Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan, Madonna – celebrities make adopting a child from an overseas country look easy. However, they, like everyone else considering an inter-country adoption, would have endured the long and strictly defined suitability process required to adopt a child from an overseas territory.
Many people are left devastated by visit visa refusals. But few applicants are aware the Home Office may withdraw their decision to refuse to grant leave to enter the country following the receipt of a pre-action protocol letter from a top London Immigration law firm.
OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.
It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.
Last week, OTS Managing Partner, Mr Oshin Shahiean and European Lawyer, Dr Lusine Navasardyan attended a seminar arranged by the Law Society of England and Wales entitled, Exploring Iran. The event featured several prominent speakers including:
By Atia Sahdat, of OTS Solicitors
We are now well into October. Freshers Week is over and the days are getting shorter and the coursework more intense. International students, who make an enormous contribution to British society and the economy will now be well-settled into their colleges or halls of residence and getting to grips with studying in a foreign country.
By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors
After months of speculation, Monarch Airlines was put into administration yesterday. Blair Nimmo, Partner at KPMG and Joint Administrator at Monarch Airlines Limited stated:
In January 2018, over 70,000 bank accounts will be checked and could be closed or frozen, in the British government’s latest attempt to crack down on illegal migrants.
The new policy to freeze migrant bank accounts is part of the Immigration Act 2016, a piece of legislation dedicated in part to creating an extremely hostile environment for overstayers in the UK.
Many who have a deep interest in Brexit and how it happened have read Tim Shipman’s book All Out War. As political editor of the Sunday Times, Mr Shipman understands the dark and dastardly behind-the-scenes workings of British politics, which even the best immigration solicitors would struggle to contemplate outside of Michael Dobb’s
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s much anticipated speech, designed to break the Brexit negotiations deadlock, has finally been delivered in Florence this afternoon.
From January 2018, banks and building societies will be required to carry out checks on account holders to check they are legally allowed to be in the UK.
Over 70 million current accounts will be checked.
The Guardian stated this will be the “biggest extension of Theresa May’s plans to create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants in Britain.
Thousands of people dream of coming to the UK to work. As one of London’s top immigration lawyers, we work with some of the world’s best talent in multiple fields, helping them obtain the right visa for their needs. Whether you are a top tech talent looking to gain experience in London’s Silicon Roundabout or a Antipodean who is not ready to go back home and settle down, a Tier 2 (General) Visa provides ent
British curry houses are a well-loved institution. But last week, owners reported to The Guardian that they are being unfairly targeted in Immigration raids conducted by the Home Office, designed to apprehend illegal workers.
Starting a new relationship can be an exciting time and you probably don’t want to think about what might happen if things go wrong in the future. You do however want to be practical and plan for all eventualities, to reduce potential future uncertainties and distress should your relationship break down.
It is now common for people to buy property together outside of marriage. Often, to help fund a purchase, one or both parties to the relationship will receive financial support from their parents. If a married couple splits up, the separation of their assets and finances would be dealt with by divorce proceedings.
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.