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Top London immigration solicitors read in the news that recently three people have been convicted of criminal offences relating to providing migrants with incompetent and unsupervised immigration advice. The three were found guilty of providing unqualified immigration advice and/or services in contravention of section 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 

 
Monday, 15 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
 
 

Let’s face it the phrase “Zambrano Derivative Residence Card” is a bit of a mouthful that does not easily trip off the tongue. However, as the best London immigration solicitors use the phrase a lot, this blog looks at what a Zambrano Derivative Residence Card is and what it does. 

 
In essence, the Zambrano Derivative Residence Card is relevant to:
 

• Non-EEA national primary carers of British citizens; and 

Monday, 15 July, 2019

 

When it comes to your loved ones, you want the best. It is no different if you need a spouse visa in order to reunite with your husband, wife or civil partner.

 
Monday, 15 July, 2019
 
 

Spring is in the air; thoughts are turning to holidays and spending time with friends and family. However, if you are a global family it is not so easy to keep in touch or to visit a loved one. Many families require a UK standard visitor visa in order to travel to the UK to spend time with relatives or to combine a trip with attending a family or friend’s wedding.  

 
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

 

Each year, when the school summer holidays are nearly upon us, child custody solicitors see a rise in enquiries about whether an ex-partner can take a child to live in another country. The increase in queries about relocating abroad with a child after a separation or divorce at this time of year appears to be down to timing. Most parents who want to relocate overseas with their children after a separation or divorce want the child to finish their summer school term in the UK and to settle in a new country and school by the date of the new school year in September.

Friday, 12 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
 

“Does Indefinite Leave to Remain end?” sounds a bit of a daft question. After all most of us think that indefinite means without end. However, the dictionary definition of indefinite is “not exact or not clear; without clear limits” and the synonyms of indefinite are “vague, uncertain and unclear”. That is not exactly comforting if you are a non-EEA national who wants to secure Permanent Residence in the UK. 

 
Friday, 12 July, 2019
 
 

Many people think that marriage and immigration is complicated. After all, you have to jump through hoops to get a fiancée visa or spouse visa. However, top London immigration solicitors say that divorce and immigration is just as complex.

 
Friday, 12 July, 2019
 

The case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1070.

 

Top London immigration solicitors say the recent case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1070 could affect applicants applying late for visa renewals who will eventually want to apply for leave to remain in the UK based on having lived lawfully within the UK for ten years.

 
Thursday, 11 July, 2019
 
 

The answer to the question, “what is a specific issue order?” is that a specific issue order is an order made by a judge sitting in the family court in England and Wales. A specific issue order is made pursuant to section 8 of the Children Act 1989. The order determines an issue that is in dispute in connection with any aspect of parental responsibility for a child. 

 
Wednesday, 10 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
 
  

When it comes to knowledge of the types of visa applications available, top London immigration solicitors find their UK and international clients do not often know about the option of applying for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa.

 
So what exactly is a Youth Mobility Visa and who is eligible to apply for one? The title “Youth Mobility Visa” implies that the visa applicant must be a youth, but the visa is open to eligible applicants who are aged between eighteen and thirty.
 
Monday, 08 July, 2019
 
 

The school summer holidays are almost upon us. For London child custody solicitors that means many enquiries, often from anxious fathers, wanting to find a solution to sorting out summer holiday contact and getting to spend a bit of quality time with their children after a separation or divorce.

 
Monday, 08 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
 
 

All immigration news related to Windrush are of interest to OTS Solicitors and in particular to Stephen Slater, Senior Lawyer at OTS Solicitors. That is because Stephen Slater and the immigration team at OTS Solicitors have helped many victims of the Windrush Generation.

 
Wednesday, 03 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
 
By Angelique Holm
 

The day of judgment has come (or so you hope) and you have received a hearing date to attend a Children Family Court. The hearing has been listed as a ‘First Hearing and Dispute Resolution Appointment’ or FHDRA for short (pronounced fehe-drah).

 
Thursday, 27 June, 2019
 
 

Last week we had threats of floods and torrential rain in parts of the UK and so thoughts are turning to getting out of London and to taking the children to sunnier climes on their annual summer holiday. Now is the time to act fast if you are a separated parent and want to take your children abroad on holiday this summer. Here is a guide from child custody solicitors.

 
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
 

Campaigners are asking the government to change child custody law so that, in every case where a mother and father separate or divorce, there is a legal presumption that the mother and father will share the parenting of their children. 

 
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019
 

Experienced family law solicitors would say that it is unlikely that a parent was able to prevent the other parent from relocating within the UK with a child. Unless the circumstances were highly unusual.

 
Top London children solicitors have always found it hard to justify children law when it comes to child relocation.
That is because if a parent wants to take a child abroad to live then they need the written agreement of the other parent or a court order giving them permission to take the child abroad to live.
 
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

 

In a case referred to as Gubeladze [2019] UKSC 31, the Supreme Court has decided that the Home Office has breached residence rights of EU citizens. You might be forgiven for assuming that this is not headline news. However, to top London immigration solicitors the case is of importance as the ruling affects hundreds of thousands of EU citizens.

 
Monday, 24 June, 2019

 

The family law and Immigration law matters in International Adoption cases are probably not the things you think of when you are showing off your new baby to friends and family. But the pleasures of that new arrival are what new parents should be able to experience in the first few weeks of a baby’s arrival. 

 
Monday, 24 June, 2019
 

Last night everyone at London based OTS Solicitors were glued to their screens to watch the second in a series of three BBC2 programmes with the intriguing title “Who should get to stay in the UK?”.

 
Friday, 21 June, 2019
 
 

When family members argue over who should have custody of a child after the loss of one parent it is often assumed by the surviving parent and the extended family that the court will favour the child living with his or her remaining parent rather than going to live with an extended family member, family friend or stepparent.

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
 
 

When family relationships breakdown legal advice is often needed from top London family solicitors on whether one parent can return home or to a new country with the children. The second question then arises: how, if the one parent remains in the UK, can they maintain a meaningful relationship with their children?

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
 

As top London children solicitors we are often asked if the family court will listen to a child during children court proceedings, as parents are normally very anxious that the wishes of their son or daughter are listened to by the judge. Many parents assume that in every application for a child arrangements order (an order setting out who has custody and access to the child) that the judge will interview the children. 

 
Tuesday, 18 June, 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

It is a sad fact that on the 16 June many children did not have contact with their fathers. For the majority of dads who do not live with their children on a daily basis the stigma of being classed as an "absent father" is hard to cope with on Father’s Day.

Sunday, 16 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
 

 

OTS Solicitors Graduation services team tips on how to challenge a visit visa refusal 

 
Thursday, 13 June, 2019

The best London family and immigration solicitors know all about the trials that some UK parents experience with international surrogacy. They therefore welcome the news that the Law Commission will look at the case for reform of UK surrogacy law. 

 
The good news is that the Law Commission is considering ways to reduce the time taken to:
 
Thursday, 13 June, 2019
In an official statement released on the 10th June Home Secretary Sajid Javid claims that evidence suggest that Windrush migrants 
 
"came to the UK from the Caribbean before 1973 and stayed here permanently but were unable to demonstrate their continuous residence here which led to action being taken against them".
 
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019
 
 

Top London divorce solicitors often discuss adultery with clients, as there are many common misunderstandings about what adultery means in the context of UK family law. There is also a lot of misinformation on the impact of adultery on custody and contact with children and financial settlements.

 
Thursday, 06 June, 2019

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