Laura Devine Solicitors is an award-winning boutique immigration firm recognised as one of the foremost immigration practices in the UK (ranked in 'Band 1' by legal directories). The firm comprises 50 dedicated staff and the partners, Laura Devine, Anastasia Tonello, Sophie Barrett-Brown, Natasha Chell and Jennifer Stevens are renowned as leading immigration experts.

The firm provides specialist advice on all aspects of immigration to the UK and US, and European free movement assisting individuals, families, SMEs and corporate clients including but not limited to, finance, consulting, manufacturing, IT, travel, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical, education, entertainment, fashion and sports.

Members of the firm are involved in many organisations including the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) and The Law Society (TLS).

Accolades awarded include Citywealth's Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, UK Immigration Advisory Firm of the Year 2014, Legal 500 Human Resources Specialist Firm of the Year 2014, The Magic Circle - Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2015, The Law Society Excellence Awards 2015 - Woman Lawyer of the Year, Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2016 - Boutique Organisation of the Year: Female Leadership and The Magic Circle Awards 2016 - Immigration Law Firm of the Year.

Laura Devine Solicitors is associated with Laura Devine Attorneys LLC, New York.

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Summary of Changes to the Immigration Rules - 6 April 2017

The latest changes to the Immigration Rules come into force today (6 April 2017), together with a range of fee increases. The main changes for employers and sponsored workers include:
Tier 2 (General)
The minimum salary threshold for experienced workers has increased to £30,000 (subject to certain exceptions, remaining at £20,800, including new entrants (eg those under the age of 26 or students switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2) and certain medical and teaching roles). The minimum salary threshold for "high-earners" (the benefits of which include exemption from the Resident Labour Market Test (“RLMT”)) has increased to £159,600 (currently £155,300). Websites which may be used for graduate recruitment to satisfy the RLMT now include any freely-available, prominent graduate recruitment website. A new exemption from the RLMT and the annual cap on restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) applies to posts which support the relocation of a high value business to the UK or significant new inward investment project - of at least £27 million and leading to the creation of at least 21 new UK jobs.

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Natasha Chell discusses the triggering of Article 50 with BBC News

After Theresa May finally fired the starting gun on the process of Britain leaving the EU by triggering Article 50 on 29 March 2017, the prospect of life outside the EU became even closer. BBC News interviewed a panel of experts in its Article 50 Brexit special including Natasha Chell, a Partner at Laura Devine Solicitors, for their take on what this life may look like.

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Signed, sealed and delivered: Brexit Begins

Theresa May has this afternoon triggered Article 50, formally notifying the EU of the UK's intention to withdraw from membership. This starts the two-year clock for departure, making 29 March 2019 the expected date that the UK will leave the EU (unless members unanimously agree to an extension).Negotiations for the terms of departure are expected to formally begin in May, after EU leaders meet on 29 April to finalise their position. Both the UK government and EU leaders have indicated their intention to reach agreement on securing the rights of EU nationals already in the UK (and British citizens elsewhere in the EU) early on in the negotiation process - however no formal arrangements are yet in place.

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