The recent case of AM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK Sponsor Licence holders have many duties and responsibilities which must be complied with; one of these is conducting right to work checks.
The National Scot has recently reported that the Home Office has withdrawn from 13,000 immigration appeals in the past five years.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)  UKSC 54 (27 July 2017)
By Malbora Shehu of OTS Solicitors
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).
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.
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.
In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of MM (Lebanon) & Others v the Secretary for the Home Department  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:
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.
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