Our long and distinguished legacy of delivering results for nearly two decades date back to 2006, when we first commenced practice as “Visatrek UK Immigration Lawyers”. In early 2019, relaunched as “Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers”, we continue to specialise in the provision of expert advice, case preparation, advocacy and representation services in business and personal UK immigration and human rights law cases. Headed by Shabbir Merali and harnessing over 20-years of experience as a sole practitioner in private legal practice, we are trusted by clients as consummate professionals due to our expertise and experience in the field. Each client is provided legal advice and representation from a specialist Public Access Immigration Barrister at a fixed fee coupled with first-class client care. With an approach that is both client-centric and results orientated, our working ethos is underpinned by three essential attributes. Honesty. Professionalism. Integrity.
In his capacity as an accredited specialist Public Access Immigration Barrister with authorisation to conduct litigation, members of the public can now instruct Shabbir directly without the need to instruct a solicitor or other third party. This potentially saves clients from paying for both a solicitor and barrister and further benefits clients as Shabbir is able to deal with every aspect of the case from start to finish including issuing proceedings or applications; giving our address as the address for service of documents; issuing notices of appeal and filing documents at court or serving documents on another party. Our expertise covers the full spectrum of UK immigration law including:
- Business and family related Entry Clearance and Leave to Remain applications and appeals under Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Points Based System/Immigration Rules;
- EEA Free Movement applications and appeals pertaining to EEA Family permits; EEA Registration Certificates; EEA Residence Cards and EEA Permanent Residence;
- Asylum, Humanitarian Protection and Discretionary Leave applications and appeals pertaining to claims under the European Convention on Human Rights;
- Applications for Settlement in the UK including for those who bereaved partners and victims of domestic violence;
- Applications for Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen;
- Applications for immigration bail and immigration bail hearings before the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber);
- Appeal representation before the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) including appeals against deportation;
- Applications for Administrative Review against refusals of applications under Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Points Based System;
- Business applications for a Home Office Sponsor Licence under Tier 2 and 5 of the Points Based System; drafting Certificates of Sponsorship for Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer), Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) related occupations, Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Religious Worker).
Our working ethos is underpinned by three essential attributes. Honesty. Professionalism. Integrity. Furthermore, with our cost-effective fixed fee structure for each immigration matter that can be paid over two instalments, you are assured peace of mind with no hidden charges or extras.
Shabbir Merali is a consummate lawyer with over 20-years legal experience specialising in every aspect of an increasingly complex area of law comprising immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, detention, EU free movement and human rights law. Called to the Bar in October 1998, he has justifiably forged a formidable reputation for his expertise and “legal know-how” and results orientated approach in winning cases whilst maintaining an exceptionally high and consistent success rate.
As a self-motivated lawyer with entrepreneurial and commercial acumen, he impresses with his dedication and passion to every case and is highly regarded for his ability to provide clear, coherent and constructive legal advice and representation in a “no-nonsense” style. A bright, intelligent and charismatic personality, he is acknowledged in his field as an eloquent, tenacious and persuasive advocate and is praised by both judges and peers alike for his attention to detail, incisive analysis, sound and pragmatic judgement and precise and potent legal submissions.
As a confident, tactful and articulate communicator, Shabbir is accustomed to working to tight deadlines in a pressurised legal environment and possesses excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills combined with strong organisational and analytical proficiency with a focus on first-class client care.
Our journey first began in October 1998, when Shabbir commenced private practice at the Bar in Bristol and Leeds respectively. Following 8-years as a practising Barrister with a mixed court-based practice specialising in immigration law, criminal law, employment law, civil law, personal injury and criminal injuries compensation claims, in December 2006, he acquired registration to practice as a “Level 3 Specialist Consultant” regulated immigration advisor under the auspices of the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
In his capacity as a sole practitioner, Shabbir founded “Visatrek UK Immigration Lawyers” (former OISC Registration Number F200600121), stemming from his commitment to offer comprehensive advice and meticulous case preparation in UK immigration applications and appeal representation. During his 13-year tenure as its Principal Lawyer, he advised and represented a vast array of clients from a multitude of different countries and cultural backgrounds, in addition to national and international businesses and charitable organisations, by securing success in acquiring their visas and Sponsor Licences or positively challenging Home Office immigration decisions by applying for Administrative Review or at appeal hearings before the immigration tribunal and higher courts.
In March 2019, Shabbir took the professional decision to return to private practice at the Bar. The objective was simple. The illustrious reputation of Visatrek UK Immigration Lawyers would now be brought to the public under the new name of “Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers”. Clients can now instruct Shabbir directly for their case from start to finish whilst being assured of receiving advice and representation from a seasoned specialist Public Access Immigration Barrister, giving them confidence in our ability to meet their migration related aspirations. As our journey continues amidst one of the most complex, challenging and ever-fluctuating areas of UK law, we have ensured that we continue to adapt and stay well-informed of the latest developments, hence why our success rate has continued to soar and has served to further enhance our well-earned reputation.
We have returned to where it first began, with a genuine belief in the core value which advocates that every individual has the right to high calibre legal advice and representation that converts into the right result. It stems from our unwavering passion and commitment to being independent, objective and specialist legal advisers and court room advocates that fight for justice for every client, with excellence and integrity.
- Fatima Sohawon
I had the pleasure of working with Shabbir to apply for my visa extension and overall we were very pleased with the service we received.Shabbir's process from start to finish was very user friendly and easy to follow. Once we started we had a whatsapp group which allowed for us to quick questions anytime and this made completion more efficient.During a pandemic, as well as welcoming our first child, working with Shabbir made things a lot less stressful with the relief that everything will be looked over with great attention to detail for a successful result.While we were just slightly later than the deadline we set to submit, the final product resulted in an immaculate document, very well written and easy to read with virtually no typos and completely accurate based on prior discussions.All in all, Shabbir has a wealth of experience and he knows exactly what he is talking about which you learn within the first 5 minutes of the conversation. His friendly and informal but highly professional approach is a great way to work together. I would definitely consider working with him again for the final part of my visa. - 2/25/2021Qassim Mawjee
Shabbir is a great professional, very thorough and kept us updated at each step of the application process. Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers was highly recommended to my wife and I through a friend who went through a similar application.Shabbir was always on hand to answer any questions & queries about our application which was approved without any difficulties despite the slightly longer wait time owing to the pandemic.Would highly recommend Shabbir & VisaTrek! - 2/24/2021
- khanomgoli zad
Amazing service. Easy to communicate. Extremely professional. I chose Visatrek U.K. to apply for my husband’s visa (spouse visa), as it was recommended to me previously and the great review that they have. I cannot possibly express how happy I was with the process, the way that I was dealt with and of course the most important thing, the outcome.I was informed about every step of the process, I was very well instructed so I could follow the procedure and prepare the documents as they were needed. Even, during the current pandemic with all the restrictions, my husband visa was submitted and was successful.Great service, great value for money, extremely professional and I would certainly recommend it. Thanks a lot to Visatrek UK - 2/19/2021Sarah J
I had a very positive experience with Visatrek. The UK spouse visa process was quite complex but Shabbir streamlined the process and made it very easy for us to organize the documentation we needed. He was very responsive and was always available to answers any questions we had about the visa process. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. - 1/27/2021