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UK 2017 voting polling station regarding immigration policies

The UK election is less than a week away, and as expected, immigration is a key issue in the main parties’ manifestos.

Monday, 05 June, 2017
Immigration Email Sending Image

From 1st June 2017, it will cost £5.48 per email to email UK Visas and immigration (UKVI) from outside the UK.

The move has left the best Immigration lawyers and support groups in shock and furious.

The Home Office has recently outsourced its visa enquiries service to Sitel UK, a subsidiary of French-owned Acticall Sitel Group.

Friday, 02 June, 2017
Man filling in Sponsor Licence Application

When applying for a UK Sponsor Licence to enable you to hire non-EEA migrants, it is imperative that you understand the procedure.  Compliance is a vital part of the UK

Thursday, 01 June, 2017
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Image

According to 2014 statistics, since the introduction of the Genuine Entrepreneur Test in 2013, up to 50% of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa applications are refused. 

Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

By Christopher McWatters, of Counsel 

Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Understanding the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a must for HR directors and employers who recruit talent from outside the EEA.  By instructing an experienced immigration solicitor, your organisation has the best chance of conducting an RLMT that is compliant with Home Office

Monday, 22 May, 2017
JUSTICE



Art 17(2) of Dublin III and challenge of discretion on public law grounds
R (MA) v SSHD [2017] UKUT (Unreported) (12th April 2017)

On 12th April 2017 the Upper Tribunal Judge Reeds handed down her judgment on R (MA) v SSHD [2017] UKUT (Unreported), a case concerning a failure on part of the Secretary of State to exercise discretion and accept responsibility for assessing MA’s claim and whether such failure can be challenged on public law grounds. 

Monday, 22 May, 2017

You need to look no further than the Conservative party manifesto to see how tough life could become for HR directors, employers, and migrants if they achieve success on 8th June.  And according to all polls and commentators, their victory will be resounding.

Monday, 22 May, 2017
Parliament with UK and EU flag

A study by an employer backed think-tank has revealed that unless Theresa May’s government accepts at least 200,000 foreign workers each year, the economy could face a Brexit catastrophe.

Friday, 19 May, 2017

In accordance with the asylum and immigration Act 1996, it is the employer’s legal obligation to prevent illegal working in the UK as it is against the law to employ an individual who does not possess the right to work.  Employers are therefore expected to undertake the relevant checks on right to work documents for all

Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Immigration Word Cloud

The UK Government quietly changed the rules on immigration re-entry bans on 6th April 2017.  If you are an overstayer after 6th April 2017, you may be left with as little as 30 days to leave the UK or face a 12-month ban from returning to the country.

Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Image

Achieving accelerated settlement in the UK is a primary business objective for many Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa applicants.  Whether you are investing your £50,000 or £200,000 in an existing business or launching a start-up, an experienced immigration lawyer can provide you with the best strategy for ensuring you can apply for

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

If Labour wins the UK elections on 8th June 2017, Skype families may become a thing of the past.  Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to scrap the minimum income requirement for Spouse Visas.

This announcement will be greeted with jubilation by Immigration Solicitors doing their best to reunite families separated by the minimum income requirement.

Friday, 12 May, 2017
Immigration Law Book and Gavel

Article 8 of the ECHR is a key provision in UK Immigration Law and one that the best solicitors are familiar with.  Because appeals are no longer available for most points-based system immigration applications, appealing under Article 8’s right to private and family life has become one of the only avenues available to achieve a success result in many

Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Business People

The newspapers are reporting that British businesses are struggling to fill vacancies as Brexit starts to bite. 

HR directors and business owners are worried about the sharp drop in the number of people applying for roles.  Sectors affected most include, technology, social care, engineering, and accounting.

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017
The ACQ Law Awards

The ACQ Law Awards have named OTS Solicitors, immigration law Firm of the year - 2017.

Since 2008, the ACQ Law Awards have been celebrating achievement, innovation and brilliance within the legal sector.  The nomination process is independent and the winners are chosen by the profession itself.  The awards are designed to highlight work done by legal individuals and departments, especially those who operate at an international level.

Friday, 05 May, 2017
Immigration Word Cloud

There are many reasons for people settled in the UK, either with Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship, to bring their elderly parents to live in their adopted country.

Friday, 05 May, 2017
Dr Harry Hagopian

We are delighted that Dr Harry Hagopian has agreed to join our growing list of consultants. Harry is a Public International lawyer who has been deeply immersed in the legal & political issues relating to Brexit.

Friday, 05 May, 2017
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Business Man image

For most busy, creative entrepreneurs, writing a business plan is a necessary evil.  Working out your future business plans and how you will achieve them is exciting; spending hours drafting a document is not.

Wednesday, 03 May, 2017
Business People Handshake Recruitment

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, HR directors and employers need to navigate the choppy waters of Brexit, or risk facing discrimination claims and reputational damage.  The difficulty is that there is currently no clear government policy on the rights of EU nationals currently living and working in the UK

Thursday, 27 April, 2017
Man Filling in Application Form

In these precarious political times, there is great comfort in knowing that you have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if you are an immigrant living in the UK.  With the help of an immigration lawyer who can submit the best application for ILR, mi

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
British Passport

By Najma Ali of OTS Solicitors

Monday, 24 April, 2017
Business Man at Laptop

Few employers are aware that obtaining a UK Sponsor Licence is only half the battle when it comes to hiring workers on a Tier 2 or Tier 5 work visa.  Meeting regulatory compliance can be challenging and is usually best achieved by instruct

Friday, 21 April, 2017
Couple holding hands

British national Toni Stew told the BBC in February that she feels like a single mother, even though she is happily married.  She has been married to her Egyptian husband since 2016, but her young son had only seen him a few times.  She blamed this on the spouse visa finance requirements, which she cannot meet.  Because she is caring for her child, she can only work part-time as a sales assistant; her earnings, therefore, fall far short of the £18,600 per annum required to bring a foreign spouse into the UK.

Thursday, 20 April, 2017
UK Election Polling Box

Yesterday afternoon, MPs voted by a margin of 522 votes to 13 to hold a snap election on 8th June 2017. 

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats supported the move.

The Fixed Term Parliament Act allows for an early election if two-thirds of the House agrees.

The reasons for the snap election

Thursday, 20 April, 2017

Industries such as food production, agriculture, hospitality and manufacturing face being fundamentally being changed forever by Brexit.

Thursday, 13 April, 2017
Brexit EU Handshake image

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, many EU nationals are confused about permanent residency and how to apply.  With the government giving confusing, ever-changing guidance, it is often down to London’s Immigration Solicitors to provide EU citizens living in the UK with the best legal advice.

Monday, 10 April, 2017
Best Service - 5 Stars

Anyone with an immigration problem wants a top lawyer able to provide the best legal advice and deliver the results they desire.  But it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.  Let’s face it, every immigration solicitor in London claims they are the best.

Monday, 10 April, 2017
Pound Against Increasing Graph Image

As of 6th April 2017, some immigration fees are have been increased.  Areas that will be impacted the most include:

Friday, 07 April, 2017
Dr Lusine Navasardyan

Dr Navasardyan, OTS Solicitor’s registered European lawyer recently appeared on Sky’s A Different Kind of Woman show, offering expert insights into the rights of EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit.

Thursday, 06 April, 2017
OTS Solicitors Teni Shahiean Features on BBC

OTS founding partner and immigration law expert, Teni Shahiean recently appeared on a BBC TV news feature examining the consequences of Brexit for EU nationals living in the UK.

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Yesterday Article 50 was officially triggered.  We can now stop talking about ‘if’ and ‘when’ the momentous event happens, that ship has now sailed.

And many EU nationals are already feeling the consequences of Brexit in unexpected ways.

It has been reported today that banks are already denying EU nationals mortgages due to the uncertainty of their residency status.

Thursday, 30 March, 2017
Article 50 Brexit Image

Tomorrow will mark one of the most significant dates in British history since the Second World War.  Theresa May is poised to officially trigger Article 50, with the letter being hand-delivered to EU President, Donald Tusk by Sir Tim Barrow.

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017
Brexit EU Map

EU migrants, awaiting the trigger of Article 50 on Wednesday, received some welcome news yesterday when the Government announced they would be entitled to keep their child benefits to send to families back home.

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.

Monday, 27 March, 2017
The word 'immigration' on legal document with glasses

For employers hiring skilled workers from outside the EEA, hiring international talent is going to be more expensive from next month. From 6th April 2017, several changes which were introduced in November last year will come into force.

Friday, 24 March, 2017
Article 50 Brexit Image

In news just in – the Government has announced that Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday, 29th March 2017, just over one week away.

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.

Monday, 20 March, 2017
Brexit EU image

Just over a year ago, our senior partner, Teni Shahiean, appeared on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show to discuss what would happen to EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in Europe, if Britain left the EU.

It was March 2016. The EU Referendum had not yet happened.  Predictions abounded that Remain would prevail and all this madness would quickly end in time for us all to enjoy a glorious summer.

How wrong we were.

Monday, 20 March, 2017
British Passport on Map

Today the Brexit Bill was given its Royal Assent and is now law. British Prime Minister, Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 at the end of this month. 

Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Brexit Scrabble

By Dr Harry Hagopian, Consultant Public International Lawyer to OTS Solicitors

Parallelism? Sequentialism? Do they mean much to the reader in terms of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations?

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

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