Immigration and other services for businesses

​​"I was looking for advice regarding Entrepreneurship Visa and other immigration matters for some of my team members based abroad. I found Nick very knowledgeable on these subjects and he was able to articulate and structure his advice in a very user friendly manner which was extremely useful in helping me make the decision. Nick was diligent in carrying out the research required to answer complex queries and was very responsive and professional in his approach. I would highly recommend Nick."

Rohit, CEO and Founder, August 2017

Edgewater Legal provides immigration solutions to business people and to businesses.  
We assist business people in the Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Investor and Exceptional Talent categories, as well as offering complementary services for those who have entered under these routes and require advice and assistance with setting up companies in the UK, including dealing with Companies House and safely creating first employment relationships.

​UK employers need a Tier 2 sponsor licence to bring in new hires from outside the EU. Edgewater Legal seeks to provide a holistic end-to-end solution for any company wishing to employ a non-EEA employee from abroad, assisting with the license application and all other sponsorship requirements. 

Immigration services for business people


We assist those looking to enter or remain in the UK in order to take over or start a business. We can provide assistance both with the visa application, and with the formalities of setting up a company in the UK. Insight from Edgewater Legal on the 'genuine entrepreneur test' is available here .  

It is possible for those seeking to invest in a UK company to apply for leave to enter or remain in the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. We are able to assist investors both with the visa application, and also with supplementary business services. Further information about the route is available here

There are a limited number of places available for entry under the Exceptional Talent route, for those already established as leaders in their fields, and the Exceptional Promise route, for those who show potential to become such leaders in the future. Further information on the route can be found here

Sponsored workers

Representative of overseas business

Turkish workers/business people

We provide advice and assistance to those wishing to apply for or extend a UK visa with a job offer from a Tier 2 licensed employer. Further information on the Tier 2 work permit route is available from Edgewater Legal here .
We assist sole representatives of overseas companies seeking to expand their operations in the UK. This route also covers journalists working for foreign media outlets who are posted to the UK. Further basic information about the route is available here .
Turkish nationals have certain rights to work and set up businesses in the UK deriving from the Ankara Agreement. Details of the current route are available here . The future status of the agreement is unclear in light of Brexit, and we are happy to sit down with clients to discuss options.

Services for companies

Employer sponsorship licenses

Preventing Illegal working

Edgewater Legal provides a suite of services designed to assist companies wishing to hire workers from overseas, including advice and assistance with Tier 2 sponsorship license applications and renewals and applications for both restricted and unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship.

As a part of our service we also offer mock compliance audits of a company's HR systems and processes prior to an application being made, as well as advice and training to staff members responsible for operating the Sponsor Management System (SMS).

It is currently unclear what type of system will be put in place to deal with employers wishing to employ EEA natonals after Brexit. Some analysis of this question, as well as the outline requirements of the current sponsorship is available here .

Employers are encouraged to get in touch to discuss their needs. 

The penalties for companies employing workers who do not have the correct immigration status have been toughened recently, and now include criminal sanctions in addition to substantial fines. 

We are able to assist companies undertake the necessary right to work checks, and advise on the documents and records which need to be kept by employers.

While prevention is better than cure, in the event that a company is subject to a civil penalty for employing workers without the right to work in the UK, Edgewater Legal is able to provide advice and assistance on how to challenge any such penalty.

Start-ups and SMEs

Clients who have entered the UK on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and/or Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa often require follow-through corporate and commercial services. This is both to ensure compliance with the terms of their visa (e.g. job creation for Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs)), and also to help grow their business when in the UK.

This includes assistance with

  • filings at Companies House to set up a company, registering directorships, and drafting Articles of Association and/or Shareholder Agreements 
  • creating the company's first employment relationships in the UK, mindful of the job-creation criteria set out in the immigration rules, but also ensuring that any employee or contractor validly assigns IP rights to the company and that the relationship is otherwise commercially beneficial. 
  • the introduction of an Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) schemes, helping entrepreneurs and small businesses recruit and retain staff by granting tax efficient share options   
  • undertaking EIS and/or SEIS seed investment rounds