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Thursday, 02 April, 2020

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Wednesday, 01 April, 2020

Immigration Caseworker Sanae Sahebjalal has recently had a significant successful outcome in the First-Tribunal matters.

Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

By Stephen Slater, Senior Lawyer at OTS Solicitors

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Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

As London immigration solicitors working remotely and online in a global coronavirus pandemic it has been hard to find positive news about immigration law but the Home Office announcement about a delay in asylum accommodation evictions is a bit of positive news.

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Monday, 30 March, 2020

When you are engaged to be married you want to be able to live in the same country as your fiancé.

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

We are all rightly worried about how Covid 19 may affect our friends, families and loved ones.

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Every year the student visa team at OTS Solicitors work really hard to get student visas through for students wanting to come to the UK to study on Tier 4 visas. We are always proud when students report back on their exam results and send us pictures of themselves in their graduation robes.

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020

As London employment law solicitors we are in the fortunate position of being able to switch to remote working and client consultations, almost at the press of a button because we already had the infrastructure, processes and safeguards in place to enable our solicitors to work remotely. We’ve also offered a digital consultation option for several years via our online platform, skype or telephone conferencing.

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020

It can be beyond frustrating waiting for the Home Office UK Visa and citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) to process your Indefinite Leave to Remain application. That is because most people worry about whether their ILR application will be granted even if they’ve had the best advice about the paperwork needed for their ILR application and assurances about the prospects of success by their Leave to Remain solicitors.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa the route to settlement in the UK can be long and a very confusing journey for some. It isn’t surprising that people don’t understand their settlement options and whether they should apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship or whether ILR is a pre-requisite to a spouse being eligible to settle in the UK. In this blog we look at spouse visa settlement options.

 

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

If you have come to the UK hoping to make a new life for yourself then being told by the Home Office that you can't stay in the UK can be devastating news. It could be that your visa extension application has been refused or you have been told you can't switch to a different type of visa.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

Just when London immigration solicitors thought that the worst of phase one of Brexit was over the world is hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now we realise how Brexit was ‘’nothing’’ in comparison to coronavirus and the global impact on families and businesses. The realities of coronavirus for many international families is particularly painful and worrying when loved ones have come over to the UK to work or study or to join other family members.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

At OTS Solicitors we know that these are worrying times. Legal problems and questions don’t go away even if you don’t want to travel into London to see one of our specialist solicitors. The answer is that there is no need to travel to see your solicitor as OTS Solicitors offer the best legal advice online services, whether you are a business or an individual needing advice in any of our areas of legal expertise.

OTS Solicitors online legal services

Friday, 13 March, 2020

If your child is a British citizen and you are not a British national then an obvious question for you to ask is whether you can obtain a parent visa or leave to remain in the UK, and ultimately British citizenship, through your child. In this blog we look at the circumstances in which a parent can get leave to remain in the UK and British citizenship through their child.

Immigration solicitors

Friday, 13 March, 2020

When it comes to immigration control, immigration solicitors often are asked about the concept of ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and what it means, in practical terms, if that condition is placed on their limited to leave to enter the UK or as a visa condition. Whether you are in the UK on a spouse visa, fiancée visa or partner visa the words ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ can be very concerning.

Friday, 13 March, 2020

Once you have secured your first spouse visa it is all too tempting to think that you don’t need to spend much time or thought on your spouse visa extension application as after all you got your first spouse visa so an assumption is made that the Home Office will automatically process your schedule extension application and grant it.

Thursday, 12 March, 2020

Making the decision to apply to become a British citizen is a major step but did you know that you might have more than one choice? Potentially you could retain your nationality of origin and obtain dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality). Dual nationality means that you acquire British citizenship whilst keeping your original nationality. The option of dual nationality can be very attractive to some people who are exploring the option of making a British naturalisation application.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020

A spouse visa interview is probably the most important interview that you and your sponsor spouse will ever participate in. If you thought that a job interview was stressful then a spouse visa interview is on another level as the outcome of your spouse visa interview will determine whether you and your husband, wife or civil partner can live in the UK together and enjoy life as a family. In this blog we look at the spouse visa interview and offer guidance on what you can do to prepare for it.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020

Many people think that if the Home Office has said ‘no’ to their visa application then that’s the end to their immigration dreams because they don’t think they can take on the Home Office and win.

Friday, 06 March, 2020

Naturalisation sounds as if it is a process to do with the environment but it is in actual fact the name for applying to become a British citizen. Once you are a British citizen you can live and work in the UK free from immigration control as well as apply for a British passport so you can travel freely and also vote in local and national elections.

British nationality solicitors

Friday, 06 March, 2020

When people first talk to their immigration solicitor about ‘Permanent Residence in the UK’ they often don’t know what their available and best immigration options are. It is common for people to be confused about the differences between Permanent Residence, Settled Status, UK Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship and whether they are eligible to apply for any type of UK permanent residence.

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020

When it comes to a British citizenship application British nationality solicitors will tell you that sending the correct supporting documents with your British citizenship application is just as important as the way in which your British naturalisation application is completed. However compelling your application, you won't get British citizenship unless you submit the right documents to the Home Office with your British nationality application form.

British citizenship solicitors

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020

Going from being on a Tier 2 visa to ILR is a big step and, for many, it spells freedom from bureaucracy of immigration control. It is not just you as an individual employer who benefits as your employer won't need to sponsor you under their Home Office sponsor licence management system once you have successfully obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain. That means less paperwork for your employer and more freedom for you.

Monday, 02 March, 2020

If you have had your immigration application refused it can be a terrible blow for you and your family.

Monday, 02 March, 2020

It comes to us all eventually. The end of our student days and the need to earn a living. Most students will tell you that it is tough to switch from student to worker but it is that much harder if you are a student who, as well as finding a job, needs to switch from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 (General) visa or work visa. In this blog we look at how best to switch from your student visa to a work visa.

Work visa solicitors 

Friday, 28 February, 2020

Sometimes it is the technical things that worry visa and UK settlement applicants. Often an immigration concern is all about missing a vital date. Fears can go into overdrive and before you know it you are worrying about having to leave the UK (and even your loved ones) because you may forget a vital immigration date.

Friday, 28 February, 2020

On the 16 January 2020, the Home Office published guidance on Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications by those in the UK on Tier 1 visas where there are tax discrepancies. The guidance was published to address the issue of those who apply for ILR and declare different earnings to the Home Office in their ILR application form than their declared income to the tax office (HMRC) in their tax return.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Hot on the heels of new Home Office guidance on Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications where there are apparent financial or tax discrepancies, there is now a reported immigration appeal court case on immigration applications and tax discrepancies.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are splitting up from your husband, wife, civil partner or partner because of their domestic violence you may think that not only are you losing your partner but also your new friends, job and your adopted country. That is because if you separate from your spouse or partner you won't be eligible to remain in the UK on your current spouse visa.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2020

Most people assume that immigration solicitors don’t have a lot to do with tax but that is where you would be wrong. Increasingly Home Office officials are looking into your UK tax affairs when considering settlement and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.

Monday, 24 February, 2020

Although you may have committed to renting a property circumstances change and you may need to leave before the end of the tenancy agreement. This can be for a whole host of reasons, for example, a new job in another part of the UK or you are no longer in a relationship and able to afford the rent. Whatever your reason for wanting to end your tenancy agreement early it is important to take legal advice so you know your options. In this blog we look at how you can end a UK tenancy agreement early and answer frequently asked questions.

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Friday, 21 February, 2020

One of the most common questions immigration solicitors are asked is ‘when can I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?’ For many, the years on a UK visa and being subject to immigration controls and the hostile environment, the wait for ILR can seem painfully slow. In this blog we look at whether you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after ten years in the UK.

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors

Friday, 21 February, 2020

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the launch a new UK points-based immigration system. The government has promised that their new immigration scheme will open up the UK to the ‘brightest and the best from around the world’.
Coming into force on the 1 January 2021, the new immigration system will end free movement for EU citizens and according to the Home Office official announcement the new system will ensure that the government ‘reasserts control of borders and restores public trust’.

UK immigration solicitors

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

It is easy for members of the public to be judgemental about those who overstay in the UK after their visa expires but until you find yourself in that position it is best not to judge those who overstay either by accident or because they fear, for political or economic reasons, a return to their home country. In this blog we look at overstaying, what it means and what you can do about it if you have become an overstayer.

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

When it comes to the language of love you do not tend to think of the English language. Most people would say that the French language is the true language of love but not according to UK Immigration Rules. If you want to reunite with your spouse on a UK spouse visa then you will need to meet the English language test requirement.

Spouse visa solicitors

Friday, 14 February, 2020

The case of Shamima Begum is again in the news. To many her name is notorious as the archetypal face of an ISIS bride and all they represent. To others, she is a twenty-year-old woman living in appalling conditions in a Syrian camp coping with the loss of her three children without the support of friends and family.

Friday, 14 February, 2020

As a tenant renting a private residential property, you’ll probably have to pay a deposit to your landlord or their letting agent prior to your renting the house. It can be hard to find the equivalent of four or five weeks rent as a deposit and equally worrying to think that your deposit money is no longer under your control. In this blog we look at tenant rights on deposits and deposit protection.

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

If you from China and are in the UK on a visit visa or a student visa then you are probably very worried about the news from home. If you are a parent of a Chinese student or tourist in the UK then you are probably just grateful that your family member isn’t in Wuhan and is safe in the UK.

Friday, 07 February, 2020

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