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Moving to a new country is a most exciting process. A new start. A new life. In a new place.

Sadly, all too often, the excitement turns to stress, worry and (ultimately) despair as you find yourself battling against what can seem like a faceless army of bureaucrats with only one in in life - keeping you out of their country

This problem is not confined to one country. It seems like the norm, whether you are dealing with governments in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd world.

Yet these officials (barring a few exceptions) are not heartless morons. They have, themselves, often been ground down by a combination of the system, overwork and dealing with far too many people who are trying to deceive them.

So how do you make the best of the situation?

Well, in most cases you need professional help. Help to present your case in a way that the officials understand and think of as normal - which may be very different from the way in which you would do the job yourself. Help making their job easy. This really does makew all the difference. Of course, your immigration adviser (usually) cannot turn a hopeless case into a winner but he can present a reasonable case to best advantage and get the quickest possible result. Sometimes, the immigration officer even starts batting for you!

The 3 key tips

Take advice EARLY - right at the start of your planning process

This way, if there is a problem, you can be told about it and abandon your attempt, find a differnet way of doing things or seek more evidence and support to back up your original plan. Result: Saving lots of time and grief.

Be realitic about what can be done, how long it will take and what it will cost

There is lots of bogus information on forums and rubbish discussed by the expat community. Treat these sources with caution.

Only take advice from specialist immigration advisers and lawyers, registered with the appropriate authorities

There are some trully dreadful immigration advisers. Don't use them.

Not all of the members of The International Law Partnership Ltd deal with immigration work. Where they do not, we will try to recommend omeone who can help.


Immigration law is complex and immigration procedure even more so. You need to recognise this and act accordingly.

A little time and money spent early on will save lots of time and money later.

Next steps

Please look at the Legal Guides, videos, MP3 seminars and other materials set out to the right of this page.

If you would like us to help you, please complete our Client Pack and send it back to us. We will contact you to clarify your requirements and then introduce you to the person most appropriate to deal with your case.

If you do not find the information that you need, please send us an email explaining your problem and we will contact you.

© The International Law Partnership Ltd. Page last revised 5 Feb 2010

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