Visadreams.com,  Diary of an Immigration Lawyer is a blog run by Fahad Ansari, a solicitor based in London specialising in UK immigration and nationality law.

Fahad has extensive experience in all aspects of asylum, immigration and nationality law.

He specialises in complex cases involving EU law, criminal deportation, terrorism and national security, political asylum, human rights claims, denial of citizenship and refusal to grant in-country rights of appeal.

Fahad has successfully conducted judicial review challenges to decisions of the Home Office in matters relating to unlawful detention, removal, delays, naturalisation, failure to apply policy, fresh claims for asylum, fee waiver applications and entry clearance refusals.

Fahad has secured tens of thousands of pounds in damages for clients who were unlawfully detained.

He works around the clock to protect clients’ interests and is regularly instructed to obtain injunctions prevent the removal of clients.


Fahad is accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, a stringent process involving exams and regular re-accreditation.

He is an experienced advocate at the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.


Fahad is currently practising at Duncan Lewis (a Legal 500 firm).

He has previously worked at leading immigration firm TRP Solicitors and Legal 500 firms Richard Nelson LLP, Fisher Meredith LLP and Birnberg Peirce & Partners.

Fahad regularly writes about current affairs and has had articles published in the Guardian and New Statesman.

He has also been invited to comment on legal developments by numerous media outlets including the BBC, Sky News, CNN and Al-Jazeera.

Fahad has spoken at international conferences around the world including at the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.


Fahad qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 2009.

He completed his education in Ireland where he received an honours law degree from University College Dublin and an honours masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway.


In 2012, Fahad was short-listed for the AML Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award.

In 2002, Fahad was awarded the Gold Medal for Jurisprudence by the University College Dublin.


Fahad can be contacted by emailing fahad@visadreams.com or entering your details here.