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Catherine Maclay

Catherine Maclay

Catherine was a practising attorney in South Africa prior to relocating to the United Kingdom,
She read her Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSci) degree and her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of Cape Town. She has also read her Master of Laws degree (LLM) in International Commercial Law at the University of Johannesburg during which time she also served as a Judge’s clerk in the Johannesburg High Court.

Catherine is a Senior Immigration Consultant & Manager at Platt & Associates and has over seven years’ experience practising immigration law in the United Kingdom.   Her immigration practice includes assistance in business migration for investors, entrepreneurs and skilled migrants, student visa applications, family migration, European migration, human rights and asylum law, appeals against the refusal of applications and nationality law.  She was awarded the UK Immigration Advisor of the Year Award 2013 following nominations from her clients.  She is registered to Level 3 by the OISC and is an active member of ILPA.  Catherine can be contacted via e-mail at catherine@plattassociates..co.uk

Title of talk: Britain is open for Business!  Business Immigration to the UK.

Various immigration categories exist to promote business immigration to the United Kingdom to stimulate employment and investment in the country.  Catherine’s presentation will look at Tier 2 sponsored employment for non-EEA skilled workers, Tier 5 employment routes and other business immigration routes to the UK, for example, the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa and visas for foreign-employees of overseas companies.

Take aways for you:

  1. The UK welcomes foreign migrants from outside the European region who wish to invest in the country and stimulate employment here while building a better life for themselves and their families.

2.  The UK favours business immigration applications with a strong business plan that shows how the foreign migrant intends to invest in a UK business to make it succeed.

3.  Skilled foreign workers are highly valued for their contribution to the UK economy.  There are, however, strict requirements in the immigration rules regarding how a skilled foreign worker & their family members can be eligible to apply for permanent residence in the UK after a minimum mandatory residency period.