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Immigration Solicitors


When you or a family member are looking to visit or gain residency to the UK, our Immigration Solicitors in Manchester or Stockport can provide invaluable advice when you need it. We are available to discuss any aspect of the application or appeals process. Our UK immigration solicitors know that with every immigration application, you want to maximise your chances of success from the outset. Our immigration team provide bespoke advice making sure they take time to understand your situation and which immigration application applies to you.

With the UK government increasingly restricting the rights to appeal refused decisions and the ability to switch into different immigration categories, our Immigration Solicitors in Manchester understand the importance of clear, precise and timely advice

How Can Our Specialist Immigration Team Help?

Clifford Johnston’s Immigration Solicitors can support you with your immigration queries in relation to first time applications, repeat applications and appeals. We represent individuals entering the UK from abroad, remaining in the UK, in the same or different immigration category, or challenging negative immigration decisions. We can also help with you and your family in securing 'settled status', known as Indefinite Leave to Remain, as well as with British Naturalisation

We offer one-off advice, an application checking service, or full support throughout the application and appeal process.

Our Immigration Solicitors represent clients appealing to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and advise on applications seeking permission to bring Judicial Review proceedings. They are dedicated to offering legal advice, help and professional support.

Clifford Johnston & Co possess in-depth legal expertise surrounding Family and Partner UK visa applications (such as UK Spouse Visa applications) and UK visa applications for work or study purposes. Where your need is family-related you can count on Clifford Johnston to provide the highest standards of legal representation for spouses, partners, civil partners, proposed partners (fiancés), children and other dependent relatives. It is of paramount importance to ensure that visa applications are afforded the care and attention your family deserves as visa refusals can lead to prolonged appeals processes. Seeking the best legal advice to help with your applications is therefore essential.

Spouse Visa UK

Our 'Spouse Visa Solicitors' in Manchester will provide a complete service to help you through the application process. A UK Spouse Visa will permit you or your partner to live in the UK for 30 months. If you are seeking permanent residence for your Wife or Husband, then the Spouse Visa is the first step toward permanent settlement status in the UK.

Partner and Family Visa Application Services

Bringing a partner into the UK can be a complex business. Partners, including spouses, can enter the UK under many different categories, and it is essential to know which applies to your situation. This is likely to require specialist immigration advice, particularly as there is now limited ability to switch between visa categories following entry to the UK.

ILR & Settled Status

Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (ILR) is a form of immigration status which allows a person who does not have the right of abode in the UK to remain in the country without any time limits on the length of their stay. You can usually apply for ILR after you've lived in the UK for 5 years

Naturalisation UK

Naturalisation is the legal process by which a person changes their nationality. Gaining full British Citizenship is considered as the last stage of the UK Immigration process. UK Naturalisation is a process that individuals must complete if they wish to become a British citizen.

Appeals and Challenges

If you receive a refusal decision on an immigration application, our solicitors can advise you on your rights of challenge.

Asylum Applications

Anyone who fears persecution in their country of nationality can make a claim for asylum in the U.K. An asylum claim can only be considered after someone has entered the UK. An asylum seeker is expected to claim at the earliest opportunity. Our Immigration solicitors, accredited by the Law Society, have the experience you need to support you with your asylum claim or appeal.

Illegal Deportation

Clifford Johnston & Co are one of the UK’s leading law firms in handling illegal deportation compensation claims. If you are an EU national who has been deported from the UK having first being detained by the police or UK Border Agency for being homeless, then contact the illegal deportation claims team at Clifford Johnston & Co for expert help.

Business Immigration Solicitors

Our Manchester Immigration solicitors provide expert legal advice surrounding specific business immigration issues. We comprehensively support both education providers and employers with immigration applications for their employees, sponsor licence issues and immigration compliance duties.

Where employers need to recruit talent from overseas, our Business Immigration Solicitors in Manchester can advise on the options available.

Funding your Immigration Case

Legal Aid

Government funding, known as Legal Aid is available for some immigration representation. Clifford Johnston solicitors do not undertake legal aid work for immigration. To check if you can get legal aid, please visit the Legal Aid Agency website here:

We can offer legal advice and support for all of our clients but this is not supported by legal aid.

Funding options - Tailored Fees

At Clifford Johnston, our immigration solicitors will clearly explain the costs of your case at the outset so you know what you'll need to pay to fund the work that we can carry out to help you achieve your goal.

Where we are able to work on a fixed fee, or agreed fee basis we will do so. Some, more complex cases may not be suitable for fixed fee funding and we will provide fee estimates for each stage of your case.

We may also be able to provide payment plans. If you wish to discuss these and all of our legal services then please contact Clifford Johnston immigration solicitors.

For more information on our specific immigration specialisms – follow the relevant links:

Immigration Law: Immigration appeals and challenges

Immigration Law: Visiting or Studying in the UK

Why choose Clifford Johnston Immigration Solicitors?

Our Immigration, Nationality and Asylum solicitors discuss the options available to you and provide clear advice on the Immigration process and how it applies to you. Our solicitors work exclusively in immigration law and understand how stressful the immigration process can be. At Clifford Johnston you will receive a personal service and pragmatic, realistic advice on your options. Our lawyers know that taking advice on the process early on can save time, money and stress.

The fees for immigration applications are high and knowing which documents to submit with an application can be confusing. Our solicitors regularly submit complex applications to the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration to obtain grants of immigration status on behalf of clients.

We tailor advice to your individual needs and offer realistic pricing structures. Clifford Johnston Solicitors do not offer legal aid for immigration applications, however if you are eligible for legal aid, we will advise you of this.

Contact Clifford Johnston's Immigration Solicitors

If you are unsure about the next steps in the immigration process, contact our specialised immigration solicitors who will be able to explain the process to you, clearly and simply. Contact us to find out more about our services.

Immigration applications and appeals can often be subject to short time limits, our solicitors are accessible and responsive and will be happy to discuss your situation with you to see how they can help.

Our Solicitors in Stockport (Heaton Moor) & Solicitors in Manchester (Burnage) are easily accessible.  We represent clients not only locally and throughout Stockport, Cheshire, Lancashire & Manchester but also across the United Kingdom. You can count on us to help and guide you whatever your challenge or circumstance.

We are proud of the service we give and the impact we make for our clients.  If you need advice or representation please call and speak to one of our team or complete the online enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly. We will always respond promptly and we will be happy to help.

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