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Louis MacWilliam

About Louis MacWilliam

Louis is our Immigration solicitor at Truth Legal. He provides expert immigration advice in relation to applications for EU nationals and their family members, medium and highly skilled workers, investors, entrepreneurs, and family members. He also provides assistance with challenges to Home Office visa refusals.

How to Sponsor a Chef under a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence

In a welcome development, restaurants can now hire skilled chefs from overseas under a Tier 2 sponsor licence.  This important change could alleviate the chronic shortage in chefs causing many restaurants to close down. The shortage is particularly acute for curry houses, hence the recent changes being called a ‘Vindaloo [...]

By | 2019-12-23T11:54:34+00:00 December 23rd, 2019|Immigration|

7 Steps to a Successful Spouse or Partner Visa Application

Helping people with spouse or ‘Partner’ applications is often the most rewarding work I do, as I get to play a role in bringing loved ones together.  Unfortunately, applicants and sponsors normally find these applications highly stressful. Before I go further, let me get the definitions out of the way.   [...]

By | 2019-12-20T17:14:29+00:00 December 20th, 2019|Immigration|

Immigration Law for Churches and Other Religious Organisations

Religious organisations, whether churches, mosques, synagogues or Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh temples, have for a long time had a unique set of immigration rules imposed on them which dictates who can work, and even volunteer, for them. This article provides a current overview of the key immigration policies which affect [...]

By | 2019-12-20T17:33:22+00:00 December 15th, 2019|Immigration|

Worrying Signs: Polish People Are Not Registering Under the EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme has been open to the public since 29 March 2019 yet Polish people have been particularly slow to register.  Here, I consider why this is and why this could become a problem. Recent figures show that over 1 million individuals have applied to register on the [...]

By | 2019-08-20T11:34:07+00:00 August 19th, 2019|Immigration|

Navigating the Minefield Part 2: How to apply for a Settlement visa from the USA

Perhaps it is the Trump Effect, but since I moved back up to work as an immigration solicitor in Leeds over a year ago, I have assisted a particularly high number of USA nationals join their loved ones in the Yorkshire region. I have been making sense of a user-unfriendly [...]

By | 2019-07-16T13:19:15+00:00 July 16th, 2019|Immigration|

Navigating the Minefield Part 1: How to Apply for a UK Visa from the USA

If you are a resident of the USA and want to obtain a visa for the UK, then you will face what is, quite frankly, a confused mess of a system.  In the first of this two-part series I will look at the application process for applying for visas generally.  [...]

By | 2019-06-17T12:28:24+00:00 June 17th, 2019|Immigration|

Non-EU Family Member Moving to the UK?  Here’s What to Do

I’d like to share with Truth Legal readers the fruits of my hard-earned labour establishing the various options for non-EU family members looking to apply to settle in the UK from abroad. There's detailed guidance available but it has holes, and it took a lengthy discussion with a Home Office [...]

By | 2019-05-20T13:31:30+00:00 May 20th, 2019|Immigration|

Why Non-EU Un-Married Partners Should Get a Residence Card. Now! (…or Get Married)

The new EU Settlement Scheme will provide a ‘straightforward and user-friendly means for resident EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to remain here permanently’, according to Caroline Nokes, Minister for Immigration. Unless, it seems, you are a non-EU unmarried partner of an EU citizen (or ‘durable partner’, in [...]

By | 2019-05-02T18:16:04+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Immigration|

Some Immigration and Nationality Fees Respite

New immigration and nationality fees kick in today and, for once, it is relatively good news as the vast majority of fees are frozen. To some extent this will mitigate the effect of the Immigration Health Charge which was doubled earlier this year.  However, although fees remain stable, they are [...]

By | 2019-03-29T09:44:02+00:00 March 29th, 2019|Immigration|

The Passport to Immigration Security in Brexit

With no end to the Brexit uncertainty in sight, prudent EU nationals and their non-EU family members are taking action now to secure their immigration status. This article focuses on the upcoming changes and what steps those affected should take to protect their rights. What are the changes? After Britain [...]

By | 2019-03-21T10:32:37+00:00 March 21st, 2019|Immigration|