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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

qLegal Workshop: Immigration Workshop With Lewis Silkin LLP

23 February 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

This workshop is hosted by qLegal.

Are you looking at gaining employer sponsor or a self-sponsored immigration status? Do you have questions regarding setting up a business in the UK or the US? Join us for a presentation by Lewis Silkin's special immigration team, aimed at QMUL students and entrepreneurs.

Diana Okoeva and Natasha Hoston from Lewis Silkin LLP will be leading this workshop.

About the leaders

Diana Okoeva

Diana Okoeva is a Senior Associate at Lewis Silkin in London, UK. She specializes in US immigration and nationality law. Diana’s focus is on business immigration, high-net-worth immigration, acquisition and loss of US citizenship and consular practice.

Diana is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on a number of AILA committees. Diana is a frequent speaker on US immigration law, speaking to audiences of peers, clients, and other professionals, both in the UK and internationally. Her recent AILA engagements include chairing the AILA EMEA Chapter Conference in London, speaking on challenging E-2 investor visa denials at the AILA Conference in Rome, speaking on inadmissibilities and waivers at the AILA Conference in Manila, leading a panel on Ethics at the AILA Conference in Prague, speaking on EB-5 investors at the AILA Conference in New York City, and speaking on investors, entrepreneurs and intracompany transfers at the AILA Conference in Athens.

Diana is admitted to the practice of law in New York, England and Wales, and Armenia. She is fluent in Russian and Armenian and conversant in French. Before starting her career as a US immigration lawyer, Diana worked for a number of years as an attorney for the Armenian government, dealing primarily with international law.

Natasha Hoston

Natasha Hoston is an Associate in Lewis Silkin’s specialist immigration team. She joined Lewis Silkin in 2014, adding to 8 years of experience in advising on business immigration matters at Fragomen and Clyde & Co.

Natasha practices UK immigration and nationality law, focussing on all aspects of the Points-Based System with expertise on Tier 2 and sponsorship compliance for SMEs and start-up companies.

Natasha also deals with family-based applications for private individuals and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) for individuals and start-ups and Tier 1 (Investor) applications for high net worth individuals.

Natasha regularly consults with Home Office policy makers and business organisations in relation to upcoming immigration changes and presents at external seminars attended by clients, peers and industry professionals. Recent speaking engagements include “Managing international immigration and Global Mobility Risk” at the Managing an International Workforce conference, presenting on Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs to private client lawyers and to the American Women Lawyers’ Association on UK immigration options. Publications include “Business visitors still fifty shades of grey?” for the International Bar Association and “Employers' immigration compliance: issues for multinationals” for Practical Law magazine.

If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask on the day to the two lawyers presenting, please email them to the event coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event at

Proposed Agenda

  • 6pm: Doors open, Registration
  • 6.30pm: Start of the presentation
  • 7.15pm: Q&A
  • 7.30pm: Networking, Canapes & Drinks
  • 8pm: End of the Event

The event's drinks and canapes are kindly sponsored by Lewis Silkin LLP.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


For more information, please contact Clemence Tanzi on

Photography, video and audio recording

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