2016 may have been a disaster in terms of world politics, but it succeeded in shaking us all out of our apathy. The wave of dissent that had been rumbling in Europe, America and South-East Asia for years, finally exploded like an overdue volcanic eruption, sweeping away many of the basic principles of dignity & equality many of us take for granted and threatening to end many Human Rights’ we have enjoyed as a global population since the end of the Second World War.
Oshin Shahiean, Managing Partner of OTS Solicitors is interviewed by The American magazine regarding the newly inaugurated President Trump and the challenges US Citizens living in the UK and US might face:
Following Theresa May’s speech outlining her objectives for Brexit on Tuesday, many feel confused. Are we leaving the customs union? Has the Prime Minister guaranteed the rights of EU nationals living in the UK? How does the government plan to control EU migration?
Theresa May has announced that Britain is to leave the single market, end free movement of EU nationals and come out from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
In her speech, designed to outline 12 key objectives that will define the UK’s negotiating stance after Article 50 is triggered at the end of March, Mrs May made it clear that the country could not and would not accept the EU policy of freedom of movement.
R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  EWHC 2768 (Admin),  All ER (D) 19 (Nov)
British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s first official visit outside of the EU was to India; a clear indication of how important the world’s second most populous country is to the UK. However, her government’s simultaneous tough crackdown on students and professionals coming to Britain sent a very conflicting message to the world’s fastest growing economy in 2016.
There has been a 40% jump in British people applying for Irish passports following the EU Referendum. Those wanting to hang on to an EU-country passport after Britain leaves the bloc have been seeking out the best immigration lawyers to organise Irish passports for them.
Once again, EU migrants and benefits are in the news. Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced that senior government officials are looking to revive her predecessor, David Cameron’s plans to stop newly arriving EU migrants claiming public benefits.
For business owners and executives, the new year brings about an opportunity for new plans. Strategies for business growth which take into account the multitude of challenges and opportunities predicted for 2017, will be implemented in many organisations across the UK during the first quarter of the new year.
Voters in towns and cities with large Muslim communities where there are concerns about election fraud will have to show their passports or driving licences before casting their ballot.
The Government has announced that voters will have to produce identification to vote to reduce the risk of "endemic corruption" and protect the democratic process.
As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most important cases decided in the latter half of 2016 and what they mean for migrants in the UK.
Deportation cases decided by the Supreme Court
Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Northern Ireland)  All ER (D) 93 (Nov) (16 November 2016)
In a move that may predict how Britain negotiates freedom of movement after it triggers Article 50 next year, the Swiss government has done a U-turn on imposing quotas on EU workers in a bid to preserve its close economic ties with the bloc, opting instead to implement news laws to curb immigration by giving residents priority for new job vacancies.
The stand-off between Bern and Brussels has been ongoing since the 2014 Swiss referendum where the population voted overwhelmingly to limit migration from the EU.
Over the last few weeks the UK business community has been vocalising its concerns over the shortage of labour to the Government.
For the citizens of many countries, the only way they can enter the UK is by obtaining a UK Standard Visitor Visa.
To be eligible to enter the UK on the Standard Visitor Visa route you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that you:
No industry is more concerned about Brexit than the burgeoning UK technology sector. Yesterday, Nine UK venture capitalists and entrepreneurs penned a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May with their recommendations to maintain the UK's strong position in the global tech industry, including persistent concerns over access to talent post-
One of the strictest requirements for obtaining a UK spouse visa is that the applicant must have knowledge of the English language and prove this by passing an approved English language test or have a qualification recognised by the NARIC that was taught in English.
Unreasonableness. Irrationality. The Wednesbury principle. Proportionality. These terms are often bandied about by immigration solicitors, often bamboozling even the best law students.
Deep breath – this does not happen often. We are delighted to announce that the Government has reversed its 500% increase in fees which came into effect in October 2016.
Fees will instead be charged at the pre-October rates and anyone who has paid higher fees will be refunded.
The Friday afternoon announcement was made by Sir Oliver Heald, Minister of State for courts and Justice:
Congratulations! You have completed the necessary time required on a particular visa or immigration route and you are ready to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. According to your immigration lawyer, you meet all the necessary residency requirements, having done your best to ensure you have spent the required amount of time in the country, n
A senior civil servant in the Department of Health has said patients may have to produce two forms of ID to receive some NHS care, following revelations that the NHS has “a lot further to go” to reclaim much of the money owed for treating overseas visitors.
NHS Trusts in England are legally obliged to check whether patients are eligible for free non-emergency NHS treatment and to recover any costs from overseas patients.
Recovering costs – the facts
If you are married to a British citizen and applying for a UK spouse visa so you can join them in the UK, you may be asked to attend a spouse visa interview. This fills many couples with fear, with images of a stern, humourless UK Visas and immigration (UKVI) official picking over every element of your lives together, trying to work out whether or not your marriage is a sh
On the 16th November, the Supreme Court handed down the long awaited decision of Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 59.
In this case the judges were asked to consider by the appellant’s solicitors how to balance the best interests of a child with the immigration rules and regulations.
The facts of the case
British Public Want immigration Controls and Access to the Free Market
Last week the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) published its report on a potential London-only visa scheme.
Staff at a Norfolk care home have been given 60 days to leave the country after their employer’s Sponsor Licence was revoked.
Nine people from the Philippines, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka have been told they must leave the UK despite some of them having worked at the care home in Docking, Norfolk, legally for years.
OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that our success rate for Permanent Resident Card applications has been 100% successful since June 2016.
Donald Trump is to become the 45th President of the United States when he is sworn in to office on 20th January 2017. He is the first person to hold the office who has never served in Government or the military.
The political outsider who secured victory thanks to a campaign based on xenophobia and fear is now the leader of what is arguably the most powerful nation on earth.
How could such a thing happen?
Hunger for change
British Prime Minister, Theresa May is in India this week, paving the way for the country’s first post-Brexit trade deal during a three-day whirlwind visit.
Mrs May was quoted today as saying she wants Britain to be a passionate advocate of free trade around the world, pushing a vision of globalisation at a time that governments and voters have expressed doubts about its benefits.