TO ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE THINKING OF MOVING TO THE UK FROM THE STATES, THIS IS YOUR UNIQUE CHANCE TO BE CHAPERONED IN THIS PROCESS BY SOMEONE WITH SOMEWHAT OF AN AMERICAN BACKGROUND, WHO IS ALSO A SUCCESSFUL UK IMMIGRATION ADVISER LICENSED BY OISC AT LEVEL 3 (THE HIGHEST LEVEL).

IF YOU USE MY SERVICES FROM THE UNITED STATES, THEY WILL BE PROVIDED BY WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS LLC, A COMPANY REGISTERED IN DELAWARE. 

OVER THE LAST 4-5 YEARS IN UK IMMIGRATION PRACTICE, I HAVE HAD MANY AMERICAN CLIENTS, ALTHOUGH USUALLY THEY HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY A PRINCIPALLY UK-RESIDENT SPOUSE, OR WERE OTHERWISE ALREADY IN THE UK.

HOWEVER, I CAN’T HELP BUT NOTICE, FROM FORUMS AND THE MEDIA, THAT THE MOST DIFFICULTY IN DECIDING WHAT TO DO ABOUT UK VISAS, THE WORST MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE REQUIREMENTS, AND THE MOST CRUCIAL MISTAKES, ARE USUALLY MADE BY AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO ARE RELOCATING FROM THE STATES TO THE UK, AT THE POINT THEY ARE STILL STATESIDE. 

 IT DOES NOT HELP THAT, FOR SPOUSE VISAS, REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILIES RELOCATING FROM OVERSEAS ARE PARTICULARLY CONVOLUTED. 

WHILE READING THIS SITE YOU MIGHT BE LEFT WITH AN IMPRESSION THAT MY PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE IS EEA LAW. IT FELT LIKE THAT A LAST COUPLE OF YEARS SINCE BREXIT, MAINLY BECAUSE I SPEAK RUSSIAN, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS RELATED TO EEA IMMIGRATION ARE RUSSIAN -SPEAKING EASTERN EUROPEANS. 

4-5 YEARS AGO IT WAS ACTUALLY TIER 1 VISAS AND POINTS BASED SYSTEM SETTLEMENT THAT LAUNCHED ME AS AN IMMIGRATION ADVISOR, BECAUSE THAT WAS THE THING AT THE TIME.

FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION, HOWEVER, WAS ALWAYS SECOND LARGEST GROUP OF MY CLIENTS, AND THE LARGEST GROUP OF THOSE WHO FILED, WITH MY HELP,  APPLICATIONS FROM OVERSEAS.  IN SPOUSE VISAS, I HAVE SEEN IT ALL, AND I AM CERTAINLY ATUNED TO THE SPECIFICS OF BOTH THE DOCUMENTATION AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR APPLICANTS FROM THE UNITED STATES.  

I WILL ALSO BE GLAD TO ASSIST IN PBS (TIERS 1, 2)  AND PBS DEPENDENT APPLICATIONS OR ISSUES.

THE FIRST STEP WILL BE A CONSULTATION – I PREFER SKYPE. I NORMALLY I CHARGE $100 TO APPLICANTS IN THE US, WHICH INCLUDES EXPLAINING YOUR POSITION AND YOUR OPTIONS, AS WELL AS ANY RESEARCH AND WRITTEN FOLLOW UP AS REQUIRED. THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT — CONSULTATION LASTS AS LONG AS IS NEEDED TO HAVE AN EXECUTABLE PLAN FOR YOU.

ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, WE WILL ALSO OFFER AN APPLICATION CHECKING SERVICE. THIS INCLUDES CHECKING OVER AN ENTIRE READY-TO-GO FILE , IF YOU SCAN AND UPLOAD ALL OF IT TO ME ON GOOGLE DRIVE , AND TELLING YOU WHETHER THIS IS APPROVABLE OR NOT. THIS COSTS $250. PLEASE NOTE  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE WITH THIS SERVICE, SINCE I CAN’T REALLY CONTROL WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU SUBMIT IN THE END.

NEW VFS “SCANNING” RULES ARE AN UNWELCOME CHANGE, BUT IT MAY TURN BACK TO BEING A WELCOME CHANGE IF THEY MATCH THE OTHER UK OVERSEAS CONTRACTOR, TELEPERFORMANCE, IN ALLOWING APPLICANTS UPLOAD FILES THEMSELVES. THAT OF COURSE WILL ALLOW FOR ENTIRELY REMOTE ASSISTANCE. SO FAR THIS IS NOT YET HAPPENING IN US AND CANADA.

SINCE HOWEVER APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER SENT TO SHEFFIELD EITHER, WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT AN EFFICIENT WAY TO PROVIDE ANY SERVICES OTHER THAN REMOTE “APPLICATION CHECKING”.

IN MAJORITY OF APPLICATIONS UNDER THE IMMIGRATION RULES, EXCEPT VISITOR VISAS, IT IS EASY TO TELL WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL BE APPROVED. ALMOST ALL REFUSALS IN TYPICAL AREAS LIKE SPOUSE VISAS ARE DUE TO APPLICANT MISTAKES. THEREFORE YOU’D BE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU CAREFULLY HEED THE ADVICE.

IF THE FIRST INSTANCE PLEASE  WRITE TO ADVICE@IMMIGRATIONPOLICY.ORG.UK.

I HAVE A SMALL PRACTICE AND PERSONALLY WORK WITH ALL FILES, I DO NOT HAVE ANY ASSISTANTS OR OTHER STAFF WHO DOES THINGS FOR ME (EXCEPT FORWARDING OF MAIL).  SO YOU ALWAYS KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE AND WHOSE ADVICE AND HELP YOU ACTUALLY GET.

** PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE IN THE UNITED STATES. I CAN ASSIST YOU ONLY WITH APPLICATIONS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND ADVICE YOU ON UK LAW ON IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP, AS WELL AS EU FREE MOVEMENT LAW FOR PURPOSES OF RESIDENCE IN THE UK, IF APPLICABLE.***