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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

On the 28 January 2020 the government announced that it would be introducing a new points-based immigration system from 2021. The government says it will provide more information about the new points-based immigration system as it becomes available. This government announcement follows on from the release of the latest Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on the 28 January 2020.

Thursday, 06 February, 2020

The government announced its global talent visa in January and a few days later, in a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules dated the 30 January 2020, set out the details of the new global talent visa. The global talent visa will replace the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa as the means of encouraging specific sector talented individuals to choose the UK to work and settle in. The global talent visa opens to applicants on the 20 February 2020.

Tuesday, 04 February, 2020

The global talent visa launches on the 20 February 2020. The global talent visa was only announced by the government on the 27 January 2020 and in less than a month the UK will be ready to welcome those with global talent into the UK. In this blog we look at the new global talent visa.

UK Immigration solicitors

Thursday, 30 January, 2020

As landlord and tenant solicitors we are often asked the question ‘Can my landlord enter my home without my permission?’ In this blog we answer your questions on your landlord‘s right to enter your tenanted property.

 

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Wednesday, 29 January, 2020

Are you the landlord of a Home in Multiple Occupation (HMO)? You may have set out with the intention of purchasing a HMO or renovated a property to create a HMO or accidentally fallen into becoming a landlord of a HMO. Many landlords became accidental HMO owners after the change in HMO regulations that said the definition of HMOs was extended to property of less than three storeys high if the other conditions for a HMO were met. However, you ended up becoming a landlord of a HMO, in this blog we answer your frequently asked questions about Homes in Multiple Occupation.

 

Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

Recently the Law Commission reported on the UK Immigration Rules. The Law Commission report concludes that the current UK Immigration Rules are ‘overly complex and unworkable’. The report says simplification of the Immigration Rules could save the government an impressive £70m over the next ten years.

 

Friday, 24 January, 2020

In December 2019, the Home Office updated the rules on the Life in the UK test. Those reforms were not widely published or the subject of much media coverage, having been released just prior to the Christmas break and in the midst of Brexit news coverage.

Wednesday, 22 January, 2020

You may already be rather tired of reading about and listening to news about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their plans to start a new life with baby Archie in North America, whilst potentially still being at least part time members of the royal family and transitioning to financial independence whilst travelling between the UK and Canada.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

Many people don’t like to talk about domestic violence. However, the reality is that domestic violence happens to both men and women on a daily basis throughout the UK and many stay silent because they think that is their only choice if they want to stay in the UK on a spouse visa.

Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

The question ‘can my husband cancel my spouse visa?’ is one that the Immigration and family law solicitors get asked a lot in January when there is a rise in separation and divorce enquiries.

Monday, 13 January, 2020

Too many immigration solicitors and UK employers 2019 was a year of what ifs and maybes. That was because of the political uncertainty and election combined with the frustrations of Brexit and whether it was happening and, if so, when and on what terms. For immigration solicitors and UK employers 2020 brings a bit of clarity. We know that Brexit is happening although we may not know the exit terms.

Wednesday, 08 January, 2020

You may think that 2020 is the year to apply for British citizenship. That may be because other family members are already British citizens or because British citizenship has been a long-held goal and you have been counting down the months to meet the British naturalisation application eligibility criteria.

Monday, 06 January, 2020

Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK is a big step for most people. Whilst it may not be the same commitment as applying for British nationality it is nonetheless a major mark in your immigration journey and may either be the culmination of your immigration applications or a massive leap towards being able to apply for British citizenship in the future. In this blog we look at how best to secure Indefinite Leave to Remain status.

Indefinite Leave to remain solicitors

Thursday, 02 January, 2020

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