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 and Natasha Chell 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 in the last 12 months 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 and The Magic Circle - Premier Award for the Financial Sector - Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2015.

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

Latest News

Provisional change to Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship allocation

The Home Office has proposed to change the operation of the Tier 2 (General) limit to maximise the number of places which can be allocated each month, within the overall annual limit of 20,700. The Tier 2 (General) annual limit was first introduced in April 2011 and applies to Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS). RCoS' are needed to sponsor migrants who apply for Tier 2 outside the UK, except very senior staff earning £155,300 or more. RCoS' are also required to sponsor Tier 4 dependants who apply to switch into Tier 2 in the UK.

MAC's published report on Tier 2 minimum salary thresholds

In June 2015 the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by the government to provide a two part review of Tier 2 of the Points Based System, the primary route for economic migration to the UK. The scope of the first part of the review was an analysis of Tier 2 minimum salary thresholds. The second and more substantial part shall be a wider review of the Tier 2 category, which is due to be published in December 2015.

Additional Home Office fees for overseas applicants to use Visa...

From 1 September, the Home Office will require applicants to pay an additional fee of £52 per application to use some visa application centres, in addition to the application fee. The fee is a slight reduction from what is currently charged (£59) at existing user pays centres in nearly 100 other locations and is to cover the cost of operating the local application centres.


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