audience?
– Who are your competitors?
– What is your Product/Service USP?
– What is your marketing/sales strategy?

3. Immigration and Business

– How to make myself and my business eligible for Tier 1 visa?
– How to prepare for application? Tips and hints.
– What are typical mistakes and reasons for refusal?
– How to get a Tier 1 Visa if I don’t have an idea?