I have a law degree and spent many years working in advice agencies. I was consulted on many topics such as housing, welfare benefits, debt and relationship issues. There were two topics I hated dealing with. One was pensions. The other was immigration. To be honest if you have an issue around that last one, I can think of lots of good reasons to consult an immigration solicitor including when making applications for things like a Spouse Visa.
Good reasons to consult an immigration solicitor
Immigration is one of those legal fields where changes and amendments happen a lot. You can try to Google for advice or perhaps seek advice from your union. However, I believe it is an immigration solicitor who will best help you keep updated on the changes and how they will impact on your particular circumstances.
Helping friends and family
It might be that you have a friend or family member who is struggling with an immigration matter. You might be trying to do your best to help them but often feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall. You may be applying for partners or other family members to stay in the UK.
You may not have the best English or have a friend or family member who finds the English language a little daunting. Even if you do have great English, legal language is not always the most user-friendly. An immigration solicitor can help you navigate through all that confusing terminology.
Improve your chances of visa approval
Visas are never guaranteed, even ones that seem like they have a strong case, such as with a student or UK Spouse Visa. There can be one factor overlooked that results in the application being rejected. A solicitor can go over your application and give useful advice to reduce the chance of the immigration office refusing it. In addition, a solicitor can appeal a rejected application and use their experience to argue your case.
Form-filling and more
The best guidance on immigration matters is available from immigration solicitors who are specialists in their field. They can ensure forms are filled in correctly and gather relevant documentation for any interviews or language tests you may need to attend.
Can you suggest any other good reasons to consult an immigration solicitor?