family on a white torn paper background

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

Vacancy: Internship 
Job Type: Full time, 1 - 3 Months 
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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
Supreme Court Gavel image

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
Brexit EU image

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
Blocked stamp

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

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
Trump Presidency

Oshin Shahiean, Managing Partner of OTS Solicitors is interviewed by The American magazine regarding the newly inaugurated President Trump and the challenges US Citizens living in the UK and US might face:

Friday, 20 January, 2017
British flag on the UK and EU flag on the rest of Europe to illustrate Brexit

Following Theresa May’s speech outlining her objectives for Brexit on Tuesday, many feel confused.  Are we leaving the customs union?  Has the Prime Minister guaranteed the rights of EU nationals living in the UK?  How does the government plan to control EU migration?

Thursday, 19 January, 2017

Theresa May has announced that Britain is to leave the single market, end free movement of EU nationals and come out from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

In her speech, designed to outline 12 key objectives that will define the UK’s negotiating stance after Article 50 is triggered at the end of March, Mrs May made it clear that the country could not and would not accept the EU policy of freedom of movement.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017
Paul Gulbenkian's profile

Earlier this year we interviewed Mr Paul Gulbenkian, a retired immigration tribunal judge and consultant at OTS Solicitors.

Monday, 16 January, 2017
Immigration text with glasses

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

On 1st February 2017 the new immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 come into force, having being passed into law in November 2016.

Friday, 13 January, 2017
Immigration Law book and gavel

As the New Year kicks off we take a look at the most important UK immigration law developments that migrants, academics, businesses and the best immigration lawyers are watching out for in 2017.


R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin), [2016] All ER (D) 19 (Nov)

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

The case of Dom Wolf, a 32-year-old City worker who was born in Britain to German parents has once again highlighted the brutal reality of the struggles facing many EU nationals and/or their descendants who are trying to obtain EU permanent residence Cards or British Citizenship.

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017
Brexit Immigration Review

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is a wonderful testimonial we just received for our Senior immigration Caseworker, Hans Sok Appadu:

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017
Indian British Flags

British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s first official visit outside of the EU was to India; a clear indication of how important the world’s second most populous country is to the UK.  However, her government’s simultaneous tough crackdown on students and professionals coming to Britain sent a very conflicting message to the world’s fastest growing economy in 2016.

Monday, 09 January, 2017
Passports behind Irish flag

There has been a 40% jump in British people applying for Irish passports following the EU Referendum.  Those wanting to hang on to an EU-country passport after Britain leaves the bloc have been seeking out the best immigration lawyers to organise Irish passports for them.

Friday, 06 January, 2017

Once again, EU migrants and benefits are in the news.  Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced that senior government officials are looking to revive her predecessor, David Cameron’s plans to stop newly arriving EU migrants claiming public benefits.

Wednesday, 04 January, 2017
Passport Stamped Denied

A Dutch woman, who has resided in the UK for the past 24 years and has two children with her British husband has been left flabbergasted at the inconsistency of the UK Home Office when dealing with her EEA permanent residence application.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Handshake to signify recruitment

For business owners and executives, the new year brings about an opportunity for new plans.  Strategies for business growth which take into account the multitude of challenges and opportunities predicted for 2017, will be implemented in many organisations across the UK during the first quarter of the new year.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Close up of UK Passport

Voters in towns and cities with large Muslim communities where there are concerns about election fraud will have to show their passports or driving licences before casting their ballot.

The Government has announced that voters will have to produce identification to vote to reduce the risk of "endemic corruption" and protect the democratic process.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Gold wedding rings

By Smit Kumar of OTS Solicitors

A recent inspection carried out by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration examined how efficiently and effectively the Home Office has implemented new provisions in the immigration Act 2014 (IA 2014) for tackling sham marriages.

Friday, 23 December, 2016

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

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Judge Gavel

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most important cases decided in the latter half of 2016 and what they mean for migrants in the UK.

Deportation cases decided by the Supreme Court

Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Northern Ireland) [2016] All ER (D) 93 (Nov) (16 November 2016)

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Symbolic Scales - justice and equality

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

This year, thousands of migrants will spend Christmas alone and fearful in a UK detention centre with no access to the best immigration lawyers.

Many have been incarcerated for more than a year.

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016
Swiss Flag Badge with EU Stars

In a move that may predict how Britain negotiates freedom of movement after it triggers Article 50 next year, the Swiss government has done a U-turn on imposing quotas on EU workers in a bid to preserve its close economic ties with the bloc, opting instead to implement news laws to curb immigration by giving residents priority for new job vacancies.

The stand-off between Bern and Brussels has been ongoing since the 2014 Swiss referendum where the population voted overwhelmingly to limit migration from the EU.

Friday, 16 December, 2016
UK Business People Skills Shortage Image

Over the last few weeks the UK business community has been vocalising its concerns over the shortage of labour to the Government.

Wednesday, 14 December, 2016
Open book on immigration law with glasses

The ‘remove first, appeal later’ provisions of the immigration Act 2016 (the Act) came into force on 1st December 2016. Under section 63 of the Act, the Home Office now has the power to temporarily remove a person from the UK even if they have an appeal on Human Rights grounds pending.

Monday, 12 December, 2016
Stamp saying Visa Refused

For the citizens of many countries, the only way they can enter the UK is by obtaining a UK Standard Visitor Visa.

To be eligible to enter the UK on the Standard Visitor Visa route you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that you:

Friday, 09 December, 2016