The European Union In/Out Referendum is now two and a half weeks away.  Steady focus has been given to providing information to EU nationals who currently reside and work in the UK; for example, how to apply for a permanent residence card and British Citizenship, how their

Tuesday, 07 June, 2016
UK Border Agency Post Brexit

Polls conducted on Tuesday, 31st May 2016, showed the vote to leave the UK in front, following the release of official figures showing net migration had risen to 330,000 (the second highest annual net migration on record).

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
EU/Turkey Migrant Deal

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

On the face of it, the deal struck between Turkey and the European Union, in a desperate bid to stem the influx of migrants entering Europe, has been a success.  Numbers of refugees arriving in Greece from Turkey have declined sharply and Turkey’s officials appear to be cracking down on people smugglers.

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
Latest polls show small businesses are evenly split over whether Britain should stay in the European Union. However, 68% believe that the public will vote to stay in the EU on 23rd June 2016.

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
Figures released this week show that net migration increased to 333,000 in 2015, the second highest upsurge on record.

The net figure is the number of people moving to the UK for at least a year, less the number leaving the UK.
The Office for National Statistics figures estimate that net migration for EU citizens was 184,000.

Figures well outside Government’s goal to reduce migration
Wednesday, 01 June, 2016

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration has issued a series of criticisms about the effectiveness and independence of the administrative review processes introduced following the removal of various rights of appeal under the immigration Act 2014.

Wednesday, 01 June, 2016

Has Teresa May Been Whispering In Frances Fitzgerald’s Ear?

Tuesday, 31 May, 2016
OTS Solicitors Immigration Review

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received from our client Mr Pietro Recchia:

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Immigration Solicitor Reviews
We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received from our client Mr Choudhry:

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Immigration Right to Rent Checks

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

This article was first published in the The Letting Update Journal April 2016 Issue. To download a copy please see the PDF version below this article.

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Immigration Appeals against Home Office Decisions

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
tier 1 entrepreneur immigration visa

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

With a proposal tabled in the House of Lords last week to withdraw the Tier One Investor Visa in January 2017, high-net-worth investors will need to explore other options if they wish to take advantage of the robust and prosperous UK market.

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

The Tier One UK Investor Visa route may be about to end. Baroness Hamwee and Lord Paddick have tabled an amendment to the 2015 immigration Bill in the House of Lords, proposing its abolition.

Therefore, high net worth individuals who want to enjoy the generous advantages the Investor Visa offers need to plan and submit their applications as soon as possible.

Sunday, 15 May, 2016

In a move to avoid defeat in the House of Commons, David Cameron has agreed that Britain will take in unaccompanied child migrants from Greece, Italy and France.
The exact number Britain will accept is unknown but the number is expected to be in the thousands.  Local bodies will be consulted to discuss how many migrant children can be resettled.

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
British Expats in EU

Ever since Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” was published in 1989, British people have been inspired to leave this grey, wet island and start life again on the Continent. Fantasies of rambling cottages brought for a song; fresh markets filled with lush produce and the warm sun caressing one’s skin may not accurately convey the reality of living in France, Italy, Spain or beyond, but that has not stopped 1.26 million Britons making an EU country their home.

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
Immigration Judicial Review Justice

Since April 2015, an increasing number of applicants have been denied a right of appeal from Points-Based immigration decisions to Adult Dependant, spouse visas, ILR applicants, and various visitor visas applicants.

Tuesday, 03 May, 2016
Brexit for Employers HR Employees

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Saturday, 30 April, 2016
USA to UK Immigration

“Death, taxes and childbirth – there’s never a convenient time for any of them”Scarlett O’Hara, ‘Gone with the Wind’.

The taxing of Americans living abroad can be traced back to 1861 and the American Civil War.  To deter wealthy citizens fleeing the country to avoid being drafted, the Revenue Act called for duties to apply on income:

Friday, 22 April, 2016

Yesterday the Government published a consultation paper proposing new fees for proceedings in the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber)

Friday, 22 April, 2016

By Maryem Ahmed of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016
US Citizenship UK Citizenship

In 2015, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) granted 35,124 American citizen’s entry clearance into the UK.  These figures exclude exit and transit visas, which means that those individuals came to the UK to work, study, invest in a business or join a UK-residing spouse or partner.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016
EEA Application Time Taken

With hundreds of long-term EU nationals residing in the UK unsure of their status after 23rd June 2016 if a Brexit occurs, it seems bizarre that the Government has made no effort to change a 2014 policy that expired in December last year which quietly removed the discretion of the Home Office to request that

Friday, 15 April, 2016

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Wednesday, 06 April, 2016

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Wednesday, 06 April, 2016

Latest research shows that the number of people employing household help is on the rise, with one in three families now employing someone to help with childcare, housework, cooking and/or gardening chores.

Monday, 04 April, 2016
Zambrano Principal and Derivative Rights EU Regulations

In 2011 the European Court of Justice (ECJ), decided on a case which would have profound consequences for non-EU nationals who are parents or caregivers of EU citizens.  The case of Gerardo Ruiz Zambrano v Office national de l'emploi (ONEm) C-34/0, gave rise to what is known as the ‘Zambrano Principle’ or the ‘Zambrano Right to Reside’ which is still causing headaches for the Home Office to this day.

Thursday, 31 March, 2016
Employers Liability

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees whilst they are at work and a claim can be brought against them if you have been injured at work and believe your employers are responsible.

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

As we move into the second quarter of 2016, most employers will soon start to feel the effects of the employment law changes coming into force throughout the year.  Alongside immigration, employment law has been a big focus for change under this Conservative Government. 

Wednesday, 23 March, 2016

In a recent amendment to the The Civil Proceedings, Family Proceedings and Upper Tribunal Fees (Amendment) Order 2016, immigration judicial review Application fees will be increased significantly. 

The increase will affect the following applications made in the course of a judicial review case:

Friday, 18 March, 2016
Changes to Tier 2 Visa in April 2016

Following our article on the Changes To immigration rules To Come Into Force On 6th April 2016, we have been asked by an individual on LinkedIn to shed some light on the new Tier 2 immigration rules that will come into force from April 2016 and the alternatives rout

Friday, 18 March, 2016

By Hans Sok Appadu of OTS Solicitors

Many local authorities are refusing to house Asylum seekers in the UK, driving the system for housing migrants to the point of collapse, according to a special report on Radio Four’s Today programme on the 8th March 2016.

The crisis has become so bad that migrants are now being housed in hotels.

Thursday, 17 March, 2016
Immigration rules changes 2016

- By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

A large number of developments derived from the Statement of Changes HC877 are due to come into force on the 6th April 2016.

Some of the main revisions include:

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Our client, Mr C, a national of Mauritius sought our assistance in applying for settlement in the UK for him and his three dependants under the points based system.

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Spouses and families who have been separated by the draconian minimum income requirements for a UK Spouse Visa imposed by the Conservative Government in 2012 face more heartache as draft EU rules threaten to close off the Surinder Singh route for desperate people wanting to live as a normal, married couple.

Monday, 14 March, 2016
Spouse Visa Application MM v SSHD

 - By Maryem Ahmed of OTS Solicitors

If you are the spouse or unmarried partner of someone who is ‘settled’ in the UK you can apply to join them under a Spouse Visa, Civil Partnership visa or Unmarried Partner visa.

Friday, 11 March, 2016

After talks lasting 12 hours on Monday evening, the EU and Turkey managed to hammer out a deal to try and stem the unending flow of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea to reach Greece and begin their new life in Europe.

Friday, 11 March, 2016

On 26th February 2016, the public services union UNISON was granted leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding a judicial review challenge to the employment tribunal Fees introduced in 2013.

Monday, 07 March, 2016