Immigration law books next to justice statue in court

The recent case of AM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 1123, provided the Court of Appeal with the opportunity to set out guidance on the general approach to be adopted in law and practice by the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber) where Asylum

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
Unmarried couple seeking legal advice

The trend in the UK as regards what makes up a family has continued to evolve over the years. Thankfully, there are laws that cover different segments of the society. We are glad to help you through any challenge that you may face based on our unique expertise. Here are some basic facts that you must know as regards cohabitation and being part of an unmarried family.

Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
Family Split via Financial Disputes on divorce

Getting the right result for you and your family when it comes to divorce claims and settlements can be a very unique experience. For most couples, the financial consequences of getting divorced are their primary concern when all the proceedings are sorted out. OTS Solicitors will guide you through the process. We can advise you about the best way to reach a financial settlement that is ideal for you and your family. Your questions may include:

Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into force in December 2005, allowed same sex couples in the UK to register their relationship for the first time and have it legally recognised.

This gave couples who registered as civil partners a package of rights and responsibilities including the ability to apply for parental responsibility of their civil partner’s child and the full range of financial orders available to a married couple.

Monday, 11 September, 2017
Wedding rings and wooden gavel, divorce law

In the UK, judicial separation is beyond two spouses living apart. Should you seek a divorce or separate; you must know what it entails. A lot of people in the UK talk about legal separation without knowing the precise definition of what they want.

Friday, 08 September, 2017

An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that compels a party to do or refrain from specific acts. A party that fails to comply with an injunction faces criminal or civil penalties, including possible monetary sanctions and even imprisonment. They can also be charged with contempt of court. Counter injunctions are injunctions that stop or reverse the enforcement of another injunction.

Thursday, 07 September, 2017
family mediation
Thursday, 07 September, 2017
Immigration for Governments Plan to Reduce EU Migration

Earlier this week, documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper showed the UK government’s plans to drive down EU migration after Brexit, especially that which comprises of low-skilled workers.

Thursday, 07 September, 2017
UK Immigration Visa

An investigation by The Guardian has revealed that the Home Office is gleaning up to 800% profit from some immigration visa transactions.

The paper analysed fees for application figures and found large discrepancy’s in how much the Home Office charged applicants and the costs associated with processing applications.

It cites the following examples:

Friday, 01 September, 2017
Employment law document

Employers and HR directors of businesses that hold a UK Sponsor Licence have many duties and responsibilities set out by the home office.  The broadest of these is to ‘comply with UK law’. 

Friday, 01 September, 2017

An increasing number of foreign nationals are being subjected to deportation orders.  Our top London immigration solicitors can provide you with the best and most up-to-date advice and representation if you find yourself being ordered to leave the UK by the Home Office.

What is a deportation order?

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
Immigration definition on Ipad

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration has released its report on the integration of immigrants in the UK. The report entitled: Integration Not Demonisation, argues the current immigration debate is hindering integration and calls for urgent action to build a more cohesive society. 

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
Deportation Files and Immigration Law Gavel

The Home Office has sent out more than 100 letters mistakenly informing people they were going to be deported.

A letter was issued "in error", stating that a decision had been taken to remove them from the UK under immigration law.

It informed recipients that they are "liable to be detained" for failing to provide evidence that they are exercising Treaty rights in the UK.

A Home Office spokesperson has since said they are "urgently" examining why the letters were wrongly sent out.

Thursday, 24 August, 2017
UK Visa For Indefinite Leave To Remain

Having lived in the UK for many years, many migrants have made the country their home.  The idea of returning to their original country is ludicrous, given they may have no contacts, support, or connections, or even speak the local language.

Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
Immigration Law and Appeals Image

With the Home Office constantly amending the UK immigration rules, there has been an increase in refusals for both in-country applications and entry clearance applications.

Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Understanding Right To Work Checks Image

UK Sponsor Licence holders have many duties and responsibilities which must be complied with; one of these is conducting right to work checks.

Monday, 21 August, 2017
Immigration Law and Gavel

In March 2019, the UK will officially leave the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).  Top immigration law firms in London have been inundated with people who are concerned about their right to reside in the UK after

Friday, 18 August, 2017
Immigration Textbook and Glasses

The National Scot has recently reported that the Home Office has withdrawn from 13,000 immigration appeals in the past five years.

Thursday, 17 August, 2017
UK Spouse Visa Couple Holding Hands

If you are applying for a UK spouse visa and have not instructed a top immigration law firm, you may want to change your mind and instruct a lawyer to provide you with the best legal advice; this will be crucial in ensuring that your application is submitted with (if possible), the option to bring an appeal on Human Rights grounds, should your requires for a

Monday, 14 August, 2017
Business Man Applying for Tier 1 Visa

For talented people looking to work or start a new venture in the UK, it can be difficult to decide between applying for a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa or a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.  Both provide a path to settlement and an ability to reach professional goals in the thriving UK market.

Friday, 11 August, 2017
TOEIC Test Centre Irregularities

Under current immigration rules, most of the Leave to Remain categories in the UK require the applicant to prove their knowledge of English language. Throughout the years, tens of thousands of people have relied on test providers to meet these requirements and secure their entry clearance or Leave to Remain in the UK.

Thursday, 10 August, 2017
Yemen highlighted on world map

OTS senior solicitor, Smit Kumar and trainee solicitor Hans Appadu have been quoted in an article discussing the plight of Yeminis people, in an article by investigative journalist, Paola Tamma.

Thursday, 10 August, 2017
Google Reviews

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received for our immigration Solicitor Mrs. Maryem Ahmed:

Tuesday, 08 August, 2017
Advantages of Applying for a Permanent Residence Status

On 26th June 2017, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, unveiled the UK government’s proposal for securing the rights of the three million EU nationals who live in Britain following Brexit.

Tuesday, 08 August, 2017
International Talent in The Technology Sector

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The tech sector in the UK has had plenty to be concerned about since Britain voted to leave the EU back in June 2016.  For an industry which thrives and depends on being able to quickly recruit the most creative, well-educated talent from all over the globe to ensure they can quickly scale-up when opportunities present themselves, the UK’s now imminent departure from the EU presents a serious challenge.

Friday, 04 August, 2017
EU Flag and Gavel

The Supreme Court has ruled that the burden of proof of establishing a 'marriage of convenience' falls on the Home Office, in the case of Sadovska v SSHD (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 54 (27 July 2017)

By Malbora Shehu of OTS Solicitors

Friday, 04 August, 2017
Brexit end of free movement image

What a confusing week it has been in Westminster.  Prime Minister, Theresa May is on holiday in Northern Italy.  And with the cat being away, the mice will play (or infight).

Thursday, 03 August, 2017
JUSTICE for spouse visa

Following the initial changes made to the UK Immigration Rules on 9th July 2012, the entire UK Immigration system became increasingly stringent in granting both entry clearance to non-EEA nationals as well as granting leave to remain for those individuals already in the UK.

Thursday, 03 August, 2017
Employees walking to show access to justice

Earlier this week, in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, the Supreme Court ruled the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, (the Fees Order), which came into force in 2013, was unlawful and discriminatory.

Monday, 31 July, 2017
Image of justice sword and scales

In breaking news, the Supreme Court has ruled the Employment Tribunal fees imposed by the government in 2013 are unlawful.

The government has stated moves are being made to scrap the fees immediately.

The challenge was brought by trade union organisation, Unison, who argued that the fees, which could reach up to £1,200, prevented many Employees obtaining access to justice.

Wednesday, 26 July, 2017
man in detention

Being detained in a foreign country can be a terrifying experience.  If you are in a detention centre, you need to find a UK immigration lawyer who can provide you with the best advice on applying for and obtaining immigration bail.

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017
Couple speaking via video message

In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of MM (Lebanon) & Others v the Secretary for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 10. 

This case, running for many years, challenged the Minimum Income Requirement, introduced in 2012 by then Home Secretary, and now British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The Supreme Court upheld the Minimum Income Requirement, stating it was lawful “in principle”. However, the seven judges stated that:

Monday, 24 July, 2017
couple speaking to a consultant regarding applying for a spouse visa

In a major victory for immigration law advocates and spouse visa applicants, the British Government has amended the immigration rules surrounding the minimum income threshold to make it easier for some families to meet the requirements.

Friday, 21 July, 2017

Those applying for the Tier 1 entrepreneur visa may feel slightly intimidated by what is involved in the Genuine Entrepreneur Test.  Especially the interview, which is conducted by immigration officials who will seem determined to find holes in your business plan.

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Renewing a UK Sponsorship Licence image

A valid UK Sponsor Licence which allows you to recruit non-EEA migrants on Tier 2 or 5 visas lasts for four years.  After this period, UK Visas and immigration (UKVI), the sponsor licensi

Monday, 17 July, 2017

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, sometimes referred to as the Great Repeal Bill, was published earlier this week.  This is an extraordinary document which affects almost every area of law in the UK and touches most aspects of our everyday lives.

Monday, 17 July, 2017
OTS Immigration Solicitors Immigration Advice

The client, a national of a non-EEA member country, entered the UK on a Tier 1 Investor Visa, having previously resided in the UK as a student.

Saturday, 15 July, 2017
USA EU flag image

OTS Managing Partner, Oshin Shahiean, has written a detailed article for The American magazineon the British Government’s proposal for securing the status of dual national EU/Americans currently living in the UK.

Answering the key questions on Settled Status

Thursday, 13 July, 2017

Few HR directors and/or employers fully contemplate how complex, detailed and time-consuming UK Sponsor Licence compliance obligations and audit preparations are.  One of the best ways to ensure time spent on Sponsor Licence compliance is minimised is to instruct an experienced immigration solicitor to manage the

Monday, 10 July, 2017