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Thirty-six hours after suggesting all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, is still suffering the ramifications.


And his latest Tweet suggests he has no intention of backing down.

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

In this week’s article, we talk to Andrew Smith, Managing Director and founder of Albany Investment. Andrew has recently provided submissions to Professor Sir David Metcalf’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Review of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur Routes.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015

If you are waiting for your ILR or Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK case to be decided, the last thing you want is for the issue to drag on for months or even years.  In a recent report by David Bolt, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and immigration, samples of 240 settlement cases were reviewed alongside focus groups and interviews at the settlement casework centre in Liverpool.  The findings found that in most circumstances, settlement c

Tuesday, 08 December, 2015

The 22-24th February 2016 has been announced as the date the Supreme Court will hear the highly controversial case of MM and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department.  Whatever the Supreme Court rules, the ramifications for spouses, civil partners, unmarried and migrant families as a whole  will be far-reaching and long-lasting. 

Monday, 07 December, 2015

By Hans Sok Appadu of OTS Solicitors

The standard of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK is one of the highest in the world, especially when you consider the size of the country in terms of population.  In the 2014/2015 list of the top 10 Universities in the world, the United Kingdom claimed four places.  Steeped in tradition and history, Oxford and Cambridge University are the second and fifth oldest in the world respectively.

Tuesday, 24 November, 2015

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

One could be forgiven for thinking that the United Kingdom does not want any more foreign-born nationals entering its borders, given the enormous amount of media coverage and government press releases dedicated to reducing immigration.

However, in practice that is far from the truth.  The UK wants and needs to attract talented people to its shores to boost its already booming economy in certain areas. 

Saturday, 21 November, 2015

By Mr Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Last week it was reported that a large backlog of immigration cases was building up in the UK because the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice are apparently at odds over who should pay for the tribunals.

Thursday, 19 November, 2015

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that anyone wishing to join their spouse in the UK must learn English and pass the required English language test.

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

Earlier this week, David Cameron formally set out his demands for renegotiating the UK's membership of the EU in a letter to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk.

The four key negotiation points are as follows:

Friday, 13 November, 2015

Our client, Mr E was the father of a British child. The child’s mother restricted E’s access to his child, and following a dramatic change of circumstances, he required an extension of his discretionary leave to remain in the UK.

Extending Discretionary leave to remain

Saturday, 07 November, 2015

Acting for Kenyan national in a Court of Appeal case in relation to a human rights Application on both Article 3 and Article 8 of the European Convention on human rights.

Friday, 06 November, 2015

Last week Sweden dropped a bombshell on the European community by formally asking fellow EU members to relocate some of the thousands of migrants entering the country.  This move starkly illustrates how much pressure Europe is under to cope with the biggest migration of fellow human beings since the end of the Second World War.  Sweden has always been exceptionally generous with its migration policies, but it is now clear that even it cannot cope with the mass influx of humanity, desperately seeking safety and shelter from war and starvation.

Friday, 06 November, 2015

Miss J, a Slovakian national, allegedly entered into a marriage of convenience.  The arrangement was supposedly discovered by the Home Office following a rade.  The Home Office attempted to remove her from the UK.

What is a Marriage of Convenience?

Monday, 02 November, 2015
OTS Immigration Solicitors Immigration Advice

For migrants wishing to rent property in the United Kingdom, 2016 will be a pivotal year for change and it is imperative that current and prospective migrants be fully aware of the storm that is coming in the form of Right to Rent checks.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

New regulations The British nationality (General) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2015 which come into force on the 12th November 2015 make amendments to applying for naturalisation after Perma

Monday, 26 October, 2015

In a press release dated 22nd October 2015, the Government announced that from 1st February 2016, all UK landlords will be required to check that prospective tenants have a legal right to be in the UK or face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

Thursday, 22 October, 2015

In what many will see as a blow for the principle of free movement; the European Court of Justice (ECJ) effectively stated via a non-binding opinion last week that the UK Government has a right to place controls over its distribution of public funds.  It did this by saying the ECJ should dismiss the European Commission's challenge to UK welfare restrictions for EU migrants.

Friday, 16 October, 2015
eea question mark EU

At the Conservative Party Conference on the 6th October, Home Secretary, Teresa May, used her speech to launch a blistering attack on the impact of immigrants on British society.  In her address, she said immigration makes society less cohesive and it is driving down wages and taking away jobs from British people.

Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

UK Government Crack-downs Set To Ramp Up

Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

There is a new term being used to describe families separated due to the income threshold required for a British national to bring his or her non-EEA resident family into the country – Skype Families.  Although the term may sound trendy and modern, for the parents and children living with the reality of residing in a separate county from their loved ones, every day is full of sadness.

The Cause of ‘Skype Families.'

Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

As the UK economy continues to gather momentum and open up more opportunities for overseas businesses to enter the market, internationally based companies are sending representative to the UK in greater numbers, in order to establish a commercial presence in the country.

Tuesday, 06 October, 2015

On 23rd August 2015, the British Government re-opened its Embassy in Iran, following four years of closure.  The Iranian Embassy has also re-opened in London.  This follows a historic deal by world powers whereby Iran has agreed to limit nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

Tuesday, 06 October, 2015

On the 13th October, the immigration Bill 2015 will have its second reading in the House of Commons.

Tuesday, 06 October, 2015

One headline dominated the papers and news reports this month; the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed net migration - the difference between the number of people entering and the number of people exiting the UK, was 330,000 for the year ending March 2015.  This figure is a 40 percent increase on net migration figures for the same period last year and the highest figure ever recorded.

Wednesday, 30 September, 2015

Acted for client in judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for the Home Department (‘SSHD’) in connection to the correct application of the new Immigration Rule, and unlawful interference with client’s Article 3 [inhumane and degrading treatment] and 8 [respect for private and

Saturday, 26 September, 2015


'It is no surprise that, when a system is unbalanced and dysfunctional, everything gets blocked when the pressure mounts. This is a defining moment for the European Union, and it now has no other choice but to mobilize full force around this crisis' - António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
4 September 2015

Monday, 07 September, 2015
Syrian Boy Drowned

International Lawyer Dr Harry Hagopian and OTS Solicitors human rights and immigration solicitor Mr Oshin Shahiean appeared on air to share their views on Europe's Refugee crisis and the UK's moral and legal dilemma on this topic following thousands of deaths at sea, and shocking photos of the tragic death of a Syrian boy.

Thursday, 03 September, 2015

As an immigration solicitor I never get use to the excitement and thrill of calling my clients and letting them and their family members know that they have been awarded their visa or settlement in the UK. In most cases they sense the excitement in my voice and they know before I’ve said anything.

Sunday, 23 August, 2015

Client A, a Georgian citizen had entered the UK without a visa in order to be reunited with his wife and daughter in the UK as his attempts to obtain entry clearance were repeatedly unsuccessful.  A’s wife was from a different country and had leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 2 (General) worker with their daughter being her dependant.

Sunday, 23 August, 2015


As the political decision on Britain’s membership of the European Union and immigration continues to be hotly debated free movement rights of European migrants are being placed at risk.

Sunday, 23 August, 2015

Client A, a national of India had leave to remain as a Tier 2 (General) worker, but had reached ten lawful years of residence in the UK through various visa routes they had been granted whilst in the UK. A also had a dependant wife in the UK.

Sunday, 23 August, 2015

Client A approach Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors to represent her in an application for entry clearance from Thailand as the spouse of B. Shortly before this application, A had been refused entry clearance to the UK as a visitor where she had stated B to be a friend and not a spouse. This discrepancy could potentially have caused the application to be refused on credibility grounds, as A could be considered by the Entry Clearance office as not being truthful in her previous application and therefore her current application could also be considered as implausible.

Sunday, 23 August, 2015

Client A was a Pilipino national who had made an application as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur through previous representatives. He had been refused a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa and instructed our firm to assist in challenging the refusal at the immigration Tribunal Appeal. Miss Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors assisted our client to prepare for the appeal.

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

What is the number one city in the world for high net worth inhabitants?

If you are worth $US30 million or more, the top city to buy property, educate your children and invest your wealth in 2015 is London, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2015.

Ranked the second most economically powerful city in the world, London offers high net worth individual’s exceptional opportunities in investment opportunities, housing, private education, and cultural and leisure activities.

The Importance of Professional Advice

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

A Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa offers the opportunity for successful entrepreneurs to develop a start-up business in the UK whilst enjoying the world-class housing, educational and lifestyle opportunities the country has to offer. Our team of highly experienced and qualified solicitors can assist you in applying for an Entrepreneur Visa and guide you through all the steps necessary for a stress-free move to the United Kingdom.

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

The United Kingdom has always been a favourite market for foreign investors, and conditions have never been more favourable for businesses and individuals to invest their wealth and expand their commercial opportunities.

In June 2015, the Office for National Statistics reported the UK economy grew faster than expected, growing by 0.4 per cent, compared to the 0.3 per cent initially estimated.  For 2014 as a whole, economic growth was revised up to 3 percent from percent. That marked the fastest rate of economic growth since 2006.

Sunday, 16 August, 2015

The client in this case was a Nigerian national who approached our firm after his previous applications for leave to remain on Article 8 grounds had been refused. The basis of his application, while resting on grounds of family and private life, was that the client feared persecution due to his sexual identity (Homosexual male) and feared that returning to Nigeria would mean persecution for him and his family members.  

Tuesday, 11 August, 2015

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