Faiia, Shanti

Shanti Faiia

Senior Associate

Shanti Faiia is one of only a handful of lawyers licensed to practice UK business immigration law in the US, which allows her to provide distinguished counsel to US companies placing employees in the UK. In addition, she leverages her 10 years of extensive immigration experience to assist clients in a wide range of immigration matters. Shanti works with blue chip and multinational clients in a variety of industries, including advertising, marketing, communications, food and beverage, professional services and performance automotive. She also acts for high-net-worth individuals on corporate and personal immigration matters.

A large part of Shanti’s practice is managing the process for employers to obtain authorization for their employees to be placed on work assignments in countries across the globe. She has placed employees in Australia, the US, South Africa, Myanmar, China, Singapore and India and works with trusted partners to provide a streamlined services for international clients.Shanti often deals with complex immigration matters for clients and has assisted clients with audits of migrant worker files and HR systems in relation to the Points Based System sponsorship licence. She also regularly advises clients in relation to their illegal working checks for migrant employees. Shanti manages complex discretionary cases that involve applications for leave or entry on human rights grounds. These cases do not fall within the Immigration Rules and require extensive preparation.

Shanti has excellent contacts at the Home Office at Director level, which often leads to a speedy resolution of complex issues, and has frequent contact with senior-level UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) officers in New York, where she is also an active participant in the UKVI steering group. Shanti is an executive board member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee and was a committee member for two terms prior to joining the board. She is a participant in the New York chapter of the Immigration Lawyers Practitioners Association and British-American Business Council. Shanti regularly speaks as part of the department's national seminar programme.

Shanti was named in The Legal 500 in 2013, and was described as “courteous and responsive”, giving “concise and pragmatic advice which is easily understood.”


  • Undertaking compliance audits of illegal working papers and HR systems and processes for large- and small-to-medium sized companies.
  • Advising on European Economic Area (EEA) applications for residence and permanent residence documentation.
  • Drafting successful applications for sponsorship licenses made on an urgent basis.
  • Representing sponsors at Home Office audits.
  • Providing bespoke training on sponsorship and illegal working.
  • Preparing and advising on complex Tier 1 entrepreneur and sole representative applications for businesses moving to the UK.
  • Preparing PBS applications under Tier 2, Tier 4, and Tier 5.
  • Assisting in appeals before the First Tier and Upper Tier Immigration Tribunals, Court of Appeal and judicial review.
  • Advising on complex further leave to remain applications outside the Immigration Rules.
  • Acting for clients in regard to naturalization and nationality claims.
  • Preparing and assisting on family based applications, including for spouses, civil partners and unmarried partners.
  • Advising on business, general and family visitor applications.
  • Managing the process for employers to obtain authorization for their employees to be placed on work assignments in countries across the globe.


  • College of Law, London, L.P.C., 2007
  • University of London, LL.M., 2004
  • City University London, Postgraduate Diploma, 2003
  • Smith College, B.A., 2001


  • England and Wales, 2011
  • Admitted as Foreign Legal Consultant by the State Bar of New York, 2017

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