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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Ayan Yalchin

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Ayan is a director in the immigration department at Duncan Lewis. He specialises in business and private immigration.

Ayan has extensive experience in all UK immigration matters and specialises in Tier 1 (investor and entrepreneur) and all aspects of Tier 2 under the points based system and Tier 5. He is particularly adept at assisting companies and educational institutions with sponsorship licences including renewals and advising on strategy, process and compliance. This includes undertaking compliance audits and drafting detailed reports outlining the best way for companies to be fully compliant with the Immigration rules. In addition, he assists companies when faced with a downgrade/revocation of a sponsorship licence or with criminal and civil proceedings regarding illegal working.

Ayan has represented a large volume of high net-worth individuals particularly from Russia, Turkey, China and the Middle East and is instructed regularly by leading accountants and commercial lawyers to provide immigration solutions for potential investors and entrepreneurs. Moreover, his practice also encompasses private immigration matters including all European Economic Area (EEA) applications such as permanent residence, residence cards, family permits and ECAA (in particular Ankara Agreement applications).

Ayan is highly experienced with applications for entry clearance or further leave to remain as a spouse, fiancé, unmarried partner, dependant relative and student. He advises and assists with citizenship, nationality and all types of visas to the UK.

He regularly represents clients at the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber and has substantial experience with challenging the Home Office by way of judicial review on behalf of points based system applicants.


Ayan qualified as a solicitor in 2001, and after joining Duncan Lewis in 2006, became a partner-level director in 2007.




Ayan is accredited by the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme as a Senior Caseworker and Supervisor which means he has demonstrated the required level of competence and knowledge in immigration and asylum law as defined by the Society.


Ayan obtained his LLB (Hons) from Southbank University and later achieved his LPC.

London: Human resources


Within: Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients. Toufique Hossain handles Judicial Review cases involving immigration, EC Law, civil liberties and human rights matters. Jenna McKinney specialises in fast track cases, appeals, asylum, deportation and Judicial Review work. James Packer regularly handles unlawful detention cases, while Stefan Vnuk specialises in immigration, asylum and human rights law, with a particular emphasis on complex cases in higher courts including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.The business immigration department is headed by Ayan Yalchin, Vicash Ramikissoon, and Tamana Aziz , who joined the firm from  LUPINS with Vnuk.

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