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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
The New Skilled Worker Visa

In any other year there would have been a massive amount of publicity and media comment about the planned skilled worker visa. Amidst a global pandemic, in many business quarters, the end of free movement and the introduction of the new skilled worker visa, hasn’t been high on the agenda. However immigration solicitors say, in just four months’ time, whether or not the UK leaves the EU with a Brexit deal in place, the government has said that it intends to overhaul the UK immigration system and introduce a new skilled worker visa.

Tuesday, 08 September, 2020
What is the difference between a tenancy agreement and a licence?

You may not think it makes much difference whether you have a tenancy agreement or a licence. However, if things don’t go according to plan, and you need landlord and tenant legal advice your legal status as a tenant or licensee can make a difference. In this article we look at the difference between a tenancy agreement and a licence.

Landlord and tenant solicitors 

Wednesday, 02 September, 2020
Does my business need a Skilled Worker Licence?

If you are wondering what a Skilled Worker Licence is then you are not on your own in not understanding the planned new points based immigration system. Many UK business owners are still getting to grips with how Brexit and the end of free movement will impact on their recruitment strategy. Business owners are also grappling with the economic fallout of Covid-19 and trying to work out how Covid-19 will affect their business and their recruitment needs.

Tuesday, 25 August, 2020
Sponsoring Tier 2 visa

In 2020 there’s a focus on health and safety at work to try to make the work place a safe place to work in after Covid-19, balancing the need to get the UK back working again for the benefit of the UK economy with the risks of a resurgence of coronavirus if social distancing and other health and safety measures aren’t followed.

Friday, 21 August, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain OTS Solicitors

The one thing that immigration solicitors will tell you is that personal immigration law doesn’t just involve the main visa applicant but their whole family. Your family members may want to accompany you or join you as the visa applicant at a later date on a dependant visa or settle in the UK. Alternatively, family members may want to regularly come to the UK on visit visas to see you.

Thursday, 20 August, 2020

If you are in the unfortunate position of having received a UK deportation order you need to take urgent legal advice from expert immigration solicitors on your best options to challenge the deportation order and appeal the decision to have you removed from the UK. 

Wednesday, 19 August, 2020

It is always sad to hear that a law firm has closed and today we heard that national law firm, Kingly solicitors, who had sixteen offices across the UK, has been closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The firm had offices in Berkley Square London, just a short distance from our own OTS Solicitors offices in London.

Friday, 14 August, 2020

The government is slowly releasing information on its planned new UK’s points based immigration system, the latest in the series of Home Office announcements being dated July 2020.

Friday, 14 August, 2020

The trouble with a blog entitled ‘how do I get my deposit back at the end of my tenancy agreement?’ is that tenants often only start to check landlord and tenant law on how and if they can get their tenancy deposit back towards the end of their tenancy agreement when, in some cases, it may be too late to try to recover all or some of your deposit.

Friday, 14 August, 2020

With all the bad news in the press about Covid-19, job losses and the looming recession, it is great for London Immigration Solicitors to be able to report positive news. The Home Office has today announced its visa application and immigration fees for the remainder of 2020.

Thursday, 06 August, 2020

Buy to let landlords may think that they have enough going on with Covid-19 related concerns about the valuation of their buy to let property portfolios, the availability of buy to let mortgage finance and re-mortgage options as well as rent arrears and possession proceedings because of the effect of Covid-19 on their tenants.

Thursday, 06 August, 2020

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, 03 August, 2020

Immigration solicitors have long been sceptical of the benefits of the Home Office asking applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship to sit the Life in the UK test, partially because of the randomness of the questions and the apparent lack of correlation between the Life in the UK test questions and the reality of settling in the UK in 2020.

Friday, 31 July, 2020

According to Wikipedia the saying “may you live in interesting times” is an English translation of a Chinese curse. In 2020 UK immigration solicitors certainly believe that we are living through “interesting” times with Brexit, a global pandemic affecting the lives and travel plans of billions of people, followed by the difficulties that have resulted in the UK government devising a visa scheme for British National (Overseas) citizens ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

Monday, 27 July, 2020

When it comes to disputes between landlords and tenants one of the most common types of disagreement is whether a tenant should get their deposit back at the end of the tenancy and what deductions a landlord can make from the deposit. In this blog we look at the topic of what a landlord can deduct from a tenant’s deposit.

Landlord and tenant deposit dispute solicitors

Monday, 27 July, 2020

The new health and care visa will be open for applications on the 4 August 2020. The new health and care visa has already attracted a lot of criticism in the media primarily because of its name. You’d assume that the visa entry route was for care workers. However the government has limited the medical roles that meet the job description eligibility criteria for the new health and care visa. In this blog we look at UK immigration law and the new health visa.

UK immigration solicitors

Monday, 27 July, 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

Immigration solicitors have been eagerly awaiting the details for the new UK points based immigration system. The Home Office today released a 130 page policy paper with additional information about how the planned UK points based immigration system will work. With barely five months to go before the UK makes massive changes to its immigration policy and procedures it is vital that you or your business do all that you can to take advantage of the existing Immigration Rules or use the time to get ready for the new UK points based immigration system.

Monday, 13 July, 2020

UK employers and their employees are having a torrid time with fears over the UK economy and the impact on business because of Brexit and the passage of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill through parliament.

Monday, 13 July, 2020

Whilst most immigration lawyers were contemplating what the third reading and the passing of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill on the 30 June 2020 would mean for the future of UK immigration, the government swiftly moved on from the subject of the EU and Brexit to tackle the equally tricky topic of British citizenship for residents of Hong Kong.

Thursday, 02 July, 2020

The message coming from the government on Covid-19 is that it is back to business and back to work, whilst following the government guidance on ‘’staying alert’’ for the pernicious and invisible coronavirus. However, in a move welcomed by tenant law solicitors, the government has extended its Covid-19 protection for renters for an additional two months. The protection was due to end on the 25 June 2020 and has been extended until the 23 August 2020.

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Thursday, 02 July, 2020

In light of the Secretary of States decision to offer five years residence to British National (Overseas) passport holders OTS Solicitors sets out the three existing routes to British citizenship open to BN(O)s.

Wednesday, 01 July, 2020

UK employers and their employees are having a torrid time with fears over the UK economy and the impact on business because of either Brexit or Covid-19 and the financial fall out. For employers who sponsor Tier 2 (General) visa workers it is best to keep on top of changing sponsor licence requirements and reporting duties.

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020

From handmade signs to professional notices and protective screens, everyone is trying to get back to the business of work so that the damage to the UK economy isn’t as devastating as feared. In this blog we look at the obligations of commercial landlords and tenants in getting commercial premises ready to welcome back employees, customers and clients.

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Monday, 29 June, 2020

Writing a blog on the latest news on UK immigration and Covid-19 is difficult , even for London immigration solicitors, as the changes to UK immigration  policy and practices are changing daily, sometimes news is released more than once a day. Accordingly this blog is up to date today but for advice on your particular immigration situation or query please call us on 0203 959 9123 or complete our online enquiry form

Thursday, 25 June, 2020

It was a case that was being followed closely by Landlord and tenant solicitors and yesterday the court of appeal ruled in the case of Trecarrell House Limited and Patricia Rouncefield [2020] EWCA Civ 760. The appeal court judges found in favour of the landlord and held that a landlord can serve a Section 21 eviction notice on a tenant when a Gas Safety Certificate has been served after the tenancy has begun. In this blog we look at the case and the implications for landlord and tenants.

Friday, 19 June, 2020

OTS Solicitors will be launching a live webinar on Wednesday 24th June to present in detail the effects and changes of Covid-19 on the UK immigration system. We will be discussing a variety of topics and accepting questions from the audience on all aspects of the recent changes to immigration policy.

To Register for this event please follow the link below: 

Thursday, 18 June, 2020

When you enter the UK on a Tier 2 (General) visa it can seem as if it will be years until you can apply to settle in the UK. That may be true but it is best to know how to go about applying for Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain  in the UK.

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors

Monday, 15 June, 2020

Immigration lawyers for spouse visas are often told by those who are in the UK on a spouse visa that however happy the marriage they never feel one hundred percent settled in the UK until they have ‘long term’ status.

Monday, 15 June, 2020

When you are in a long distance relationship, whether it is UK to the Philippines or UK to India, the priority for most couples is to sort out a UK partner visa so you can reunite and spend time together as a family. In this blog we explain how you can best secure a UK partner visa.

UK partner visa solicitors 

Friday, 12 June, 2020

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