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Alan Platt

Director of Immigration London T +44 (0) 20 7759 1387
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Alan Platt

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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.

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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 / UK Immigration route for British National Overseas Citizens (BNO) Resident in Hong Kong

10-08-2020 /

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.

UK Immigration route for British National Overseas Citizens (BNO) Resident in Hong Kong

News / UK Residency and Citizenship Opportunity for Hong Kong Residents

02-07-2020 /

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.

UK Residency and Citizenship Opportunity for Hong Kong Residents

Insights / New guidance and concessions for foreign nationals currently in the United Kingdom

26-05-2020 /

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).

New guidance and concessions for foreign nationals currently in the United Kingdom

Insights / New rules for passengers entering the United Kingdom from 8 June

26-05-2020 /

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.

New rules for passengers entering the United Kingdom from 8 June

News / Biometric Residence Permit Update – those expiring on 31 December 2024

28-04-2020 /

The Home Office has now confirmed that they will introduce a new UK Format Biometric Residence Permit next year, which will more accurately reflect the period of leave granted to holders, or in the case of those granted indefinite leave to remain/enter, be granted for a standard ten year period (five year validity of those under eighteen). They have also confirmed that by early 2024, prior to currently issued Biometric Residence Permits expiring, the Home Office will publish details of how to apply for a free replacement Biometric Residence Permit, issued via the new guidelines set out above.

Biometric Residence Permit Update – those expiring on 31 December 2024

News / Immigration: Domestic Violence

09-04-2020 /

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.

Immigration: Domestic Violence

News / COVID-19: Extended Visa for foreign nationals

25-03-2020 /

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.

COVID-19: Extended Visa for foreign nationals

News / Post Study Work (PSW) visa

24-02-2020 /

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.

Post Study Work (PSW) visa

News / The UK Government announced the closure of the Exceptional Talent immigration route

31-01-2020 /

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).

The UK Government announced the closure of the Exceptional Talent immigration route

News / Brexit and UK Immigration Considerations Going Forward

03-12-2019 /

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.

Brexit and UK Immigration Considerations Going Forward

News / UK Government to re-introduce Post Study Work Visa from next year

11-09-2019 /

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.

UK Government to re-introduce Post Study Work Visa from next year

News / UK cracks down on investor visas

06-12-2018 /

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.

UK cracks down on investor visas

News / Government to double Tier-1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa offer

20-11-2017 /

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

Government to double Tier-1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa offer

News / Brexit ECJ rules against Home Office Government sets out EU national registration scheme

14-11-2017 /

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

News / Brexit: immigration update

26-06-2017 /

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.

Brexit: immigration update

News / Important changes to Immigration Rules from the Home Office

10-04-2017 /

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

Important changes to Immigration Rules from the Home Office

News / Does your organisation rely on the skills of EU Nationals?

20-03-2017 /

On Monday 13 March, MPs voted to refuse to unilaterally protect the rights of EU nationals living in the United Kingdom.

Does your organisation rely on the skills of EU Nationals?