The laws on immigration are complex and constantly changing. We’re here to demystify things – as your ally, not just your advisor.

We never forget that behind every immigration decision there’s a living, breathing person whose future hangs in the balance.

Immigration law now impacts upon people’s lives at many levels; their relationships, their work, their home, their finances, even their ability to drive. That’s why, as we untangle the most complex cases, our advice also looks at the bigger picture: for you, your family or your company.

It’s an approach that works. Chambers and the Legal 500 rank us as one of the best immigration teams in the UK – for helping families and businesses alike.

How we help

We’re also the only immigration team in the country that is part of a purpose-driven law firm that uses law as a force for good and this is reflected in our recent work in calling the government to offer support and assurances to NGOs working to help their people on the ground in Afghanistan and joining the legal profession’s efforts to help Ukrainian citizens fleeing the warzone.


We’re a full service firm, which means we can handle problems many other immigration firms can’t. And by calling on our own lawyers in other practice areas, we usually avoid getting outside opinions – saving you time and money.

Click here to learn more about our pricing for immigration applications.


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Home Office’s position on graduates studying RIBA Part 3

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Bates Wells was instrumental for our charity in obtaining the sponsorship licence… They displayed a high level of expertise and professionalism. The licence will be able to help us expand the people are able to employ and our organisation more generally. We are grateful for their support and encourage other charities to use them.

Founder and Director, Afghanistan & Central Asian Association

“The team at Bates Wells is phenomenal.”

Immigration, Chambers 2024

“Our complex queries have been responded to with speed and in depth.”

Immigration, Chambers 2024

“The team have been very persistent and proactive, while maintaining a sense of humour, which was very helpful. It’s been a pleasure to work with Bates Wells.”

Immigration, Chambers 2024
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