Jessica is an associate in the immigration team and advises on a wide range of personal and business UK immigration matters. She is an experienced immigration lawyer, who has worked in the immigration practice area since 2011.

Jessica has advised a number of high net worth individuals on moving their family and their business to the UK under Tier 1 of the Points Based System. Her particular expertise in advising entrepreneurs has enabled Jessica to build a significant client base over the years and she is often sought after for her advice on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications. The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category is now closed for new applicants but Jessica continues to assist clients with extension and indefinite leave to remain applications. Replacing the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) scheme are the Innovator and Start-Up categories on which Jessica now advises prospective entrepreneur clients.

Jessica has an expanding client base from the Asia-Pacific region. Born in Hong Kong, she relocated to the UK with her family at a young age and can speak fluent Cantonese and some Mandarin.

She has helped a number of Tier 1 (Investor) families on relocating to and settling in the UK.

Jessica has expertise in the following areas:

  • Preparing applications for investors and their family to live in the UK;
  • Providing advice to entrepreneurs on options for setting up in business in the UK and staying compliant on their visa;
  • Advising on a range of applications made under European law and providing advice on Brexit;
  • Obtaining visas for a spouse/partner of a British citizen or settled person in the UK and advising on the financial requirement; and
  • Advising on nationality and registration applications for British citizenship, particularly for applicants with excessive absences from the UK.

Recent work

Some of Jessica’s highlights:

  • Jessica successfully appealed the refusal of an indefinite leave to remain application by challenging the Home Office’s interview procedures in assessing the client’s English language level;
  • She overturned the refusal of a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application through extensive correspondence with the Home Office during the Administrative Review process when they took issue with the client’s investments made by way of a director’s loan;
  • A client was refused a UK visa and also removed from the UK but Jessica managed to obtain a UK visitor visa for the client a few months later; and
  • Jessica successfully challenged the decision to refuse an EEA application for the client’s mother, who was a dependant under European law.

 

Professional societies and memberships

  • Inner Temple Inns of Court
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Law Society
  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)

 

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