Immigration law is constantly changing and, therefore, specialist advice is essential.
Our Immigration department is headed by Vladimir Mikeljevic. He is a solicitor and has been practising immigration and asylum law since 1996.
Vladimir is accredited by the Law Society at the highest level: Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced). There are only 24 other firms of solicitors in England and Wales that have a solicitor accredited to Level 3 – Immigration Law Advanced (as of 1 March 2017).
Vladimir has presented over 600 appeals in Immigration Tribunals and given many interviews to regional and national newspapers, radio stations and television. He is one of the most experienced immigration solicitors in the UK. He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and has consistently been recognised for outstanding legal practice.
Why choose us
Vladimir and his team aim to provide straightforward, friendly and strictly confidential expert advice, together with an exemplary client care service. If required, their service can also include preparing and delivering applications to the Home Office for same-day processing.
You can rest assured that we will always give honest advice in respect of the chances of success. If we think that a proposed application or appeal is unlikely to succeed we will advise you accordingly so you can decide whether or not to proceed. We will never mislead you into thinking that your case is stronger than we believe it actually is.
We have analysed Vladimir’s success rate in respect of the clients who have instructed him during the period 1 May 2012 to 30 April 2017 and whose cases have been completed. We note the following (as of 3 May 2017):
a. During this five-year period, only two of the applications prepared by Vladimir have eventually not succeeded; however, in both these cases the clients decided not to challenge the refusal decisions. The first case concerned entry clearance as a visitor whilst the second one concerned entry clearance as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant. As can be seen below, these cases were extremely problematic but, despite being clearly advised of poor chances of success, the clients decided to instruct Vladimir to prepare their applications:
i. Entry clearance as a visitor:
Prior to this client approaching Vladimir, the Entry Clearance Officer had already refused his two previous applications for entry clearance. The first application that was refused was as an adult dependant relative in which the client had indicated that he intended to live in the UK permanently. The second application that was refused was as a visitor; this application was refused only 10 days before the client instructed Vladimir to urgently submit a fresh application as a visitor. Following refusal of a fresh application as a visitor, Vladimir advised the client that the refusal decision was irrational and, as there was no right of appeal, to challenge it by judicial review. However, the client decided not to proceed further.
ii. Entry clearance as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant:
This client and his wife had previously travelled to the USA as visitors. The wife hid her pregnancy from the USA immigration authorities. Once in the USA, they applied for asylum. This application for asylum extended their stay until their child was born and granted the USA citizenship by birth. Then they left the country. Vladimir clearly advised the client that his poor USA immigration history, which was evident from his passport, might affect his credibility in respect of his application as an Entrepreneur. Consequently, following the submission of his application, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) decided to interview the client. Unfortunately, his application was refused on the grounds that the ECO did not believe that he was a genuine entrepreneur. Vladimir advised the client that the refusal decision was unreasonable and, as there was no right of appeal, to challenge it by judicial review. However, the client decided not to proceed further.
b. All other applications prepared by Vladimir and concluded during this five-year period were successful either at an application stage or following an appeal. An appeal was necessary in seven cases only, including two asylum ones. Vladimir currently deals with only one application that was refused (family refugee reunion) where an appeal is pending.
c. All finally-determined appeals prepared and/or presented by Vladimir during this five-year period (whether or not the original application had been prepared by Vladimir) have been allowed.
Therefore, all Vladimir’s clients who have instructed him during this five-year period to prepare their applications and, if the same were refused, followed his advice to challenge the refusal decisions, have eventually succeeded with their claims and achieved their aims. This incredible 100% success rate is mainly due to Vladimir’s thorough and diligent preparation of cases and his impeccable attention to detail.
Please note that Vladimir does not only take on clients with straightforward cases. This is evident from the cases mentioned above where Vladimir was instructed after previous refusals and where the chances of success were poor. In total, almost half (i.e. 46.56%) of the clients who instructed Vladimir during this five-year period sought his assistance after their previous applications had been refused/rejected or as immigration offenders (i.e. overstayers, illegal entrants, or those who obtained leave by false representations). Whilst such cases usually have less than 50% chance of success, Vladimir has still been able to prepare their successful fresh applications or win their appeals. Vladimir will never refuse to take your case on, however poor the chances of success. However, he will clearly advise you of the prospects of success so that you can make an informed decision whether or not you wish to proceed. Vladimir currently deals with at least two cases where the chances of success are not higher than 10%.
How we can help you
Levi Solicitors can help you with every aspect of immigration law including;
We are very proud of the quality and thoroughness of our work. Click here for client testimonials and reviews made by Immigration Judges in respect of the quality of bundles prepared by Vladimir in support of his clients’ applications.
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Vladimir Mikeljevic is a partner and head of our Immigration Department. He has been practising immigration and asylum law since 1996 and has previously been head of the immigration department at other leading firms of solicitors for more than 17 years.
He has presented over 600 appeals in Immigration Tribunals and given many interviews to regional and national newspapers, radio stations and television. He has experience of preparing numerous applications for visas, extensions of stay in the UK and settlement (permanent residence) in all immigration categories, together with European law, nationality, human rights and asylum applications.
He is one of the most experienced immigration solicitors in the UK.
Vladimir became accredited both as an Immigration Caseworker and a Supervisor as soon as the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme was introduced in 2004. He was initially accredited at Level 2 (Immigration Law Senior) and in June 2011 the Law Society elevated his accreditation to the highest Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced), which is an accreditation level reserved only for those who the Law Society considers to have:
a) a high level of understanding of immigration and asylum law and practice;
b) successfully managed a range of complex cases;
c) consistently delivered high quality service to clients; and
d) respect and credibility in immigration and asylum practice.
There are only 24 other firms of solicitors in England and Wales that have a solicitor accredited to Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced), of which only 9 outside London (as of 1 March 2017).
Vladimir is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and, therefore, always on top of any developments in this complex and fast-changing area of law. He was recognised for "outstanding legal practice" by the Good Lawyer Guide in 2010 and 2012.
On Sunday, 10th April 2016 the Sunday Times published their first supplement listing the Top 175 Solicitors in the UK based on reviews on the independent consumer ratings website VouchedFor.co.uk. We are proud, but not at all surprised, to say that Vladimir Mikeljevic was featured.
Click here for client testimonials and reviews made by Immigration Judges in respect of the quality of bundles prepared by Vladimir in support of his clients’ applications.