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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.

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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.

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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

As London immigration solicitors we are frequently asked ‘how do I appeal an immigration decision?’ That is because many people come to us for help after making their own immigration application or after trying and failing to make a successful immigration application with other solicitors.

Friday, 20 December, 2019

Whilst we now know the results of the 2019 UK general election and everyone can recite that it is government policy to ‘get Brexit done’ what many people have limited information about is how UK immigration policy will be affected by Brexit and how that will affect everyday lives in the UK.

Wednesday, 18 December, 2019
 

If your UK spouse visa application has been refused then it is understandable to feel not only disappointed but angry and frustrated with yourself or your spouse, either because of the way you filled in the application, the amount of supporting paperwork provided or your choice of solicitor to handle your spouse visa application.

 
Tuesday, 17 December, 2019
 

When you are trying to find information on how to reunite your family there seems to be a lot of information on the internet about how best to apply for a UK spouse visa,  but not all that much information about civil partnership UK visas. In this blog we focus on the civil partnership UK visa and answer your questions on eligibility to apply for a civil partnership visa.

 

Civil partnership visa solicitors 

 
Friday, 06 December, 2019
 

With almost daily Home Office updates on Brexit and immigration law, even the most experienced London immigration solicitors can feel as if Brexit will never end. That’s perhaps not surprising given its over three years since the Brexit referendum. However, if immigration solicitors think that Brexit will never be out of the news or off the political agenda, spare a thought for EU nationals living in the UK, not knowing what their best Brexit options are. 

 

Settled Status solicitors 

 
Thursday, 05 December, 2019

 

The question ‘can I change job on a Tier 2 (General) visa?‘ is one that both non-EEA workers and UK employers want answering because whilst employees want flexibility their employers want to know to what extent their recruitment needs could change if their Tier 2 (General) visa employees decide to switch employer for more pay or better conditions.

 

Work visa solicitors   

 
Friday, 29 November, 2019
 

In all the chaos and confusion surrounding Brexit it is easy to focus on the politics and forget the people. However, Permanent Residence immigration solicitors will tell you that the people matter. It isn’t just the moral responsibility of looking after EU nationals who chose to settle in the UK under the EU freedom of movement rules but it is also in the best interests of UK businesses to ensure that current EU workers have security and status in the UK post Brexit

 
Friday, 29 November, 2019
 

It is a difficult enough decision to end a relationship but if your ability to stay in the UK rests on your relationship and your spouse visa it can be tempting to stay with your partner, even if you have been the victim of domestic violence. If you are in that position it is crucial that you understand your family and immigration law options so that you can make the best choices for you and your family.

 

Spouse visa solicitors

 
Wednesday, 27 November, 2019
 

Many applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain  are a bit bemused by the Home Office requirement that they have to pass a ‘Life in the UK’ test in order to meet the eligibility criteria for an Indefinite Leave to Remain application. The good news (at least if you are nearing your sixty fifth birthday) is that you do not need to sit the Life in the UK test if you are under the age of eighteen or over the age of sixty five or if you fall within other limited exemptions.

 

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Thursday, 21 November, 2019
  

It is natural to assume that once you have secured Indefinite Leave to Remain your permission to live in the UK is indefinite in nature and therefore cannot be lost or cancelled by Home Office officials. However, immigration solicitors will tell you that Immigration Rules provide for the loss of Indefinite Leave to Remain. 

 

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors 

 
Tuesday, 19 November, 2019
 

Immigration appeal lawyers have been waiting for the decision in Lal v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1925. Appealing a Home Office decision isn’t easy as the case of Lal demonstrates but the Lal case offers guidance for immigration appeal lawyers and those contemplating appealing a visa decision.

 

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Monday, 18 November, 2019
 

Wanting to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen and a history of absences from the UK are not mutually exclusive. At least that is what most UK immigration solicitors think. However, the Immigration Rules and Home Office guidance sets out the law and policy on how applications for British citizenship will be viewed by UK Visas and Immigration officials when you have a history of absences from the UK.

 

British nationality solicitors 

 
Thursday, 14 November, 2019
 

Immigration solicitors are often asked to explain what a biometric residence permit is by confused immigration clients. It isn’t surprising that immigration clients do not know what a ‘biometric residence permit’ is. It sounds like the sort of document you need to gain access to a bio nuclear installation. 

 
Thursday, 14 November, 2019
 
Wednesday, 13 November, 2019
 

Most of us wonder whether Brexit will impact on every part of our day to day lives, from the cost of buying a pint of milk, to the availability of prescription drugs. With Brexit pushed back to January 2020,  there is additional time for families to think through the potential consequences of Brexit and the impact on them and their families and for immigration solicitors to look at the topic of Brexit and spouse visas.

 

Spouse visa solicitors  

 
Wednesday, 13 November, 2019
 

You may be questioning what good character has got to do with British nationality. Immigration solicitors would say that it is a good question because if you are born British your subsequent ‘character’ is rarely relevant to your status as a British national. However, if you want to apply for British nationality and you are over the age of ten, then you have to satisfy the Home Office that you are of ‘good character’ as part of your naturalisation application. 

 

British nationality solicitors   

 
Thursday, 07 November, 2019
 

It is bad enough to go through the trauma of a separation or a divorce without also experiencing worry about the effect of your divorce on your spouse visa. It is not surprising that many partners stay in unhappy marriages because they do not know what to do for the best. If you are in that situation then immigration solicitors urge you to take legal advice about your spouse visa. That way, you can make informed decisions about the future of your marriage based on what is best for you and your family.

 

Spouse visa solicitors 

 
Thursday, 07 November, 2019

 

By Jayanaben Rathod

 

Wednesday, 06 November, 2019
 

It is a tricky question to ask if you need British citizenship if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. It is a question many immigration clients ask their London immigration solicitors as they want to know whether British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain is the best option for them. There is not a right or wrong answer to the question “is British nationality or Indefinite Leave to Remain best?” as the reply from an immigration law specialist will depend on your personal circumstances.

 

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors 

Wednesday, 30 October, 2019
 
 

With all the turmoil and uncertainty over Brexit, you may question who would contemplate establishing a branch office or a wholly owned subsidiary company in the UK with just one employee, at a time of unprecedented political upheaval. However, the best London immigration solicitors find that the most ambitious non-EEA entrepreneurs and business owners say that the time to expand into new markets is when times are challenging so that you can steal a march on the competition.

 
Tuesday, 29 October, 2019
 
 

Saying that you have ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK’ is a bit of a mouthful. It is also a phrase that does not mean a great deal to the person you are speaking to, unless they are an immigration solicitor or Home Office official.

 
Monday, 28 October, 2019

By Toby Hiscock

On 18 October 2019 the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper called ‘The UK’s future immigration system’. The paper examines the Government’s vision for a unified immigration system after Brexit and explores some of the changes and additions that have been proposed for Britain’s post-Brexit immigration system. 

 

Monday, 28 October, 2019
 
 

The asylum interview by UK Visas and Immigration officials is a two-stage process:

 

• The asylum screening interview;

• The asylum substantive interview.

 
Although the top London immigration solicitors say both interviews are important, the substantive asylum interview is the lengthy, detailed interview.   
Thursday, 24 October, 2019

 

In the words of the Beatles classic song ‘Can't buy me love’, money can't buy you love but money is part of the UK spouse visa’s financial requirements and money is therefore an essential factor in successfully applying for a UK spouse visa.

 

Spouse visa solicitors 

 
Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

 

When you think of British nationality your thoughts might turn to cricket, the royal family and all the other things that are quintessentially British. For example, complaining about the weather or adopting a stiff upper lip in times of trouble. However, what British nationality and British citizenship means and feels like to you can be very different depending on whether you are a British national or you are wanting to apply to naturalise as a British citizen. 

   

British nationality solicitors 

 
Wednesday, 23 October, 2019
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Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, says the UK should adopt an Australian points based system. However, as OTS Solicitors’ Senior Immigration Lawyer, Stephen Slater, points out, this already matches the points based system the UK currently has in place. Concerns about the shortage in agricultural labour in the UK are result of the increased minimum wage other EU countries currently offer in comparison. Stephen Slater discusses these and other concerning points Brexit still raises in an interview with talkRADIO.

 

Thursday, 17 October, 2019

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