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Vanessa Ganguin has decades of expertise across business and personal immigration and offers a full-spectrum service of advice across all aspects of UK immigration law.

Business Immigration:

Vanessa Ganguin advises and trains on all aspects of Sponsor Licences, compliance and training for employers and other UK immigration practitioners.

She provides expert advice and training on work visas such as the Skilled Worker visa, Global Talent visa, Innovator Founder visa, Scale-up visa, International Sportsperson visa, Health and Care Worker visa, Religious Worker visa and Graduate visa.

Vanessa advises on Global Business Mobility visa routes such as the Senior or specialist worker to meet specific business needs (this replaced Intra-Company Transfers); Graduate trainee as part of a training programme (this replaced the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route); Secondment worker to UK firms in high value contracts or investments; Service suppliers to the UK in line with UK trade agreements (this replaced the T5 International Agreement routes); UK expansion worker to establish a UK presence (this replaced Representative of an Overseas Business).

She also provides expert advice on temporary work visas such as the Creative Worker visa, Government Authorised Exchange visa, Charity Worker visa and International Agreement visa, as well as servicing legacy visas (such as those already on the Start-up or Investor visa) and working on routes to settlement.

Personal Immigration:

Vanessa Ganguin advises on all aspects of family visas (partners, spouses, children, adult dependants); EEA nationals and family (including late EUSS applications); British citizenship and naturalisation; visitor visas; British National (Overseas) visas; Ancestry; Long Residence and Human Rights. She has worked on immigration appeals at every level too.


With around three decades of specialist experience in UK immigration, Vanessa Ganguin is one of the most highly regarded experts in UK immigration law.

She is recommended by Chambers & Partners UK, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading individual and thought leader in commercial immigration.

“Vanessa has a wealth of connections at the Home Office and frequently liaises with them in relation to the development of immigration policy,” according to Who’s Who Legal, and she has “a particular flair for appeals at all levels and challenging refusals.”

“Vanessa Ganguin is especially knowledgeable in the handling of immigration matters for entertainment industry clients,” according to Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500 commends her “particular niche in acting for US corporate clients looking to establish a presence in the UK.”

Vanessa’s clients span various industries and sectors – such as fintech, manufacturing, the entertainment industries and the arts.

Her friendly service and commercial nous mean many firms rely on Vanessa’s advice throughout their journey from start-ups to household brands, as well as for the immigration implications of TUPE transfers, mergers and acquisitions.

She has also made a name for herself advising individuals across the whole spectrum immigration matters, from global talent and high net worth clients to partners, family members and those at the wrong end of Home Office decisions.

Many of her referrals come from other legal practices – including other immigration firms on tricky matters – reflecting how highly she is regarded as a safe pair of hands.

Attracted to the compassionate side of the legal profession, Vanessa was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2000 and led hundreds of human rights and asylum appeals in her early career in immigration, before establishing a human rights and appeals team in a leading City practice.

Vanessa co-founded boutique immigration specialists Ganguin Samartin in 2015, before going on to set up Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law specialising in all aspects of UK immigration advice.

She trains and presents to other professionals on current immigration issues and regularly writes articles on hot immigration topics for a wide variety of HR and legal industry magazines, as well as national newspapers and international publications.

As Managing Partner of the firm, Vanessa’s breadth of experience and passion for her field ensures the highest level of service to all of her clients, from corporate to private, with her very hands-on, responsive and friendly ethos.

Professional Memberships

Immigration Law Practitioners Association

Association of European Attorneys

Partners Immigration Network


UK Immigration Changes for Employers, Workers and Family · HR Director · Jan 15, 2024

James Cleverly's Immigration Curbs for Workers and Families · HR Director · Jan 4, 2024

No Digital Nomads, But UK Visitor Visas Will Allow More Business Activities · HR Director · Dec 28, 2023

Net migration figures – what isn’t being said · Relocate Global Magazine · May 26, 2023

Innovator Founder visas–the new, improved route for entrepreneurs starting up businesses in the UK · Business Leader · May 5, 2023

Work immigration changes HR teams should be aware of in 2023 · HR Magazine · Apr 13, 2023

Budget work immigration concessions offer hope for skills shortages · Business Leader · Mar 17, 2023

Immigration changes: What employers need to know · Personnel Today · Mar 13, 2023

Young Professionals Scheme two-year visa opens for Indian applicants · Relocate Magazine · Feb 23, 2023

Good news for UK family visa applicants as priority visas and quicker waiting times resume · BritishAmerican Business · Jan 11, 2023

Priority service back for family visa applications saving months of waiting · Lexis PSL · Jan 10, 2023

US colleges over half the universities whose graduates qualify for UK’s High Potential Individual visa · BritishAmerican Business · Nov 2, 2022

Employers face a growing rift in government on hiring talent from abroad · HR Magazine · Oct 13, 2022

Reminder on UK Right To Work compliance · BritishAmerican Business · Oct 13, 2022

Hiring global talent is streamlined with the new Scale-up visa · Business Leader · Sep 12, 2022

Graduates of top US universities have lucked out with the UK's new High Potential Individual visas · Immigration Lawyers Toolbox · Jun 29, 2022

High Potential Individual visa: What HR needs to know · Personnel Today · Jun 8, 2022

US Universities Dominate the UK’s New High Potential Individual Visa for Top Graduates · British American Business · May 31, 2022

The Global Business Mobility visa will overhaul how firms move staff to the UK · Personnel Today · Apr 14, 2022

Scale-up visas: How employers can hire international · Personnel Today · Mar 16, 2022

Global Business Mobility visa promises a new solution for moving staff to the UK · Immigration Lawyers Toolbox · Feb 22, 2022

How would Jesus, Mary and Joseph fare if they sought refuge under the new Borders Bill? · The Independent · Dec 24, 2021

An asylum system that offers safe routes to the UK is the humane response to this 'crisis' · The House · Nov 30, 2021

The impact of Brexit’s immigration upheaval on the UK’s workforce · European American Chamber of Commerce · Aug 30, 2021

What are the key UK visa routes for global talent? · Immigration Lawyers Toolbox · Aug 30, 2021

What are the new immigration routes employers should be aware of? · HR Magazine · May 4, 2021

Home Office warns UK firms to prepare as most still unable to hire EU staff post-Brexit · The London Economic · Oct 10, 2020

How will the new Hong Kong visa work and who can apply for a path to UK citizenship? · The London Economic · Jul 23, 2020

The Government is out of step with the public over who unskilled workers are · The London Economic · May 20, 2020

My legal life: Vanessa Ganguin, Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law · The Law Gazette · Apr 20, 2020

Immigrant Health Surcharge hike will hamper NHS Coronavirus fight · The London Economic · Mar 11, 2020

Migration Advisory Committee signals ‘small growth’ UK post-Brexit immigration system · The London Economic · Jan 1, 2020

Will Brexit be an own goal for UK football teams attracting best talent? · The London Economic · Jan 1, 2020

The best news from the Labour Party conference was a vote for free movement · The London Economic · Sep 1, 2019

Stopping Freedom of Movement on October 31 is nuts · The London Economic · Aug 1, 2019

How to apply for settled status for EU nationals · The London Economic · Mar 1, 2019

Migration Advisory Committee favours “no preference” for EU workers · The London Economic · Sep 18, 2018

Are The Main Parties’ General Election Immigration Promises Credible? · The London Economic · Jun 7, 2017

Immigration: A hard bill to swallow · The Barrister · Dec 16, 2013

Eroding migrants' appeal rights will result in more judicial reviews · Solicitors Journal · Nov 1, 2013

The true cost of UK's new Immigration Bill · The Global Legal Post · Nov 1, 2013

Immigration lawyer warns of consequences of new Immigration Bill · New Law Journal · Oct 31, 2013

Controversial immigration rules are dividing opinion—and families · New Statesman · Aug 30, 2013

Reasons why immigration laws are destroying UK families · The London Economic · Aug 24, 2013

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