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

Anastasia Tonello Listed in The Best Lawyers in America

Laura Devine Solicitors is delighted to announce that Anastasia Tonello, Managing Partner of the firm's New York office and Global Head of the US Immigration team has been listed in the Immigration section of this year's 'Best Lawyers in America'. Best Lawyers is a leading US directory focused on identifying top legal practitioners across many key practice areas. Anastasia's further accolades include recognition in legal directories including the Legal 500 UK Edition, Chambers (Global, US and UK), Super Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration and Citywealth Leaders.

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Future changes to restrict Tier 4 (General) migrants' ability to switch...

From 12 November 2015, the Immigration Rules will be changed to restrict Tier 4 (General) students' ability to switch into other Points Based System categories and to extend their stay in the UK. Both potential sponsors, employers and students should be aware that only Tier 4 (General) students whose immigration permission is or was last sponsored by a UK recognised body (or a body in receipt of public funds as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) from the Higher Education Funding Council for England) or by an overseas HEI to undertake a short-term study abroad programme in the UK will be able to switch into Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Minister of Religion), Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker), providing they meet the other requirements in place.

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Warning of recent immigration telephone scams

There has been a widespread scam where criminals have been posing as legitimate authorities or organisations (such as the Home Office) and contacting migrants to threaten them with a non-existent immigration issue and demand money as a 'fine' or as payment. In many cases it is claimed that the migrant has entered the UK illegally and/or will be deported or have their leave cancelled if the money is not paid.

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