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Rhona Azir

Head of Business Immigration

Head of Business Immigration

Rhona joined the firm as the Head of Business Immigration in August 2021. Rhona was recognized in the Legal 500 rankings for 2022 as a “Key Lawyer” for her expertise in business and personal immigration arrangements. She is a dual-qualified Solicitor and a Chartered Legal Executive in England and Wales, with nine years experience of working in immigration law, obtained in well-known immigration law departments including one of the big four firms, award-winning high-net-worth immigration departments, and a global law firm with a busy corporate immigration department. Her focus is on corporate and private client business immigration, with a particular interest in complex applications. She advises on matters under the new UK points-based immigration system for high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients.

Having previously worked in-house for a university, Rhona is well-versed in the Home Office’s sponsor licence compliance requirements and is able to advise on sponsor licence management and HR systems for both businesses and educational institutions.

She provides bespoke training to clients on a range of UK immigration policies including the right to work checks, changes to the law following Brexit and sponsor compliance. She is often instructed to assist with preparation for Home Office compliance audits and can carry out mock visits, advising on areas of improvement. 

She has experience in dealing with applications for start-up and innovator visas, investor visas, historical entrepreneur extension and settlement applications, skilled workers, intra-company transfer, temporary workers, students, family and visitor visas, UK ancestry, and representatives of an overseas business.

She advises and assists with the end-to-end process for entry clearance to the UK, leaves to remain and indefinite leave to remain, where possible, as well as applications for British citizenship. 

Rhona has experience in advising on sponsorship compliance for places of worship and can assist with immigration applications for Ministers of Religion. 

Known for her attention to detail and kind, approachable manner, Rhona always strives to be as helpful as possible, combining a positive outlook with technical knowledge and experience. 

A former newspaper journalist, copywriter and multimedia editor, Rhona happily writes blog posts and articles, a number of which have been published. 

In her spare time, Rhona enjoys spending time with her young daughters, ice skating, ballet and learning languages.


Author: “Checks are not just for large multinational organisations”, Scottish Grocer, 04/02/2020 

Author: “What is new in immigration law?”, People Management, 29/10/2019 

Co-Author: “EU Workers’ Rights in the Age of Brexit”, Scottish Grocer, 01/09/2019 

Co-Author: “Passport Stamps, Vignettes and Codes – Examples and Common Problems”, Lexis Nexis PSL, 14/10/2016 

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