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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
family law gavel and pre nuptial agreement files

Starting a new relationship can be an exciting time and you probably don’t want to think about what might happen if things go wrong in the future. You do however want to be practical and plan for all eventualities, to reduce potential future uncertainties and distress should your relationship break down.

Friday, 15 September, 2017
Business Man Working Under Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

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
Legalities surrounding buying property as a unmarried couple

It is now common for people to buy property together outside of marriage. Often, to help fund a purchase, one or both parties to the relationship will receive financial support from their parents. If a married couple splits up, the separation of their assets and finances would be dealt with by divorce proceedings.

Thursday, 14 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
Unmarried couple seeking legal advice

The trend in the UK as regards what makes up a family has continued to evolve over the years. Thankfully, there are laws that cover different segments of the society. We are glad to help you through any challenge that you may face based on our unique expertise. Here are some basic facts that you must know as regards cohabitation and being part of an unmarried family.

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
Family Split via Financial Disputes on divorce

Getting the right result for you and your family when it comes to divorce claims and settlements can be a very unique experience. For most couples, the financial consequences of getting divorced are their primary concern when all the proceedings are sorted out. OTS Solicitors will guide you through the process. We can advise you about the best way to reach a financial settlement that is ideal for you and your family. Your questions may include:

Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into force in December 2005, allowed same sex couples in the UK to register their relationship for the first time and have it legally recognised.

This gave couples who registered as civil partners a package of rights and responsibilities including the ability to apply for parental responsibility of their civil partner’s child and the full range of financial orders available to a married couple.

Monday, 11 September, 2017
Wedding rings and wooden gavel, divorce law

In the UK, judicial separation is beyond two spouses living apart. Should you seek a divorce or separate; you must know what it entails. A lot of people in the UK talk about legal separation without knowing the precise definition of what they want.

Friday, 08 September, 2017

An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that compels a party to do or refrain from specific acts. A party that fails to comply with an injunction faces criminal or civil penalties, including possible monetary sanctions and even imprisonment. They can also be charged with contempt of court. Counter injunctions are injunctions that stop or reverse the enforcement of another injunction.

Thursday, 07 September, 2017
family mediation

OTS Solicitors office can refer you to expert family law mediators across london. We know that the needs of our clients differ and this is why we have a robust team that can serve you in a unique way and if required to refer you for mediation. When you do not want to go to court and you want to resolve your family dispute; we have a dynamic team that can assist you. Family mediation is the ideal channel that frees you from using solicitors or going to court.  

Thursday, 07 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

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
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
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
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
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

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