About Shabbir Merali

Shabbir Merali is a specialist Public Access Immigration Barrister who operates in his capacity as a sole practitioner under the trading name Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers.

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.

Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers: The Virtual Paperless Legal Practice

Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers specialise in the provision of legal advice and representation in business and personal UK immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, detention, EU free movement and human rights law cases. We offer three categories of service including:

* Initial Consultation
* Visa Application Preparation and Submission
* Visa Appeal Preparation and Representation

As a virtual and paperless legal practice, Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers offer a virtual web-based environment where clients can connect and interact with us to provide legal services securely whilst mobile and online. Furthermore, as a paperless practice, we have shifted from the heavy and burdensome physical paper files to utilising electronic ones. The impetus for change has been driven by two factors. Firstly, the Home Office have introduced technological developments to the application process that necessitate in-country or overseas UK immigration applications and supporting documents being submitted online. Secondly, the demand from web-savvy clients who expect their lawyers to work with them online in a digital space that is fast, interactive and convenient.

In embracing the digitisation of legal practice, we combine our traditional repertoire of legal skills and utilise virtual lawyer technologies including web or cloud-based services for communications, client interaction, online video conferences and case, document and practice management. It is by merging the rich heritage and unparalleled depth of legal expertise of the Bar whilst embracing the flexibility, productivity, efficiency and convenience of technological innovation, that has ensured we remain at the forefront of an ever-changing legal landscape to deliver exceptional legal services online.

Visatrek UK Immigration Barristers: About us

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).

I will aim to reply to all enquiries made via this site within 2-working days. If I have been unable to reply within this time please message me directly via WhatsApp on +44 (0)7803 036 408 stating your full name and the nature of your enquiry and I will revert back as soon as is reasonably practicable.

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