Latest News about Immigration

r Lusine Navasardyan at an event organised by the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce

OTS European lawyer and business immigration specialist, Dr Lusine Navasardyan spoke at an event organised by the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce last week.  She gave insight to the audience on the impact Brexit may have on Romanian businesses in the UK.  

Monday, 16 October, 2017
Family adoption law

Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan, Madonna – celebrities make adopting a child from an overseas country look easy.  However, they, like everyone else considering an inter-country adoption, would have endured the long and strictly defined suitability process required to adopt a child from an overseas territory.

Monday, 16 October, 2017

Many people are left devastated by visit visa refusals.  But few applicants are aware the Home Office may withdraw their decision to refuse to grant leave to enter the country following the receipt of a pre-action protocol letter from a top London immigration law firm. 

Friday, 13 October, 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
Iranian national visa seminar

Last week, OTS Managing Partner, Mr Oshin Shahiean and European Lawyer, Dr Lusine Navasardyan attended a seminar arranged by the Law Society of England and Wales entitled, Exploring Iran.  The event featured several prominent speakers including:

Monday, 09 October, 2017
Graduates throwing their caps in the air

We are now well into October. Freshers Week is over and the days are getting shorter and the coursework more intense.  International students, who make an enormous contribution to British society and the economy will now be well-settled into their colleges or halls of residence and getting to grips with studying in a foreign country.

Friday, 06 October, 2017
Unfair immigration detention image

human rights groups and some of London’s best Immigration lawyers are alarmed at the death of a Jamaican national at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincoln on 3rd October 2017.

It is the third such death in less than a month.

An investigation has been launched into the tragedy.

Friday, 06 October, 2017
monarch airline

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

After months of speculation, Monarch Airlines was put into administration yesterday.  Blair Nimmo, Partner at KPMG and Joint Administrator at Monarch Airlines Limited stated:

Tuesday, 03 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 Book

In January 2018, over 70,000 bank accounts will be checked and could be closed or frozen, in the British government’s latest attempt to crack down on illegal migrants.

The new policy to freeze migrant bank accounts is part of the immigration Act 2016, a piece of legislation dedicated in part to creating an extremely hostile environment for overstayers in the UK.

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017
Brexit and the EU mapping out the future

Many who have a deep interest in Brexit and how it happened have read Tim Shipman’s book All Out War.  As political editor of the Sunday Times, Mr Shipman understands the dark and dastardly behind-the-scenes workings of British politics, which even the best Immigration Solicitors would struggle to contemplate outside of Michael Dobb’s

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s much anticipated speech, designed to break the Brexit negotiations deadlock, has finally been delivered in Florence this afternoon. 

Monday, 25 September, 2017
Bank accounts to be checked by banks

From January 2018, banks and building societies will be required to carry out checks on account holders to check they are legally allowed to be in the UK.

Over 70 million current accounts will be checked.

The Guardian stated this will be the “biggest extension of Theresa May’s plans to create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants in Britain.

Friday, 22 September, 2017
Business Man Applying for Tier 2 General Visa

Thousands of people dream of coming to the UK to work.  As one of London’s top Immigration lawyers, we work with some of the world’s best talent in multiple fields, helping them obtain the right visa for their needs.  Whether you are a top tech talent looking to gain experience in London’s Silicon Roundabout or a Antipodean who is not ready to go back home and settle down, a Tier 2 (General) Visa provides ent

Tuesday, 19 September, 2017
Immigration Law Book

British curry houses are a well-loved institution.  But last week, owners reported to The Guardian that they are being unfairly targeted in immigration raids conducted by the Home Office, designed to apprehend illegal workers.

Monday, 18 September, 2017
Business Man Working Under Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

By Atia Sahdat, of OTS Solicitors

One of the main requirements for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa under the UK immigration rules relates to the investment funds required for which there are two separate categories.

Friday, 15 September, 2017
Immigration law books next to justice statue in court

The recent case of AM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 1123, provided the Court of Appeal with the opportunity to set out guidance on the general approach to be adopted in law and practice by the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and asylum Chamber) where asylum

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
Immigration for Governments Plan to Reduce EU Migration

Earlier this week, documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper showed the UK government’s plans to drive down EU migration after Brexit, especially that which comprises of low-skilled workers.

Thursday, 07 September, 2017
Justice Statue and Immigration Law Books

By Dr Lusine Navasardyan of OTS Solicitors

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

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017
UK Immigration Visa

An investigation by The Guardian has revealed that the Home Office is gleaning up to 800% profit from some immigration visa transactions.

The paper analysed fees for application figures and found large discrepancy’s in how much the Home Office charged applicants and the costs associated with processing applications.

It cites the following examples:

Friday, 01 September, 2017
Employment law document

Employers and HR directors of businesses that hold a UK Sponsor Licence have many duties and responsibilities set out by the home office.  The broadest of these is to ‘comply with UK law’. 

Friday, 01 September, 2017

An increasing number of foreign nationals are being subjected to deportation orders.  Our top London Immigration Solicitors can provide you with the best and most up-to-date advice and representation if you find yourself being ordered to leave the UK by the Home Office.

What is a deportation order?

Wednesday, 30 August, 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
Deportation Files and Immigration Law Gavel

The Home Office has sent out more than 100 letters mistakenly informing people they were going to be deported.

A letter was issued "in error", stating that a decision had been taken to remove them from the UK under immigration law.

It informed recipients that they are "liable to be detained" for failing to provide evidence that they are exercising Treaty rights in the UK.

A Home Office spokesperson has since said they are "urgently" examining why the letters were wrongly sent out.

Thursday, 24 August, 2017
UK Visa For Indefinite Leave To Remain

Having lived in the UK for many years, many migrants have made the country their home.  The idea of returning to their original country is ludicrous, given they may have no contacts, support, or connections, or even speak the local language.

Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
Immigration Law and Appeals Image

By Atia Sahdat, of OTS Solicitors

With the Home Office constantly amending the UK immigration rules, there has been an increase in refusals for both in-country applications and entry clearance applications.

Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Understanding Right To Work Checks Image

UK Sponsor Licence holders have many duties and responsibilities which must be complied with; one of these is conducting right to work checks.

Monday, 21 August, 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
Immigration Textbook and Glasses

The National Scot has recently reported that the Home Office has withdrawn from 13,000 immigration appeals in the past five years.

Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Business Man Applying for Tier 1 Visa

For talented people looking to work or start a new venture in the UK, it can be difficult to decide between applying for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa or a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.  Both provide a path to settlement and an ability to reach professional goals in the thriving UK market.

Friday, 11 August, 2017
TOEIC Test Centre Irregularities

By Dr Lusine Navasardyan

Thursday, 10 August, 2017
The New Arab Conservative Manifesto Image

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
Google Reviews

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received for our immigration Solicitor Mrs. Maryem Ahmed:

Tuesday, 08 August, 2017
Advantages of Applying for a Permanent Residence Status

On 26th June 2017, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, unveiled the UK government’s proposal for securing the rights of the three million EU nationals who live in Britain following Brexit.

Tuesday, 08 August, 2017
International Talent in The Technology Sector

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The tech sector in the UK has had plenty to be concerned about since Britain voted to leave the EU back in June 2016.  For an industry which thrives and depends on being able to quickly recruit the most creative, well-educated talent from all over the globe to ensure they can quickly scale-up when opportunities present themselves, the UK’s now imminent departure from the EU presents a serious challenge.

Friday, 04 August, 2017
EU Flag and Gavel

The Supreme Court has ruled that the burden of proof of establishing a 'marriage of convenience' falls on the Home Office, in the case of Sadovska v SSHD (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 54 (27 July 2017)

By Malbora Shehu of OTS Solicitors

Friday, 04 August, 2017
Brexit end of free movement image

What a confusing week it has been in Westminster.  Prime Minister, Theresa May is on holiday in Northern Italy.  And with the cat being away, the mice will play (or infight).

Thursday, 03 August, 2017
JUSTICE for spouse visa

By Atia Sahdat, OTS Solicitors


Thursday, 03 August, 2017
Employees walking to show access to justice

Earlier this week, in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, the Supreme Court ruled the employment Tribunals and the employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, (the Fees Order), which came into force in 2013, was unlawful and discriminatory.

Monday, 31 July, 2017

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