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Maja Kalanoska - Head of Immigration Department

Maja Kalanoska, our Head of the Immigration Department and Senior Immigration Consultant holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Law and English Language and Literature.

Maja has 17 years’ experience in immigration law and practice and has accumulated extensive knowledge and skills in processing all applications under the points-based system as well as applications for spouse visas, long residence, immigration related human rights applications, applications under the European Union free movement and asylum as well as reconsiderations, appeals and judicial review applications.

Maja specialises in advising individuals ranging from high-net-worth clients, professional executives and businesses (including educational providers) on all aspects of UK immigration law. She has achieved significant success in applications for Tier 2 Sponsor licence, both under the General and Sportsperson categories. Her clients under this category include a multinational company with more than 4,000 employees, global presence in over 63 countries and a net worth estimated in excess of £ 1 Billion.

Maja has significant experience in dealing with immigration matters at both pre and post decision stage and is well aware of the numerous complexities around the Tier 1 visa categories, including Investor visas as well as applications under Appendix W of the Immigration Rules, as amended. Maja ensures impeccable preparation from the very beginning.

Maja has accumulated over eight years of experience working at a Barrister’s chambers, where she is entrusted to produce high quality complex legal documents challenging adverse decisions for individuals and businesses at the Upper Immigration Tribunal as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She has achieved a success rate of over 90% in judicial review proceedings, including the pre-action protocol stage.

She has appeared for clients at appeals at the first and upper tribunal and assisted counsel in judicial review oral permission hearings.

Maja takes particular pride in the success she has achieved in applications under the Global Talent/Promise route to residence and settlement in the UK (previously known as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent). Her approach towards the preparation of these complex applications is tailor-made, addressing and emphasising the applicant’s individual achievements and skills and is behind her over 98% success rate achieved in these applications.

Maja has vast international experience having worked in several different countries and jurisprudences, including Macedonia, Maldives and Sri Lanka, apart from the United Kingdom, where she has been mainly based.

As a former member of staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Maja is often instructed as an external expert by international and regional organisations such as the UN and the OSCE, as well as USAID.

She is the author of over ten publications, mostly focusing on immigration and nationality law.

Publications:

  • Comparative legal analysis – measuring the performance of the public prosecutors in the UK;
  • Human Rights Index 2016, Republic of Macedonia; 
  • ProChild: Towards the real protection for unaccompanied and separated child migrants; Policy paper on protection of unaccompanied and separated child migrants and related advocacy activities;
  • Legal Analysis- Provision of Free Legal Aid for members of the Roma Community and capacity building activities for the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy ‘Roma Information Centre’ (RIC) Assistants;
  • Human Rights Index 2015, Republic of Macedonia;
  • The “Right to Have Rights”- Legal Identity, Civil Registration and Citizenship – key towards social inclusion of marginalised communities;
  • Report on Statelessness in South Eastern Europe-contributor
  • Birth Registration and Personal Identity Documentation: Key Elements for the Social Inclusion of Marginalized Communities in Macedonia;
  • Analysis of the Refugee Status Determination Proceedings in the Republic of Macedonia 2003-2007;
  • Report on the Republic of Maldives’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);
  • Guidelines for determination of a refugee status to persons who have well-founded fear of gender-based persecution.

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