Latest News about British Citizenship and Nationality

Applying for settlement – also called Indefinite Leave to Remain – in the UK is not as simple as having lived here for a number of years, as experienced British Citizenship lawyers will explain.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

After some time in the UK, it’s common for some people to consult a British Citizenship lawyer with a view to obtaining naturalisation as a British citizen.

Monday, 01 October, 2018

As most experienced EEA immigration solicitors are aware, immigration rules relating to EU citizens are more generous than the UK’s domestic immigration rules.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

While British Citizenship lawyers are often approached to discuss applications for naturalisation as a British citizen by adults, the British Citizenship of under 18s is also a key issue.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

As reported recently by the BBC, immigration solicitors in London have recently learned that over 1,000 children entitled to British passports have had their applications for renewal refused – because of a Home Office error.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

British Citizenship lawyers will be shocked to see that the 10 years between 2007 and 2017 saw a dramatic peak in instances of nullification of British Citizenship – with a massive 176 cases occurring in 2013.

Friday, 20 July, 2018

The recent wake of media and public attention on the difficulties of Caribbean migrants caused by the hostile or “compliant” environment, purposely created by Theresa May and continued by her successor Amber Rudd has come to boiling point.

Thursday, 03 May, 2018
Justice Statue and Immigration Law Books

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy

Sunday, 29 April, 2018
Jordana Adams, one of our senior immigration solicitors, has been interviewed on regarding the plight of the Windrush Generation.
Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
British passport

In a recent judgment, Advocate General for Scotland v Romein [2018] UKSC 6, [2018] All ER (D) 44 (Feb) the Supreme Court has resolved the paradox created by the abolition of the rule that British Citizenship by descent could not be transmitted through the female line.

The paradox which has existed up until now is an example of how complex the drafting of legislation can be, and how it can often result in absurdities. 

Monday, 26 February, 2018

From all the Solicitors and teams at OTS Solicitors, we welcome everyone into the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog!

Friday, 16 February, 2018
Pregnant woman

For many LGBT couples, surrogacy allows for the prospect of having a child of one’s own.  Unfortunately, in certain jurisdictions, the law has not progressed fast enough to keep up with the changing nature of families and the increasing reliance on surrogacy as a method of becoming a parent.

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
British Citizenship stamp

R (Hysaj & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 82

Friday, 22 December, 2017
Rings on a bible

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in Immigration Law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK and the Middle East.

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.

It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Picture of a couple and two children with a tear in the middle of the image.

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

The decision to divorce is hard for anyone.  However, if one party to the marriage resides in the UK on a Spouse or Civil Partnership Visa, the demise of a relationship can also mean having to leave the country permanently.

Monday, 02 October, 2017
Immigration definition on Ipad

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration has released its report on the integration of immigrants in the UK. The report entitled: Integration Not Demonisation, argues the current immigration debate is hindering integration and calls for urgent action to build a more cohesive society. 

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
Immigration Word Cloud

There are many reasons for people settled in the UK, either with Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship, to bring their elderly parents to live in their adopted country.

Friday, 05 May, 2017
UK Election Polling Box

Yesterday afternoon, MPs voted by a margin of 522 votes to 13 to hold a snap election on 8th June 2017. 

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats supported the move.

The Fixed Term Parliament Act allows for an early election if two-thirds of the House agrees.

The reasons for the snap election

Thursday, 20 April, 2017

At the Conservative Party conference in October 2016, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd made some bold statements.  One of these was that EU nationals who commit even the most minor of criminal offences will be deported and banned from the UK for up to 10 years.

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
Trump Presidency

Oshin Shahiean, Managing Partner of OTS Solicitors is interviewed by The American magazine regarding the newly inaugurated President Trump and the challenges US Citizens living in the UK and US might face:

Friday, 20 January, 2017
Passport Stamped Denied

A Dutch woman, who has resided in the UK for the past 24 years and has two children with her British husband has been left flabbergasted at the inconsistency of the UK Home Office when dealing with her EEA permanent residence application.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Close up of UK Passport

Voters in towns and cities with large Muslim communities where there are concerns about election fraud will have to show their passports or driving licences before casting their ballot.

The Government has announced that voters will have to produce identification to vote to reduce the risk of "endemic corruption" and protect the democratic process.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Open book on immigration law with glasses

The ‘remove first, appeal later’ provisions of the immigration Act 2016 (the Act) came into force on 1st December 2016. Under section 63 of the Act, the Home Office now has the power to temporarily remove a person from the UK even if they have an appeal on Human Rights grounds pending.

Monday, 12 December, 2016
Doctor holding a stethoscope

A senior civil servant in the Department of Health has said patients may have to produce two forms of ID to receive some NHS care, following revelations that the NHS has “a lot further to go” to reclaim much of the money owed for treating overseas visitors.

NHS Trusts in England are legally obliged to check whether patients are eligible for free non-emergency NHS treatment and to recover any costs from overseas patients.

Recovering costs – the facts

Tuesday, 22 November, 2016

Our client, Dr W, is a Sri Lankan citizen. She came to the UK as a student and later on secured an employment in the UK. Due to the nature of her employment and the work she was carrying out, she had been required to travel and carry out work outside of the UK on regular basis.

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016
Wall Street Journal on EU Immigration
Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and Immigration Law specialist at OTS Solicitors, was quoted in an article featured in the Wall Street Journal on 23rd June 2016.
Friday, 01 July, 2016
India to UK Immigration

By Nagesh Jain & Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Britain and India have a unique relationship, based on centuries of history, an admiration of each other’s culture, and mutual economic benefits.

Monday, 27 June, 2016
brexit what happens now?

Today’s announcement that the Leave campaign has prevailed has come as a shock to many people. Not only have the British public chosen to exit the EU, but the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned.

Furthermore, a no-confidence motion has been made against Opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that her country will launch another independence referendum following today’s referendum result.

Saturday, 25 June, 2016

Leading EU law expert Professor Michael Dougan’s video on the the EU debate has gone viral, and is a must-watch for everyone before they vote on Thursday.  In Professor Dougan’s opinion (and he is one of the few people in the country actually qualified enough to have one) the mistakes and dishonesty perpetrated by the Leave campaign and the media are on an “industrial scale”.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Britain Needs to Stay in the EU

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Over the last few weeks, I have written many articles about the dire consequences of Britain leaving the EU.  However, in our weekly meeting on Monday, one of our staff piped up and said that maybe we should try and see things from the other side of the fence; after all, seeing both sides of an argument is part of a solicitor’s job.

I always take feedback well, I went back to my office and started to consider the Leave camp’s arguments.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
OTS Solicitors Immigration Review

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received from our client Mr Pietro Recchia:

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Immigration Solicitor Reviews
We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received from our client Mr Choudhry:

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Immigration Right to Rent Checks

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

This article was first published in the The Letting Update Journal April 2016 Issue. To download a copy please see the PDF version below this article.

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
British Expats in EU

Ever since Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” was published in 1989, British people have been inspired to leave this grey, wet island and start life again on the Continent. Fantasies of rambling cottages brought for a song; fresh markets filled with lush produce and the warm sun caressing one’s skin may not accurately convey the reality of living in France, Italy, Spain or beyond, but that has not stopped 1.26 million Britons making an EU country their home.

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
USA to UK Immigration

“Death, taxes and childbirth – there’s never a convenient time for any of them”Scarlett O’Hara, ‘Gone with the Wind’.

The taxing of Americans living abroad can be traced back to 1861 and the American Civil War.  To deter wealthy citizens fleeing the country to avoid being drafted, the Revenue Act called for duties to apply on income:

Friday, 22 April, 2016
US Citizenship UK Citizenship

In 2015, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) granted 35,124 American citizen’s entry clearance into the UK.  These figures exclude exit and transit visas, which means that those individuals came to the UK to work, study, invest in a business or join a UK-residing spouse or partner.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016