Post-Brexit changes meeting with people above the EU and UK flags

One of the most anticipated trials of 2016 has concluded after three days of hearings.  Some of the best legal minds in the country, including a swathe of immigration lawyers and members of the public have listened to the case put forward against the UK government triggering Article 50 without the consent and authorisation of Parliament.

Friday, 21 October, 2016
Half of the India and British flags combined and painted over a cracked wall

With Article 50 set to be triggered by March 2017 and EU President, Donald Tusk making it clear that there is only “hard Brexit or no Brexit”, one would think UK Government would be striving to stay on the right side of India.

Thursday, 20 October, 2016
Girl in dentist chair with dentist looking at X-ray

David Davies, Conservative MP and Chairman of the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee has created an uproar by suggesting child migrants coming to the UK from Calais should have their teeth checked to confirm their ages.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Davies said dental checks or hand X-rays to check bone density should be used to check ages and stop Britain’s hospitality being abused.


Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
Indefinite Leave to remain application form

After many years of residing in the UK, building up a career, perhaps having a family and becoming an active member of your local community, it is only natural that you would want to formalise your right to live in Britain by applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Friday, 14 October, 2016
Waitress holding three dishes

David Loewi, co-owner of the group behind high-end London restaurants Le Pont de la Tour, Coq D’Argent and Quaglino’s, who is also chairman of the Restaurant Association trade body has hit out at the UK government's increasingly hard-line immigration stance.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Loewi called the government’ recent rhetoric “retrograde” and “bonkers”.

Friday, 14 October, 2016
Cartoon hands from protesters with speech bubbles and loudspeakers

One Day Without Us. That is the name given to the proposed one-day strike by migrants planned for 20th February 2017 in response to Brexit.

The day of action has been billed as an opportunity to celebrate the contribution EU and non-EU migrants make to the social and economic landscape of the UK.

Thursday, 13 October, 2016

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Wednesday, 12 October, 2016
Male refugee seeking asylum with cardboard banner

Senior leaders from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have signed a letter urging Prime Minister, Theresa May to allow nearly 400 refugee children asylum in UK before the "Jungle" migrant camp near Calais is demolished.

Meanwhile, a Red Cross report - No Place for Children - has said lone children with family in the UK are being left to fend for themselves because of bureaucracy.

Monday, 10 October, 2016
Cartoon piece of paper with "Tax" written on it

For entrepreneurs moving to the UK on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa, the issue of tax is both fundamentally important and confusing.  It can be difficult enough, even for the most commercially astute business people to understand the tax system of their own country, let alone that of a foreign jurisdiction.

Friday, 07 October, 2016
Chefs working on Asian cuisine in a crowded kitchen

The fishing industry in the Western Isles of Scotland is the latest market sector to bemoan the UK Government’s immigration policy.  Would-be Tier 1 Sponsor Licence holders state that fishing boats are being left tied up because owners simply cannot recruit the crew needed to man them.

Thursday, 06 October, 2016
Stacks of pound coins increasing

The First-tier Tribunal (immigration and asylum Chamber) Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 comes into force on 10th October 2016.  It amends the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and asylum Chamber) Fees Order 2011 and introduces a dramati

Monday, 03 October, 2016
Selection of EU Passports

EU nationals living in the UK will not have to send in their passport when applying online for a Registration Certificate or Permanent Residence Card using the EEA(QP) or EEA(PR) appli

Monday, 03 October, 2016
Two puzzle pieces representing Brexit

Finally, we have a date for Brexit. British Prime Minister, Theresa May revealed today that she will trigger Article 50 by March 2017.

It was also revealed that the Government will introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” to Parliament that aims to end the authority of European law in as soon as the country leaves the EU.

Monday, 03 October, 2016

OTS Solicitors’ Managing Partner Oshin Shahiean featured on Swiss RSI TV Channel

Thursday, 29 September, 2016

Britain has bounced back from Brexit doom and gloom and proved that it is still an excellent place for foreign investors and entrepreneurs to invest their capital in.

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016
Immigration Law

Businesses who hold a Sponsor Licence and rely on foreign workers on Tier 2 (General) or Intra-Company Transfer) Visas (ICT Visa) should be aware that a raft of changes are being proposed for April 2017 and they will have a serious impact on business immigration.

Monday, 26 September, 2016
Scrabble pieces spelling Brexit

In breaking news, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Sir Alan Duncan has claimed that Boris Johnson never wanted Brexit.  In a BBC documentary, Sir Alan states that he believed the now foreign secretary, who is his current boss, wanted to lose narrowly and be the "heir apparent" to David Cameron.

Friday, 23 September, 2016
Refugees being escorted by soldiers

Refugee law has been heavily on the political agenda this week, both here in the UK and internationally.

Friday, 23 September, 2016
Stack pound coins increasing in number like a rising bar chart

Despite fierce opposition, the UK government is set to press ahead with immigration court fee increases, some of which top 500%.  This is despite the fact that a recent consultation on the proposed new fees saw 143 out of 147 responders oppose the move.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
"Technology is great Britain" text on top of London Map

Last week the EY G20 Digital Entrepreneurship Barometer ranked the UK as the top G20 country for the ease of starting a digital business and navigating through the country’s regulatory environment.

In addition, Britain came in second to the United States, for its digital knowledge base and information and communications technology market, which includes access to technology and expertise, as well as the quality of research institutions.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
Arrow with Growth written underneath it

A report by the British Institute of Directors has found that migrants are making an incredibly positive contribution to the UK economy. Far from taking jobs, workers from inside and outside the EU who make their way to the UK are creating Employment and providing the skills required for organisations to grow.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
Top part of the Permanent Residence Card Application Form

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) has written a letter to Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for immigration, asking for an urgent meeting to address a number of pressing issues regarding EU nationals residing in the UK.

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
Exempt Sign

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond has offered an olive branch to the City, signalling that highly skilled workers, including bankers and business people, will be exempt from any Government initiatives to curb immigration after Britain leaves the EU. 

Monday, 12 September, 2016
Financial technology written over computers and devices

A decade ago, Britain was looking across the pond, envying the dominance of Silicon Valley in the global tech market.  How times have changed.  Over the last ten years, Britain has grown into a technology hub – holding its own on the international stage and providing strong returns for local and international entrepreneurs and investors.

Global leader in Fintech

Monday, 12 September, 2016
Denied Visa Application stamped

A New Zealand couple who missed a deadline for their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application are facing deportation from the UK. 

Louise and John Talbot have lived in Dorset for six years while helping their sons establish a cattle farm, but they've been ordered by the Home Office to leave the country after falling into "a grey area" in the rules.

Friday, 09 September, 2016
Visas for investor and worker in the UK

- By Dr Lusine Navasardyan of OTS Solicitors

The UK offers variety of ways to visit and remain in the UK for businessmen and their personnel.  Whether you look into investing in share capital and bonds, or setting up and running a business, expand your business by having a representative present in UK or sending company employees to the UK based branch, you will find a relevant visa category to rely on.

Thursday, 08 September, 2016

Our client TZ, a national of China, approached OTS Solicitors after refusal of her leave to remain as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa and a high net worth investor.

Thursday, 08 September, 2016
Deported stamp

Are you one of the thousands of students deported from the UK illegally by the Home Office in 2014?  If so, you may be entitled, not only to re-entry into the UK, but compensation for any financial damage you suffered as a result of being deported.

Background to the deportations

Thursday, 08 September, 2016
Border control signs

British Prime Minister Theresa May, has rejected the idea of implementing an Australian-style points-based system for EU nationals wanting to work, start a business or study in the UK following Brexit.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2016
Hands making heart symbol between Gb and EU flag

On the last day of the summer, Prime Minister, Theresa May and her new Cabinet met at her Buckinghamshire country home to brainstorm Brexit.

Following the meeting, two points were made clear:

Monday, 05 September, 2016

By Oshin Shahiean and Elizabeth De Freitas of OTS Solicitors

Thursday, 01 September, 2016
Road pointing upwards with an investment sign next to it to show growth

In an announcement that will be welcomed by the UK business community, the Department for International Trade has announced that a record number of investments were made by foreign firms in the UK in the year to April 2016.

Thursday, 01 September, 2016
Man travelling with suitcase

Rather than outlay major capital on opening a branch office in the UK straight away, many companies choose to send a single employer to Britain to test the market, act as a sales representative or develop a UK presence.

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa provides a route of entry and stay in the UK for:

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016
Man writing business plan

Ensuring the quality of an applicant’s business plan is key to achieving a successful outcome when applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.  Submitting a clear, detailed business plan is part of the genuine entrepreneur test and most application refusals are due to failing to convince UK Visas and immigration officials that they have a viable business strategy.  You and your immigration solicitor should sit

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recently released its latest findings from studying work immigration and the labour market.  The report found that immigration numbers are currently more than double those for emigration, with half of the inflow since 2008 being work-related. MAC’s analysis concludes that migration flows are heavily influenced by other polices—e.g. spending, and that skilled migrants yield positive benefits.

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016

Britain will have a new Bill of Rights. The Human Rights Act 1998 will be scrapped in favour of a British bill of rights according to new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss.

Prime Minister Theresa May, has previously signalled strong support for a British bill of rights that critics fear could lead to a watering-down of Human Rights law.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur VISA

There has never been a better time in history for young people to say adieu to corporate life and embark on starting their own business venture.

Many international students who have entered the UK on a Tier 4 (Student) visa have had their eyes opened to the vast opportunities for start-up companies in the UK, and have no desire to miss out by having to go home when their course ends.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Tier 2 Graduate Trainee Visa

It is expected that from October 2016, new rules introduced by the British Government will make it easier and cheaper for employers to recruit non-EU graduate trainees.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
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