Latest News about Family and Spouse Visas

 
 

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
UK Immigration and US Tax Implication
 

You may have thought that the whole world was focused on the safe arrival of Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s bundle of joy. Speculation is reaching a crescendo on when the birth will take place at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, whether it will be a prince or princess, the all-important name, and the first photographs of mother and baby. 

 
Tuesday, 30 April, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
 
Thursday, 07 February, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
 
In a sign that the government is ramping up its preparation for a no deal exit from the European Union, the Home Office has released new policy guidance in the event the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place.
 
Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
 
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors  

Sometimes, you look at a couple and think how did they get together? If you are part of the Home Office investigation team then that is all part of the daily enquiries into migrants’ relationships and marriages.

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

On the 31 December, the Home Office issued updated guidance on UK Visas and immigration inviting migrant applicants to participate in DNA testing to establish biological relationships.

Friday, 04 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

The Beatles classic track says “You can't buy me love” but families caught up in navigating the UK’s family Immigration Rules may disagree.  

Friday, 28 December, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted and very proud to announce that Hans Sok Appadu has qualified as a solicitor after 4 years of working at OTS Solicitors in London, initially as a paralegal and latterly as a trainee solicitor.  

Friday, 23 November, 2018

Obtaining your UK visa to come and live, study or work in the UK, with or without the input of a Legal 500 immigration solicitor, is a real achievement – but what happens if your situation changes?

Monday, 01 October, 2018

The UK’s Family Visa covers a number of different visa routes, familiar to the best immigration solicitors in London, including the UK fiancé visa and UK Spouse Visa.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Our EEA immigration solicitors recently explained how changes in the latest EEA regulations (that came into force on 24th July 2018) now allow dual UK/EU citizens the opportunity to rely on EU rules regarding a spouse even if

Wednesday, 01 August, 2018

The latest ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the rights of extended family members looking to join an EU citizen, and the availability of appeal in the face of a refusal to grant a residence card, will be of interest to EEA immigration solicitors, and indeed to all

Thursday, 19 July, 2018
If a non-EEA citizen has a right of residence in the UK through marriage to an EEA citizen, what happens to that right to reside if the couple divorces?
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. These are some of the wonderful words our clients have to say about us:






Wednesday, 13 June, 2018

There are many options open to people who want to become parents, but for one reason or other find it difficult. Surrogacy is one such option, although as good family solicitors will explain, the arrangements for confirming the legal parents of a child born through a surrogacy agreement in the UK have been problematic for single parents.

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

Applying for a UK visa can be complicated – and this is certainly the case if you are considering a Spouse Visa application. It’s made all the more difficult because both practically and emotionally, so much depends on getting a Spouse Visa. If you are living apart from your partner everything is more difficult. It’s even more so if you have children who are living with one or other of you.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been awarded business immigration Law Firm 2018 in Corporate Insider’s annual Business Excellence Awards.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

If you are living apart from your husband or wife, in different countries, it can be very stressful. Alongside a raft of conditions that you must satisfy to be able to apply for a Spouse Visa to come to the UK, you will also have to satisfy the income requirements to obtain this form of visa.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

With the press full of the wedding of Prince Harry to American Meghan Markle, and news that she will apply for British Citizenship, other couples in transnational relationships must be wondering if there are lessons they can take from the relationship. In particular, whether there is some secret to coming to the UK as a fiancé, with a wedding planned (albeit not a royal wedding!).

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
Elderly man holding a stick

By Maryem Ahmed, of OTS Solicitors 

Friday, 08 December, 2017
Rings on a bible

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in immigration law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK and the Middle East.

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017
Married couple holding hands

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in immigration law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK and the Middle East.

Wednesday, 15 November, 2017
Two rings in front of a gavel.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.  You can also call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on freephone 0808 2000 247.

Thursday, 09 November, 2017
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500


OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.


It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Picture of a couple and two children with a tear in the middle of the image.

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

The decision to divorce is hard for anyone.  However, if one party to the marriage resides in the UK on a Spouse or Civil Partnership Visa, the demise of a relationship can also mean having to leave the country permanently.

Monday, 02 October, 2017
Immigration Law and Gavel

In March 2019, the UK will officially leave the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).  Top immigration law firms in London have been inundated with people who are concerned about their right to reside in the UK after

Friday, 18 August, 2017
UK Spouse Visa Couple Holding Hands

If you are applying for a UK Spouse Visa and have not instructed a top immigration law firm, you may want to change your mind and instruct a lawyer to provide you with the best legal advice; this will be crucial in ensuring that your application is submitted with (if possible), the option to bring an appeal on Human Rights grounds, should your requires for a

Monday, 14 August, 2017
Yemen highlighted on world map

OTS senior solicitor, Smit Kumar and trainee solicitor Hans Appadu have been quoted in an article discussing the plight of Yeminis people, in an article by investigative journalist, Paola Tamma.

Thursday, 10 August, 2017
JUSTICE for spouse visa

Following the initial changes made to the UK Immigration Rules on 9th July 2012, the entire UK Immigration system became increasingly stringent in granting both entry clearance to non-EEA nationals as well as granting leave to remain for those individuals already in the UK.

Thursday, 03 August, 2017
Couple speaking via video message

In February 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of MM (Lebanon) & Others v the Secretary for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 10. 

This case, running for many years, challenged the Minimum Income Requirement, introduced in 2012 by then Home Secretary, and now British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The Supreme Court upheld the Minimum Income Requirement, stating it was lawful “in principle”. However, the seven judges stated that:

Monday, 24 July, 2017
couple speaking to a consultant regarding applying for a spouse visa

In a major victory for immigration law advocates and Spouse Visa applicants, the British Government has amended the immigration rules surrounding the minimum income threshold to make it easier for some families to meet the requirements.

Friday, 21 July, 2017
OTS Solicitors Google Review

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received for our Supervisor Solicitor and Immigration specialist, Ms Smit Kumar:



Friday, 07 July, 2017
British Pound Against Rising Finances

Last week the UK held a general election, which despite considerable loss of seats and overall majority, means the Conservatives will remain in control of the government, for now at least.    If the manifesto on which the Tories campaigned is to be carried through, those wishing to apply for a UK Spouse Visa need to be aware of the potential implications of an increase in the Minimum Income Threshold and NHS surcharge.

Monday, 12 June, 2017
UK 2017 voting polling station regarding immigration policies

The UK election is less than a week away, and as expected, immigration is a key issue in the main parties’ manifestos.

Monday, 05 June, 2017
JUSTICE



Art 17(2) of Dublin III and challenge of discretion on public law grounds
R (MA) v SSHD [2017] UKUT (Unreported) (12th April 2017)

On 12th April 2017 the Upper Tribunal Judge Reeds handed down her judgment on R (MA) v SSHD [2017] UKUT (Unreported), a case concerning a failure on part of the Secretary of State to exercise discretion and accept responsibility for assessing MA’s claim and whether such failure can be challenged on public law grounds. 

Monday, 22 May, 2017

If Labour wins the UK elections on 8th June 2017, Skype families may become a thing of the past.  Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to scrap the minimum income requirement for spouse visas.

This announcement will be greeted with jubilation by immigration solicitors doing their best to reunite families separated by the minimum income requirement.

Friday, 12 May, 2017

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