Latest News about Family and Spouse Visas

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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
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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

All of us at OTS Solicitors in London want to show our appreciation to those of you employed in the National Health Service battling to help Londoners during the Covid-19 outbreak. As lawyers we thought of a ‘Covid-19 NHS Free Legal Services Helpline’ as our way to say thank you.

If you are a NHS employee/parent, child or spouse of an NHS employee and you need legal advice on:

Wednesday, 22 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.  

Online immigration solicitors

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

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

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.

Indefinite Leave to remain solicitors

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.

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors

Friday, 27 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

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