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Wednesday, 19 August, 2020
If you are applying for British citizenship it may seem obvious to you that Home Office officials will realise that you are making a British naturalisation application because you want to live in the UK permanently and make it your home. However, as part of the British citizenship application process, you do need to demonstrate that your principal home will be in the UK. In this blog we look at what the British citizenship principal home test involves.
British citizenship solicitors
Monday, 20 July, 2020
As London immigration solicitors we know that the story doesn’t end with your first visa and entry into the UK, whether that is on a Turkish business person’s visa, a Tier 2 (General) visa or start-up visa. What visa applicants want to know is whether their visa entry will lead to settlement in the UK and to Indefinite Leave to Remain and how long it will take. In this blog we look at settlement after entry into the UK on a Turkish business person visa or Ankara Agreement visa.
Monday, 18 May, 2020
Monday, 04 May, 2020
COVID-19 update: A message from OTS Solicitors - We have online advanced infrastructure, processes and safeguards to allow our solicitors to function fully remotely so clients continue to be served without disruption. Existing and new clients are offered a digital consultation option so call 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment via our online platform, skype or telephone conferencing.
Wednesday, 15 April, 2020
OTS Solicitors has been dealing with many clients who have received a letter from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) informing them of the intention to revoke their driving licence.
It is certainly very upsetting news for the clients but what is important to note is all of them have something in common: they are facing revocation of their British Citizenship.
Thursday, 09 April, 2020
Tuesday, 31 March, 2020
By Stephen Slater, Senior Lawyer at OTS Solicitors
Tuesday, 31 March, 2020
If you have come to the UK hoping to make a new life for yourself then being told by the Home Office that you can't stay in the UK can be devastating news. It could be that your visa extension application has been refused or you have been told you can't switch to a different type of visa.
Tuesday, 17 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
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
If you have had your immigration application refused it can be a terrible blow for you and your family.
Monday, 02 March, 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
Thursday, 27 February, 2020
Monday, 24 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
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
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
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
Monday, 13 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
A judicial review ruling has delighted immigration solicitors and parents wanting to register their children as British citizens. The landmark high court judgment is an early Christmas present for child naturalisation applicants because the court has decided that the Home Office child citizenship fee of £1,012 is unlawful.
British citizenship solicitors
Monday, 30 December, 2019
All the talk of getting Brexit done and the flurry of activity over the new government’s planned changes to UK immigration law is making people question their immigration status and ask ‘ Can I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years in the UK?’ In this blog we answer your questions on applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years in the UK.
Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors
Friday, 27 December, 2019
The UK government has said that it wants to promote business in the UK and if you are an overseas company looking to ‘set up shop’ in the UK then the Sole Representative visa is an attractive option.
Monday, 23 December, 2019
Friday, 20 December, 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 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
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
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
OTS Solicitors Graduation services team tips on how to challenge a visit visa refusal
Thursday, 13 June, 2019
Tuesday, 12 February, 2019
Monday, 04 February, 2019
Thursday, 31 January, 2019
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
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