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.
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.
In news just in – the Government has announced that Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday, 29th March 2017, just over one week away.
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.
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.
By Dr Harry Hagopian, Consultant Public International Lawyer to OTS Solicitors
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The British and Chinese have a rich and diverse history in each other’s nations. Since the 1800s Chinese nationals have been making the UK their home and today, more Chinese migrants arrive in the UK than from any other country.
The number of EU nationals being detained in the UK has increased fivefold since Theresa May became Home Secretary and then Prime Minister, it has been revealed in the Independent.
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Hans started off doing work experience for OTS Solicitors and recently secured a training contract. This demonstrates the commitment of the partners at OTS to providing tangible career progression and an intellectually stimulating & fun place to work for all members of staff.
In news that will be welcomed by the UK tech industry, which has been struggling to recruit the talent it needs to grow, Tech Nation has been granted an extra 50 visa endorsements by the British government.
The House of Lords has issued the UK government an embarrassing defeat by insisting that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK be confirmed in the Brexit Bill.
Imagine being bundled into a van, taken to the airport and placed on a flight to your home country. You have no opportunity to contact your immigration lawyer, collect fresh clothes and have, at best, around £12 in your pocket.
You are also being separated from your husband of 27 years, who is unwell, your two adult sons and a granddaughter, who you have been only allowed to say goodbye to via a quick phone call.
Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed more than a quarter of EU permanent residence Card (PRC) applications are being rejected by the Home Office.
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.
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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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
This morning, a full court of 11 Supreme Court judges dismissed the Governments appeal in the now world-famous Brexit case.
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.
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:
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?
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.