Half term is nearly here – and then the long, summer school holidays. If you are separated from your children’s other parent, negotiating contact can be stressful and upsetting. Without the routine of school and regular weekly activities, trying to satisfy both parents’ competing wishes for time with their children can be fraught with difficulty. Equally, it can be difficult if one parent is less willing to step up to their parenting responsibilities, but the other has work or other commitments to take into account.

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

The tech sector is the latest area of Britain's economy to be hit by the Tier 2 Cap imposed by the Home Office. The cap limits the number of skilled workers who can come to take up roles they have already been offered the UK using the Tier 2 business immigration route.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

If you are living apart from your husband or wife, in different countries, it can be very stressful. Alongside a raft of conditions that you must satisfy to be able to apply for a spouse visa to come to the UK, you will also have to satisfy the income requirements to obtain this form of visa.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

Last year, our employment law solicitors in London reported on the scrapping of the Employment Tribunal fees.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

During the initial disclosures made by the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd as the Windrush scandal broke, it was asserted that there was nothing to suggest that any members of the Windrush generation had been wrongly removed from the UK. Evidently, things have moved on, and the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has reported provisional figures to the Home Affairs Select Committee suggesting that at least 63 people with the right to be in the UK as part of the Windrush generation may have been wrongly removed from the UK.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

With the press full of the wedding of Prince Harry to American Meghan Markle, and news that she will apply for British Citizenship, other couples in transnational relationships must be wondering if there are lessons they can take from the relationship. In particular, whether there is some secret to coming to the UK as a fiancé, with a wedding planned (albeit not a royal wedding!).

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

In April 2018, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the courts in England and Wales, issued interim guidance relating to defective divorce petitions and decrees.

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018. Every business with employees, however small, will be affected – and the penalties for non-compliance with the GDPR are significant.  Our team of UK employment lawyers has put together a list of 10 things employers need to know about GDPR, along with some action points to help you comply. 

Monday, 14 May, 2018
A new online divorce application process has been launched by the Ministry of Justice in the last few days.
Friday, 11 May, 2018
Designed to encourage ‘the brightest and best’ to come and work in the UK and share their talent and skills, while limiting the number of people who can come to the UK overall from outside the EU/EEA, many of the best immigration solicitors in London are starting to see the negative impact of the
Thursday, 10 May, 2018
London has topped the rankings as the best university city in the world in 2018, beating Tokyo to hit the top spot. Previous winners Montreal and Paris slipped down to 4th and 5th places respectively.
The study, rating university cities, rather than the institutions themselves, is carried out by the QS higher education group which publishes the World University Rankings annually.
Thursday, 10 May, 2018
With the imminent launch of a replacement for the Universal Jobmatch service, as some of the best immigration solicitors and recommended employment lawyers in London, we thought it was a good time to look at satisfying the Resident Labour Market Test when recruiting skilled workers from outside the
Wednesday, 09 May, 2018
During the Commonwealth Summit in April, Theresa May made an “absolute commitment” to Caribbean leaders that “…the UK will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation, to resolve the anxieties and problems that some of the Windrush generation have suffered”. So far, we have had no clear details of what the scheme will involve; we have only been assured that it will be independent of the Home Office.
Friday, 04 May, 2018

The recent wake of media and public attention on the difficulties of Caribbean migrants caused by the hostile or “compliant” environment, purposely created by Theresa May and continued by her successor Amber Rudd has come to boiling point.

Thursday, 03 May, 2018
Brook House, the Immigration detention centre near Gatwick Airport experienced a dramatic increase in the use of force during 2017. The BBC has reported that individuals being held in detention in relation to Immigration matters at Brook House, and who had not been granted Immigration bail, were twice as likely to have been controlled or restrained by force compared with 2016.
Thursday, 03 May, 2018
Obtaining a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is a complex process involving forward planning and careful preparation. With the help of an experienced Immigration lawyer to advise and support you through the process, you have every chance of succeeding in your application.
Wednesday, 02 May, 2018
Since the introduction of new Immigration appeal rules in 2014, there has been very little said to elaborate on the concept of a ‘Human Rights claim’.
Wednesday, 02 May, 2018
In a recent blog we updated readers on the latest developments towards offering EU citizens settled status when the UK leaves the EU. There’s another side to the story though – and it’s one that links back to the Windrush effect: the settled status application leaves EU citizens at risk of the ‘hostile environment’ designed to make people in the UK illegally leave voluntarily.
Settled Status application rather than confirmation of rights
Tuesday, 01 May, 2018
Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary, appointed yesterday following Amber Rudd’s resignation, is the first minority ethnic person to hold the post.
New Home Secretary expresses solidarity with the Windrush generation
Tuesday, 01 May, 2018
Justice Statue and Immigration Law Books

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy

Sunday, 29 April, 2018
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Image

By Saida Ahmed, of OTS Solicitors

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. 

Saturday, 28 April, 2018
Ever since the UK voted to leave the EU, one of our biggest concerns as immigration lawyers in London has been the impact this will have on EU and EEA nationals living in the UK.
Friday, 27 April, 2018
As Home Secretary Amber Rudd faces increasing criticism over the treatment of the Windrush generation, one of our senior immigration lawyers, Jordana Adams, confirmed in an interview with LoveSport Radio that the existence of Immigration removal targets for Voluntary Departures from the UK comes as no surprise.
Friday, 27 April, 2018
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Image

By Kasia Janucik, of OTS Solicitors

Friday, 27 April, 2018
Handshake to signify recruitment

By Saida Ahmed, of OTS Solicitors

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a country about to leave the EU must be in want of foreign investment.

Thursday, 26 April, 2018
Jordana Adams, one of our senior immigration solicitors, has been interviewed on regarding the plight of the Windrush Generation.
Wednesday, 25 April, 2018
History will judge British Prime Minister, Theresa May and Home Secretary, Amber Rudd harshly for the plight of the Windrush generation.
Yesterday, Ms Rudd stated the Windrush generation will be granted British Citizenship as the government attempted to draw a line under the scandal by describing the Home Secretary’s apology as “just the first step”.
Wednesday, 25 April, 2018
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has shut down Malik Law Chambers.  The immigration law practice has offices in London and Birmingham.
In a notice published yesterday, the SRA said it had reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Dr Akbar Ali Malik and Imtiaz Ali. They are each subject to individual interventions along with the firm.  
Friday, 20 April, 2018
Legal Statue
The firm
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018
Judge Gavel

The Court of Appeal has severely criticised the Home Office for administrative incompetence regarding the processing of Immigration applications.  Secretary of State for the Home Department v Said [2018] EWCA Civ 627 involved the Home Office appealing a decision from the High Court allowing the application for judicial review in relation to da

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018
UK and EU Flags

Almost a year to the day after British Prime Minister, Theresa May triggered Article 50, sending the UK on the path to exit the European Union (EU), the EU released a draft of the Brexit divorce agreement.

Monday, 09 April, 2018
Oshin Shahiean Meets With London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Recently, the Managing Partner of OTS Solicitors, Oshin Shahiean, met with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

This followed an announcement at the end of 2017 from Mr Khan that a raft of new investments from India and Pakistan were planned for the British capital.

Friday, 06 April, 2018

OTS Solicitors has experienced rapid success and growth over the last 12 months.  As part of our expansion, the partners are now proud to announce the opening of our Dubai office on 1st May 2018.

Friday, 06 April, 2018

Mr Paul Gulbenkian is an Emeritus Immigration Tribunal Judge and crown court recorder who specialises in the field of immigration law.

Wednesday, 04 April, 2018
International Parents

In the case of London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D, E and F [2014] EWHC 3901 (Fam), the court observed that:

Wednesday, 04 April, 2018
EU Flag

Statistics released show net migration of EU nationals has fallen by 75,000 in the past year.

The latest quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that total annual net migration to Britain in the 12 months to September fell by 29,000 to 244,000. Net migration from outside Europe rose to 205,000 during the year, masking the fall from inside the EU.

Tuesday, 03 April, 2018

EU nationals residing in Britain have been warned they need to ensure their children have their status documented to avoid them experiencing serious problems in later life proving they have a right to live in the UK.

The warning comes from two Eurochildren Research Briefs on the impact of the UK-EU agreement on residence and citizenship rights for EU families written by immigration law experts and published by the University of Birmingham.

Thursday, 29 March, 2018

If you hold a Tier 1 General Visa, you have until 5th April to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), as the route closes on the 6th April 2018.  Your Immigration solicitor in London can provide you with the best advice for making an application for

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018