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Brexit leads to increase in citizship

Latest immigration figures released today show there was a 14% spike in applications for British citizenship by European Union nationals living in the UK in the run-up to the EU referendum in June.

Friday, 26 August, 2016

The latest figures from the Lloyds Bank Purchasing Managers Index show that London’s business activity has fallen by four points since the Brexit vote, representing the sharpest decline in the country.

Plunging to 44.4 in July, the Index shows business activity at its lowest since 2009. 

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

Our client, MO, is a national of Nigeria. He entered the country as a visitor to visit his four children. Due to improved relationship with his ex-wife, he received opportunity to become more involved in his children's lives. He applied to remain in the UK to be able to maintain closer relationship with his children. A private and family life application was submitted to the Home Office on behalf of our client by his previous representatives.

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Our client, KK, a national of Lebanon arrived to the UK in 2007 with his wife and two young children. He came as a work permit holder. During his stay in the UK, the employer became insolvent and the business was continued under different company. Our client was not correctly advised at the time of his obligations to inform the Home Office of his change of employer and carried on with his activities.

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Our client, RS, planned a flight with a European airline to Armenia by flying from London to Vienna, and then from Vienna to Zvartnots, Armenia, of which her return route would be the opposite. Upon returning home, our client’s flight to Vienna was delayed at Zvartnots airport and because of the time lost our client missed her connecting flight from Vienna International airport to London. Our client’s flight was rebooked onto another flight back to London which was over three hour later.

Monday, 22 August, 2016
Sponsor Licence Renewing

If you have recently received notification that your Sponsor Licence is due to expire, you need to move fast to renew it.  Otherwise, you may find yourself in the position of having your licence expire, and being unable to recruit new talent from outside the EU.

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Domestic Violence and Immigration Rules


If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

Moving to another country, away from family and friends is a brave move.  Expats who find themselves in an abusive relationship, far from a support network must show immense courage and fortitude to survive; especially if they have children.

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016

OTS Senior Partner, Teni Shahiean, joined a panel of experts on Share Radio’s Ask Sarah programme on Saturday, 6th August 2016, to talk about the financial steps people moving to the UK from overseas need to take to make the shift easier.

Joining Teni on the panel were James Jones, head of consumer affairs at Experian and Theresa Wallace, head of Savills lettings customer relations team.

 

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Brexit Russia and EU

UK residents living on a media diet of the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Express, could be forgiven for having their views on Brexit coloured by the often irrational stance taken by these publications at certain times.

Saturday, 13 August, 2016

The UK Home Office could face 140 years’ worth of Permanent Residence Card and British citizenship applications once Article 50 is formally triggered.

Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
brexit UK EU Deal

In another example of how disingenuous the Leave campaign was in its promises to the British public, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, has written a detailed account of the six deals the UK will need to strike to exit the EU.

In all but one, the balance of power lies with the EU, not Britain.

Tuesday, 02 August, 2016
Five Myths About How EU Law Affects The UK

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Much of the misinformation delivered by the Leave campaign in the EU referendum surrounded the amount of UK law that is derived directly from European Union directives and the effect of these on ordinary British people’s lives.

Friday, 29 July, 2016

Our client, Dr W, is a Sri Lankan citizen. She came to the UK as a student and later on secured an employment in the UK. Due to the nature of her employment and the work she was carrying out, she had been required to travel and carry out work outside of the UK on regular basis.

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Hundreds of wealthy foreign nationals have invested millions of pounds in to the European economy in exchange for having their applications for citizenship fast-tracked.

Friday, 22 July, 2016
The Legal Challenge On Article 50

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The first legal challenge aimed at preventing the Prime Minister from triggering Article 50 was heard in the High Court today.  The case has been brought by Deir Dos Santos, a British citizen. He has been subjected to internet abuse since his involvement was revealed as have the law firms involved in the challenge.

Wednesday, 20 July, 2016
EU Nationals - Non-Working Spouses Cannot Automatically Obtain Permanent Residence

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Let me point out something that will probably make your jaw drop.  If you are a stay at home parent, who happens to be an EU national, you do not qualify for Permanent Residence.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
Birtish and EU Business after Brexit

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The business community is feeling more positive.  After nearly a month of turmoil, politically, economically and socially, a sense of stability has returned.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
EU Migrants May Be Restricted From Coming Into or Staying in the UK
Migrants from the EU who come to Britain as the date for the UK to leave the EU draws near may not be allowed to stay.

New Brexit minister David Davies, has vowed to take a hard line against any ‘surge’ of migrants from the Continent who try to enter Britain close to the date the nation leaves the EU.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
Facts of the case
Sunday, 17 July, 2016

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Yesterday, David Cameron faced his last question time in the Commons before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Her Majesty, the Queen.

From this point, Teresa May will be our Prime Minister.

Presiding over arguably the worst crisis the country has faced since World War II, Ms May’s first job has been to name her Cabinet.

Thursday, 14 July, 2016

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

In the final blog on this series discussing how the Leave campaigners were able to influence such large swaths of the country with misinformation about immigration in the In/Out Referendum, I plan to tackle the controversial issues of sovereignty and globalisation.

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

By Teni Shahiean OTS Solicitors

In my last blog I discussed the demographics of the EU Referendum vote and three of the key points the leave campaign used to win votes.  Those key arguments were that EU nationals:

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016
How The Leave Campaigns Lies About Immigration And Sovereignty Were Able To Take Hold

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The UK referendum on whether or not to remain in the UK was held over two weeks ago.  Now the dust has settled and emotions have calmed down, it is time to start asking why.

Why did a majority of those living in Britain’s heartland vote to leave?  Why did they believe the propaganda and lies spread about sovereignty and immigration?  And if those who voted to leave were making a ‘protest vote’, what were they protesting about?

Monday, 11 July, 2016

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 06 July, 2016

The government has refused to guarantee that foreign EU nationals already in the UK will be allowed to remain once Britain leaves the EU, a decision condemned by Labour as causing “chaos” to huge numbers of families.

Unless reciprocal rights are given to the 1.2 million UK citizens residing on other EU member states, the Government said the status of EU nationals who are currently exercising EU treaty rights in Britain are in jeopardy.

Opposition comment

Wednesday, 06 July, 2016
BBC News Brexit EU Nationals and British Citizenship

Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and immigration law specialist at OTS Solicitors, was quoted in an article featured on the BBC’s news website on the 16th June 2016. The article discussed whether EU nationals should become British citizens in the face of a possible vote to leave the European Union (which subsequently occurred on 23rd June).

Tuesday, 05 July, 2016
Business in the UK For EU Migrants after Brexit
Since 23rd June 2016, the day that British voters changed the course of British history, there have been changes of momentous proportions, both politically and economically for the country.  The greatest enemy of a prosperous economy is uncertainty, and Britain has plenty more of that to come.
 
The rebound of the FTSE – not quite what it seems

Tuesday, 05 July, 2016
Wall Street Journal on EU Immigration
Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and immigration law specialist at OTS Solicitors, was quoted in an article featured in the Wall Street Journal on 23rd June 2016.
Friday, 01 July, 2016

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has stated that freedom of movement talks will be ‘on the table’ when the UK starts its negotiations to withdraw from the EU.

Going against what we have heard so far, both before and after the referendum result, Mr Sapin stated, "When we negotiate with a country, a third party - Norway, Switzerland, to take countries that are very close - we discuss all subjects.

Thursday, 30 June, 2016
India to UK Immigration

By Nagesh Jain & Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Britain and India have a unique relationship, based on centuries of history, an admiration of each other’s culture, and mutual economic benefits.

Monday, 27 June, 2016
brexit what happens now?

Today’s announcement that the Leave campaign has prevailed has come as a shock to many people. Not only have the British public chosen to exit the EU, but the UK Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned.

Furthermore, a no-confidence motion has been made against Opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that her country will launch another independence referendum following today’s referendum result.

Saturday, 25 June, 2016


We successfully assisted a Jordanian national, who had recently married his EU National partner, with applying for a Residence Card. He was wrongly advised by his previous representatives which lead to his applications being refused and significant crdibility and evidencial issues at Appeal. 

Friday, 24 June, 2016

R (on the application of Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016
Entrepreneur Visa UK

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The United Kingdom is expected to become the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth biggest market on the planet over the next two decades.  Despite a slowdown in many of the world’s emerging markets, the UK is growing stronger by the day.

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

In a move that will delight many, a petition has been started calling for the sacking of Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, over his coverage of migration during the EU Referendum debate.

So far more than 40,000 people have signed.

“Nigel Farage of newspapers”

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016


Leading EU law expert Professor Michael Dougan’s video on the the EU debate has gone viral, and is a must-watch for everyone before they vote on Thursday.  In Professor Dougan’s opinion (and he is one of the few people in the country actually qualified enough to have one) the mistakes and dishonesty perpetrated by the Leave campaign and the media are on an “industrial scale”.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Britain Needs to Stay in the EU

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Over the last few weeks, I have written many articles about the dire consequences of Britain leaving the EU.  However, in our weekly meeting on Monday, one of our staff piped up and said that maybe we should try and see things from the other side of the fence; after all, seeing both sides of an argument is part of a solicitor’s job.

I always take feedback well, I went back to my office and started to consider the Leave camp’s arguments.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
Business in the UK For EU Migrants


Last year, a report issued by Rapid Formations, stated that European Union migrants generate an incredible £463 per second in revenue for the exchequer.  Far from relying on benefits and social housing, EU nationals who chose to move to Britain make an overwhelmingly positive contribution to the economy.

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016

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