Paragon Edge brings together leading British niche immigration law firm Paragon Law and Inside Edge a Nigerian based market entry and education specialist.

The partnership’s foundations are a strong, ethical and knowledgeable team comprising of:

Thalej Vasishta, MD, Paragon Law; and

Peter Stephenson, OBE, ex-First Secretary, British High Commission, Nigeria; and

Lebari Ukpong, MD, Inside Edge and ex-Trade Development Manager, British Deputy High Commission, Nigeria.

Peter Stephenson said, “Obtaining a UK visa is not easy and most Nigerian applicants fail because of poor advice and documentation”.

Paragon Law has won multiple accolades for both its legal services and business processes. The firm is ranked in the top tier by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Directory to the legal profession, with the latter having described Paragon Law as an immigration law powerhouse, best known for handling complex and high profile cases”.

Thalej Vasishta said, “Once we have given our client an assessment of the merits in making the visa application, the secret of success is then in the preparation of the supporting documents, how this evidence is presented and explained to the visa officers”.

Paragon Edge will provide advice on all areas of UK immigration law be it whether a client wants to invest, trade, set up business, study, visit or join family members in the UK.

Inside Edge offices in Lagos will be the point of contact for Nigerian based clients. The UK team will set the case strategy and will be supported by the Lagos office to prepare documents and coordinate effective communication between the client and Paragon Edge.

Lebari Ukpong said, We are all excited about this partnership particularly as the knowledge and know-how with which we will serve our clients is unparalleled in Nigeria. This service is further enhanced by the fact that our clients will continue to be cared for once they are in the UK through Paragon Law”.

If you require further information or wish to instruct Paragon Edge please get in touch with your Paragon Edge contact in the usual way. Alternatively, email


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Travel to India

15 August 2015 will be India’s Independence Day and the same day that UK and 35 other countries will be eligible for the Indian e-tourist visa (eTV).


The other countries being added to the existing list include Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, East Timor, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Monaco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turks & Caicos Islands,  Uruguay and Venezuela.


Those who intend to travel to India for no more than 30 days for the purposes of recreation, site-seeing, visiting friends or family, medical treatment or business can apply for an eTV.


Each applicant must have their own passport (with at least 6 months validity and 2 blank pages), have a return ticket and evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay in India.


The cost of the eTV is US $60 per applicant which is paid online at the time when you apply for your eTV. You are able to apply 4 days before you travel and have 30 days within which to present yourself at the port in India after the eTV has been issued. It should also be noted that you can only apply for the eTV for a maximum of 2 visits in a calendar year and that on each occasion the eTV will be valid for a single entry only.


You must present yourself with the printed eTV (and your passport) to designated airports. From 15 August 2015 there will be a choice of 16 airports to travel to under the eTV.


For further information and how to apply please go to the following link:


For further information on business and employment visas for India please feel free to contact me at

The UK Border Agency have announced the introduction of a new Olympic/Paralympic Games visit visa for Games family members wishing to enter the UK to take part in specific Games related activities in the lead-up to London 2012.

Games Related Activities

Examples of Games related activities include:

  • Meetings with London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG)
  • Participating in UK based training camps as part of a national team;
  • Participating in individual sport Olympic/Paralympic test events.

Games Family Members

Games family members include athletes, coaches, officials and accredited media. To be eligible to apply the Games family member must have been identified by LOCOG, who must issue an official invitation letter inviting them to visit the UK for a purpose connected to the Games.


Olympic and Paralympic Sports

The UK Border Agency have produced an exhaustive list of Olympic and Paralympic sports which is available here                                                                                      (link to Any sport outside this list will not qualify.



Prospective applicants can apply up to 3 months before they intend to travel to the UK and are advised to apply at least 2 months in advance to allow sufficient time for their application to be processed.

Applicants will need to attend a Visa Application Centre in their country of residence to submit the application and enrol their biometric information. In addition to a signed invitation letter, applicants will need to provide evidence of how they intend to fund their trip and may also wish to consider submitting evidence of their marital status, itinerary, occupation, income and their association with the Olympic or Paralympic sport.

Successful applicants will receive a visa that is valid from the date of issue until 8 November 2012, irrespective of the date of the application. The maximum stay in the UK on any one visit is six months and it will not be possible to apply as the dependant of a Games visitor or switch from the Games visitor visa into a different immigration category.


How Can Paragon Law Assist You?

Paragon Law are specialists in UK immigration law. Through our offices in the UK, China and India and our association with NeJame Law in the USA, we are well placed to assist individuals seeking to enter the UK on an Olympic or Paralympic Games Visit Visa. To find out more about this type of visa and how Paragon Law can assist you then please call Thalej Vasishta in our London office on +44 (0)845 519 6966 or email him on