Helen Smith#4230

Helen Smith

Solicitor
Helen joined North Star Law in July 2015, having previously practised in three of London's leading immigration firms over the past ten years. Her experience includes points-based system applications, including Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs, Tier 2 sponsor licence issues, permanent residence and nationality, spousal applications and EEA matters. Helen's clients include investors, business owners and entrepreneurs, private individuals and corporates. Her experience also includes immigration appeals, human rights based and discretionary applications and assisting multinational corporates with their global mobility programmes. Helen trained as a solicitor with City firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, qualifying in March 2003. She started her immigration law career with Wesley Gryk Solicitors, dealing largely with personal immigration matters, moving on to a position with Kingsley Napley LLP where her client base was a mix of corporate and private clients. Most recently, Helen was a Senior Associate with Fragomen LLP where she specialised in business immigration for global corporates. Helen was recommended in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500 for business immigration and has provided ILPA training on Tier 5. She has also had several articles and blogs published and regularly provides training to clients.
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Global Talent: applying for permission
Global Talent: applying for permission
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at eligibility under Global Talent under the Stage 2 application process for initial applications for entry clearance or permission to stay once endorsement has been obtained, and the criteria for extension applications and settlement (including settlement for those with permission in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route). The route now includes a points-scoring element.

Global Talent: endorsement criteria
Global Talent: endorsement criteria
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the endorsement criteria under the Global Talent route, previously known as the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route. It covers Stage 1 of the application process and details the criteria of the various endorsement bodies, the difference between exceptional talent and exceptional promise, the review mechanism for rejected applications and common issues and pitfalls when making an application for endorsement.

Long residence and private life—summary and resources
Long residence and private life—summary and resources
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the long residence and private life routes within the Immigration Rules. It covers applications for leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain under either route. It also looks at settlement applications under the ten-year long residence route.

Representative of an Overseas Business: extension application—additional checklist
Representative of an Overseas Business: extension application—additional checklist
Precedents

This checklist details the additional documents required in support of UK applications for individuals making an extension application under the Representative of an Overseas Business category and their dependants, if applying separately from the main applicant. For the related general document checklist, see the General leave to remain application—checklist.

Representative of an Overseas Business: extension application—letter from overseas business
Representative of an Overseas Business: extension application—letter from overseas business
Precedents

This Precedent is a template letter from an overseas employer in support of an extension application made by their employee under the Representative of an Overseas Business category. It applies where the employee is applying for permission to stay and has, or was last granted permission as a Representative of an Overseas Business. It confirms the applicant’s ongoing compliance with the conditions of the category.

Representative of an Overseas Business: initial application—additional checklist
Representative of an Overseas Business: initial application—additional checklist
Precedents

This checklist details the additional documents required for individuals making an initial application under the Representative of an Overseas Business category and their dependants, if applying separately from the main applicant. There are different documents depending on whether the main applicant is a sole representative of an overseas business or is a representative of an overseas media business. For the related general document checklist, see the General entry clearance application—checklist.

Representative of an Overseas Business: settlement application—additional checklist
Representative of an Overseas Business: settlement application—additional checklist
Precedents

This checklist details the additional documents required in support of UK applications for individuals applying for settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain) under the Representative of an Overseas Business category. For the related general document checklist, see the General leave to remain application—checklist.

Representative of an Overseas Business: settlement application—letter from overseas business
Representative of an Overseas Business: settlement application—letter from overseas business
Precedents

This Precedent is a template letter from an overseas employer in support of an employee’s application for settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain) in the UK under the Representative of an Overseas Business category. It outlines any overseas travel the person has undertaken on the employer’s behalf, gives details of their previous periods of paid annual leave and confirms their compliance with the conditions of the category.

Sole representative of an overseas business: initial application—letter from overseas business
Sole representative of an overseas business: initial application—letter from overseas business
Precedents

This precedent is a template letter from an overseas employer in support of an initial application made by their employee under the sole representative subcategory of the Representative of an Overseas Business route. It applies where the employee does not have, or was not last granted permission as a Representative of an Overseas Business. The purpose of the letter is to confirm the applicant's ongoing employment, the nature of the UK business and the intended role of the applicant in the UK.

Sole representative of an overseas business: initial application—notarised statement from company
Sole representative of an overseas business: initial application—notarised statement from company
Precedents

This precedent is a template notarised statement from an overseas employer in support of an initial application made by their employee under the sole representative subcategory of the Representative of an Overseas Business route. It applies where the employee does not have, or was not last granted permission as a Representative of an Overseas Business. The purpose of the statement is to confirm that the applicant will be the sole representative in the UK, that the company has no other active branch, subsidiary or representative in the UK and that its operations will remain centred overseas.

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