Alan has over 40 years’ experience practising United Kingdom immigration and nationality law, both in the Home Office and in private practice. He spends 100% of his time in this area and provides specialist advice on business, family and work permit options within the United Kingdom Immigration Rules and the EEA Regulations.
Alan began working for the Home Office UK Border Force as an Immigration Officer in 1983 and after spending four years based at Heathrow Airport he was seconded to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He was posted to Nigeria for five years to work in the British High Commission in Lagos as a Consular & Visa Officer where he dealt with a full range of UK visa applications, claims to British Citizenship and consular matters.
On returning to the UK, he worked at Stansted Airport and then in the UK Border Force Headquarters in Croydon, training air and sea carriers on the detection of passengers travelling with forged and counterfeit documentation, and developing and implementing legislation known as The Carriers Liability Act.
In 2002 Alan formed Platt & Associates, an immigration law practice, which merged with the firm in 2016.
“I endeavour to simplify the complex and provide a clear route to resolving a client’s UK immigration problem."
Professional Associations & Memberships
Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
What you may not know about Alan
Alan has a passion for classic cars and motorcycles and is an active member of the MG Car Club and the Harley Davidson Owners Group.
My matter highlights
Advising an “A” list pop icon on a complex UK immigration matter.
Dealing successfully with a number of “Windrush” clients and obtaining them indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom and British Citizenship. Preparing litigation documents in relation to compensation claims against the Home Office for their earlier treatment of “Windrush” applicants.
Advising a number of Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Innovator) clients in relation to their UK investment and business intentions in the United Kingdom and securing visas in these categories.
Provision of seminars to United Kingdom employers on the implications of Brexit, as they affect the company’s ability to hire and retain EU nationals in their workforce.
Regularisation of a number of client’s UK immigration status via family or relationship circumstances - FLR(FP) applications.
Advising on complex family immigration cases and securing visas and leave to remain for these applicants.
Successful representation of clients at the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.
My recent publications
Insights / The Future of the UK post-Brexit/post-pandemic: Alan Platt
Alan Platt, our Consultant Director of Immigration at Ince, runs you through some of the available immigration routes into the United Kingdom.
Insights / UK Immigration Route - Young Professionals Scheme
The UK Government has recently announced a new immigration route, known as the Young Professionals Scheme. This scheme provides the opportunity for a significant number of young Indian professionals to work in the UK for up to two years.
News / Your future in the UK post-Brexit and post-Covid 19: what you need to know
08-04-2021 / Real Estate
Over the last twelve months, the United Kingdom (UK) like the rest of the world, has seen the COVID -19 pandemic impact hugely on our ability to travel freely, to relocate for business, work, investment and education. We now see some light at the end of the tunnel with the UK’s mass immunisation programme which has seen infection (and thankfully) mortality levels fall dramatically. This is finally giving people hope for the future, resulting in renewed interest in the UK as a safe place to live, to invest in, and as somewhere to educate their children.
Insights / Immigration update February 2021
If you are considering that relocation or change of employment during lockdown, Ince has an established and experienced Immigration team who are ready to advise employers and private individuals on their United Kingdom and worldwide immigration, work permit, sponsor licence and nationality requirements.
Insights / UK Immigration route for British National Overseas Citizens (BNO) Resident in Hong Kong
From January 2021 the United Kingdom Government has announced the opening of an immigration route leading to settlement and full British Citizenship for holders of British passports endorsed “British National Overseas” and resident in Hong Kong.
News / UK Residency and Citizenship Opportunity for Hong Kong Residents
The UK Government has earlier this week announced the opportunity for residents in Hong Kong holding British National Overseas (BNO) passports and their dependants to be able to apply for residency in the United Kingdom, via an immigration route that will lead to permanent residency and full British Citizenship after a five year period.
Insights / New guidance and concessions for foreign nationals currently in the United Kingdom
The UK Government has announced new guidance and concessions for those foreign nationals currently in the United Kingdom and with leave to remain that expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020. Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Insights / New rules for passengers entering the United Kingdom from 8 June
The Home Office has announced new rules for passengers entering the United Kingdom from 8 June, which include the requirement to self-isolation for a fourteen day period following arrival. The Home Secretary Priti Patel has justified the introduction of this requirement at this time to protect the country from a second wave of COVID-19 cases, as it is envisaged that as the UK transitions from lockdown, the number of passengers arriving in the country will increase dramatically and increase the risk of transmission of the virus to the UK community.
News / Immigration: Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is not something anyone should have to live with and certainly is not a reason to remain in an abusive relationship, if your visa depends on the relationship subsisting. Get out at an early stage and look for help and don’t be ashamed if the relationship is not working. Domestic violence does not have to be just about physical violence, it can be psychological pressure, financial manipulation, cruelty, controlling behaviour, isolation, third party pressure and exploitation.
News / COVID-19: Extended Visa for foreign nationals
The Home Office has announced that foreign nationals currently in the United Kingdom who cannot return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to extend their visa.
News / Post Study Work (PSW) visa
At this time of year many international students begin planning their undergraduate academic route and studies in the United Kingdom and looking at opportunities beyond their studies and graduation, which will allow them to work in this country.
News / The UK Government announced the closure of the Exceptional Talent immigration route
The UK Government has announced with effect from 30 January 2020 the closure of the Exceptional Talent immigration route into the UK and replaced it with a more flexible and inviting possibility, the Global Talent immigration route, which is designed to encourage skilled, gifted and recognised individuals in the fields of science, medicine, research, digital technology, the arts and culture (which includes the brightest and best working in the film industry, television, fashion design and architecture).
Insights / Brexit and UK Immigration Considerations Going Forward
At a recent event, Alan Platt and Marta Mendiondo discussed the requirements for EEA citizens to secure their rights in the UK after Brexit. They also gave some insight into the new immigration routes available after the UK’s departure from the EU.
News / UK Government to re-introduce Post Study Work Visa from next year
The UK Government has today announced their plan to re-introduce the Post Study Work Visa from next year. This was a UK immigration route that closed in April 2012 and previously allowed foreign students studying in this country at degree level to enter the job market following successful graduation via a two year work visa.
News / UK cracks down on investor visas
The Home Office has today announced the suspension of the Tier 1 (Investor) immigration route into the United Kingdom with effect from Friday 7 December 2018, as part of a crackdown on financial crime and money laundering.
News / Government to double Tier-1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa offer
It might appear that the United Kingdom Government is drastically cutting the number of immigration opportunities for those wishing to remain or to come to the United Kingdom, but there is some positive news in this respect on the horizon
Insights / Brexit ECJ rules against Home Office Government sets out EU national registration scheme
The European Court of Justice has ruled that an EU citizen who takes British nationality does not lose the right to sponsor a non-EU spouse This landmark decision will have a significant impact on thousands of EU nationals living in the UK who are married to a non-EU national
Insights / Brexit: immigration update
On 26 June 2017 the Government published the above document containing details of its proposals to the European Union on the position of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom. The document seeks to clarify the position of those nationals and how going forward, they will be permitted to remain.
News / Important changes to Immigration Rules from the Home Office
On 16 March the Home Office laid before Parliament a package of Immigration RulenbspchangesnbspThese changes mainly affect applications using Certificates of Sponsorship assigned by sponsors on or after 6 April 2017, as outlined below For full information please contact ournbspImmigration team
News / Does your organisation rely on the skills of EU Nationals?
On Monday 13 March, MPs voted to refuse to unilaterally protect the rights of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom.