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Anyone with an immigration problem wants a top lawyer able to provide the best legal advice and deliver the results they desire.  But it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.  Let’s face it, every immigration solicitor in London claims they are the best.

Monday, 10 April, 2017
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As of 6th April 2017, some immigration fees are have been increased.  Areas that will be impacted the most include:

Friday, 07 April, 2017
Dr Lusine Navasardyan

Dr Navasardyan, OTS Solicitor’s registered European lawyer recently appeared on Sky’s A Different Kind of Woman show, offering expert insights into the rights of EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit.

Thursday, 06 April, 2017
OTS Solicitors Teni Shahiean Features on BBC

OTS founding partner and immigration law expert, Teni Shahiean recently appeared on a BBC TV news feature examining the consequences of Brexit for EU nationals living in the UK.

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Yesterday Article 50 was officially triggered.  We can now stop talking about ‘if’ and ‘when’ the momentous event happens, that ship has now sailed.

And many EU nationals are already feeling the consequences of Brexit in unexpected ways.

It has been reported today that banks are already denying EU nationals mortgages due to the uncertainty of their residency status.

Thursday, 30 March, 2017
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Tomorrow will mark one of the most significant dates in British history since the Second World War.  Theresa May is poised to officially trigger Article 50, with the letter being hand-delivered to EU President, Donald Tusk by Sir Tim Barrow.

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017
Brexit EU Map

EU migrants, awaiting the trigger of Article 50 on Wednesday, received some welcome news yesterday when the Government announced they would be entitled to keep their child benefits to send to families back home.

At OTS Solicitors, our dedicated team of EU immigration lawyers are here to ensure the best representation and outcome for you and your family at every stage of the immigration process.

Monday, 27 March, 2017
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For employers hiring skilled workers from outside the EEA, hiring international talent is going to be more expensive from next month. From 6th April 2017, several changes which were introduced in November last year will come into force.

Friday, 24 March, 2017
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In news just in – the Government has announced that Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday, 29th March 2017, just over one week away.

At OTS Solicitors, our dedicated team of EU immigration lawyers are here to ensure the best representation and outcome for you and your family at every stage of the immigration process.

Monday, 20 March, 2017
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Just over a year ago, our senior partner, Teni Shahiean, appeared on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show to discuss what would happen to EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in Europe, if Britain left the EU.

It was March 2016. The EU Referendum had not yet happened.  Predictions abounded that Remain would prevail and all this madness would quickly end in time for us all to enjoy a glorious summer.

How wrong we were.

Monday, 20 March, 2017
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Today the Brexit Bill was given its Royal Assent and is now law. British Prime Minister, Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 at the end of this month. 

Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Brexit Scrabble

By Dr Harry Hagopian, Consultant Public International Lawyer to OTS Solicitors

Parallelism? Sequentialism? Do they mean much to the reader in terms of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations?

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
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The House of Lords has voted to remove students studying on a UK Tier 4 (General) Visa from immigration figures.  This will include many Indian and Chinese nationals, currently in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa.

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
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The British and Chinese have a rich and diverse history in each other’s nations.  Since the 1800s Chinese nationals have been making the UK their home and today, more Chinese migrants arrive in the UK than from any other country.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

The number of EU nationals being detained in the UK has increased fivefold since Theresa May became Home Secretary and then Prime Minister, it has been revealed in the Independent.

At OTS Solicitors, our dedicated team of EU immigration lawyers are here to ensure the best representation and outcome for you and your family at every stage of the immigration process.

Monday, 13 March, 2017
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OTS Solicitor’s managing partner Oshin Shahiean’s immigration law expertise has been featured this week in a prominent Spanish online magazine El Español.

Friday, 10 March, 2017

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Thursday, 09 March, 2017

“We Are Building A Legacy, And I Want To Be Part Of It”

We are proud to announce that our senior caseworker, Hans Sok Appadu has been appointed as our new trainee solicitor. 

Hans started off doing work experience for OTS Solicitors and recently secured a training contract.  This demonstrates the commitment of the partners at OTS to providing tangible career progression and an intellectually stimulating & fun place to work for all members of staff.

Wednesday, 08 March, 2017
Man Digital Technology Worker

In news that will be welcomed by the UK tech industry, which has been struggling to recruit the talent it needs to grow, Tech Nation has been granted an extra 50 visa endorsements by the British government.

Monday, 06 March, 2017
UK EU Flag Split

The House of Lords has issued the UK government an embarrassing defeat by insisting that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK be confirmed in the Brexit Bill.

Thursday, 02 March, 2017

Imagine being bundled into a van, taken to the airport and placed on a flight to your home country.  You have no opportunity to contact your immigration lawyer, collect fresh clothes and have, at best, around £12 in your pocket.

You are also being separated from your husband of 27 years, who is unwell, your two adult sons and a granddaughter, who you have been only allowed to say goodbye to via a quick phone call.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Permanent Residency Rejection

Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed more than a quarter of EU permanent residence Card (PRC) applications are being rejected by the Home Office.

Tuesday, 28 February, 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

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OTS Solicitors is offering an unpaid legal internship. The internship is normally full-time lasting 1-3 months.

Friday, 24 February, 2017
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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
Dr Lusine Navasardyan

Dr Navasardyan is a registered European lawyer who has been working in our business immigration department since 2015.  Lusine has been a member of Bucharest Bar since 2005. In 2007 she started her own practice developing a solid client following and specialising in advising on the challenges faced by small and middle-sized businesses.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017
Immigration Law book and gavel

Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) provides the Home Office with the power to grant a person Leave to Remain in the UK if their application falls outside the immigration rules but there are exceptional compassionate circumstances or there are other compelling reasons to grant leave.

Monday, 20 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
Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency DVLA form

Yet another crackdown on illegal immigrants has seen over 27,000 people have their driver’s licence revoked since 2014 according to the BBC. 

The Home Office gave the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) the powers to revoke licences in July 2014.

This power was part of a host of measures brought in by the government in July 2014 to create a ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants.  Other initiatives included:

Friday, 17 February, 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
Europe Union and United Kingdom. National flags on concrete textured backdrop.

In an extraordinary move, the British government has blocked a bid to add protections for EU citizens in amendments to the Brexit bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday by 332 votes to 290. 

At OTS Solicitors, our dedicated team of EU immigration lawyers are here to ensure the best representation and outcome for you and your family at every stage of the immigration process.

Thursday, 09 February, 2017
Silhouette of a child refugee sitting next to barbed wire fence

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd has announced that the child refugee scheme (known as the Dubs scheme), in which the Government pledged to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees is to close early, despite only admitting 350 children. 

The announcement was sneaked out yesterday during the Brexit Bill debate, no doubt in the hope that it would be missed and escape scrutiny.

Thursday, 09 February, 2017
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With Theresa May’s 12-point Brexit speech and White Paper now behind us, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (or Brexit Bill) reaches its final stage in the House of Commons later today.

Wednesday, 08 February, 2017
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The Government has won a victory in the latest Brexit challenge today.  The High Court has blocked a legal challenge to the government’s strategy for leaving the single market and the European Economic Area.

Friday, 03 February, 2017

For refugees who have found the courage to leave their home and everything they have known because of the dangers they face in their native nation, achieving indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in a safe, prosperous country such as Britain is a dream come true.  However, as the best immigration Solicitors will tell you,

Friday, 03 February, 2017
UK VISA

Moving to the UK for business or employment opportunities is an exciting time. Naturally, if you are married or in a long-term relationship and have dependent children, you will want to bring them to Britain with you.

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

According to a report in the Financial Times, the UK was the fastest growing economy in the G7 and is showing no signs of slowing down despite the gloomy predictions of many economists following the vote for Brexit.

Monday, 30 January, 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
UK and EU Maps split diagonally

This morning, a full court of 11 Supreme Court judges dismissed the Governments appeal in the now world-famous Brexit case.

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017
Shackled hand with multiple chains

2016 may have been a disaster in terms of world politics, but it succeeded in shaking us all out of our apathy. The wave of dissent that had been rumbling in Europe, America and South-East Asia for years, finally exploded like an overdue volcanic eruption, sweeping away many of the basic principles of dignity & equality many of us take for granted and threatening to end many human rights’ we have enjoyed as a global population since the end of the Second World War.

Monday, 23 January, 2017

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