Virginia, US
Emma is a Manager and solicitor based in our London office with more than five years of immigration experience. Emma works with a range of corporate clients including hedge funds and asset management firms, leaders in the aerospace and manufacturing industry as well as IT companies to deliver bespoke immigration advice. Emma focuses on developing strategies and solutions for PBS compliance issues, maintaining her clients’ ability to transfer employees to the UK under all available branches of the Points Based System and seeking alternative immigration solutions by utilizing the immigration rules and European legislation.
 
Emma also oversees Fragomen’s Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Internship programme on a daily basis and assists with assessing the eligibility of participating members to join the scheme and compliance issues. 
 
Emma was previously an Entry Clearance Officer for the British Embassy in Qatar, where she oversaw the day-to-day working of the Visa Section and reviewed the operation of the Visa Application Centre so that customers received the best standard of service possible. On a daily basis, Emma reviewed and decided numerous applications for business visitor visas; applications based on Tier 1 (General) of the PBS; applications for visas for crew members to join vessels; student applications; and EEA family permit applications. 
 
Prior to joining Fragomen, Emma advised corporate clients on a range of immigration matters. In addition, she advised private clients on appeals in the UK’s Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and on the ability to settle and naturalize in the UK, including the ability to apply to remain in the UK on a discretionary basis. She also advised individuals with regard to the ability to live and work in the UK under European law, which regularly included advice to individuals who were subject to the transitional arrangements for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals and the ability to work under the Ankara agreement.

Education


College of Law | Bachelor of Law, 2010
College of Law | Legal Practice Course, 2010
College of Law | Diploma in Law, 2009
University College London | B.A., 2007, honours

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Legal Qualifications: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Member, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

Managed the graduate recruitment programs for global clients

Delivered in-house training including PBS and compliance seminars to a range of oil and gas and blue chip clients

Undertaking mock compliance audits for clients, specifically focusing on ensuring that HR systems were fully compliant and assisting with implementing processes and procedures

Appeared at the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal at First-tier and Upper-tier levels

Assisted multinational clients with the relocation or hiring of new employees under Tier 2 of the Points Based System