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Setting up a Business in the UK

Understanding your business immigration needs

International business immigration matters can be key to the success of a new business venture in the UK. The UK immigration system is complex and ever changing. Failing to secure the right visa clearance can cause delay, extra cost and can even result in the failure of a business venture.

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Freeths specialist business immigration law team uses its in-depth knowledge and experience to navigate the UK immigration system strategically and pragmatically to support our corporate, start-ups and individual international clients across the full spectrum of immigration matters, enabling them to maximise global opportunities.  The team has global reach servicing clients nationally and internationally.

International clients

For our international corporate clients who are considering moving into the UK market we secure visa clearance for a key representative of the business to enable them to move to the UK to establish the new business. We then deal with the process of securing the required licence clearance for the business to enable overseas individuals and teams to transfer to the UK. We are on hand to manage the licence and meet all business immigration requirements as the business grows.

Securing global mobility

The UK immigration system creates opportunities for our clients to recruit people with the right skills from the international market. The business immigration team at Freeths act for senior leadership teams at UK based national and global brands supporting their HR teams to navigate and secure global recruitment.

As a team, we are praised by our clients for our pragmatism, commercial awareness and practical, solution-focused support.

We can enhance the value of your business by:

  • Giving your company access to UK markets
  • Ensuring you have the right people with the right skills in role when you need them
  • Enabling your business to grow at pace, without immigration restrictions slowing you down
  • Managing your licence and recruitment processes to free up your HR resource
  • Protecting your business from costly immigration compliance breaches
  • Providing training to your business on global mobility and all surrounding matters.

Our international business immigration law experience

  • Obtaining the required licence clearance for a start-up company in the mobile technology sector and securing visa clearance for their senior management team, enabling a multi-million pound investment deal to be finalised
  • Assisting and securing Innovator endorsements and visas for the managing directors of a number of fast-growing technology and SaaS businesses setting up in the UK
  • Securing Global Talent visas for a Russell Group University’s research fellowship programme, bringing international specialists in areas such as AI, robotics, regenerative medicine and applied computer vision to the fellowship programme
  • Acting for a global cyber security company to support them in the transfer of overseas employees to the UK
  • Securing an immigration licence for a global B2C distribution company and securing overseas recruitment to fill key roles
  • Acting for a UK based global distribution and supply chain management company on their merger with a US conglomerate, adapting the UK company’s licence and securing visa clearance for key US nationals and their family members.

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  • JZ

    "The service you provided was perfect. I would definitely use your company again. Thank you"

    Junping Zhang

  • LC

    “The Business Immigration team’s support has been invaluable to the University over a number of years, and in particular lately on Brexit, enabling...

    Lisa Courtney, University of Leeds

  • "Excellent support from the Freeths team. They have been able to answer all of our queries and provide the best advice in the given situation."

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • "We have worked with Freeths for in excess of 20 years. They have taken time to fully understand our business, how we work and what our standards a...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “I have always been happy with the advice and support received.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

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