At the Conservative Party Conference on the 6th October, Home Secretary, Teresa May, used her speech to launch a blistering attack on the impact of immigrants on British society. In her address, she said immigration makes society less cohesive and it is driving down wages and taking away jobs from British people.
There is a new term being used to describe families separated due to the income threshold required for a British national to bring his or her non-EEA resident family into the country – Skype Families. Although the term may sound trendy and modern, for the parents and children living with the reality of residing in a separate county from their loved ones, every day is full of sadness.
The Cause of ‘Skype Families.'
UK Government Crack-downs Set To Ramp Up
As the UK economy continues to gather momentum and open up more opportunities for overseas businesses to enter the market, internationally based companies are sending representative to the UK in greater numbers, in order to establish a commercial presence in the country.
On 23rd August 2015, the British Government re-opened its Embassy in Iran, following four years of closure. The Iranian Embassy has also re-opened in London. This follows a historic deal by world powers whereby Iran has agreed to limit nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.
On the 13th October, the immigration Bill 2015 will have its second reading in the House of Commons.
One headline dominated the papers and news reports this month; the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed net migration - the difference between the number of people entering and the number of people exiting the UK, was 330,000 for the year ending March 2015. This figure is a 40 percent increase on net migration figures for the same period last year and the highest figure ever recorded.
'It is no surprise that, when a system is unbalanced and dysfunctional, everything gets blocked when the pressure mounts. This is a defining moment for the European Union, and it now has no other choice but to mobilize full force around this crisis' - António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
4 September 2015
International Lawyer Dr Harry Hagopian and OTS Solicitors human rights and immigration solicitor Mr Oshin Shahiean appeared on air to share their views on Europe's Refugee crisis and the UK's moral and legal dilemma on this topic following thousands of deaths at sea, and shocking photos of the tragic death of a Syrian boy.
As an immigration solicitor I never get use to the excitement and thrill of calling my clients and letting them and their family members know that they have been awarded their visa or settlement in the UK. In most cases they sense the excitement in my voice and they know before I’ve said anything.
Client A, a Georgian citizen had entered the UK without a visa in order to be reunited with his wife and daughter in the UK as his attempts to obtain entry clearance were repeatedly unsuccessful. A’s wife was from a different country and had Leave to Remain in the UK as a Tier 2 (General) worker with their daughter being her dependant.
As the political decision on Britain’s membership of the European Union and immigration continues to be hotly debated free movement rights of European migrants are being placed at risk.
Client A approach Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors to represent her in an application for entry clearance from Thailand as the spouse of B. Shortly before this application, A had been refused entry clearance to the UK as a visitor where she had stated B to be a friend and not a spouse. This discrepancy could potentially have caused the application to be refused on credibility grounds, as A could be considered by the Entry Clearance office as not being truthful in her previous application and therefore her current application could also be considered as implausible.
Client A was a Pilipino national who had made an application as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur through previous representatives. He had been refused a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa and instructed our firm to assist in challenging the refusal at the immigration Tribunal Appeal. Miss Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors assisted our client to prepare for the appeal.
What is the number one city in the world for high net worth inhabitants?
If you are worth $US30 million or more, the top city to buy property, educate your children and invest your wealth in 2015 is London, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2015.
Ranked the second most economically powerful city in the world, London offers high net worth individual’s exceptional opportunities in investment opportunities, housing, private education, and cultural and leisure activities.
The Importance of Professional Advice
A Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa offers the opportunity for successful entrepreneurs to develop a start-up business in the UK whilst enjoying the world-class housing, educational and lifestyle opportunities the country has to offer. Our team of highly experienced and qualified solicitors can assist you in applying for an Entrepreneur visa and guide you through all the steps necessary for a stress-free move to the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom has always been a favourite market for foreign investors, and conditions have never been more favourable for businesses and individuals to invest their wealth and expand their commercial opportunities.
In June 2015, the Office for National Statistics reported the UK economy grew faster than expected, growing by 0.4 per cent, compared to the 0.3 per cent initially estimated. For 2014 as a whole, economic growth was revised up to 3 percent from percent. That marked the fastest rate of economic growth since 2006.
The client in this case was a Nigerian national who approached our firm after his previous applications for Leave to Remain on Article 8 grounds had been refused. The basis of his application, while resting on grounds of family and private life, was that the client feared persecution due to his sexual identity (Homosexual male) and feared that returning to Nigeria would mean persecution for him and his family members.
By Hans Sok Appadu LLB, LLM of OTS Solicitors
Important dates for Tier 4 Visa Applicant
3 August 2015 & 12 November 2015
The fast track detention system has been temporarily suspended after the Court of Appeal ordered the Government to suspend the process after the High Court ruled the system was unlawful and contained structural unfairness.
What Does This Mean In Practice?
By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors
Hana Zewdu v SSHD – Opening the Door for Compensation for Home Office Delays
The case of Hana Zewdu v SSHD - CO/6067/2013, decided late last week, finally put a nail in the coffin to the decision by the High Court in AB v Home Office, where it was held that a claimant was not entitled to damages in cases involving the Home Office failing to act in accordance with its EU obligations.
In a new Home Office policy human rights Applications refused before 6 April 2015 may fall within the criteria for reconsideration leading to a possible right of appeal before the First Tier Tribunal.
Are you separated from a loved one? Do you want to help your parents or other dependant adult relatives join you in the UK? At OTS Solicitors our immigration department provides highly specialised advice on overcoming the challenges many families face for their dependant relative to be granted entry clearance to the UK.
By Teni Shahiean, Principal Solicitor
With net migration approaching 300,000, the need to control immigration in such a way that will most benefit the United Kingdom continues to be a hotly debated topic. On the 25th of February further immigration rule changes were announced by the Secretary of State for The Home Department (SSHD). These changes came into effect on 6th of April 2015 and will impact on a wide variety of groups.
As a legal professional I consider it my duty to speak in opposition of everything that disrespects the rule of law. Few days ago the Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 825 (Admin) (31 March 2015) case came to my attention. I do not plan to examine or comment on this particular case, neither do I intend to make an observation on the immigration policies currently in place in the United Kingdom. What I seek to do, is speak about a direction in the public policy that can have treacherous results.
Together with numerous changes brought to life by the immigration Act 2014 that affect immigrants, some of its provisions have a significant impact for a broad segment of UK population.
Starting from April 2015 the section 22 of this act came to force nationwide affecting the landlord and tenants alike.
immigration analysis: Dr Lusine Navasardyan, an immigration specialist in the corporate and business immigration departments at OTS Solicitors, discusses what challenges the EU and its member states are facing in relation to migrants and describes how the lack of EU solidarity and willingness to share responsibility are serving to compound the problem.
According to a BBC News report from yesterday immigration Minister James Brokenshire has set his sight on what he had qualified as "loophole" that allows non-British EU citizens to bring in a spouse without being subject to the Government's requirements on minimum earnings.
In recent years, there have been a number of high profile stories reporting increasing levels of female refugees in detention. As stated in these high profile stories, female refugees use to be spectators hovering on the periphery streets of London but today are hard core victims of male abuse in detention centres by staff. As female “refugees”, woman are seen to be vulnerable, they come from countries where they have been raped, imprisoned or tortured.
As anticipated Advocate General Szpunar leaves no doubt in his EEA immigration legal advice and opinion published on 21 May 2014 which deals with the scope of the UK’s power to control it’s borders and the powers granted to it by Article 1 of Protocol 20 (on Application of Article 26 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union to the UK and to Ireland) and Article 35 of the Citizenship