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If you are not a London immigration solicitor, you may be forgiven for thinking that the phrase “the centre of operations” is something to do with surgery or even where some secret UK government department is based. Neither is right. Understanding and complying with the Home Office definition of “the centre of operations” is vitally important if you are applying for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa.  

 

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Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
 
By Hans Sok Appadu, Solicitor 
 
Thursday, 03 October, 2019
 
 

London immigration solicitors are having non-stop Brexit and EU Settlement Scheme application discussions with worried EU nationals and their dependants. There is good news for concerned EU citizens and UK companies who employ EU nationals. 

 
Thursday, 03 October, 2019
 
 

The immigration team at OTS Solicitors just cannot quite get to grips with it. Not the fact that the Legal 500 has again recognised the expertise of OTS Solicitors and  increased the firm’s rankings in business immigration and personal immigration. No, what has the immigration team flummoxed was that whilst the Legal 500 has  published its 2020 rankings with its usual speed and accuracy, the UK are still in the throes of sorting out Brexit. 

 
Wednesday, 02 October, 2019
 

It is vital that if you are making an immigration application that you do your utmost to get the application right first time around. Why is it so important to take care with the application and to get it right? Well, if you do not do so, then top London immigration solicitors advise you that you risk inadvertently being classified as an “overstayer”. Many immigration applicants would question how they could possibly be labelled as an overstayer if they have submitted an immigration application prior to the expiry of their current visa.  

 
Tuesday, 01 October, 2019
 
 

On Wednesday, the 6 March 2019 the Supreme Court ruled in the case of KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 10. Asylum seekers and top London immigration solicitors should be jubilant about the landmark decision. 

 
Tuesday, 01 October, 2019
 
 

As top London immigration solicitors we are often asked the question, “can I settle in London after 10 years of living in the UK?”. That is a question about whether, if a person has been in the UK on a series of immigration visas, there is ever a time that they can regularise their position and settle in the UK. Once their immigration position is secured then they have the choice of settling long term wherever they want, whether it is in Wandsworth or Wimbledon or even outside of London.

 

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Friday, 27 September, 2019

 

To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement. 

 
Friday, 27 September, 2019
 

The average person assumes that adults in the UK have a right to get married to whomever they want. However, when it comes to immigration clients and marriage the Home Office can have their say.

 
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019
 
 

Many divorcing or divorced couples will have read all about the case of the ex-wife who lost her court fight with her rock star ex-husband over whether she could raise five million by selling her shares in a company set up to receive The Clash royalties. 

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019
 
 

Many people assume that after ten years continuous residence in the UK they will be able to apply to the Home Office for indefinite leave to remain. Top London immigration solicitors will tell you that depending on individual circumstances you may need to be able to establish ten years of continuous residence before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019
 
 

Life and therefore divorce are complicated in the digital age. In the old days, it was harder to hide assets if you were getting divorced because there was normally a paper trail relating to the purchase of investments. Alternatively, there was reference in a spouse’s bank accounts to dividend income from which shared ownership could be traced.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019

 

During the former Prime Minister’s government, Theresa May, it was announced that a legislation would be introduced to enable same sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. This meant that after the legislation was passed, opposite and same sex couples would have the same right to enter into civil partnerships. The former Prime Minister’s announcement lead to a surge of enquiries to top London family solicitors about civil partnerships but also enquiries to the best London immigration solicitors about proposed civil partnership visas to enter the UK.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019

 

We are proud to have recently achieved a successful outcome in a Child Arrangements Matter. While it looked frustratingly bleak at first, it turned out very favourably in the end for our client (Father).

 
In this case, the Father had been stopped by the Mother from seeing his children for over a year. At the start, the court only considered indirect contact by way of letters and cards as the Mother was not agreeable to direct contact or even telephone contact. 
 
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
 

As London divorce solicitors, we are often asked the question “what will I end up with after the divorce?”. That question normally prompts a discussion about how the court divides assets on divorce. It can be frustrating to many divorcing spouses to hear that the family court does not use a set formula to work out how to divide assets on divorce. Understandably, a husband or wife want a clear-cut answer of what a family court judge will order as their financial settlement so that they can then negotiate and agree a financial settlement with their spouse.

 
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
 
 

Top London immigration solicitors are delighted to highlight the Home Office announcement that under new proposals international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find employment.

 
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
 
 

An end to family reunification means child asylum seekers could be Brexit casualties and be unable to be reunited with family in the UK unless applications are made now.

Top London immigration solicitors say that a piece in the Guardian newspaper has raised anxiety amongst asylum seekers, and the professionals advising them, that the Home Office is planning to end the current system of family reunification for asylum seeking children in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

 
Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
 
 

If the Home Office has detained you then you need immigration law advice from top London immigration solicitors to look at your immigration bail options.

 
Monday, 09 September, 2019
 
 

The best London divorce solicitors are often consulted about dowry claims and divorce proceedings as the practice of providing a dowry remains relatively common amongst international families who are based in London.

 
Friday, 06 September, 2019
 
 

It is a difficult time to be an employer. There is the worry over the economy. There is the continued confusion over Brexit. In particular, whether there will be a deal or not, and what that will mean to business. On top of those issues, many employers are finding it hard to recruit UK staff to fill vacancies because of low unemployment combined with the reduction in migrant workers coming to the UK after the Brexit referendum.   

 
Friday, 06 September, 2019
 

Most people assume that if you adopt a child from overseas that the child will automatically acquire the citizenship of his or her adoptive parents. The position is a lot more complicated than that. That is why those parents who chose to adopt a child from overseas are encouraged to take both expert immigration law legal advice from top London immigration solicitors as well as specialist adoption law advice from the best London children law solicitors.

 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
 
 

Before a top London immigration solicitor answers the question “can I extend my UK spouse visa?”, we need to look at the basics of a spouse visa.

 
A spouse visa covers:
 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
 

 

There was a time when prenup agreements were the preserve of the ultra-wealthy and if a fiancée raised the topic of signing a prenuptial agreement, it caused offence, with thoughts that there was a lack of trust or faith in the long-term future of the relationship.

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

Parents do not often think of writing down a parenting plan when the family lives together. Somehow, the family muddles through, sorting out the parenting arrangements on an ad hoc basis and dealing with the occasional crises when they arise. However, the best London children solicitors will tell you that if parents decide to separate or divorce preparing a parenting plan can reduce a lot of stress and even avoid the need to start children court proceedings.

 

What is a parenting plan? 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement. 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

I know many Londoners do not always appreciate their cityscape or recognise the skilled architecture and construction that has created it. The good news is that the government recognised the importance of good architecture, both for our cities and economy. 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
By Stephen Slater
 
 
 
Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

When a couple split up it is normal for finances to be stretched as a separation often means the family is trying to fund two households out of the same amount of income. When it comes to negotiating a financial settlement with a husband or wife often top London divorce solicitors find that the trickiest part is reaching agreement on whether spousal maintenance should be paid, and if so, how long for. 

 
Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

With the government announcement that it intends to introduce “no fault” divorce  to end the “blame game” in divorce proceedings, many in the media assume that divorce proceedings will get a lot less stressful for the couples involved, and perhaps more importantly for their children. However, the best London divorce solicitors have tended to find that couples who are separating or divorcing find that starting divorce proceedings because of a partner’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour is not one of the most stressful aspects of a separation or divorce. 

Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

The average person assumes that adults in the UK have a right to get married to whomever they want. However, when it comes to migrants and marriage the Home Office can have their say.

Top London immigration solicitors are often asked why a person’s marriage is of any relevance to the Home Office. After all, you would think that the Home Office is busy enough dealing with the implications of Brexit and refugees crossing the channel. 

 
Wednesday, 21 August, 2019
 

“Act now’” is the best advice – a clarion call for action by EU citizens and their employers

 

Is it time for EU citizens living in the UK to panic? After all, we have 72 days to go until the 31 October. No, definitely not, say top London immigration solicitors. However, even the best London immigration solicitors realise that for EU citizens the announcement by the new home secretary, Priti Patel, is worrying.

 
Tuesday, 20 August, 2019
 
 

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

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