Solicitor – Teni Shahiean – Partner and co-founder of OTS Solicitors


Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Dr Lusine Navasardyan – immigration law specialist and registered European lawyer


Lusine was instructed by a frozen food delivery company who wanted to hire a non-EEA national who had previously worked for the organisation but now lived abroad.

How we helped

Monday, 07 November, 2016
Road with text Changes Ahead on it

The Home Office has finally announced a date for a raft of changes to the Immigration Rules, the first part of which will be implemented on 24th November 2016.

The changes affect both Tier 2 visas and Sponsor Licences.

Monday, 07 November, 2016
UK Parliament with EU and Britain flag on it

A Summary of the Decision

The High Court delivered a blow to Theresa May’s Government this morning, when it ruled that the Article 50 divorce process for leaving the EU requires a vote by parliament before it can be triggered.

Thursday, 03 November, 2016
Brexit UK & EU Flags

By Teni Shahiean

As the law now stands, Theresa May cannot trigger Brexit without putting it to an MPs' vote in the House of Commons.

Thursday, 03 November, 2016
Stethoscope around pound sterling money

According to the latest National Audit Office (NAO) report, the government’s ambition of recovering up to £500 million a year by 2017/18 from overseas visitors who are not entitled to free NHS hospital treatment will be missed under the current charging rules.

Monday, 31 October, 2016
£100 note folded into an arrow pointing downwards to suggest decrease in value

All clouds have a silver lining.  And Brexit is no exception.  For those looking for mid-to-long term investment opportunities when applying to enter the UK on the Investor visa route, the devaluation of the pound is providing plenty of scope for savvy overseas investors to pick up a bargain in the UK.

Friday, 28 October, 2016
People at airport by departures board

Forty percent of EU citizens living in the UK are concerned about how Brexit will affect their jobs, according to a survey commissioned by the Financial Times.

Those in the construction, manufacturing, retail and hospitality sectors were particularly concerned for their job security, according to a study of FT readers done two months after the historic 23rd June referendum.

Friday, 28 October, 2016
Happy couple sorting through paper work at home

Marriage is not for everyone.  Or maybe it is something you want to do….just not right now.  You are not alone, according to the latest statistics, around 1 in 8 people in the UK are ‘living in sin’ (as our grandparents used to call it).

Thursday, 27 October, 2016
Post-Brexit changes meeting with people above the EU and UK flags

One of the most anticipated trials of 2016 has concluded after three days of hearings.  Some of the best legal minds in the country, including a swathe of immigration lawyers and members of the public have listened to the case put forward against the UK government triggering Article 50 without the consent and authorisation of Parliament.

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Half of the India and British flags combined and painted over a cracked wall

With Article 50 set to be triggered by March 2017 and EU President, Donald Tusk making it clear that there is only “hard Brexit or no Brexit”, one would think UK Government would be striving to stay on the right side of India.

Thursday, 20 October, 2016
Girl in dentist chair with dentist looking at X-ray

David Davies, Conservative MP and Chairman of the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee has created an uproar by suggesting child migrants coming to the UK from Calais should have their teeth checked to confirm their ages.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Davies said dental checks or hand X-rays to check bone density should be used to check ages and stop Britain’s hospitality being abused.


Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
Indefinite Leave to remain application form

After many years of residing in the UK, building up a career, perhaps having a family and becoming an active member of your local community, it is only natural that you would want to formalise your right to live in Britain by applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Friday, 14 October, 2016
Waitress holding three dishes

David Loewi, co-owner of the group behind high-end London restaurants Le Pont de la Tour, Coq D’Argent and Quaglino’s, who is also chairman of the Restaurant Association trade body has hit out at the UK government's increasingly hard-line immigration stance.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Loewi called the government’ recent rhetoric “retrograde” and “bonkers”.

Friday, 14 October, 2016
Cartoon hands from protesters with speech bubbles and loudspeakers

One Day Without Us. That is the name given to the proposed one-day strike by migrants planned for 20th February 2017 in response to Brexit.

The day of action has been billed as an opportunity to celebrate the contribution EU and non-EU migrants make to the social and economic landscape of the UK.

Thursday, 13 October, 2016

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. These are some wonderful testimonial we just received from our Senior immigration Caseworker, Hans Sok Appadu's clients:

Wednesday, 12 October, 2016
Male refugee seeking asylum with cardboard banner

Senior leaders from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have signed a letter urging Prime Minister, Theresa May to allow nearly 400 refugee children asylum in UK before the "Jungle" migrant camp near Calais is demolished.

Meanwhile, a Red Cross report - No Place for Children - has said lone children with family in the UK are being left to fend for themselves because of bureaucracy.

Monday, 10 October, 2016
Cartoon piece of paper with "Tax" written on it

For entrepreneurs moving to the UK on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa, the issue of tax is both fundamentally important and confusing.  It can be difficult enough, even for the most commercially astute business people to understand the tax system of their own country, let alone that of a foreign jurisdiction.

Friday, 07 October, 2016
Chefs working on Asian cuisine in a crowded kitchen

The fishing industry in the Western Isles of Scotland is the latest market sector to bemoan the UK Government’s immigration policy.  Would-be Tier 1 Sponsor Licence holders state that fishing boats are being left tied up because owners simply cannot recruit the crew needed to man them.

Thursday, 06 October, 2016
Stacks of pound coins increasing

The First-tier Tribunal (immigration and asylum Chamber) Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 comes into force on 10th October 2016.  It amends the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and asylum Chamber) Fees Order 2011 and introduces a dramati

Monday, 03 October, 2016
Selection of EU Passports

EU nationals living in the UK will not have to send in their passport when applying online for a Registration Certificate or permanent residence Card using the EEA(QP) or EEA(PR) appli

Monday, 03 October, 2016
Two puzzle pieces representing Brexit

Finally, we have a date for Brexit. British Prime Minister, Theresa May revealed today that she will trigger Article 50 by March 2017.

It was also revealed that the Government will introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” to Parliament that aims to end the authority of European law in as soon as the country leaves the EU.

Monday, 03 October, 2016

OTS Solicitors’ Managing Partner Oshin Shahiean featured on Swiss RSI TV Channel

Thursday, 29 September, 2016

Britain has bounced back from Brexit doom and gloom and proved that it is still an excellent place for foreign investors and entrepreneurs to invest their capital in.

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
Immigration Law

Businesses who hold a Sponsor Licence and rely on foreign workers on Tier 2 (General) or Intra-Company Transfer) Visas (ICT Visa) should be aware that a raft of changes are being proposed for April 2017 and they will have a serious impact on business immigration.

Monday, 26 September, 2016
Scrabble pieces spelling Brexit

In breaking news, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Sir Alan Duncan has claimed that Boris Johnson never wanted Brexit.  In a BBC documentary, Sir Alan states that he believed the now foreign secretary, who is his current boss, wanted to lose narrowly and be the "heir apparent" to David Cameron.

Friday, 23 September, 2016
Refugees being escorted by soldiers

Refugee law has been heavily on the political agenda this week, both here in the UK and internationally.

Friday, 23 September, 2016
Stack pound coins increasing in number like a rising bar chart

Despite fierce opposition, the UK government is set to press ahead with immigration court fee increases, some of which top 500%.  This is despite the fact that a recent consultation on the proposed new fees saw 143 out of 147 responders oppose the move.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
"Technology is great Britain" text on top of London Map

Last week the EY G20 Digital Entrepreneurship Barometer ranked the UK as the top G20 country for the ease of starting a digital business and navigating through the country’s regulatory environment.

In addition, Britain came in second to the United States, for its digital knowledge base and information and communications technology market, which includes access to technology and expertise, as well as the quality of research institutions.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
Arrow with Growth written underneath it

A report by the British Institute of Directors has found that migrants are making an incredibly positive contribution to the UK economy. Far from taking jobs, workers from inside and outside the EU who make their way to the UK are creating Employment and providing the skills required for organisations to grow.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
Top part of the Permanent Residence Card Application Form

The immigration law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) has written a letter to Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for immigration, asking for an urgent meeting to address a number of pressing issues regarding EU nationals residing in the UK.

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
Exempt Sign

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond has offered an olive branch to the City, signalling that highly skilled workers, including bankers and business people, will be exempt from any Government initiatives to curb immigration after Britain leaves the EU. 

Monday, 12 September, 2016
Financial technology written over computers and devices

A decade ago, Britain was looking across the pond, envying the dominance of Silicon Valley in the global tech market.  How times have changed.  Over the last ten years, Britain has grown into a technology hub – holding its own on the international stage and providing strong returns for local and international entrepreneurs and investors.

Global leader in Fintech

Monday, 12 September, 2016
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 Dr Lusine Navasardyan 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