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Cartwright King is a well-renowned Legal 500 law firm offering immigration advice to clients in Sheffield and Yorkshire, as well as across the UK and abroad. Our experienced team of immigration solicitors works quickly and efficiently to resolve complex immigration matters within tight deadlines. 

We consistently help businesses and individuals deal with visa applications, challenging refusals, deportation, asylum-seeking and more. Whether you need assistance with a Student Visa, a Spouse Visa, a Skilled Worker Visa or another immigration issue, Cartwright King is here to guide you and support you so you can secure your future in the UK.

Our immigration solicitors have vast experience in providing legal advice remotely via video meetings and over the phone so you can reach out to us wherever you are based. Our closest immigration team is based in Birmingham where we can meet you in person, 

Call us today on 0114 321 1000 or fill out our online enquiry form and arrange for your FREE, initial telephone consultation with an immigration solicitor.

How Cartwright King can help

Our immigration solicitors have a proven track record of resolving a variety of immigration-related problems and we regularly advise our clients in Sheffield on matters, such as:

Our immigration solicitors can also help with…

  • Right to rent checks
  • Home Office compliance and illegal working prevention
  • Civil enforcement notices
  • Business premises site visits
  • COVID requirements for immigration workers

Visa Applications

One of the most commonly sought after immigration services we offer to our clients in Sheffield is help with visa applications. Our team can assist you at any stage of the application process, whether you are just now applying, if you are facing a delay, if you’ve already been denied a visa or if you would like to extend your stay in the UK under your current visa. 

As lack of sufficient evidence in your portfolio is one of the top reasons for a visa application to be rejected, our team will take responsibility for completing your portfolio to the necessary standards and submitting your application to the Home Office along with a letter of recommendation written by us on your behalf. WIth Cartwright King Solicitors by your side, you have the best chance of securing your UK visa.

Skilled Worker Visa

If you are an overseas national who has been offered a job by a UK employer with a sponsorship licence, you will need to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa (Tier 2). For your application to be successful, you must match the criteria below: 

  • You must have a formal job offer from a UK employer (20 points)
  • You must have a certificate of sponsorship by the future employer (20 points)
  • Your salary must be above a certain minimum for the role
  • You must have a minimum of B1 level of proficiency in English (10 points)
  • You must provide evidence that you can financially support your stay in the UK
  • You may also be required to provide a tuberculosis certificate 

To collect the necessary eligibility points as a Skilled Worker Visa applicant you must acquire at least 70 points on the eligibility criteria. In addition to the 50 mandatory points described above, you can collect the remaining 20 in different ways. For example, a PhD in some areas or a high salary can bring you an additional 10-20 points. 

For additional information and help with your Skilled Worker Visa application, please do not hesitate to contact our solicitors in Sheffield on 0114 321 1000. 

Travel Visa

If you are planning to take a trip to the UK there are many reasons to visit Sheffield, whether it’s to learn about the history of the Steel City during the Industrial Revolution or explore the Peak District National Park. Home to Sheffield F.C – the oldest football club in the world, as well as the Crucible Theatre where the Snooker World Championship takes place every year, Sheffield is also a great location for sports fans to visit.  

No travel visa is required for travellers from the EEA area (and Switzerland) if your trip to the UK will take less than six months. However, non-EEA nationals must apply for a Standard Visitor Visa regardless of how short your visit to the UK is. Once granted, it allows you to explore Sheffield and other amazing locations throughout the UK for up to six months. 

Student Visa 

With over 60,000 students, including 7,000+ international students, coming to Sheffield annually, we regularly help overseas nationals obtain Student Visas (Tier 4) to complete their education in the city’s top universities – University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Tier 4 (General) Student Visa is applicable to students from both EEA and non-EEA countries. Following Brexit, EU nationals will also need to apply for a Student Visa, as the Erasmus programme is no longer available for the UK. 

The UK Student Visa requirements are as follows:

  • Must have an unconditional offer from a university that is on the sponsorship list 
  • Must be enrolled on a course that grants you an approved qualification 
  • Must genuinely intend to study in the UK
  • Must provide evidence that you can financially support yourself during your studies 
  • Must demonstrate B2 level of English as a minimum (exemptions apply)

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree (or higher) in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Graduates visa that allows you to live and work in the UK for another two years (3 years for PhD graduates).

Spouse Visa

If you are based in Sheffield and you wish for your spouse or civil partner to join you in the UK, you will need to apply for a Spouse Visa. For your spouse to be eligible, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or a person with settled status
  • Your marriage/civil partnership certificate must be recognised by UK law
  • Must be able to prove that you and your partner have met each other in person at least once
  • Must meet a minimum combined annual income threshold of £18,600 (+ £3,800 more for a first child and a further £2,400 per child for any additional children) 
  • Must have suitable accommodation in the UK
  • Must have a certain level of proficiency in English

The Spouse Visa allows you to live and work in the UK for 30 months. You can then apply for an extension to your visa lasting another 30 months. If you still wish to remain in the UK after this 5-year period, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. 

Indefinite Leave to Remain

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a type of settled status that allows you to live and work in the UK without any restrictions. The eligibility criteria include:

  • Must have resided in the UK continuously for a certain number of years (usually five) 
  • Must not have broken the law during your stay in the UK
  • Must not have been away from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12-month period during your UK residency
  • Must successfully complete the Life in the UK test – subjects include UK history, traditions and culture
  • Must prove a minimum of B1 level of English proficiency 

The standard period of residency required is five years but if you have been living in the UK under a Tier 1 Investor Visa or Innovator Visa, you could be eligible for ILR earlier – after two to three years.

Get a No-Obligation Consultation Today

At Cartwright King, we understand the importance of building trust and getting to know your immigration solicitor before choosing the right legal adviser. This is why we offer all our potential clients, whether you contact us as an individual or on behalf of a Sheffield-based business, the opportunity to speak to our experts before appointing us.

Benefit from a FREE initial no-obligation telephone conversation* during which we:

  • Learn more about you and your case
  • Get to know the details of your immigration situation
  • Look at possible ways we can help you

Fully confidential and completely free, this telephone discussion allows you to get a feel for how we work and if we are the right experts for you. This is a no-obligation call so you are not obliged to continue working with us afterwards if you don’t want to.

*Please note that this is purely a “get to know you” conversation and as such it will not include any detailed legal advice and strategy.

Our Immigration Fees

Everyone has the right to quality legal representation, especially when your and your family’s future is at stake. This is why, at Cartwright King, we believe that legal advice should be accessible to anyone and we are open about the cost of our immigration law services.

Our immigration solicitors can’t offer Legal Aid but we provide a bespoke, value-for-money fixed-fee service for private paying clients instead.

Our Sheffield Office

Our expert team of solicitors has been working in Sheffield since 2017 when we opened our offices on St. James House, Vicar Ln, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield, S1 2EX

Parking Facilities 

Parking at our Sheffield office is limited but you can find alternative parking at the NCP car park nearby on Campo Lane. We are based only a short walk away from the NCP car park – simply take the first right into Vicar Lane and then your first right again into St James’ House car park. 

Another parking option is the John Lewis car park on Burgess Street. You’ll find us just a 6-minute walk away: Burgess Street > Barker’s Pool > Leopold Street > Orchard Street > Vicar Lane.

By Train

If you are travelling by train, you’ll find St James House based 12 minutes by foot from Sheffield Train Station. The route to follow is:  Sheaf Street > Howard Street > Hallam Square > Surrey Street > Leopold Street > Orchard Street > Vicar Lane. Alternatively, you’ll find a taxi rank outside of the train station, opposite the British Transport Police Station.

By Bus

If you are arriving in Sheffield by bus, the main station is Sheffield Interchange Bus Station and it takes 10 minutes on foot to reach our office from there. Simply take the following route: Pond Street > (first left) Arundel Gate > High Street > Church Street > Vicar Lane.

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Frequently asked questions.

Immigration is a complex area of law in it requires a certain degree of experience and specialised knowledge to ensure all actions are taken on time and in accordance with the legal requirements. Mistakes can cause delays and even lead to an unfavourable decision being made against you. Therefore, it’s always recommended to get advice from a specialist immigration lawyer when you are dealing with immigration matters.

Yes, Cartwright King Solicitors work on immigration cases involving clients not only in Sheffield and the other locations in the UK but also abroad. Our immigration team can advise you over the telephone and via video conferencing.

Usually, the standard waiting time for a decision on UK visa applications is between 3 and 12 weeks depending on the type of visa you are applying for. However, delays may occur for various reasons, including missing/wrong information in the application, as well as problems on the part of the Home Office. If you are experiencing an unexpected delay that’s caused by the Home Office, contact our immigration team for advice so we can investigate the matter for you. 

Yes, we regularly help clients challenge a decision made by the Home Office UKVI. Speak to us on 0114 321 1000 for advice.

Yes, our immigration specialist can help you with any visa application, including the Spouse Visa, ensuring you and your loved ones secure your stay in the UK.

Cartwright King Solicitors offer immigration services to clients nationwide and internationally. Our immigration solicitors are based in numerous locations across the UK, including Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Leicester and Nottingham.