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The cost to construction of the end of free movement and the new skilled worker visa for European workers

Many of those in the construction industry campaigned against Brexit as they were concerned about the impact of the end of free movement on the import and supply of construction material and on the availability of skilled European construction workers. The UK construction industry, and particularly so in London, relies heavily on its European workforce.

Wednesday, 02 December, 2020
The cost to construction of the end of free movement and the new skilled worker visa for European workers

Many of those in the construction industry campaigned against Brexit as they were concerned about the impact of the end of free movement on the import and supply of construction material and on the availability of skilled European construction workers. The UK construction industry, and particularly so in London, relies heavily on its European workforce.

Tuesday, 01 December, 2020
Work visas for EU nationals

After 11 pm on the 31 December 2020 EU nationals arriving to live and work in the UK will be subject to immigration controls. Immigration solicitors say that means that if you are an EU national who didn’t meet the 31 December 2020 deadline to move to the UK for work purposes then you will need a work visa to work in the UK.  That’s because with the end of free movement EU nationals and non-EEA nationals will be treated in the same way under UK Immigration Rules.

Monday, 30 November, 2020
It’s getting difficult for EU Nationals to become British citizens

You would think that with the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 that the UK government would be encouraging EU nationals already living and working in the UK to consider applying for British citizenship. However, British citizenship solicitors say that it’s actually got harder for EU nationals to become British citizens. That shouldn’t put you off from applying for British naturalisation but you do need to take care with your British citizenship application.

 

Friday, 27 November, 2020
How much does it cost to sponsor a worker on a skilled worker visa?

Many UK businesses are now calculating the cost of Brexit in terms of the end of free movement and the requirement, from the 1 January 2021, to sponsor EU workers under the points based immigration system and the skilled worker visa route.

Thursday, 26 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain - Does Overstaying Affect Your Ten Year ILR Application?

The new skilled worker visa is being introduced as part of the UK points based immigration system and will replace the Tier 2 (General) visa. Whilst the end of free movement for EU citizens will occur on the 31 December 2020 and the full introduction of the new UK points based immigration system will take place on the 1 January 2021, the skilled worker visa will come into effect at 9 am on the 1 December 2020.

 

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain - Does Overstaying Affect Your Ten Year ILR Application?

Most applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain worry that they will meet the eligibility criteria for ILR, especially where there has been an element of overstaying and a questionable immigration record. In this blog we look at the impact of overstaying on the lawful residence requirement for a ten year Indefinite Leave to Remain application.

 

Monday, 23 November, 2020
Government extends ban on most residential evictions until the 11 January 2021

It hasn’t been widely reported in the press but the government has extended the ban on landlords evicting most residential tenants until the 11 January 2021. The previous ban on evictions was lifted on the 20 September 2020, leaving tenants feeling vulnerable to potential eviction. This was despite the fact that the government had encouraged landlords not to start possession proceedings or for bailiffs to enter residential tenanted properties whilst Covid-19 restrictions were in place.

Friday, 20 November, 2020
Online right to rent checks launches on the 25 November 2020

Finally, some good news for landlords and tenants. The government is launching online right to rent checks from the 25 November 2020. Using the new online scheme, landlords will be able to carry out right to rent checks to make sure prospective tenants are legally allowed to rent a property from them using the Home Office checking service.

 

Wednesday, 18 November, 2020
Should I apply for Indefinite leave to remain?

In this article we look at what Indefinite Leave to Remain might mean for you and the benefits of applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. 

 

Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
How can I become a British Citizen if I’m an EU National?

This month you may have some time on your hands because our opportunities to socialise are now severely curtailed again. Once we are released from the latest Covid-19 restrictions, thoughts and plans will be focussed on seeing family and friends and Christmas. That’s why between now and the 2 December it may be worth investigating how you can become a British citizen if you are an EU national living in the UK. 

 

Thursday, 12 November, 2020
The new skilled worker visa

More information about the new skilled worker visa was released in the October 2020 Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The old Tier 2 (General) visa will be known as the skilled worker visa.  The changes will affect non-EEA nationals from the 1 December 2020 and EU citizens from the 1 January 2021. In this blog we look at the key aspects of the skilled worker visa.

 

Monday, 09 November, 2020
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 Law Directory

To say that the partners at OTS Solicitors were delighted by their continued success and recognition in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 is an understatement. After all, the release of the 2021 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession directory followed shortly after the firm’s success in the 2021 Legal 500 directory so it was a ‘good news month’.

Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain and New Appendix on Continuous Residence Requirements

On the 22 October 2020 the government put before parliament a document with the title ‘Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 813’. This 500 plus page document not only provides additional information on the new UK points based immigration system but also makes introduces a new appendix covering the continuous residence requirement.

Monday, 02 November, 2020
Changes to the Maintenance Requirement in Immigration Applications

What is referred to as the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 813 not only provides more information on the new UK points based immigration system but within the 500 page document there are changes to the maintenance requirement. This is important news if you are planning on making an immigration application and need to meet the maintenance requirement.

 

Friday, 30 October, 2020
Breaking News: Immigration Changes Announced

Almost every day there is news about the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 and the implications for EU citizens. The Home Office has released its latest statement of immigration changes that includes important information for both EU and non-EEA nationals. In this blog we look at what the key changes mean in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme and general entry criteria.

 

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
New Brexit law to let vulnerable EU citizens

With the end of free movement for EU citizens fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 immigration solicitors and campaigners again raised concerns about the deadline to apply for pre-settled status and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The good news is that the government is intending to introduce legislation to extend the deadline of the 30 June 2021 for settled status applications for those deemed ‘vulnerable’.

Friday, 23 October, 2020
Best pathways for EU Nationals to obtain British citizenship

Most people would agree that we are living in very difficult times but for EU nationals living and working in the UK it is getting that much harder with the deadline for the end of free movement fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 and the Home Office change in policy making it tougher for some EU citizens to obtain British citizenship. In this article we look at the best pathways for EU nationals to secure British citizenship.

 

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020
Latest developments on possession proceedings and Covid-19

For landlord and tenant solicitors the next important date in the diary is the 23 August 2020. That’s when the new practice direction 55C comes into force. The practice direction means the end of the current stay on possession proceedings. The practice direction 55C also effects possession proceedings that are currently stayed and the commencement of new possession proceedings. In this blog we look at what the new practice direction 55C will mean for landlord and tenants and possession proceedings.

Monday, 19 October, 2020
Can I apply for British citizenship if I have a criminal conviction?

On the 30 September 2020 the Home Office published new guidance on assessing the good character requirement in British nationality applications. As British citizenship solicitors we are frequently quizzed about the good character requirement for a British naturalisation application. That is because British citizenship applicants are understandably anxious about whether the mistakes of their youth or their traffic offence will prevent them achieving their goal of British citizenship.

Saturday, 17 October, 2020
How does a UK business get a sponsor licence?

There is increasing talk in the press about the need for UK business owners to be ’Brexit ready’ and to ensure that UK businesses, large and small, apply for their sponsor licence now.

Monday, 12 October, 2020
Can my business recruit overseas workers?

The question ‘Can my business recruit overseas workers?’ is a complicated one for immigration solicitors to answer whilst the UK is in the Brexit transition period until 11 pm on the 31 December 2020. However, it is a question that needs answering now for UK business owners trying to work out their recruitment options and whether their business can recruit overseas workers now or in the future.

 

Sunday, 11 October, 2020
Remote working from home and sponsored workers

With government advice to work from home, followed by exhortations to return to our workplaces, with a quick you-turn and a repeat of the recommendation to work from home it isn’t surprising that business owners, HR advisors and employees are uncertain about what they should do for the best.

Friday, 09 October, 2020
Fiancée visas and reporting to the Home Office

The Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers are reporting that the new girlfriend of the Strictly Come Dancing Star, Neil Jones, has been reported to the Home Office by her former partner. In this blog we discuss the importance of understanding the Immigration Rules that apply to UK fiancée visas.

 

Thursday, 08 October, 2020
EU Migration Proposals

The European Union is proposing reform of EU migration across EU countries. The proposals are timely as the recent fires at the Moira camp in Greece have once again shown just how vulnerable migrants are and have also exposed the divisions between different countries in their approach towards EU migration. In this blog we look at the EU migration proposals.

 

Wednesday, 07 October, 2020
What fees can a landlord charge a tenant when agreeing a tenancy?

Many people are desperate to move home and estate and letting agents are reporting a massive rise in enquiries about rental properties. With limited available rental stock it is important that tenants understand what fees a landlord can charge a tenant when agreeing a tenancy. This area is governed by the Tenant Fees Act which states that certain fees associated with letting a property in the private rental sector are banned.

Landlord and tenant solicitors 

Tuesday, 06 October, 2020
Possession proceedings restart as ban on evictions lifted

Landlord and tenant solicitors have been inundated with enquiries from worried tenants about property repossessions for failure to pay rent after the government lifted the moratorium on possession proceedings on residential properties on the 20 September 2020.  Equally, landlords have questions about when they can get access to their property or get a court date for possession because many of them are under pressure because of the financial impact of Covid-19.

Monday, 05 October, 2020
Immigration solutions for EU nationals

With some shops starting the countdown to Christmas, immigration solicitors, and increasing numbers of UK businesses and EU nationals, are starting the countdown to the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system that will apply to both non-EEA citizens and those from EU countries. In this blog we look at immigration solutions for EU nationals.

 

Friday, 02 October, 2020
Success for OTS Solicitors in the Legal 500 2021 law directory

2020 has been a tough year for everyone but on the 30 September 2020 the lawyers at OTS Solicitors were delighted to receive some great news about rankings in the Legal 500 2021 law directory.

Thursday, 01 October, 2020
Can you adopt an adult in the UK?

As specialist immigration and family law solicitors we are often asked questions about reuniting families through family visas or the option of international adoption. In this article we answer your questions on adult adoption in the UK.

UK immigration and adoption law solicitors  

Thursday, 01 October, 2020
Commercial rents and business evictions

The government has extended support to prevent business evictions until the end of 2020. This move is welcomed by those renting commercial premises as it will help them weather the financial impact of Covid-19, especially with the fears of a second wave and talk of local and national lockdowns. The government has stated that it has extended protection for commercial tenants until the end of 2020 to help businesses and protect people’s jobs. However, landlords are questioning the cost of the impact of extended support of commercial tenants on them.

Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
Business Immigration and the UK Business Visitor Visa

With Brexit and the forthcoming end of free movement for EU citizens and the planned introduction of a new points based immigration system, businesses and HR advisors are asking whether the UK business visit visa will meet some of their business immigration needs. In this blog we look at business immigration and the UK business visit visa and whether it may meet some of your short term business immigration needs.

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020
UK Ancestry visa

With talk of the new UK points based immigration system and a radical overhaul of the immigration system people are asking immigration solicitors  if you can still apply for a UK visa based on your ancestry. The answer is yes as the ancestry visa route remains open to those who meet the eligibility criteria. In this blog we look at the ancestry visa and whether you are eligible to apply for an ancestry visa.

Ancestry visa solicitors 

Monday, 28 September, 2020
Student Visa Changes and the New UK Points Based Immigration System

The Home Office has introduced a new Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules ‘HC 707’ that will affect student visa applicants under the new UK points based immigration system. In this blog we look at student visas and how students will be affected by the points based immigration system.

Student Visa Solicitors 

Sunday, 27 September, 2020
Apply now if your visa is expiring in the next three months

If you haven’t read about the Home Office increase in the immigration health surcharge then read on as this blog will be of relevance and interest to you if your UK visa is due to expire in the next three months. Immigration solicitors say that on the 1 October 2020 the immigration health surcharge will increase by £124 per visa applicant per year.

Saturday, 26 September, 2020
Hong Kong Visa

The question ‘am I eligible for the Hong Kong visa?’ is one that UK immigration solicitors are being asked now in advance of the introduction of the UK’s new Hong Kong BNO visa route that will open to visa applicants from the 1 January 2021. In this blog we look at eligibility criteria for the new Hong Kong visa.

UK immigration and Hong Kong visa solicitors 

Friday, 25 September, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain for a child

Immigration solicitors know that people find it tough to deal with the Home Office and find the delays in application processing frustrating and annoying. However, if you need to make an application on behalf of your child for Indefinite Leave to Remain the process can appear unnecessarily complicated and highly stressful.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
Overseas adoption and immigration guidance

Immigration solicitors are pleased to note that the Home Office has issued new overseas or intercountry adoptionguidance for those adoptive parents looking to adopt from overseas.

Tuesday, 22 September, 2020

OTS Solicitors are delighted and very proud to announce that Hans Sok Appadu has been promoted to a junior partner after five years of working at OTS Solicitors in London. 

 

Hans joins Oshin Shahiean, Managing Partner, and Teni Shahiean, CEO, as partners at OTS Solicitors.

Teni Shahiean says:

Wednesday, 16 September, 2020
What are my UK settlement options?

Some visa applicants think long-term whereas others are just happy to secure their first work visa, family visa or student visa so that they can enter the UK and start their new life. From the perspective of a UK immigration solicitor it is never too early to ask the question ‘what are my UK settlement options?’ That way we can work out the best and quickest settlement route for you so that you can plan ahead. 

Monday, 14 September, 2020

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