Immigration Solicitors in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Manchester and London

Experienced, Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced) Law Society accredited

Immigration law is constantly changing and, therefore, specialist advice is essential.

Our immigration department is headed by Vladimir Mikeljevic. Vladimir is accredited by the Law Society at the highest level: Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced). There are only 24 other firms of solicitors in England and Wales, of which only 8 outside London, that have a solicitor accredited to Level 3 – Immigration Law Advanced (as of 1 April 2018).

Vladimir has presented over 600 appeals in Immigration Tribunals and given many interviews to regional and national newspapers, radio stations and television. He is one of the most experienced immigration solicitors in the UK. He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and has consistently been recognised for outstanding legal practice.

| Why Choose Our Immigration Solicitors?

Vladimir and his team aim to provide straightforward, friendly and strictly confidential expert advice, together with an exemplary client care service. If required, their service can also include preparing and delivering applications to the Home Office for same-day processing.
You can rest assured that we will always give honest advice in respect of the chances of success. If we think that a proposed application or appeal is unlikely to succeed we will advise you accordingly so you can decide whether or not to proceed. We will never mislead you into thinking that your case is stronger than we believe it actually is.

| Our Success Rate

We have analysed Vladimir’s success rate in respect of the clients who have instructed him and whose cases have been completed during the six-year period between 1 April 2012 – 30 March 2018. We note the following (as of 1 April 2018):

a) During this six-year period, only three applications prepared by Vladimir have eventually not succeeded; however, in two of these cases the clients decided not to challenge the refusal decisions while the third one proceeded without Vladimir’s further assistance. The first case relates to an application for entry clearance as a visitor, the second one to an application for entry clearance as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant and the third one to refugee family reunion. As can be seen below, these cases were extremely difficult but, despite being clearly advised of poor chances of success, the clients decided to instruct Vladimir to prepare their applications:

(i) Entry clearance as a visitor:

Prior to this client approaching Vladimir, the Entry Clearance Officer had already refused his two previous applications for entry clearance. The first application that was refused was as an adult dependant relative in which the client had indicated that he intended to live in the UK permanently. The second application that was refused was as a visitor; this application was refused only 10 days before the client instructed Vladimir to urgently submit a fresh application as a visitor. Following refusal of a fresh application as a visitor, Vladimir advised the client that the refusal decision was irrational and, as there was no right of appeal, to challenge it by judicial review. However, the client decided not to proceed further.

(ii) Entry clearance as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant:

This client and his wife had previously travelled to the USA as visitors. The wife hid her pregnancy and, once in the country, they applied for asylum. The application for asylum extended their stay until their child was born and was granted the US citizenship by birth. They then left the country. Vladimir clearly advised the client that his poor US immigration history, which was evident from his passport, might affect his credibility in respect of his application as an Entrepreneur. Consequently, following the submission of his application, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) decided to interview the client. Unfortunately, his application was refused on the grounds that the ECO did not believe that he was a genuine entrepreneur. Vladimir advised the client that the refusal decision was unreasonable and as there was no right of appeal, to challenge it by judicial review. However, the client decided not to proceed further.

(iii) Refugee family reunion:

Prior to this client approaching Vladimir, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) had already refused her two previous applications for refugee family reunion. Among other issues, the reasons for refusal included the accusations of submission of forged documents and false information, which led the ECO to ‘question the integrity of the application and your relationship with the sponsor’. Due to these accusations and the previous two refusals, Vladimir advised that a fresh application had poor prospects of success but, providing that is fully and adequately prepared, should eventually succeed on appeal. As instructed, Vladimir prepared a fresh application dealing in detail with all relevant issues and the previous reasons for refusal. As anticipated, the ECO refused the application again. Vladimir advised the client to challenge the refusal and an appeal was lodged. The client then failed to contact Vladimir further. However, Vladimir subsequently learned that the client had received entry clearance.

(b) All other applications prepared by Vladimir and concluded during this six-year period were successful either at an application stage or following an appeal. An appeal was necessary in eight cases only, including two asylum ones.

(c) All but one of the finally-determined appeals prepared and/or presented by Vladimir during this six-year period (irrespective of whether the original application had been prepared by Vladimir) have been allowed.

Therefore, all Vladimir’s clients who have instructed him during this six-year period to prepare their applications and if the same were refused, followed his advice to challenge the refusal decisions, have eventually succeeded with their claims and achieved their aims. This incredible 100% success rate is mainly due to Vladimir’s thorough and diligent preparation of cases and his impeccable attention to detail.

Please note that Vladimir does not only take on clients with straightforward cases. This is evident from the cases mentioned above where Vladimir was instructed after previous refusals and where the chances of success were poor. In total, almost half (i.e. 45.83%) of the clients who instructed Vladimir during this six-year period sought his assistance after their previous applications had been refused/rejected or as criminal/immigration offenders (e.g. overstayers, illegal entrants, those who obtained leave by false representations, etc.). Whilst such cases usually have less than 50% chance of success, Vladimir has still been able to prepare their successful fresh applications or win their appeals. Vladimir will never refuse to take your case on, however poor the chances of success. However, he will clearly advise you of the prospects of success so that you can make an informed decision whether or not you wish to proceed. Vladimir is currently instructed in at least three cases where he has informed the clients that the chances of success are not higher than 10%-15%.

If required, we can also prepare and deliver applications to the Home Office for same-day processing.

| Our Standard Of Service

We are not only proud of our success rate but also of the service that we offer to our existing clients. This service includes the following:

a) You will have direct access to your solicitor (rather than through a secretary). In practice, you will never need to talk to or deal with your solicitor’s secretary;

b) Whilst at his/her desk, your solicitor will never have the phone on ‘do not disturb’ and will always answer your calls;

c) If not at his/her desk and you leave a message on your solicitor’s voicemail, you will receive a prompt reply;

d) All your phone calls and emails will be replied to as soon as possible and no later than within the next 24 hours (on working days). In practice, you will never have to call us twice or send us more than one email before receiving our reply. If this is not possible (e.g. because your solicitor is on annual leave) you will be informed accordingly;

e) All documents that you forward to us for perusal will be checked promptly and no later than within the next 3 working days. If this is not possible (e.g. because your solicitor is on annual leave) you will be informed accordingly;

f) All necessary work will be carried out promptly and not left for the last moment;

g) Your application will be thoroughly prepared with attention to detail, which will minimise the risk of refusal;

h) You will always be provided with an accurate and realistic fee estimate (rather than an improbable and reduced one that needs to be increased as the case progresses without any good reason);

i) You will always be provided with the realistic prospects of success so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to proceed with your case.

| What Can Our Immigration Solicitors Do For You?

Levi Solicitors can help you with every aspect of immigration law including:

Services for You

  • British citizenship
  • Asylum
  • Human rights

| Our Recent Successes

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Vladimir Mikeljevic

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T. 0113 297 3177
E. vladimir@levisolicitors.co.uk

Vladimir Mikeljevic is a partner and head of our immigration department. He has been practising immigration and asylum law since 1996 and has previously been head of the immigration department at other leading firms of solicitors for more than 17 years.

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With solicitors in Leeds (central and north), WakefieldBradfordManchester and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your matter, no matter where you are.