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On the 22 July Channel 4’s award winning investigative affairs programme went undercover to investigate the “golden ticket visa”, officially called the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa. 

 
Tuesday, 13 August, 2019
 
 

It is said that the ‘honeymoon’ stage of the new prime minister’s tenure in 10 Downing Street is over with the recent by-election results.  To top London immigration solicitors it was a short honeymoon given the countdown to Brexit. In some papers, it is reported that Boris Johnson has purchased, using Conservative party funds, a £500 clock to help countdown to Brexit. The clock apparently monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the new Brexit deadline of 11 pm on the 31 October 2019.

 
Tuesday, 06 August, 2019
 
 

Sometimes a news story catches your eye. Many top London immigration solicitors read with interest that Seema Kennedy had been appointed as immigration minister in place of Caroline Nokes. For most, the unusual aspect of the report was that Caroline Nokes is said to have learnt about her removal as immigration minister via social media.

 
Tuesday, 06 August, 2019
 
 

The new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sparked much debate after speaking in the House of Commons about an amnesty for as many as 400,000 illegal immigrants living in the U.K. Giving the Windrush scandal as an example, he spoke about the difficulties that can be caused by a mass expulsion of people who “may have been living and working here for many, many years without being involved in any criminal activity at all”.

 
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
 
 
By Sonum Behar
 
 

With reference to the famous quote by Harvey Mackay: “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back”  As Immigration Lawyers, we understand the importance of time for our clients. Upon instructions it is our duty to ensure that unnecessary and controllable delays are not cause to our client’s case, especially not at our hands. 

 
 
Tuesday, 30 July, 2019
 
 

Business immigration specialists all over London and the UK have received the recent update on sponsorship licenses and guidance for sponsors. 

 
This addendum was published on 17 July 2019 and updates version 03/19 of the Tier 2 and 5: Guidance for Sponsors. 
 
Friday, 19 July, 2019
 
 

What does the question “are you of good character” mean? Why is it so important? If you are not a London immigration solicitor, you might think “good character” is rather old fashioned. 

As London immigration solicitors, we come across the phrase “good character” almost on a daily basis whilst handling applications for British citizenship.

 
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
 
 

We hear a lot of talk in the newspapers about deportation and deportation orders but in many immigration cases, the migrant is not being deported. The best London immigration solicitors will tell you that the migrant is going through a process known as “administrative removal”. Some people may think it is a matter of semantics to call forcible removal from the UK an administrative removal as opposed to deportation but top London immigration solicitors say that there are some important differences. 

 
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
 
 

Home Office figures reveal that 600,000 EU citizens have applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. You would think that with over 600,000 applicants for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme that the top London immigration solicitors would no longer be receiving enquiries about EU citizens applying for Permanent Residence. However, with the continued uncertainty over Brexit, EU citizens are continuing to ask the question whether it is preferable to apply for Settled Status or Permanent Residence.

 
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
 
 

Although the Home Office is committed to treating asylum seekers with respect, dignity and fairness the interview process can make you feel as if you are on “trial” and that you have done something wrong. The top London immigration solicitors say that is not the case, even if you may feel as if you are on trial.

 
Tuesday, 16 July, 2019
 
 

Top London immigration solicitors read in the news that recently three people have been convicted of criminal offences relating to providing migrants with incompetent and unsupervised immigration advice. The three were found guilty of providing unqualified immigration advice and/or services in contravention of section 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 

 
Monday, 15 July, 2019
 
 

When most employers get an official communication about a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence inspection or audit their hearts sink, blood pressure rises and the day just gets that little bit darker. Imagine a world where news of an audit was no big thing – just part of the daily post and nothing to panic over or prepare assiduously for. 

 
Monday, 15 July, 2019
 
 

Let’s face it the phrase “Zambrano Derivative Residence Card” is a bit of a mouthful that does not easily trip off the tongue. However, as the best London immigration solicitors use the phrase a lot, this blog looks at what a Zambrano Derivative Residence Card is and what it does. 

 
In essence, the Zambrano Derivative Residence Card is relevant to:
 

• Non-EEA national primary carers of British citizens; and 

Monday, 15 July, 2019

 

When it comes to your loved ones, you want the best. It is no different if you need a spouse visa in order to reunite with your husband, wife or civil partner.

 
Monday, 15 July, 2019
 
 

Spring is in the air; thoughts are turning to holidays and spending time with friends and family. However, if you are a global family it is not so easy to keep in touch or to visit a loved one. Many families require a UK standard visitor visa in order to travel to the UK to spend time with relatives or to combine a trip with attending a family or friend’s wedding.  

 
Monday, 15 July, 2019
 
 

Graduation from university is a proud day for a student as well as their family. It is a chance to celebrate all the hard work throughout the university years. It is also a bit frightening as for most students it marks the end of student hood and entering a new phase of their lives. For some, their immigration status is also a concern and many might consider switching their Tier 4 Student Visa to a Start-up Visa. 

 
Monday, 15 July, 2019

 

Each year, when the school summer holidays are nearly upon us, child custody solicitors see a rise in enquiries about whether an ex-partner can take a child to live in another country. The increase in queries about relocating abroad with a child after a separation or divorce at this time of year appears to be down to timing. Most parents who want to relocate overseas with their children after a separation or divorce want the child to finish their summer school term in the UK and to settle in a new country and school by the date of the new school year in September.

Friday, 12 July, 2019
 

When a company gets its first Sponsor Licence, business owners tend not to think about the expiry of the Sponsor Licence. However, top London immigration solicitors   advise that Sponsor Licences only last for four years. That may seem a long time at the outset of the Sponsor Licence but the date for renewal of the Sponsor Licence can come around very quickly when a company is focussed on the daily challenges of supply and demand or recruitment and HR issues.

 
Friday, 12 July, 2019
 

“Does Indefinite Leave to Remain end?” sounds a bit of a daft question. After all most of us think that indefinite means without end. However, the dictionary definition of indefinite is “not exact or not clear; without clear limits” and the synonyms of indefinite are “vague, uncertain and unclear”. That is not exactly comforting if you are a non-EEA national who wants to secure Permanent Residence in the UK. 

 
Friday, 12 July, 2019
 
 

Many people think that marriage and immigration is complicated. After all, you have to jump through hoops to get a fiancée visa or spouse visa. However, top London immigration solicitors say that divorce and immigration is just as complex.

 
Friday, 12 July, 2019
 

The case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1070.

 

Top London immigration solicitors say the recent case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1070 could affect applicants applying late for visa renewals who will eventually want to apply for leave to remain in the UK based on having lived lawfully within the UK for ten years.

 
Thursday, 11 July, 2019
 
 

The answer to the question, “what is a specific issue order?” is that a specific issue order is an order made by a judge sitting in the family court in England and Wales. A specific issue order is made pursuant to section 8 of the Children Act 1989. The order determines an issue that is in dispute in connection with any aspect of parental responsibility for a child. 

 
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019

 

If you have an “exceptional talent” and you want to come to the UK from a non-EEA country then you may be able to enter the UK on a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa  rather than applying for a Tier 2 (General) Visa. 

 
Tuesday, 09 July, 2019
 
  

When it comes to knowledge of the types of visa applications available, top London immigration solicitors find their UK and international clients do not often know about the option of applying for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa.

 
So what exactly is a Youth Mobility Visa and who is eligible to apply for one? The title “Youth Mobility Visa” implies that the visa applicant must be a youth, but the visa is open to eligible applicants who are aged between eighteen and thirty.
 
Monday, 08 July, 2019
 
 

The school summer holidays are almost upon us. For London child custody solicitors that means many enquiries, often from anxious fathers, wanting to find a solution to sorting out summer holiday contact and getting to spend a bit of quality time with their children after a separation or divorce.

 
Monday, 08 July, 2019
 
 

If you are reading this after you have just had learned that your company’s Sponsor Licence has been suspended, you probably are at your wits ends about what you should do and are worried about your employees’ immigration status and the future of your business. 

 
Monday, 08 July, 2019
 
 

All immigration news related to Windrush are of interest to OTS Solicitors and in particular to Stephen Slater, Senior Lawyer at OTS Solicitors. That is because Stephen Slater and the immigration team at OTS Solicitors have helped many victims of the Windrush Generation.

 
Wednesday, 03 July, 2019
 
 

For business owners struggling to get to grips with whether or not Brexit will happen and, if so, when and how to prepare their business for a post Brexit world in either a deal or no deal scenario it is hard to keep on top of business immigration news. 

 
Monday, 01 July, 2019
 
By Angelique Holm
 

The day of judgment has come (or so you hope) and you have received a hearing date to attend a Children Family Court. The hearing has been listed as a ‘First Hearing and Dispute Resolution Appointment’ or FHDRA for short (pronounced fehe-drah).

 
Thursday, 27 June, 2019
 
 

Last week we had threats of floods and torrential rain in parts of the UK and so thoughts are turning to getting out of London and to taking the children to sunnier climes on their annual summer holiday. Now is the time to act fast if you are a separated parent and want to take your children abroad on holiday this summer. Here is a guide from child custody solicitors.

 
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
 

Campaigners are asking the government to change child custody law so that, in every case where a mother and father separate or divorce, there is a legal presumption that the mother and father will share the parenting of their children. 

 
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019
 

Experienced family law solicitors would say that it is unlikely that a parent was able to prevent the other parent from relocating within the UK with a child. Unless the circumstances were highly unusual.

 
Top London children solicitors have always found it hard to justify children law when it comes to child relocation.
That is because if a parent wants to take a child abroad to live then they need the written agreement of the other parent or a court order giving them permission to take the child abroad to live.
 
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

 

In a case referred to as Gubeladze [2019] UKSC 31, the Supreme Court has decided that the Home Office has breached residence rights of EU citizens. You might be forgiven for assuming that this is not headline news. However, to top London immigration solicitors the case is of importance as the ruling affects hundreds of thousands of EU citizens.

 
Monday, 24 June, 2019

 

The family law and Immigration law matters in International Adoption cases are probably not the things you think of when you are showing off your new baby to friends and family. But the pleasures of that new arrival are what new parents should be able to experience in the first few weeks of a baby’s arrival. 

 
Monday, 24 June, 2019
 

Last night everyone at London based OTS Solicitors were glued to their screens to watch the second in a series of three BBC2 programmes with the intriguing title “Who should get to stay in the UK?”.

 
Friday, 21 June, 2019
 
 

When family members argue over who should have custody of a child after the loss of one parent it is often assumed by the surviving parent and the extended family that the court will favour the child living with his or her remaining parent rather than going to live with an extended family member, family friend or stepparent.

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
 
 

When family relationships breakdown legal advice is often needed from top London family solicitors on whether one parent can return home or to a new country with the children. The second question then arises: how, if the one parent remains in the UK, can they maintain a meaningful relationship with their children?

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
 

As top London children solicitors we are often asked if the family court will listen to a child during children court proceedings, as parents are normally very anxious that the wishes of their son or daughter are listened to by the judge. Many parents assume that in every application for a child arrangements order (an order setting out who has custody and access to the child) that the judge will interview the children. 

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
 
 

University and college exams are ending, and London employers are thinking about recruitment in either seasonal tourist industries or to help cover for staff holidays over the summer season when Londoners are trying to escape to the sun.

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

It is a sad fact that on the 16 June many children did not have contact with their fathers. For the majority of dads who do not live with their children on a daily basis the stigma of being classed as an "absent father" is hard to cope with on Father’s Day.

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

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