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“It is a no brainer that Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that do not have a sponsorship licence should consider applying now if they want to sponsor skilled migrants, which will include people from the European Union, from January 2021.” 

- Hans Sok Appadu, Head of business immigration Team at OTS Solicitors.

Wednesday, 08 April, 2020

COVID-19 update:

Wednesday, 01 April, 2020

We are all rightly worried about how Covid 19 may affect our friends, families and loved ones.

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Just when London immigration solicitors thought that the worst of phase one of Brexit was over the world is hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

At OTS Solicitors we know that these are worrying times. Legal problems and questions don’t go away even if you don’t want to travel into London to see one of our specialist solicitors. The answer is that there is no need to travel to see your solicitor as OTS Solicitors offer the best legal advice online services, whether you are a business or an individual needing advice in any of our areas of legal expertise.

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Friday, 13 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.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the launch a new UK points-based Immigration system. The government has promised that their new Immigration scheme will open up the UK to the ‘brightest and the best from around the world’.

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

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.

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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.

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

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, 29 November, 2019


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Wednesday, 06 November, 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.

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

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

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
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 employeesImmigration status and the future of your business. 

Monday, 08 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


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
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.

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