Latest News about Family and Spouse Visas

Obtaining your UK visa to come and live, study or work in the UK, with or without the input of a Legal 500 immigration solicitor, is a real achievement – but what happens if your situation changes?

Monday, 01 October, 2018

The UK’s family visa covers a number of different visa routes, familiar to the best immigration solicitors in London, including the UK fiancé visa and UK spouse visa.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Our EEA immigration solicitors recently explained how changes in the latest EEA regulations (that came into force on 24th July 2018) now allow dual UK/EU citizens the opportunity to rely on EU rules regarding a spouse even if

Wednesday, 01 August, 2018

The latest ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the rights of extended family members looking to join an EU citizen, and the availability of appeal in the face of a refusal to grant a residence card, will be of interest to EEA immigration solicitors, and indeed to all

Thursday, 19 July, 2018
If a non-EEA citizen has a right of residence in the UK through marriage to an EEA citizen, what happens to that right to reside if the couple divorces?
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. These are some of the wonderful words our clients have to say about us:

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018

There are many options open to people who want to become parents, but for one reason or other find it difficult. Surrogacy is one such option, although as good family solicitors will explain, the arrangements for confirming the legal parents of a child born through a surrogacy agreement in the UK have been problematic for single parents.

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

Applying for a UK visa can be complicated – and this is certainly the case if you are considering a spouse visa application. It’s made all the more difficult because both practically and emotionally, so much depends on getting a spouse visa. If you are living apart from your partner everything is more difficult. It’s even more so if you have children who are living with one or other of you.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been awarded business immigration Law Firm 2018 in Corporate Insider’s annual Business Excellence Awards.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

If you are living apart from your husband or wife, in different countries, it can be very stressful. Alongside a raft of conditions that you must satisfy to be able to apply for a spouse visa to come to the UK, you will also have to satisfy the income requirements to obtain this form of visa.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

With the press full of the wedding of Prince Harry to American Meghan Markle, and news that she will apply for British Citizenship, other couples in transnational relationships must be wondering if there are lessons they can take from the relationship. In particular, whether there is some secret to coming to the UK as a fiancé, with a wedding planned (albeit not a royal wedding!).

Tuesday, 15 May, 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
Elderly man holding a stick

By Maryem Ahmed, of OTS Solicitors 

Friday, 08 December, 2017
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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
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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, 15 November, 2017
Two rings in front of a gavel.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.  You can also call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on freephone 0808 2000 247.

Thursday, 09 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 Law and Gavel

In March 2019, the UK will officially leave the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).  Top immigration law firms in London have been inundated with people who are concerned about their right to reside in the UK after

Friday, 18 August, 2017
UK Spouse Visa Couple Holding Hands

If you are applying for a UK spouse visa and have not instructed a top Immigration Law firm, you may want to change your mind and instruct a lawyer to provide you with the best legal advice; this will be crucial in ensuring that your application is submitted with (if possible), the option to bring an appeal on Human Rights grounds, should your requires for a

Monday, 14 August, 2017
Yemen highlighted on world map

OTS senior solicitor, Smit Kumar and trainee solicitor Hans Appadu have been quoted in an article discussing the plight of Yeminis people, in an article by investigative journalist, Paola Tamma.

Thursday, 10 August, 2017
JUSTICE for spouse visa

Following the initial changes made to the UK immigration rules on 9th July 2012, the entire UK immigration system became increasingly stringent in granting both entry clearance to non-EEA nationals as well as granting

Thursday, 03 August, 2017
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In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of MM (Lebanon) & Others v the Secretary for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 10. 

This case, running for many years, challenged the Minimum Income Requirement, introduced in 2012 by then Home Secretary, and now British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The Supreme Court upheld the Minimum Income Requirement, stating it was lawful “in principle”. However, the seven judges stated that:

Monday, 24 July, 2017
couple speaking to a consultant regarding applying for a spouse visa

In a major victory for Immigration Law advocates and spouse visa applicants, the British Government has amended the immigration rules surrounding the minimum income threshold to make it easier for some families to meet the requirements.

Friday, 21 July, 2017
OTS Solicitors Google Review

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received for our Supervisor Solicitor and immigration specialist, Ms Smit Kumar:

Friday, 07 July, 2017
British Pound Against Rising Finances

Last week the UK held a general election, which despite considerable loss of seats and overall majority, means the Conservatives will remain in control of the government, for now at least.    If the manifesto on which the Tories campaigned is to be carried through, those wishing to apply for a UK spouse visa need to be aware of the potential implications of an increase in the Minimum Income Threshold and NHS surcharge.

Monday, 12 June, 2017
UK 2017 voting polling station regarding immigration policies

The UK election is less than a week away, and as expected, immigration is a key issue in the main parties’ manifestos.

Monday, 05 June, 2017

Art 17(2) of Dublin III and challenge of discretion on public law grounds
R (MA) v SSHD [2017] UKUT (Unreported) (12th April 2017)

On 12th April 2017 the Upper Tribunal Judge Reeds handed down her judgment on R (MA) v SSHD [2017] UKUT (Unreported), a case concerning a failure on part of the Secretary of State to exercise discretion and accept responsibility for assessing MA’s claim and whether such failure can be challenged on public law grounds. 

Monday, 22 May, 2017

If Labour wins the UK elections on 8th June 2017, Skype families may become a thing of the past.  Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to scrap the minimum income requirement for Spouse Visas.

This announcement will be greeted with jubilation by immigration solicitors doing their best to reunite families separated by the minimum income requirement.

Friday, 12 May, 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
Couple holding hands

British national Toni Stew told the BBC in February that she feels like a single mother, even though she is happily married.  She has been married to her Egyptian husband since 2016, but her young son had only seen him a few times.  She blamed this on the spouse visa finance requirements, which she cannot meet.  Because she is caring for her child, she can only work part-time as a sales assistant; her earnings, therefore, fall far short of the £18,600 per annum required to bring a foreign spouse into the UK.

Thursday, 20 April, 2017
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A year after submissions were heard, the Supreme Court finally gave a ruling on R (on the application of MM (Lebanon)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.  The seven learned Judges ruled that the controversial minimum income threshold for UK Spouse, Civil Partnership, Unmarried Partner and Fiancé Visas was ‘acceptable in principle.'

Despite the best arguments of immigration lawyers and lobby groups, the Supreme Court refused to strike down the Home Office’s policy.

Friday, 24 February, 2017
Supreme Court Gavel image

The Supreme Court has unanimously backed the government’s £18,600 minimum income threshold for UK Spouse Visas ‘in principle’.

The judges did however acknowledge the hardship that the minimum income threshold for some UK family visas could cause, whilst specifically criticising the lack of focus on children’s welfare and the ability of Home Office staff to consider alternative assets when assessing the earning ability of the British spouse.

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

Since the beginning of time, newlywed couples have desired a home of their own, where they can start creating their life, families and happy memories.  However, if you are applying for a UK spouse visa, the term ‘suitable accommodation’ takes on a whole new meaning.  Unless the sponsoring spouse, i.e.

Friday, 17 February, 2017
Close up, couple holding hands

Unmarried partners, also known as cohabiting couples, are now the fastest growing family type in the UK according to data from the Office for National Statistics, released in late 2015. 

The numbers show that cohabiting couple families grew by 30% between 2004 and 2014. These include an estimated 90,000 families consisting of a same sex cohabiting couple - a significant increase from around 16,000 same sex cohabiting couples in 1996.

Wednesday, 25 January, 2017
Gold wedding rings

By Smit Kumar of OTS Solicitors

A recent inspection carried out by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration examined how efficiently and effectively the Home Office has implemented new provisions in the immigration Act 2014 (IA 2014) for tackling sham marriages.

Friday, 23 December, 2016
Stamp saying Visa Refused

For the citizens of many countries, the only way they can enter the UK is by obtaining a UK Standard Visitor Visa.

To be eligible to enter the UK on the Standard Visitor Visa route you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that you:

Friday, 09 December, 2016
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One of the strictest requirements for obtaining a UK spouse visa is that the applicant must have knowledge of the English language and prove this by passing an approved English language test or have a qualification recognised by the NARIC that was taught in English.

Monday, 05 December, 2016