EU Flag

- By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

A decision by two British judges last week clearly illustrated the farcical nature of the Dublin Regulations in the face of the biggest refugee crisis to hit Europe since the Second World War.

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016
Bisexual Jamaican Asylum Seeker Wins Right To Stay In The UK Flag

After a three and a half year battle with the Home Office, a bisexual Asylum seeker from Jamaica has won the right to stay in the UK.

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016

Yesterday morning, David Cameron announced that Muslim women who failed to learn English could be refused Leave to Remain in the UK.

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

With changes to take effect in April 2016, foreign-born teachers and other talented workers face removal if they fail to meet the minimum earning threshold of £35,000 per year set by the Home Office.

The Home Secretary, Teresa May, who championed the minimum earnings threshold has been urged to reconsider her position for fear of Britain being unable to retain its position as a leader in certain markets, due to chronic skill and experience shortages.

No Right to Settlement

Sunday, 17 January, 2016

One of the most important principles of English justice is that everyone, no matter how rich, how poor, irrespective of religion, race or creed, is entitled to a fair hearing in a court of law.

It has long been recognised as essential for the rule of law that people believe they will be fairly heard and judged in court. This principle was first documented in the Magna Carta which, in 1215, set out in the name of the king that, ‘to no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice’. 

Sunday, 17 January, 2016

The UK Government has announced that some UK immigration visa fees will increase in 2016/17.  Applicants who will be affected the most are those applying for family and Spouse Visas, and naturalisation.

Examples of the increases in fees include:

Friday, 15 January, 2016

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

In two weeks time, on 1st February 2016, all private landlords will have an obligation to check perspective tenants’ immigration status before they allow them to let their property.

Friday, 15 January, 2016
Your boss has the right to monitor your private messages, following a ruling from the European Court of Human rights.
The Court made the decision following an appeal from a Romanian national, who brought a case against his employer after being fired from his position as an engineer.

Business Email, Personal Correspondence

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

Mr C, an Angolan national, came to us after being detained by the Home Office.  He was separated from his wife, who was a European national, with whom he had two children.  Being held in detention was particularly distressing for him, as he was unable to see his family during this time.

How we Helped

Within two weeks of instructing us, Mr C was released from detention and reunited with his family. 

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

Mr M was an EEA citizen from the Czech Republic.  In his home country, he had allegedly charged with various criminal offences.  M contacted us from the detention centre, where he was awaiting deportation. He had been refused bail, and the 14 day deadline in which to lodge an appeal against the decision to deport him had passed.

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

BA, who is originally from Nigeria, came to us after two discretionary Leave to Remain applications had been declined without right of appeal and the Court refused to grant her leave for a judicial review as to why a right of appeal was refused.

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Sunday, 03 January, 2016

Following on from our recent post entitled, A Step by Step Guide for Employers Wanting to Obtain a Sponsorship Licence, this article contains a step by step guide as to how to actually recruit a worker or workers from outside the EEA.  Although you may have the right to is

Tuesday, 29 December, 2015

Mr T, who is an Irish citizen, and his fiancé, a Mexican national, came to us for assistance with making an entry clearance application.

The Applicant’s Circumstances

The applicant had been previously married and had two children.  He was now in a homosexual relationship with T.  Unfortunately, he had a record of immigration offences in America, having worked there illegally numerous times.

Tuesday, 29 December, 2015
Immigration Sponsorship Licence for Employers

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Thursday, 24 December, 2015
Employment Lawyer and Solicitor Updates

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

As 2015 draws to a close, we have taken the liberty of evaluating employment law developments over the course of the year so you can see how they will affect your business, and the steps you may need to take to remain compliant with employment law regulations in 2016.

Monday, 21 December, 2015

Mr B was a Nigerian national with four dependents, (a wife and three children).  The entire family had overstayed their visa and were facing deportation.

Saturday, 19 December, 2015

By Teni Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

A Guide for Employers

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

- By Dr. Lusine Navasardyan

In a recent article we referred to the United Kingdom’s commitment to attract top talent in a bid to continue to remain as one of the world’s top development and research hubs. Part of this strategy is the Exceptional talent visa that was introduced precisely for purposes of meeting the need of the UK businesses of drawing in outstanding minds into the country’s development and research programs. 

Monday, 14 December, 2015

- By Teni Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

Monday, 14 December, 2015

Thirty-six hours after suggesting all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, is still suffering the ramifications.

And his latest Tweet suggests he has no intention of backing down.

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

In this week’s article, we talk to Andrew Smith, Managing Director and founder of Albany Investment. Andrew has recently provided submissions to Professor Sir David Metcalf’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Review of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur Routes.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015

If you are waiting for your ILR or Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK case to be decided, the last thing you want is for the issue to drag on for months or even years.  In a recent report by David Bolt, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration, samples of 240 settlement cases were reviewed alongside focus groups and interviews at the settlement casework centre in Liverpool.  The findings found that in most circumstances, settlement c

Tuesday, 08 December, 2015

The 22-24th February 2016 has been announced as the date the Supreme Court will hear the highly controversial case of MM and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department.  Whatever the Supreme Court rules, the ramifications for spouses, civil partners, unmarried and migrant families as a whole  will be far-reaching and long-lasting. 

Monday, 07 December, 2015

By Hans Sok Appadu of OTS Solicitors

The standard of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK is one of the highest in the world, especially when you consider the size of the country in terms of population.  In the 2014/2015 list of the top 10 Universities in the world, the United Kingdom claimed four places.  Steeped in tradition and history, Oxford and Cambridge University are the second and fifth oldest in the world respectively.

Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

One could be forgiven for thinking that the United Kingdom does not want any more foreign-born nationals entering its borders, given the enormous amount of media coverage and government press releases dedicated to reducing immigration.

However, in practice that is far from the truth.  The UK wants and needs to attract talented people to its shores to boost its already booming economy in certain areas. 

Saturday, 21 November, 2015

By Mr Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Last week it was reported that a large backlog of immigration cases was building up in the UK because the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice are apparently at odds over who should pay for the tribunals.

Thursday, 19 November, 2015

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that anyone wishing to join their spouse in the UK must learn English and pass the required English language test.

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

Earlier this week, David Cameron formally set out his demands for renegotiating the UK's membership of the EU in a letter to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk.

The four key negotiation points are as follows:

Friday, 13 November, 2015

Our client, Mr E was the father of a British child. The child’s mother restricted E’s access to his child, and following a dramatic change of circumstances, he required an extension of his discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK.

Extending Discretionary Leave to Remain

Saturday, 07 November, 2015

Acting for Kenyan national in a Court of Appeal case in relation to a Human rights Application on both Article 3 and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human rights.

Friday, 06 November, 2015

Last week Sweden dropped a bombshell on the European community by formally asking fellow EU members to relocate some of the thousands of migrants entering the country.  This move starkly illustrates how much pressure Europe is under to cope with the biggest migration of fellow human beings since the end of the Second World War.  Sweden has always been exceptionally generous with its migration policies, but it is now clear that even it cannot cope with the mass influx of humanity, desperately seeking safety and shelter from war and starvation.

Friday, 06 November, 2015

Miss J, a Slovakian national, allegedly entered into a marriage of convenience.  The arrangement was supposedly discovered by the Home Office following a rade.  The Home Office attempted to remove her from the UK.

What is a Marriage of Convenience?

Monday, 02 November, 2015
OTS Immigration Solicitors Immigration Advice

For migrants wishing to rent property in the United Kingdom, 2016 will be a pivotal year for change and it is imperative that current and prospective migrants be fully aware of the storm that is coming in the form of Right to Rent checks.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

New regulations The British nationality (General) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2015 which come into force on the 12th November 2015 make amendments to applying for naturalisation after perma

Monday, 26 October, 2015

In a press release dated 22nd October 2015, the Government announced that from 1st February 2016, all UK landlords will be required to check that prospective tenants have a legal right to be in the UK or face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

Thursday, 22 October, 2015

In what many will see as a blow for the principle of free movement; the European Court of Justice (ECJ) effectively stated via a non-binding opinion last week that the UK Government has a right to place controls over its distribution of public funds.  It did this by saying the ECJ should dismiss the European Commission's challenge to UK welfare restrictions for EU migrants.

Friday, 16 October, 2015