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David Starr

Specialist immigration adviser to organisations, families and individuals


I help clients to achieve their UK and international immigration objectives, and guide them through any challenges that might arise.

I have extensive expertise in the immigration needs of national, international and multinational organisations, and work closely with them to understand how immigration contributes to their product or service delivery. I assist with specific immigration challenges, undertake internal immigration audits, and provide compliance advice that minimises the risk of investigations and penalties.

For families and individuals, I determine their situation and aspirations, and provide a practical assessment of their chances of success. In complex cases, I work closely with the relevant authorities to resolve challenges as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Key Experience

  • Secured a critical sponsorship licence for a start-up media business, which had previously been refused.
  • Enabled a high profile international musician to expedite their entry clearance application through negotiation and correspondence with senior Home Office staff and the relevant diplomatic post.
  • Assisted a senior executive of an international organisation to successfully apply for Permanent Residence under the EEA Regulations, despite the applicant technically being absent from the country during part of the qualifying period
  • Advised and assisted a number of SME retailers in establishing a presence in the UK, particularly in the high-end jewellery and art sectors.
  • Assisted on a number of franchise operators, particularly under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) scheme and have worked with corporate clients wishing to apply under the sole representative visa category.

David specialises in:

Immigration for Individuals Corporate Immigration
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