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Chris Dias has been practicing in immigration law for over 20 years and can handle personal and corporate immigration work. He is regarded by his peers as a business immigration law expert and advises on Sponsor Licence application and Skilled Worker application, as well as Global Business Migration and Global Talent Endorsement applications. Chris can handle the whole breadth of immigration matters, offering clients holistic advice that always considers the big picture. He is a problem solver, often brought in by clients to sort out complicated issues related to immigration law that previous advisors have failed to resolve.
2001 – Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales.
- 2022+ | Lawyery Limited / Founder
- 2021+ | Horsfield Menzies / Consultant immigration
- 2017-2021 | Gunnercooke LLP / Consultant immigration
- 2008-2022 | Dias solicitors / Partner immigration
- 2008-2009 | Halebury / Consultant immigration
- 2004-2008 | Cunningtons LLP / Partner immigration
- 2001-2004 | Douglass Simon / Assistant immigration
- 1993-1996 LL.B (Hons) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – 2:1
- 1997-1998 LPC, College of Law London – Pass
- 2023 – Chris was instructed by a PLC who had inadvertently allowed their Sponsor Licence to lapse. He was able to help them obtain a new Licence for the client with no penalty.
- 2023 – Chris was instructed by a major Israeli fintech investor who wished to relocate to the UK. Chris helped the client to apply for and obtain a Global Talent visa based on his reputation as a founder and investor.
- 2023 – Chris was instructed by a Chinese Graduate of a UK University who wished to apply for an Innovator Founder visa. He had less than a month until his visa expired, and in that time had to prepare a business plan, secure funding and apply for endorsement from one of the Home Office approved endorsement bodies. He successfully obtained the visa as one of the first Innovator Founders under the new system.
- 2022 – Chris was instructed by an Australian singer/songwriter to apply under the Global Talent visa route. The application was successful, with the client obtaining a 3-year exceptional talent visa.
- 2022 – Chris was instructed by a successful tech unicorn who already held a Sponsor Licence and had employed many skilled workers, who had undergone a technical change of ownership. He helped the company comply with their sponsor duties by reporting the change to the UKVI, surrendering the existing Licence, then applying within 20 days for a new Sponsor Licence. Having successfully obtained the new Licence, all existing Sponsored workers were transferred to the new entity.