The government has refused to guarantee that foreign EU nationals already in the UK will be allowed to remain once Britain leaves the EU, a decision condemned by Labour as causing “chaos” to huge numbers of families.

Unless reciprocal rights are given to the 1.2 million UK citizens residing on other EU member states, the Government said the status of EU nationals who are currently exercising EU treaty rights in Britain are in jeopardy.

Opposition comment

Wednesday, 06 July, 2016
BBC News Brexit EU Nationals and British Citizenship

Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and immigration law specialist at OTS Solicitors, was quoted in an article featured on the BBC’s news website on the 16th June 2016. The article discussed whether EU nationals should become British citizens in the face of a possible vote to leave the European Union (which subsequently occurred on 23rd June).

Tuesday, 05 July, 2016
Business in the UK For EU Migrants after Brexit
Since 23rd June 2016, the day that British voters changed the course of British history, there have been changes of momentous proportions, both politically and economically for the country.  The greatest enemy of a prosperous economy is uncertainty, and Britain has plenty more of that to come.
The rebound of the FTSE – not quite what it seems

Tuesday, 05 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

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has stated that freedom of movement talks will be ‘on the table’ when the UK starts its negotiations to withdraw from the EU.

Going against what we have heard so far, both before and after the referendum result, Mr Sapin stated, "When we negotiate with a country, a third party - Norway, Switzerland, to take countries that are very close - we discuss all subjects.

Thursday, 30 June, 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

We successfully assisted a Jordanian national, who had recently married his EU National partner, with applying for a Residence Card. He was wrongly advised by his previous representatives which lead to his applications being refused and significant crdibility and evidencial issues at Appeal. 

Friday, 24 June, 2016

R (on the application of Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016
Entrepreneur Visa UK

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The United Kingdom is expected to become the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth biggest market on the planet over the next two decades.  Despite a slowdown in many of the world’s emerging markets, the UK is growing stronger by the day.

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

In a move that will delight many, a petition has been started calling for the sacking of Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, over his coverage of migration during the EU Referendum debate.

So far more than 40,000 people have signed.

“Nigel Farage of newspapers”

Wednesday, 22 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
Business in the UK For EU Migrants

Last year, a report issued by Rapid Formations, stated that European Union migrants generate an incredible £463 per second in revenue for the exchequer.  Far from relying on benefits and social housing, EU nationals who chose to move to Britain make an overwhelmingly positive contribution to the economy.

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016
ECJ Ruling and EU Migrants

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has thrown out the European Commission’s challenge to the UK Government’s right to restrict EEA nationals access to child tax credits and the child benefit stating it was justified by the need to protect Britain’s public finances.

Right to reside

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
Wherefore art thou Jeremy Corbyn?
The papers on Friday morning all carried the same, previously un-uttered warning – there is now a clear possibility that the British people will vote to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016.

So far, a majority of the campaigning has been done by David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, George Osborne, Ian Duncan Smith and Alex Salmond.  
Saturday, 11 June, 2016

Our client, Mr BH, is an Egyptian citizen. He brought a claim under s.82(1) of the Nationality, immigration and Asylum Act 2002 for entry clearance in order to join his father, who was also an Egyptian refugee.

Friday, 10 June, 2016
brexit in OR oUT

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Former foreign secretary William Hague, has urged voters not to make their European Union referendum decision on the basis of controlling immigration.

Thursday, 09 June, 2016
UK Visa Rules Immigration Act 2016

The immigration Act 2016 (the Act) came into force on 12th May 2016.  It significantly revises the UK immigration system and will affect migrants, landlords and employers.  The Act focuses on clamping down on illegal immigration and punishing those who breac

Wednesday, 08 June, 2016

The European Union In/Out Referendum is now two and a half weeks away.  Steady focus has been given to providing information to EU nationals who currently reside and work in the UK; for example, how to apply for a Permanent Residence card and British Citizenship, how their

Tuesday, 07 June, 2016
UK Border Agency Post Brexit

Polls conducted on Tuesday, 31st May 2016, showed the vote to leave the UK in front, following the release of official figures showing net migration had risen to 330,000 (the second highest annual net migration on record).

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
EU/Turkey Migrant Deal

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

On the face of it, the deal struck between Turkey and the European Union, in a desperate bid to stem the influx of migrants entering Europe, has been a success.  Numbers of refugees arriving in Greece from Turkey have declined sharply and Turkey’s officials appear to be cracking down on people smugglers.

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
Latest polls show small businesses are evenly split over whether Britain should stay in the European Union. However, 68% believe that the public will vote to stay in the EU on 23rd June 2016.

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
Figures released this week show that net migration increased to 333,000 in 2015, the second highest upsurge on record.

The net figure is the number of people moving to the UK for at least a year, less the number leaving the UK.
The Office for National Statistics figures estimate that net migration for EU citizens was 184,000.

Figures well outside Government’s goal to reduce migration
Wednesday, 01 June, 2016

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration has issued a series of criticisms about the effectiveness and independence of the administrative review processes introduced following the removal of various rights of appeal under the immigration Act 2014.

Wednesday, 01 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
Immigration Appeals against Home Office Decisions

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
tier 1 entrepreneur immigration visa

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

With a proposal tabled in the House of Lords last week to withdraw the Tier One Investor Visa in January 2017, high-net-worth investors will need to explore other options if they wish to take advantage of the robust and prosperous UK market.

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

The Tier One UK Investor Visa route may be about to end. Baroness Hamwee and Lord Paddick have tabled an amendment to the 2015 immigration Bill in the House of Lords, proposing its abolition.

Therefore, high net worth individuals who want to enjoy the generous advantages the Investor Visa offers need to plan and submit their applications as soon as possible.

Sunday, 15 May, 2016

In a move to avoid defeat in the House of Commons, David Cameron has agreed that Britain will take in unaccompanied child migrants from Greece, Italy and France.
The exact number Britain will accept is unknown but the number is expected to be in the thousands.  Local bodies will be consulted to discuss how many migrant children can be resettled.

Wednesday, 04 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
Immigration Judicial Review Justice

Since April 2015, an increasing number of applicants have been denied a right of appeal from Points-Based immigration decisions to Adult Dependant, Spouse Visas, ILR applicants, and various visitor visas applicants.

Tuesday, 03 May, 2016
Brexit for Employers HR Employees

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Nothing damages business confidence like uncertainty.  And the EU In or Out Referendum is making employers understandably nervous.  They want to know the steps to take to secure the residency of talented Employees in the event of Britain leaving the EU and how employment law, much of which derives from Brussels, will be affected.

Saturday, 30 April, 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

Yesterday the Government published a consultation paper proposing new fees for proceedings in the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber)

Friday, 22 April, 2016