Immigration solutions for the technology sector

They know the market very well and they have the right connections within businesses. From an immigration perspective, they're superb.

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Penningtons Manches’ highly ranked immigration team understands the needs of fast-moving technology companies, and provides commercially-driven solutions and strategic advice to start-ups as well as more established technology companies. We work closely with the Home Office to ensure that our clients receive targeted, strategic advice with fast turn-around times.

Our immigration team is deeply embedded in London's tech community and has played a major role in lobbying the Government for policy changes to benefit this sector. Members of the team sit on a variety of tech-focused working groups and are active members of Tech London Advocates (TLA), co-chairing the TLA Immigration policy group.

We regularly speak at tech conferences and events and have acted as mentors to start-ups seeking to grow in the UK. We are attuned to the unique culture of this sector and understand the risks and opportunities affecting the technology marketplace. This makes us well placed to give our clients an up-to-date perspective and informed, pragmatic advice.

Our expertise covers all aspects of immigration affecting the tech sector, including Tier 1 (entrepreneur) applications, the Tech Nation visa and sponsor licensing. We can offer bespoke strategic advice to our clients, helping them to anticipate staffing needs and ensure they have the right team in place to grow rapidly. Our global mobility capability also means that we can continue to service our clients when their business expands beyond the UK's borders.

As a full service firm, we also offer bespoke start-up packages, covering multiple practice areas. This holistic approach allows us to work quickly and cohesively, integrating immigration advice into a larger firm offering if required.

We offer expert advice on:

  • Tier 1 (entrepreneur) applications
  • the Tech Nation visa
  • applying for and maintaining a Tier 2 sponsor licence
  • recruiting digital tech experts under the shortage occupation list
  • applications to come to the UK as the sole representative of an overseas business
  • sponsor compliance services including audits, preparation for Home Office visits and health checks
  • strategic planning and advice on long term immigration structuring
  • prevention of illegal working/right to work compliance

Recent work highlights

Tier 1 application for start-up

Working with our corporate team to structure a third party investment deal, which allowed our client to make a Tier 1 (entrepreneur) application and continue building her fast-growth start-up.


Tight timeline met for tech company

Obtaining a sponsor licence for a tech company on a very tight timeline allowing it to sponsor and employ several essential Indian developers with the specific skillsets required.


Tech sector partnering

Working with partners in the tech sector to co-host roundtable events with top government officials that have resulted in specific policy changes benefitting the sector.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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