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There are over 132,000 Filipinos living in the UK, and this number continues to rise. With many Filipinos living away from their families and friends in the Philippines, Nollienne and Kristine talk about how you can apply for a Visitor Visa to come to the UK. 

 
Nollienne and Kristine will be uploading a series of videos in Tagalog which provides guidance and insight into UK Immigration Law
 
Tuesday, 15 October, 2019
 

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business sounds like a lonely job, especially in the UK’s current fast paced changing political environment and Brexit uncertainties. However, most economists say expansion is the key to success even in times of economic uncertainty. 

 
Tuesday, 15 October, 2019
 
 

The BBC is reporting that Home Office minister, Brandon Lewis, has told a German newspaper that EU citizens will have to leave the UK if they do not apply for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme in time. We are not scaremongering. There is reference to deportation in the BBC news headline.

 

Same day Settled Status application service  

 
Friday, 11 October, 2019
 
 

OTS Solicitors have officially “arrived” on the London legal scene for immigration law by inclusion in not one but the two leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 
 
Hold the date: London 17 January 2020
 
Hard work and immigration legal training go into making either a great immigration solicitor or a lawyer who knows enough about British Citizenship law to realise when expert help is required.
 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 
 

If you are applying to the Home Office for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa, it is vital that you and your overseas employer fully understand the Sole Representative visa rules and requirements.

 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 

When you are planning your wedding, low down on the list of priorities are the unromantic things, like sorting out the correct immigration visa or signing a prenuptial agreement. After all, it is far more exciting to plan the honeymoon or even to design the wedding invitations. 

 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 
 

Those wanting to challenge home office decisions will hear top London immigration solicitors talk about appeals and judicial reviews. It is often assumed that they are the same but they are not.

 

What is a judicial review?

 
Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
 
 

If you are not a London immigration solicitor, you may be forgiven for thinking that the phrase “the centre of operations” is something to do with surgery or even where some secret UK government department is based. Neither is right. Understanding and complying with the Home Office definition of “the centre of operations” is vitally important if you are applying for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa.  

 

How can OTS Solicitors help?

 
Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
 
By Hans Sok Appadu, solicitor 
 
Thursday, 03 October, 2019
 
 

London immigration solicitors are having non-stop Brexit and EU Settlement Scheme application discussions with worried EU nationals and their dependants. There is good news for concerned EU citizens and UK companies who employ EU nationals. 

 
Thursday, 03 October, 2019
 
 

The immigration team at OTS Solicitors just cannot quite get to grips with it. Not the fact that the Legal 500 has again recognised the expertise of OTS Solicitors and  increased the firm’s rankings in business immigration and personal immigration. No, what has the immigration team flummoxed was that whilst the Legal 500 has  published its 2020 rankings with its usual speed and accuracy, the UK are still in the throes of sorting out Brexit. 

 
Wednesday, 02 October, 2019
 

It is vital that if you are making an immigration application that you do your utmost to get the application right first time around. Why is it so important to take care with the application and to get it right? Well, if you do not do so, then top London immigration solicitors advise you that you risk inadvertently being classified as an “overstayer”. Many immigration applicants would question how they could possibly be labelled as an overstayer if they have submitted an immigration application prior to the expiry of their current visa.  

 
Tuesday, 01 October, 2019
 
 

On Wednesday, the 6 March 2019 the Supreme Court ruled in the case of KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 10. Asylum seekers and top London immigration solicitors should be jubilant about the landmark decision. 

 
Tuesday, 01 October, 2019
 
 

As top London immigration solicitors we are often asked the question, “can I settle in London after 10 years of living in the UK?”. That is a question about whether, if a person has been in the UK on a series of immigration visas, there is ever a time that they can regularise their position and settle in the UK. Once their immigration position is secured then they have the choice of settling long term wherever they want, whether it is in Wandsworth or Wimbledon or even outside of London.

 

How can OTS Solicitors help?

    
Friday, 27 September, 2019

 

To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement. 

 
Friday, 27 September, 2019
 

The average person assumes that adults in the UK have a right to get married to whomever they want. However, when it comes to immigration clients and marriage the Home Office can have their say.

 
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019
 
 

Many divorcing or divorced couples will have read all about the case of the ex-wife who lost her court fight with her rock star ex-husband over whether she could raise five million by selling her shares in a company set up to receive The Clash royalties. 

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019
 
 

Many people assume that after five years continuous residence in the UK they will be able to apply to the Home Office for indefinite leave to remain. Top London immigration solicitors will tell you that depending on individual circumstances you may need to be able to establish ten years of continuous residence before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019
 
 

Life and therefore divorce are complicated in the digital age. In the old days, it was harder to hide assets if you were getting divorced because there was normally a paper trail relating to the purchase of investments. Alternatively, there was reference in a spouse’s bank accounts to dividend income from which shared ownership could be traced.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019

 

During the former Prime Minister’s government, Theresa May, it was announced that a legislation would be introduced to enable same sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. This meant that after the legislation was passed, opposite and same sex couples would have the same right to enter into civil partnerships. The former Prime Minister’s announcement lead to a surge of enquiries to top London family solicitors about civil partnerships but also enquiries to the best London immigration solicitors about proposed civil partnership visas to enter the UK.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019

 

We are proud to have recently achieved a successful outcome in a Child Arrangements Matter. While it looked frustratingly bleak at first, it turned out very favourably in the end for our client (Father).

 
In this case, the Father had been stopped by the Mother from seeing his children for over a year. At the start, the court only considered indirect contact by way of letters and cards as the Mother was not agreeable to direct contact or even telephone contact. 
 
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
 

As London divorce solicitors, we are often asked the question “what will I end up with after the divorce?”. That question normally prompts a discussion about how the court divides assets on divorce. It can be frustrating to many divorcing spouses to hear that the family court does not use a set formula to work out how to divide assets on divorce. Understandably, a husband or wife want a clear-cut answer of what a family court judge will order as their financial settlement so that they can then negotiate and agree a financial settlement with their spouse.

 
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
 
 

Top London immigration solicitors are delighted to highlight the Home Office announcement that under new proposals international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find employment.

 
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
 
 

An end to family reunification means child asylum seekers could be Brexit casualties and be unable to be reunited with family in the UK unless applications are made now.

Top London immigration solicitors say that a piece in the Guardian newspaper has raised anxiety amongst asylum seekers, and the professionals advising them, that the Home Office is planning to end the current system of family reunification for asylum seeking children in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

 
Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
 
 

If the Home Office has detained you then you need immigration law advice from top London immigration solicitors to look at your immigration bail options.

 
Monday, 09 September, 2019
 
 

The best London divorce solicitors are often consulted about dowry claims and divorce proceedings as the practice of providing a dowry remains relatively common amongst international families who are based in London.

 
Friday, 06 September, 2019
 
 

It is a difficult time to be an employer. There is the worry over the economy. There is the continued confusion over Brexit. In particular, whether there will be a deal or not, and what that will mean to business. On top of those issues, many employers are finding it hard to recruit UK staff to fill vacancies because of low unemployment combined with the reduction in migrant workers coming to the UK after the Brexit referendum.   

 
Friday, 06 September, 2019
 

Most people assume that if you adopt a child from overseas that the child will automatically acquire the citizenship of his or her adoptive parents. The position is a lot more complicated than that. That is why those parents who chose to adopt a child from overseas are encouraged to take both expert immigration law legal advice from top London immigration solicitors as well as specialist adoption law advice from the best London children law solicitors.

 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
 
 

Before a top London immigration solicitor answers the question “can I extend my UK spouse visa?”, we need to look at the basics of a spouse visa.

 
A spouse visa covers:
 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
 

 

There was a time when prenup agreements were the preserve of the ultra-wealthy and if a fiancée raised the topic of signing a prenuptial agreement, it caused offence, with thoughts that there was a lack of trust or faith in the long-term future of the relationship.

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

Parents do not often think of writing down a parenting plan when the family lives together. Somehow, the family muddles through, sorting out the parenting arrangements on an ad hoc basis and dealing with the occasional crises when they arise. However, the best London children solicitors will tell you that if parents decide to separate or divorce preparing a parenting plan can reduce a lot of stress and even avoid the need to start children court proceedings.

 

What is a parenting plan? 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement. 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

I know many Londoners do not always appreciate their cityscape or recognise the skilled architecture and construction that has created it. The good news is that the government recognised the importance of good architecture, both for our cities and economy. 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
By Stephen Slater
 
 
 
Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

When a couple split up it is normal for finances to be stretched as a separation often means the family is trying to fund two households out of the same amount of income. When it comes to negotiating a financial settlement with a husband or wife often top London divorce solicitors find that the trickiest part is reaching agreement on whether spousal maintenance should be paid, and if so, how long for. 

 
Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

With the government announcement that it intends to introduce “no fault” divorce  to end the “blame game” in divorce proceedings, many in the media assume that divorce proceedings will get a lot less stressful for the couples involved, and perhaps more importantly for their children. However, the best London divorce solicitors have tended to find that couples who are separating or divorcing find that starting divorce proceedings because of a partner’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour is not one of the most stressful aspects of a separation or divorce. 

Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

The average person assumes that adults in the UK have a right to get married to whomever they want. However, when it comes to migrants and marriage the Home Office can have their say.

Top London immigration solicitors are often asked why a person’s marriage is of any relevance to the Home Office. After all, you would think that the Home Office is busy enough dealing with the implications of Brexit and refugees crossing the channel. 

 
Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

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