Latest News about British Citizenship and Nationality

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

Thursday, 07 March, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors   
Wednesday, 27 February, 2019
By Vishal Makol, senior solicitor at OTS Solicitors 
Thursday, 07 February, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has again called for the end of settlement scheme fees for EU nationals applying for settled status in the UK.
Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

On the 31 December, the Home Office issued updated guidance on UK Visas and immigration inviting migrant applicants to participate in DNA testing to establish biological relationships.

Friday, 04 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

Christmas is a time of year to think about our children. Not just what presents they may be receiving but about their lives and futures.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

Many of the best Immigration Lawyers have long criticised the UK immigration system. It’s incredibly complex, the interface between applicants and case workers is often hard to navigate, and applications are often expensive and time consuming, not to mention the length of time it can take for decisions to be forthcoming.

Friday, 23 November, 2018

Citizenship is one of those funny concepts, difficult for anyone who is not a top London immigration solicitor to define, but we all know that citizenship is important. It helps define us and who we are. In the UK, citizenship is gained through:

• Birth; or

• Parentage; or

Friday, 23 November, 2018

Immigration Solicitors have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Why?

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Applying for settlement – also called Indefinite Leave to Remain – in the UK is not as simple as having lived here for a number of years, as experienced British Citizenship lawyers will explain.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

After some time in the UK, it’s common for some people to consult a British Citizenship lawyer with a view to obtaining naturalisation as a British citizen.

Monday, 01 October, 2018

As most experienced EEA Immigration Solicitors are aware, immigration rules relating to EU citizens are more generous than the UK’s domestic immigration rules.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

While British Citizenship lawyers are often approached to discuss applications for naturalisation as a British citizen by adults, the British Citizenship of under 18s is also a key issue.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

As reported recently by the BBC, Immigration Solicitors in London have recently learned that over 1,000 children entitled to British passports have had their applications for renewal refused – because of a Home Office error.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

British Citizenship lawyers will be shocked to see that the 10 years between 2007 and 2017 saw a dramatic peak in instances of nullification of British Citizenship – with a massive 176 cases occurring in 2013.

Friday, 20 July, 2018

The recent wake of media and public attention on the difficulties of Caribbean migrants caused by the hostile or “compliant” environment, purposely created by Theresa May and continued by her successor Amber Rudd has come to boiling point.

Thursday, 03 May, 2018
Justice Statue and Immigration Law Books

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy

Sunday, 29 April, 2018
Jordana Adams, one of our senior Immigration Solicitors, has been interviewed on regarding the plight of the Windrush Generation.
Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
British passport

In a recent judgment, Advocate General for Scotland v Romein [2018] UKSC 6, [2018] All ER (D) 44 (Feb) the Supreme Court has resolved the paradox created by the abolition of the rule that British Citizenship by descent could not be transmitted through the female line.

The paradox which has existed up until now is an example of how complex the drafting of legislation can be, and how it can often result in absurdities. 

Monday, 26 February, 2018

From all the Solicitors and teams at OTS Solicitors, we welcome everyone into the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog!

Friday, 16 February, 2018
Pregnant woman

For many LGBT couples, surrogacy allows for the prospect of having a child of one’s own.  Unfortunately, in certain jurisdictions, the law has not progressed fast enough to keep up with the changing nature of families and the increasing reliance on surrogacy as a method of becoming a parent.

Thursday, 25 January, 2018
British Citizenship stamp

R (Hysaj & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 82

Friday, 22 December, 2017
Rings on a bible

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for immigration and human rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in immigration law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK and the Middle East.

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.

It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Picture of a couple and two children with a tear in the middle of the image.

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

The decision to Divorce is hard for anyone.  However, if one party to the marriage resides in the UK on a Spouse or Civil Partnership Visa, the demise of a relationship can also mean having to leave the country permanently.

Monday, 02 October, 2017
Immigration definition on Ipad

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration has released its report on the integration of immigrants in the UK. The report entitled: Integration Not Demonisation, argues the current immigration debate is hindering integration and calls for urgent action to build a more cohesive society. 

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
Immigration Word Cloud

There are many reasons for people settled in the UK, either with Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship, to bring their elderly parents to live in their adopted country.

Friday, 05 May, 2017
UK Election Polling Box

Yesterday afternoon, MPs voted by a margin of 522 votes to 13 to hold a snap election on 8th June 2017. 

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats supported the move.

The Fixed Term Parliament Act allows for an early election if two-thirds of the House agrees.

The reasons for the snap election

Thursday, 20 April, 2017

At the Conservative Party conference in October 2016, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd made some bold statements.  One of these was that EU nationals who commit even the most minor of criminal offences will be deported and banned from the UK for up to 10 years.

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
Trump Presidency

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:

Friday, 20 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
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
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
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

Our client, Dr W, is a Sri Lankan citizen. She came to the UK as a student and later on secured an Employment in the UK. Due to the nature of her Employment and the work she was carrying out, she had been required to travel and carry out work outside of the UK on regular basis.

Tuesday, 26 July, 2016