Latest News about Family and Spouse Visas

spouse visa

Coming to the UK on a spouse visa is the start of your journey to settlement in the UK though lots of people are so relieved to secure their initial spouse visa that they don’t look forward to when they will have to make an application to the Home Office to extend their spouse visa. UK immigration solicitors say it is best to plan ahead and to understand what you will need to extend your spouse visa.

Monday, 29 March, 2021
Immigration rules changes

On the 4 March 2021, the UK government published a new Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. For those business owners still adapting to Brexit and the introduction of the new points-based immigration system in January  2021, further changes may seem oddly timed. In this blog we look at the over one-hundred-page document of immigration rules changes and highlight the key points.

UK immigration solicitors 

Tuesday, 16 March, 2021

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Monday, 15 March, 2021
spouse visa if you are separated

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are thinking about separating from your husband or wife you need to know if you can stay in the UK on a spouse visa if you separate or divorce.

Monday, 15 February, 2021
The Hong Kong visa

The British prime minister, Boris Johnston, may have given a warm welcome to those with British national (overseas) status looking to apply for entry clearance to the UK on the new Hong Kong visa but the Chinese government response to the Hong Kong visa has heightened the concerns of those with British national (overseas) status. In this blog our immigration solicitors look at the Hong Kong visa introduced on the 31 January 2021.  


Thursday, 04 February, 2021
Dependent of skilled worker

Immigration solicitors are getting enquiries from UK employers and skilled migrant workers on the new skilled worker visaintroduced as part of the points-based immigration system to replace the Tier 2 (General) visa. In this blog we look at the rules on bringing your family with you to the UK if you apply for a skilled worker visa.


Friday, 22 January, 2021
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 Law Directory

To say that the partners at OTS Solicitors were delighted by their continued success and recognition in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 is an understatement. After all, the release of the 2021 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession directory followed shortly after the firm’s success in the 2021 Legal 500 directory so it was a ‘good news month’.

Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
Changes to the Maintenance Requirement in Immigration Applications

What is referred to as the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 813 not only provides more information on the new UK points based immigration system but within the 500 page document there are changes to the maintenance requirement. This is important news if you are planning on making an immigration application and need to meet the maintenance requirement.


Friday, 30 October, 2020
Fiancée visas and reporting to the Home Office

The Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers are reporting that the new girlfriend of the Strictly Come Dancing Star, Neil Jones, has been reported to the Home Office by her former partner. In this blog we discuss the importance of understanding the Immigration Rules that apply to UK fiancée visas.


Thursday, 08 October, 2020
Immigration solutions for EU nationals

With some shops starting the countdown to Christmas, immigration solicitors, and increasing numbers of UK businesses and EU nationals, are starting the countdown to the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system that will apply to both non-EEA citizens and those from EU countries. In this blog we look at immigration solutions for EU nationals.


Friday, 02 October, 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
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

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

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.

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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

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

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

When you receive a spouse visa

Friday, 12 June, 2020

In the UK, Boris Johnson has said BN (O) passport holders in Hong Kong may be given a new pathway to British citizenship if the Chinese government passes new security laws affecting Hong Kong. Politicians seem to love abbreviations but that doesn’t help you if you are in Hong Kong and wondering if you have BN (O) and, if you have it, what it may entitle you to. In this blog we look at what the term BN (O) means and the implications for you if you are a BN (O) living in Hong Kong.

Friday, 05 June, 2020

The death of your partner is devastating but the immigration and private client Wills and tax lawyers at OTS Solicitors know just how hard it can be to grieve for the loss of a loved one when you are worried about whether you will be able to stay in the UK and, as well as losing your

Friday, 29 May, 2020

With Covid-19 domestic violence is in the news, for all the wrong reasons. Sadly, with the coronavirus lockdown there has been a real surge in incidents of domestic abuse.

Monday, 11 May, 2020
By Tomor Bahja, a leading human rights and immigration barrister regularly instructed by OTS Solicitors in judicial review proceedings, and immigration and human rights cases in the first tier tribunal, upper tribunal and High Court.


Monday, 04 May, 2020

You often hear reports in the press about separated or divorced parents where one parent wants to take their child abroad to live after their divorce and the other parent objects. As immigration solicitors we also advise our international clients where, after a separation or divorce, a parent wants to settle in the UK with their child.

Monday, 27 April, 2020

As immigration and divorce solicitors we are always saddened when we are told that a husband, wife or civil partner has stayed in an unhappy marriage or civil partnership for years, thinking that they had no choice if they wanted to stay in the UK. There are choices and in this blog we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about immigration and divorce in the UK.    

Immigration and divorce solicitors 

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

OTS Solicitors are the winners of the SME News award for ‘London Immigration and Family Law Firm of the year 2020’. Teni Shahiean, CEO of OTS Solicitors says "We recognised that there was a gap in the market for a niche immigration law practice with a specialist family law services offering for our global client base. We are delighted that SME News award recognises our joined-up approach to immigration and family law and our excellent client service".

Monday, 20 April, 2020

If you are in the UK on a fiancée visa then you are probably feeling guilty that one of your major worries during the global Covid 19 pandemic is the effect of coronavirus on your wedding plans and your immigration status. In this blog we look at fiancée visas and coronavirus.  

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Wednesday, 08 April, 2020

COVID-19 update:

Wednesday, 01 April, 2020

When you are engaged to be married you want to be able to live in the same country as your fiancé.

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa the route to settlement in the UK can be long and a very confusing journey for some. It isn’t surprising that people don’t understand their settlement options and whether they should apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship or whether ILR is a pre-requisite to a spouse being eligible to settle in the UK. In this blog we look at spouse visa settlement options.


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

If your child is a British citizen and you are not a British national then an obvious question for you to ask is whether you can obtain a parent visa or leave to remain in the UK, and ultimately British citizenship, through your child. In this blog we look at the circumstances in which a parent can get leave to remain in the UK and British citizenship through their child.

Immigration solicitors

Friday, 13 March, 2020

When it comes to immigration control, immigration solicitors often are asked about the concept of ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and what it means, in practical terms, if that condition is placed on their limited to leave to enter the UK or as a visa condition. Whether you are in the UK on a spouse visa, fiancée visa or partner visa the words ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ can be very concerning.

Friday, 13 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

A spouse visa interview is probably the most important interview that you and your sponsor spouse will ever participate in. If you thought that a job interview was stressful then a spouse visa interview is on another level as the outcome of your spouse visa interview will determine whether you and your husband, wife or civil partner can live in the UK together and enjoy life as a family. In this blog we look at the spouse visa interview and offer guidance on what you can do to prepare for it.

Wednesday, 11 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

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are splitting up from your husband, wife, civil partner or partner because of their domestic violence you may think that not only are you losing your partner but also your new friends, job and your adopted country. That is because if you separate from your spouse or partner you won't be eligible to remain in the UK on your current spouse visa.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2020

One of the most common questions immigration solicitors are asked is ‘when can I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?’ For many, the years on a UK visa and being subject to immigration controls and the hostile environment, the wait for ILR can seem painfully slow. In this blog we look at whether you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after ten years in the UK.

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors

Friday, 21 February, 2020

When it comes to the language of love you do not tend to think of the English language. Most people would say that the French language is the true language of love but not according to UK Immigration Rules. If you want to reunite with your spouse on a UK spouse visa then you will need to meet the English language test requirement.

Spouse visa solicitors

Friday, 14 February, 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