Ross Kennedy

Senior Immigration Advisor

Experience

I began practising immigration law in 2010, advising corporate and private clients on a broad range of immigration matters, including the whole range of the Points-Based System, from entrepreneurs and investors to skilled workers and students.

I’ve advised corporate clients on applications for licences to sponsor skilled workers under Tier 2 (including on UKVI compliance requirements and providing further training to HR teams) as well as on visas to enable them to establish a new branch in the UK.  

I’ve also advised clients on family-based or EEA applications, applications for British citizenship and discretionary applications outside the Immigration Rules.

Recent projects

  • Family citizenship

    I assisted a family of six French citizens with obtaining British citizenship. This was complicated by the family being born in different countries and at times covered by different parts of British nationality law. I was able to manage and coordinate the required EEA residency and British citizenship applications (under four different versions of the law) resulting in the family all obtaining British passports.

  • Preparing for Brexit

    I have conducted several seminars and training sessions focused on preparing clients for possible Brexit outcomes with regard to their EEA workforce. These sessions have evolved over time, as the government has announced, clarified, retreated and changed policies on free movement in the event of deal/no-deal. In some cases these sessions included one-on-one meetings with the entire EEA citizen portion of a client’s UK workforce over the course of several weeks, with a focus on pro-active measures to secure status early.

  • Media and entertainment

    I have assisted several large media companies with enabling individuals to work in the UK, including actors filming movies and TV series, celebrities appearing in reality shows, musicians performing at concerts or on TV and a range of professional roles, on- and off-screen. These matters involved determining the appropriate visa options for the proposed activities and duration of involvement in the UK, including coordination with employers, media organisations and agents regarding wider plans and schedules.

  • I assist a range of clients, from large multi-nationals to small start-ups, with obtaining licences to sponsor skilled workers in the UK.
  • I obtained indefinite leave to remain for the spouse of a British citizen despite extended periods apart and outside the UK due to their house being uninhabitable.
  • I assisted an EEA-based company with obtaining a Van der Elst visa for a non-EEA employee to perform a contract in the UK.
  • I advised an overseas client on immigration strategy for hiring new employees to establish a UK subsidiary of the overseas business.
  • I provide bespoke training to senior HR teams of large corporate clients on UK immigration options, right-to-work checks and sponsorship duties.
  • I assisted with Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise visas in fields from music and dance to emerging technology.
  • I obtained a visa for an individual to get married in the UK in front of her British fiancé’s family before returning together to the UAE, despite two previous refusals for this visa.
  • I obtained British citizenship for children born to British mother’s before 1983, when it was not permitted for mothers to pass along citizenship.

Qualifications and career

  • BA (hons) Classics – 2:1
  • Worked at ASG Immigration for over eight years