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A uk based immigration lawyer promises to book a seat with the ukba... Can he legally do this?

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A uk based immigration lawyer promises to book a seat with the ukba... Can he legally do this?

Postby lorimar » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:23 am

a uk immigration law firm is promising to book a seat with the ukba before the 19th of july if i pay them now -this way the cap/additional points that come into effect after this date will not affect me even though I will be filing after this date. Is the firm being honest?
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A uk based immigration lawyer promises to book a seat with the ukba... Can he legally do this?

Postby jaren12 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:27 am

Hi all,

First time posting - so bear with me. I am a lawyer (not with capital visas) but with Westkin Associates but will try and avoid posting spam as a few other law firms seem to have done! A few points:

1. A law firm can offer this service if they have the correct registration with UKBA. The service is called the Legal Representatives Same Day Service. It should show up on a web search, there is a UKBA. They usually call these "slots".
2. Only firms registered with the law society or OISC can use this service. Capital visas have the OISC logo on their site so seem to be registered with them although I haven't checked this online.
3.A firm shouldn't charge you more for a slot because they can. They should only charge for work done or increased costs. Using the same day service can cost more , eg when we provide clients the same day service we have to pay a legal clerk to go there all day and so explain this to clients up front. How much more were they charging and what for? They cannot "price gouge" but can charge for work done or costs incurred.

4. This might be late but I assume you want to avoid the new changes, they have just come out here:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/tier1/general/applying/ - for Tier 1 and follow the link if you want Tier 2.

for you to see of they affect you.

5. I am in the process of preparing a guidance video for our clients on the new changes. I will happily post this on this page for your tmmrw.

Hope that helps,

Amir
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A uk based immigration lawyer promises to book a seat with the ukba... Can he legally do this?

Postby max » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:34 am

There are a lot of "immigration lawyers",that are not even lawyers.

You should really check to see if they are registered with the "law society"
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/home.law

if they are not,then you are probably going to waste your money.


To be on the safe side,I would use a lawyer/solicitor that is on the law society list,your money will be protected.

I have had dealings with some of these unregistered lawyers,they are best avoided.

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If they are not registered with the law society,then i would recommend that you leave them alone.
Any legit firm would be registered with the law society,after all they would have nothing to be gained by not registering.
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A uk based immigration lawyer promises to book a seat with the ukba... Can he legally do this?

Postby shen86 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:41 am

There is no way anyone can guarantee that. That's not how the Home Office works. This sounds really dodgey. Are you sure this is a real immigration lawyer? You normally pay AFTER all of your papers have been submitted, not before

To add to Bricklayers post, if they aren't registered with the Law Society, they are not lawyers and are just giving you empty promises
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