Maja Kalanoska - Senior Immigration Consultant

Maja Kalanoska, our Senior Immigration Consultant, has 17 years’ experience in immigration law and practice and specialises in all aspects of immigration law. She has significant experience in advising corporate and institutional clients on wide range of immigration matters.

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.

She also works on a broad range of other immigration applications to represent applicants who have grounds to apply for UK visas (marriage, civil partnership, human rights and the European Union free movement).

Before joining our team, Maja accumulated over eight years of experience working for a Barrister’s chambers, where she is entrusted to produce high quality complex legal documents challenging adverse UKVI/Home Office decisions for individuals and businesses at the Upper Immigration Tribunal as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Due to her experience in dealing with cases both pre and post decision, Maja is well aware of the numerous complexities around the Tier 1 visa categories and the importance of impeccable preparation from the very beginning. Forward planning is particularly important with this visa category and she reflects this in her advice and approach.

Maja takes particular pride in her success rate achieved in applications submitted to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as well as appeals and judicial review applications. She has an extraordinarily high success rate in Global Talent (previously known as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent) applications for Stage 1, Endorsement.  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 100% 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.

Maja is a former member of staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and she 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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