Latest News about Student Visa, Tier 4

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

According to the latest available UK census figures, there were about 197,000 USA born citizens resident in the UK at the time of the census. 

Tuesday, 08 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

You suddenly realise that a deadline is looming and your visa will expire. This is usually when we get a call to ask if and how a visa can be extended.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

In a week of politics that defies description, it would be easy to forget that on the 18th of December the immigration health surcharge has risen.

For some individuals the amount payable for the surcharge has risen by 100%.

That is a big increase. It is also a lot more money for people to find when paying for visa applications. 

Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

In a recent report The All Party Parliamentary Group for international students has called for:

• The  removal of students from UK immigration targets;

• A target to grow international student numbers;

• The implementation of a post-study work visa to allow international students up to two years of work experience in the UK;

Monday, 19 November, 2018

A common question asked of many Immigration Lawyers is how to stay in the UK after studying. This is unsurprising given that many overseas students spend several years living in the UK, forming relationships and adapting to life in the UK. As the end of their time in the UK under their student visa approaches, a significant number will explore the options for staying.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. These are some of the wonderful words our clients have to say about us:

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
London has topped the rankings as the best university city in the world in 2018, beating Tokyo to hit the top spot. Previous winners Montreal and Paris slipped down to 4th and 5th places respectively.
The study, rating university cities, rather than the institutions themselves, is carried out by the QS higher education group which publishes the World University Rankings annually.
Thursday, 10 May, 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
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
Graduates throwing their caps in the air

We are now well into October. Freshers Week is over and the days are getting shorter and the coursework more intense.  International students, who make an enormous contribution to British society and the economy will now be well-settled into their colleges or halls of residence and getting to grips with studying in a foreign country.

Friday, 06 October, 2017
UK 2017 voting polling station regarding immigration policies

The UK election is less than a week away, and as expected, immigration is a key issue in the main parties’ manifestos.

Monday, 05 June, 2017

The House of Lords has voted to remove students studying on a UK Tier 4 (General) Visa from immigration figures.  This will include many Indian and Chinese nationals, currently in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa.

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
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
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
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
Half of the India and British flags combined and painted over a cracked wall

With Article 50 set to be triggered by March 2017 and EU President, Donald Tusk making it clear that there is only “hard Brexit or no Brexit”, one would think UK Government would be striving to stay on the right side of India.

Thursday, 20 October, 2016
Stack pound coins increasing in number like a rising bar chart

Despite fierce opposition, the UK government is set to press ahead with immigration court fee increases, some of which top 500%.  This is despite the fact that a recent consultation on the proposed new fees saw 143 out of 147 responders oppose the move.

Monday, 19 September, 2016
Deported stamp

Are you one of the thousands of students deported from the UK illegally by the Home Office in 2014?  If so, you may be entitled, not only to re-entry into the UK, but compensation for any financial damage you suffered as a result of being deported.

Background to the deportations

Thursday, 08 September, 2016
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur VISA

There has never been a better time in history for young people to say adieu to corporate life and embark on starting their own business venture.

Many international students who have entered the UK on a Tier 4 (Student) visa have had their eyes opened to the vast opportunities for start-up companies in the UK, and have no desire to miss out by having to go home when their course ends.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
Tier 2 Graduate Trainee Visa

It is expected that from October 2016, new rules introduced by the British Government will make it easier and cheaper for employers to recruit non-EU graduate trainees.

Friday, 26 August, 2016
India to UK Immigration

By Nagesh Jain & Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Britain and India have a unique relationship, based on centuries of history, an admiration of each other’s culture, and mutual economic benefits.

Monday, 27 June, 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

The Home Office has revoked the London School of Business and Finance licence to recruit non-EEA students, meaning the current intake studying at the institution will risk facing removal or be required to leave the UK by the end of next month.

Friday, 05 February, 2016

The UK Government has announced that some UK immigration visa fees will increase in 2016/17.  Applicants who will be affected the most are those applying for family and spouse visas, and naturalisation.

Examples of the increases in fees include:

Friday, 15 January, 2016

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 Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 November, 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

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

Tuesday, 06 October, 2015

By Hans Sok Appadu LLB, LLM of OTS Solicitors

Important dates for Tier 4 Visa Applicant

3 August 2015 & 12 November 2015

Wednesday, 29 July, 2015

The fast track detention system has been temporarily suspended after the Court of Appeal ordered the Government to suspend the process after the High Court ruled the system was unlawful and contained structural unfairness.

What Does This Mean In Practice?

Monday, 20 July, 2015

With net migration approaching 300,000, the need to control immigration in such a way that will most benefit the United Kingdom continues to be a hotly debated topic. On the 25th of February further immigration rule changes were announced by the Secretary of State for The Home Department (SSHD). These changes came into effect on 6th of April 2015 and will impact on a wide variety of groups.

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015