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This course will focus on settlement (indefinite leave to remain) applications in the work and business routes and will also cover EUSS, UK ancestry, BN(O) Hong Kong and long residence applications. It will include consideration of general issues such as Life in the UK/English language requirements, criminality and other general grounds for refusal, continuity of residence, qualifying periods and Covid 19 discretions as well as the mechanics of applications, appeals and maintaining ILR including returning resident applications.
The aim of the course is to provide practitioners with a clear overview of the current measures, policy guidance and any concessions in place to enable them to fully advise and prepare clients who are applying or considering applying for settlement in work and business routes, including closed categories such as the Investor, Entrepreneur and sole representative of overseas business routes.
The session is aimed at practitioners either with prior knowledge and experience of business-related settlement applications who are looking to refine their knowledge of this area of practice or who wish to expand knowledge of areas which they do not routinely work in.
Tutors: Emma Cohen, OTB Legal and Meghan Vozila, Penningtons Manches Cooper
Meghan and Emma’s training for ILPA has been described as “excellent” with delegates valuing the “useful sharing of experiences“.
Emma is an associate solicitor at OTB Legal, a niche immigration law firm in Nottingham. She previously worked in the immigration team at Bindmans LLP for over thirteen years. She covers all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law. She has particular interest and experience in complex immigration and nationality cases involving families and children including inter-country adoption and she regularly writes court reports on immigration issues in family cases. Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1995 at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite where she was later a partner in the immigration department. Although she has spent most of her post qualification experience working in immigration law in private practice Emma has also lectured at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and worked in the voluntary sector. She is a volunteer adviser for Rainbow Migration.
Emma is a regular trainer for ILPA and had delivered courses on Nationality Applications for Children, Indefinite Leave to Remain: all you need to know, Criminality and the Immigration Rules, Family Law for Immigration Practitioners, Professional conduct and ethics in immigration cases, Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules, and Discretion – What’s Left? Exploring the use of discretion in immigration and nationality law. She has also spoken at ILPA’s conferences on family migration.
Meghan is a senior associate in Pennington Manches Cooper’s immigration team. Meghan is experienced in all aspects of immigration and nationality law. She provides in-depth advice to a range of clients including SMEs, large multinationals, high-net-worth individuals, high-profile celebrities, tech firms and entrepreneurs. Meghan has particular knowledge of complex European and UK nationality matters and regularly assists both private and corporate clients with tailored solutions.
In addition to being recognised by Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500 as an expert in UK corporate immigration, Meghan has also been highlighted in Spear’s 500 as a leading private client adviser. She is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and regularly provides immigration training for HR and recruitment teams and other practitioners.