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HMO Licences and rent repayment orders

If you own a house in multiple occupation then it is important to get the paperwork in order. If you don’t then you risk a conviction and/or a rent repayment order. In this blog we look at HMO licences and rent repayment orders.

Online and London based landlord and tenant lawyers and HMO solicitors  

Thursday, 04 March, 2021

You may have assumed that the March 2021 budget would all be about whether the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, would extend the furlough scheme or the stamp duty holiday for property purchases under £500,000. Not only was there good news there but for immigration solicitors there were some positive signs that the January 2021 new points-based immigration system will be changed to further reform the UK immigration system.

Thursday, 04 March, 2021
Brexit Solutions

We have all heard of roadmaps in the UK as our way to navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic but when it comes to Brexit it is equally important to have a plan in place to meet your business immigration law needs. That’s because with free movement for EU nationals ending on the 31 December 2020 many more international businesses are having to consider Brexit immigration solutions.

Wednesday, 03 March, 2021
Settled status applications

Securing your settled status is a milestone to celebrate so UK immigration solicitors are urging those thinking about applying for settled status and those with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to understand the rules on absences and the EU Settlement Scheme to avoid you losing your right to settled status.

Friday, 26 February, 2021
British citizenship

UK immigration solicitors love a good news story and that is what the recent court of appeal decision on registration fees for child British citizenship applications amounts to. In this blog we look at the case and what it means for parents.

 

Thursday, 25 February, 2021
settled status

There is a lot of information available if you are an EEA national considering applying for pre-settled status or settled statusunder the EU Settlement Scheme but UK immigration solicitors are receiving enquiries from non-EEA and EEA partners of EU nationals asking about their right to stay in the UK after Brexit and the end of the transition period on the 31 December 2020.

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021
spouse visa if you are separated

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are thinking about separating from your husband or wife you need to know if you can stay in the UK on a spouse visa if you separate or divorce.

Monday, 15 February, 2021
Deposit disputes

As landlord and tenant solicitors we have seen a rise in deposit disputes between landlords and tenants at the end of tenancy agreements. Senior housing caseworker, Nollienne Alparaque, hasn’t conducted a formal survey of why deposit disputes are on the rise but believes the answer lies in the financial fallout of COVID-19 with both landlords and tenants more anxious about retaining or recovering tenancy deposits leading to deposit disputes.

Friday, 12 February, 2021
business immigration for small and medium businesses

Whilst all business owners are heartedly sick of hearing and reading about Brexit the reality is that with the end of free movement many small and medium UK businesses are having to take business immigration law advice for the first time. In this article head of business immigration, Hans Sok Appadu, looks at business immigration for SMEs and those wanting to come to the UK to set up a business.

 

Thursday, 11 February, 2021
HMO licence

Landlord and tenant solicitors are the first to say that being a landlord of a house i multiple occupation isn’t easy nowadays because of the regulations that apply to HMOs and the consequences of not complying with them. In this article we look at whether you need a house in multiple occupation licence and the consequences to you and your business of failing to get one.

 

Online London based house in multiple occupation solicitors

Wednesday, 10 February, 2021
skilled worker visa or business visa

As UK immigration solicitors we can remember the time when all a business traveller to the UK needed was their passport and visa. Times have changed with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, 05 February, 2021
The Hong Kong visa

The British prime minister, Boris Johnston, may have given a warm welcome to those with British national (overseas) status looking to apply for entry clearance to the UK on the new Hong Kong visa but the Chinese government response to the Hong Kong visa has heightened the concerns of those with British national (overseas) status. In this blog our immigration solicitors look at the Hong Kong visa introduced on the 31 January 2021.  

 

Thursday, 04 February, 2021
British citizenship

As UK immigration solicitors we are receiving a lot of questions about when can and when should EU citizens with settled statusunder the EU Settlement Scheme apply for British citizenship. In this blog we answer your frequently asked questions on the journey from settled status to British citizenship.

 

Wednesday, 03 February, 2021
What is the ‘going rate’ salary UK employers have to offer a skilled worker to qualify for the skilled worker visa?

Immigration solicitors are some of the first to say that the eligibility criteria for the skilled worker visa are confusing for employers, particularly the minimum salary threshold. That’s because the minimum salary threshold to qualify for the skilled worker visa is based on a published minimum annual income or a percentage figure for the going rate for the job, whichever is the higher. In this blog we look at the concept of the ‘going rate’ for the job.

Tuesday, 02 February, 2021
From student to skilled worker – how to recruit students switching from a student visa to a skilled worker visa

For those overseas students studying in the UK, it can be daunting to go from a Home Office classification of ‘student’ to ‘skilled worker’ but as the Tier 2 (General) visa has now been replaced by the skilled worker visa both employers and students are having to get used to the new visa terminology. In this blog we look at the practicalities and complexities of student job applicants switching from student visa to skilled worker visa.

 

Monday, 01 February, 2021
sponsor licence revocation

If your business has had its sponsor licence revoked or knows that it is at risk of getting its sponsor licence revoked it is time to take specialist legal advice from sponsor licence and immigration solicitors on your best course of action.

 

Friday, 29 January, 2021
revocation of your sponsor licence

If your business has its sponsor licence revoked then it is far more than just one of those irritating business issues that you and your HR staff have to face and deal with every working day.

Thursday, 28 January, 2021
Hiring EU Workers without a UK work visa

Does your business need to hire workers? With the UK skills shortage would you normally hire from overseas? If your workers, whether they are joining a UK construction, tech or digital firm or other industry sector, are from the EU then the immigration rules have changed. If your business is still getting to grips with the immigration rule changes it isn’t surprising as this year has been very tough with the global pandemic and the financial fall-out of lockdowns and the COVID-19 tier system.

Wednesday, 27 January, 2021
 Coming to Work in the UK from Oversea

Many skilled workers don’t know where to start when they first think about coming to work in the UK from overseas. For EEA nationals the thought of being subject to UK immigration control can be off-putting when they have become accustomed to the principle of free movement between EU countries.

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021
Care for old family member

With the elderly concerned about going into residential care accommodation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the immigration lawyers at OTS Solicitors are receiving enquiries about whether family members can get a visa to come to the UK to look after their relatives. In this blog we look at your options if you would like a family member to apply for a visa to come to the UK to look after you.

 

UK immigration solicitors 

Monday, 25 January, 2021
Dependent of skilled worker

Immigration solicitors are getting enquiries from UK employers and skilled migrant workers on the new skilled worker visaintroduced as part of the points-based immigration system to replace the Tier 2 (General) visa. In this blog we look at the rules on bringing your family with you to the UK if you apply for a skilled worker visa.

 

Friday, 22 January, 2021
Donald Trump – from USA president to British citizen?

It is often said that when one door closes another door opens. In the case of Donald Trump, as he says goodbye to the presidency of the USA and to the White House, could something novel happen? In this blog we look at whether Donald Trump could become a British citizen. After all, we know that the UK has some excellent golf courses and that Donald Trump is known for doing the unexpected.

 

Thursday, 21 January, 2021
Skilled Worker Visa

For a discussion about sponsor licence applications or about the skilled worker visa or to book an appointment with a member of our business immigration team call OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or complete our online enquiry form

 

Wednesday, 20 January, 2021
 join an EU citizen living in the UK with pre-settled status or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme

 If COVID-19 has taught us anything then it is the importance of family and being able to see them and give them a hug.

Monday, 18 January, 2021
Health and Care Worker Visa

The third national lockdown in the UK and devastating COVID-19 statistics has really emphasised the need for migrants to come to the UK to fill health care vacancies. In this article our immigration solicitors look at work visas and the health and care worker visa and eligibility criteria. 

 

Thursday, 14 January, 2021
The UK’s new Hong Kong visa

With all the talk about the end of free movement for EU citizens and the introduction of the UK points-based immigration system there is very little media coverage about the new Hong Kong visa. However, the Hong Kong visa is due to be introduced on the 31 January 2021. Immigration solicitors say that it’s widely expected that the visa route will result in a significant increase in migration to the UK.

Tuesday, 12 January, 2021
frontier worker permit

With the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system immigration solicitors are receiving enquiries about the frontier work permit. In this blog we look at the new frontier work permit scheme.

 

Friday, 08 January, 2021
sponsor licence application is refused

With the end of free movement for EU citizens more UK employers are having to make their first Sponsorship Licence application to the Home Office to enable them to recruit skilled migrant workers from either non-EEA countries or from the EU. Some UK companies are receiving refusal decisions on their sponsor licence applications. In this guide we look at what your business needs to do if your sponsor licence application is refused by the Home Office.

 

Monday, 04 January, 2021
pre-settled status application

2020 was a year like no other. Who would have thought that travel to and from and within the UK would be so disrupted with families being forced to live apart from one another, whether as a result of social distancing, tiers and lockdowns within the UK, or through international travel restrictions resulting in people being absent from the UK for far longer than they’d planned.

Thursday, 31 December, 2020
skilled worker visa

When you are applying for your first sponsor licence to sponsor overseas workers the sponsor licence application and management process as well as the allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship can appear a bit complicated.

Wednesday, 30 December, 2020
UK worker visa

Even those who plan to come to work in the UK and already speak English fluently fear the visa eligibility criteria and the English language requirement. That isn’t surprising as everyone fears the unknown and there are lots of uncertainties surrounding the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system.

Tuesday, 29 December, 2020
sponsor licence

If only the granting of a sponsor licence was the end of the bureaucracy entailed in sponsoring overseas workers on UK work visas. Sponsor licence solicitors say that before a sponsor licence application is submitted to the Home Office it is vital that key personnel understand their sponsor licence duties and have systems in place, either internally or through use of solicitors providing a sponsor licence management package, to ensure compliance wit

Monday, 28 December, 2020
sponsor licence to sponsor skilled workers

 Sponsor licence solicitors say to business owners applying for their first Home Office sponsor licence to recruit overseas workers that half the battle to securing your sponsor licence is to ensure that your business has the right paperwork to support your application.

Thursday, 24 December, 2020
employer with a sponsor licence

What records does an employer with a sponsor licence have to keep? As sponsor licence solicitors we are inundated with questions about sponsor licence applications from first time business applicants as well as with queries about sponsor licence management and record keeping duties. In this article we look at what records an employer with a sponsor licence has to keep.

Tuesday, 22 December, 2020
sponsor licence management system

Many UK businesses are in the position of having to apply for their first Home Office issued sponsor licence to enable them to recruit overseas workers on skilled worker visas, including EU nationals who will be subject to UK immigration control after the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020.

Monday, 21 December, 2020
sponsor licence to sponsor skilled workers

The end of free movement is fast approaching at 11 pm on the 31 December 2020. With the end of free movement of EU nationals and the introduction of the new points based immigration system in January 2021, UK employers are enquiring about making their first sponsor licence application and how long it will take to secure their sponsor licence.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2020
sponsor licence to sponsor skilled workers

From the 1 December 2020 UK employers can start to recruit non-EEA workers on the new skilled worker visa to start their employment as soon as their visa applications are processed. Furthermore, UK employers can recruit EU workers on skilled worker visas with the visas operative from the 1 January 2021 (as prior to the 31 December 2020 EU citizens can enter the UK to live and work without needing a work visa under the principle of free movement).

Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
sponsor skilled workers

From the 1 December 2020 UK employers can start to recruit non-EEA workers on the new skilled worker visa to start their employment as soon as their visa applications are processed. Furthermore, UK employers can recruit EU workers on skilled worker visas with the visas operative from the 1 January 2021 (as prior to the 31 December 2020 EU citizens can enter the UK to live and work without needing a work visa under the principle of free movement).

Monday, 07 December, 2020
skilled worker visa

With the introduction of the new points based immigration system those looking to come to the UK for work are asking the question ‘do I qualify for a skilled worker visa?’ Likewise employers are asking whether they will be able to recruit workers from non-EEA or EU countries after the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 and the introduction of the points based immigration system. In this article we answer some of your questions on the skilled worker visa.

 

Friday, 04 December, 2020
The construction conundrum – will skilled European workers qualify for a skilled worker visa after the end of free movement?

Problem, what problem? That seems to be the phrase used by those in government over the concerns expressed in the construction industry over the impact of the end of free movement for EU nationals on the 31 December 2020, the introduction of the new points based immigration system and skilled worker visa in January 2021.

Thursday, 03 December, 2020

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