Denied Visa Application stamped

A New Zealand couple who missed a deadline for their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application are facing deportation from the UK. 

Louise and John Talbot have lived in Dorset for six years while helping their sons establish a cattle farm, but they've been ordered by the Home Office to leave the country after falling into "a grey area" in the rules.

Friday, 09 September, 2016
Visas for investor and worker in the UK

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The UK offers variety of ways to visit and remain in the UK for businessmen and their personnel.  Whether you look into investing in share capital and bonds, or setting up and running a business, expand your business by having a representative present in UK or sending company employees to the UK based branch, you will find a relevant visa category to rely on.

Thursday, 08 September, 2016

Our client TZ, a national of China, approached OTS Solicitors after refusal of her Leave to Remain as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa and a high net worth investor.

Thursday, 08 September, 2016
Deported stamp

Are you one of the thousands of students deported from the UK illegally by the Home Office in 2014?  If so, you may be entitled, not only to re-entry into the UK, but compensation for any financial damage you suffered as a result of being deported.

Background to the deportations

Thursday, 08 September, 2016
Border control signs

British Prime Minister Theresa May, has rejected the idea of implementing an Australian-style points-based system for EU nationals wanting to work, start a business or study in the UK following Brexit.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2016
Hands making heart symbol between Gb and EU flag

On the last day of the summer, Prime Minister, Theresa May and her new Cabinet met at her Buckinghamshire country home to brainstorm Brexit.

Following the meeting, two points were made clear:

Monday, 05 September, 2016

By Oshin Shahiean and Elizabeth De Freitas of OTS Solicitors

Thursday, 01 September, 2016
Road pointing upwards with an investment sign next to it to show growth

In an announcement that will be welcomed by the UK business community, the Department for International Trade has announced that a record number of investments were made by foreign firms in the UK in the year to April 2016.

Thursday, 01 September, 2016
Man travelling with suitcase

Rather than outlay major capital on opening a branch office in the UK straight away, many companies choose to send a single employer to Britain to test the market, act as a sales representative or develop a UK presence.

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa provides a route of entry and stay in the UK for:

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016
Man writing business plan

Ensuring the quality of an applicant’s business plan is key to achieving a successful outcome when applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.  Submitting a clear, detailed business plan is part of the genuine Entrepreneur test and most application refusals are due to failing to convince UK Visas and immigra

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recently released its latest findings from studying work immigration and the labour market.  The report found that immigration numbers are currently more than double those for emigration, with half of the inflow since 2008 being work-related. MAC’s analysis concludes that migration flows are heavily influenced by other polices—e.g. spending, and that skilled migrants yield positive benefits.

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016

Britain will have a new Bill of Rights. The human rights Act 1998 will be scrapped in favour of a British bill of rights according to new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss.

Prime Minister Theresa May, has previously signalled strong support for a British bill of rights that critics fear could lead to a watering-down of human rights law.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur VISA

There has never been a better time in history for young people to say adieu to corporate life and embark on starting their own business venture.

Many international students who have entered the UK on a Tier 4 (Student) visa have had their eyes opened to the vast opportunities for start-up companies in the UK, and have no desire to miss out by having to go home when their course ends.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Tier 2 Graduate Trainee Visa

It is expected that from October 2016, new rules introduced by the British Government will make it easier and cheaper for employers to recruit non-EU graduate trainees.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Brexit leads to increase in citizship

Latest immigration figures released today show there was a 14% spike in applications for British Citizenship by European Union nationals living in the UK in the run-up to the EU referendum in June.

Friday, 26 August, 2016

The latest figures from the Lloyds Bank Purchasing Managers Index show that London’s business activity has fallen by four points since the Brexit vote, representing the sharpest decline in the country.

Plunging to 44.4 in July, the Index shows business activity at its lowest since 2009. 

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

Our client, MO, is a national of Nigeria. He entered the country as a visitor to visit his four children. Due to improved relationship with his ex-wife, he received opportunity to become more involved in his children's lives. He applied to remain in the UK to be able to maintain closer relationship with his children. A private and family life application was submitted to the Home Office on behalf of our client by his previous representatives.

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Our client, KK, a national of Lebanon arrived to the UK in 2007 with his wife and two young children. He came as a work permit holder. During his stay in the UK, the employer became insolvent and the business was continued under different company. Our client was not correctly advised at the time of his obligations to inform the Home Office of his change of employer and carried on with his activities.

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Our client, RS, planned a flight with a European airline to Armenia by flying from London to Vienna, and then from Vienna to Zvartnots, Armenia, of which her return route would be the opposite. Upon returning home, our client’s flight to Vienna was delayed at Zvartnots airport and because of the time lost our client missed her connecting flight from Vienna International airport to London. Our client’s flight was rebooked onto another flight back to London which was over three hour later.

Monday, 22 August, 2016
Sponsor Licence Renewing

If you have recently received notification that your Sponsor Licence is due to expire, you need to move fast to renew it.  Otherwise, you may find yourself in the position of having your licence expire, and being unable to recruit new talent from outside the EU.

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Domestic Violence and Immigration Rules

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

Moving to another country, away from family and friends is a brave move.  Expats who find themselves in an abusive relationship, far from a support network must show immense courage and fortitude to survive; especially if they have children.

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016

OTS Senior Partner, Teni Shahiean, joined a panel of experts on Share Radio’s Ask Sarah programme on Saturday, 6th August 2016, to talk about the financial steps people moving to the UK from overseas need to take to make the shift easier.

Joining Teni on the panel were James Jones, head of consumer affairs at Experian and Theresa Wallace, head of Savills lettings customer relations team.


Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Brexit Russia and EU

UK residents living on a media diet of the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Express, could be forgiven for having their views on Brexit coloured by the often irrational stance taken by these publications at certain times.

Saturday, 13 August, 2016

The UK Home Office could face 140 years’ worth of permanent residence Card and British Citizenship applications once Article 50 is formally triggered.

Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
brexit UK EU Deal

In another example of how disingenuous the Leave campaign was in its promises to the British public, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, has written a detailed account of the six deals the UK will need to strike to exit the EU.

In all but one, the balance of power lies with the EU, not Britain.

Tuesday, 02 August, 2016
Five Myths About How EU Law Affects The UK

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Much of the misinformation delivered by the Leave campaign in the EU referendum surrounded the amount of UK law that is derived directly from European Union directives and the effect of these on ordinary British people’s lives.

Friday, 29 July, 2016

Our client, Dr W, is a Sri Lankan citizen. She came to the UK as a student and later on secured an employment in the UK. Due to the nature of her employment and the work she was carrying out, she had been required to travel and carry out work outside of the UK on regular basis.

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Hundreds of wealthy foreign nationals have invested millions of pounds in to the European economy in exchange for having their applications for citizenship fast-tracked.

Friday, 22 July, 2016
The Legal Challenge On Article 50

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The first legal challenge aimed at preventing the Prime Minister from triggering Article 50 was heard in the High Court today.  The case has been brought by Deir Dos Santos, a British citizen. He has been subjected to internet abuse since his involvement was revealed as have the law firms involved in the challenge.

Wednesday, 20 July, 2016
EU Nationals - Non-Working Spouses Cannot Automatically Obtain Permanent Residence

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Let me point out something that will probably make your jaw drop.  If you are a stay at home parent, who happens to be an EU national, you do not qualify for permanent residence.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
Birtish and EU Business after Brexit

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The business community is feeling more positive.  After nearly a month of turmoil, politically, economically and socially, a sense of stability has returned.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
EU Migrants May Be Restricted From Coming Into or Staying in the UK
Migrants from the EU who come to Britain as the date for the UK to leave the EU draws near may not be allowed to stay.

New Brexit minister David Davies, has vowed to take a hard line against any ‘surge’ of migrants from the Continent who try to enter Britain close to the date the nation leaves the EU.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
Facts of the case
Sunday, 17 July, 2016

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Yesterday, David Cameron faced his last question time in the Commons before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Her Majesty, the Queen.

From this point, Teresa May will be our Prime Minister.

Presiding over arguably the worst crisis the country has faced since World War II, Ms May’s first job has been to name her Cabinet.

Thursday, 14 July, 2016

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

In the final blog on this series discussing how the Leave campaigners were able to influence such large swaths of the country with misinformation about immigration in the In/Out Referendum, I plan to tackle the controversial issues of sovereignty and globalisation.

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

By Teni Shahiean OTS Solicitors

In my last blog I discussed the demographics of the EU Referendum vote and three of the key points the leave campaign used to win votes.  Those key arguments were that EU nationals:

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016
How The Leave Campaigns Lies About Immigration And Sovereignty Were Able To Take Hold

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The UK referendum on whether or not to remain in the UK was held over two weeks ago.  Now the dust has settled and emotions have calmed down, it is time to start asking why.

Why did a majority of those living in Britain’s heartland vote to leave?  Why did they believe the propaganda and lies spread about sovereignty and immigration?  And if those who voted to leave were making a ‘protest vote’, what were they protesting about?

Monday, 11 July, 2016

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 06 July, 2016

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