Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the services we offer here at Woodcock Law.

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Here you can read some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, then please feel free to contact us.


When you use a law firm, you receive expert advice from experienced legal professionals. They can guide you through the process, and help make sure that your application is as accurate and complete as possible. If you do it alone, there is always a risk that you will miss something important and have your application rejected.

No, we cannot help you get a job in the UK for a visa. We are NOT a recruitment agency. Once you have got a job in the UK and have been issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship by your employer, we can help you get a worker visa.

No, to come to the UK to work, you must first be sponsored by an approved Sponsor Licence holder. You will not be able to work in the UK for someone who does not have the ability to sponsor an overseas worker.

Usually, you cannot get a visa if you have a criminal record. However, depending on how long ago the crime was and how long your sentence was, you may be able to get a visa. We have a guide regarding visas and criminal records if you would like to learn more.

Many reasons can result in a visa application being refused, ranging from simple issues such as your application being incomplete, or you having a criminal record. We have a guide on eight common reasons your visa can be rejected.

If you overstay on your visa, you may get punished. However, you have 30 days after your visa has expired to make arrangements to leave. If you stay over this 30 day period, then you could get deported unless you have a valid reason for overstaying. 

Getting ILR varies based on your personal circumstances, such as what visas you have held in the UK. There are a few different routes to ILR, including a 3-year route, a 5-year route, and a 10-year route. Generally though, they all require that you stayed in the UK continuously, and did not leave the UK for long periods of time. 

We have strived to be as transparent as we can regarding our fees. For example, our 30-minute paid consultation is £230, whilst our one-hour long consultation is £350. 

You can see a full breakdown of our fees for different applications on our website.

We understand that every client has different needs, and so we try to tailor our approach to them individually based on their situation. 

However, we have some general steps we go through to begin with, so we can understand our clients’ situation. 

First, you will contact us to have an initial free 10-minute assessment to see how we might be able to help you.

Then, you can book a longer, paid consultation that lasts either 30 minutes or an hour, during which you will receive legal advice.

After the paid consultation, we can move forward with helping you, whether it be an application for a visa, naturalisation, a Sponsor Licence or something else.

Visit our ‘what to expect in your consultation’ webpage to learn more.

We have successfully helped so many clients with their UK immigration and visa matters


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We have an abundance of free resources for you to check out. Just search what you are looking for below and check out our blogs, guides and videos on all things UK immigration.


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