Indian British Flags

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.

Monday, 09 January, 2017
Passports behind Irish flag

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.

Friday, 06 January, 2017

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.

Wednesday, 04 January, 2017
Passport Stamped Denied

A Dutch woman, who has resided in the UK for the past 24 years and has two children with her British husband has been left flabbergasted at the inconsistency of the UK Home Office when dealing with her EEA permanent residence application.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Handshake to signify recruitment

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.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Close up of UK Passport

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.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2017
Gold wedding rings

By Smit Kumar of OTS Solicitors

A recent inspection carried out by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration examined how efficiently and effectively the Home Office has implemented new provisions in the immigration Act 2014 (IA 2014) for tackling sham marriages.

Friday, 23 December, 2016

At OTS Solicitors our dedicated team of EU immigration solicitors are ultimately here to ensure the best representation and outcome for you and your family at every stage of the immigration process. 

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Judge Gavel

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) [2016] All ER (D) 93 (Nov) (16 November 2016)

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Symbolic Scales - justice and equality

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

This year, thousands of migrants will spend Christmas alone and fearful in a UK detention centre with no access to the best immigration lawyers.

Many have been incarcerated for more than a year.

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016
Swiss Flag Badge with EU Stars

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.

Friday, 16 December, 2016
UK Business People Skills Shortage Image

Over the last few weeks the UK business community has been vocalising its concerns over the shortage of labour to the Government.

Wednesday, 14 December, 2016
Open book on immigration law with glasses

The ‘remove first, appeal later’ provisions of the immigration Act 2016 (the Act) came into force on 1st December 2016. Under section 63 of the Act, the Home Office now has the power to temporarily remove a person from the UK even if they have an appeal on Human Rights grounds pending.

Monday, 12 December, 2016
Stamp saying Visa Refused

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:

Friday, 09 December, 2016
Man using iPad showcasing business skills in tech sector

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-

Wednesday, 07 December, 2016
Negotiation word cloud

The EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit has announced today that Britain will have less than 18 months to negotiate Brexit and will end up with a worse deal than it currently has as an EU member.

Wednesday, 07 December, 2016
Hand holding marker pen behind the word deportation in red with various other words around it

Deportation – Balancing Article 8 Rights and the Public Interest

In late November, the Supreme Court considered the issue on the relationship between Article 8, of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the immigration rules when dealing with a deportation.

Monday, 05 December, 2016
Close up hand holding clear ball with learn english and other words written on it

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.

Monday, 05 December, 2016
Scales of Justice to demonstrate Judicial Review

Unreasonableness.  Irrationality.  The Wednesbury principle.  Proportionality.  These terms are often bandied about by immigration Solicitors, often bamboozling even the best law students.

Thursday, 01 December, 2016
Arrow pointing down above stacks of pound coins decreasing in height

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:

Monday, 28 November, 2016
Hands holding an iPad with learn English written on UK flag

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

Friday, 25 November, 2016
Doctor holding a stethoscope

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

Tuesday, 22 November, 2016
Couple speaking to solicitor about Spouse Visa

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

Tuesday, 22 November, 2016
Deportation Word Cloud

On the 16th November, the Supreme Court handed down the long awaited decision of Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] 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

Monday, 21 November, 2016
Soft Brexit UK flag in EU flag

British Public Want immigration Controls and Access to the Free Market

Thursday, 17 November, 2016
Employees in front of London

Last week the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) published its report on a potential London-only visa scheme.

Tuesday, 15 November, 2016
Text Sponsor over business man on laptop

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.

Monday, 14 November, 2016
Welcome to Great Britain text surrounded by icons representing British culture

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that our success rate for Permanent Resident Card applications has been 100% successful since June 2016.

Monday, 14 November, 2016
Man standing in front of American flag with Keep Out sign

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

Thursday, 10 November, 2016
Indian and British Flag buttons

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. 

Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Nagesh Jain – Supervising Solicitor and Immigration law Specialist

Nagesh was instructed by a client from Trinidad and Tobago who entered the UK in 2010 on a Tier 1 (investor) Visa.

Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Teni Shahiean
– CEO and Founder of OTS Solicitor, UK immigration law Specialist

Monday, 07 November, 2016

Teni Shahiean – Principal and business immigration Specialist


Lusine was instructed by a financial technology company who wanted to hire an international student who was interning at the company but whose visa was soon to expire.

How we helped

Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Teni Shahiean


Teni was instructed by a wholesale company which supplied subscription drugs to doctors and pharmacies who wanted to hire a non-EEA national and therefore required a UK sponsor licence.

How we helped

Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Teni Shahiean – Partner and co-founder of OTS Solicitors


Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Teni Shahiean – Partner and co-founder of OTS Solicitors


Teni’s client is a Chinese family who came to the UK on a Tier One (Entrepreneur) Visa.  They had gone on to create an extremely successful business and wanted to apply for accelerated leave to remain in the UK.

How we helped

Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Teni Shahiean – Partner and co-founder of OTS Solicitors


Monday, 07 November, 2016

Solicitor – Teni Shahiean


Teni was instructed by a frozen food delivery company who wanted to hire a non-EEA national who had previously worked for the organisation but now lived abroad.

How we helped

Monday, 07 November, 2016
Road with text Changes Ahead on it

The Home Office has finally announced a date for a raft of changes to the immigration rules, the first part of which will be implemented on 24th November 2016.

The changes affect both Tier 2 visas and Sponsor Licences.

Monday, 07 November, 2016
UK Parliament with EU and Britain flag on it

A Summary of the Decision

The High Court delivered a blow to Theresa May’s Government this morning, when it ruled that the Article 50 divorce process for leaving the EU requires a vote by parliament before it can be triggered.

Thursday, 03 November, 2016