Latest News about Business Visas

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

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

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


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


By Jayanaben Rathod


Wednesday, 06 November, 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

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

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business sounds like a lonely job, especially in the UK’s current fast paced changing political environment and Brexit uncertainties. However, most economists say expansion is the key to success even in times of economic uncertainty. 

Tuesday, 15 October, 2019

If you are applying to the Home Office for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa, it is vital that you and your overseas employer fully understand the Sole Representative visa rules and requirements.

Thursday, 10 October, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When most employers get an official communication about a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence inspection or audit their hearts sink, blood pressure rises and the day just gets that little bit darker. Imagine a world where news of an audit was no big thing – just part of the daily post and nothing to panic over or prepare assiduously for. 

Monday, 15 July, 2019

Graduation from university is a proud day for a student as well as their family. It is a chance to celebrate all the hard work throughout the university years. It is also a bit frightening as for most students it marks the end of student hood and entering a new phase of their lives. For some, their immigration status is also a concern and many might consider switching their Tier 4 Student Visa to a Start-up Visa. 

Monday, 15 July, 2019

When a company gets its first Sponsor Licence, business owners tend not to think about the expiry of the Sponsor Licence. However, top London immigration solicitors   advise that Sponsor Licences only last for four years. That may seem a long time at the outset of the Sponsor Licence but the date for renewal of the Sponsor Licence can come around very quickly when a company is focussed on the daily challenges of supply and demand or recruitment and HR issues.

Friday, 12 July, 2019


If you have an “exceptional talent” and you want to come to the UK from a non-EEA country then you may be able to enter the UK on a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa  rather than applying for a Tier 2 (General) Visa. 

Tuesday, 09 July, 2019

If you are reading this after you have just had learned that your company’s Sponsor Licence has been suspended, you probably are at your wits ends about what you should do and are worried about your employees’ immigration status and the future of your business. 

Monday, 08 July, 2019

For business owners struggling to get to grips with whether or not Brexit will happen and, if so, when and how to prepare their business for a post Brexit world in either a deal or no deal scenario it is hard to keep on top of business immigration news. 

Monday, 01 July, 2019

University and college exams are ending, and London employers are thinking about recruitment in either seasonal tourist industries or to help cover for staff holidays over the summer season when Londoners are trying to escape to the sun.

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019


Top London immigration solicitors find that when HR directors and staff carry out the Resident Labour Market Test they appreciate just how complicated the test is. However, it is not until a company has had its Sponsor Licence application rejected (often more than once) that an employer gains a full appreciation of the complexities and fine detail of the Resident Labour Market Test. 

Friday, 14 June, 2019

Stephen Slater is a senior lawyer and in-house advocate at OTS Solicitors and someone with a passion for helping the underdog. He has therefore found his niche area of law in helping the Windrush Generation with their nationality law and hostile environment challenges and in securing justice and compensation for Windrush victims.

Friday, 14 June, 2019

You might be mistaken in thinking that the question “who should get to stay in the UK?” is a question best answered by politicians rather than by top London immigration solicitors. However, “Who should get to stay in the UK?” is also the title of a new three-part BBC two series on UK immigration and the hot topic of who should get to stay in the UK. It is not some Orwellian drama but a fly on the wall series looking at individuals and their solicitors battling the migration system and Home Office Immigration Rules. 

Friday, 14 June, 2019


There has been negative press about the new Innovator Visa, so OTS Solicitors thought we would share an Innovator Visa case study to show that applicants are successfully starting to make UK Innovator visa applications.


The adverse publicity surrounding the Innovator visa stems from:

Thursday, 13 June, 2019

It is with great pleasure that Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors can announce that not only has the government launched the UK Department for International Trade support directory, but also that OTS Solicitors feature in the businesses included in the new government digital investment support directory.

Thursday, 30 May, 2019

When it comes to business visas, the business immigration team at OTS Solicitors have had another highly successful year in applying for business visas. 

Thursday, 30 May, 2019

To a non-business owner you would think it would be simple. If a business needs to recruit migrant workers because it cannot fill its job vacancies with UK workers then it should be able to do so with the minimum of fuss and expense. 


Thursday, 30 May, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019

The question “Can Filipinos visit and work in the UK?” is a question that our Tagalog fluent paralegal, Kristine Lauriaga is frequently asked. Kristine thought we should post a blog to answer some of the most popular questions that the best London immigration solicitors are asked about Filipinos visiting and working in the UK.

Friday, 17 May, 2019


OTS Solicitors are delighted to introduce Toby Hiscock who works as a paralegal in the general immigration and Family Law departments at OTS Solicitors.


Oshin Shahiean, managing partner, says,

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that Kristine Lauriaga has joined OTS Solicitors as a paralegal in the individual immigration and Business Immigration departments. 

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

The introduction of the new Start-up visa and Innovator Visa has led to the top London immigration solicitors receiving a flurry of questions from entrepreneurs and start-up business owners about the new business visa options. 

The popular questions posed to the best London immigration solicitors from young entrepreneurs looking to set up business in the UK are: 
Friday, 10 May, 2019