Latest News about Immigration

Whilst most immigration lawyers were contemplating what the third reading and the passing of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill on the 30 June 2020 would mean for the future of UK immigration, the government swiftly moved on from the subject of the EU and Brexit to tackle the equally tricky topic of British citizenship for residents of Hong Kong.

Thursday, 02 July, 2020

In light of the Secretary of States decision to offer five years residence to British National (Overseas) passport holders OTS Solicitors sets out the three existing routes to British citizenship open to BN(O)s.

Wednesday, 01 July, 2020

UK employers and their employees are having a torrid time with fears over the UK economy and the impact on business because of either Brexit or Covid-19 and the financial fall out. For employers who sponsor Tier 2 (General) visa workers it is best to keep on top of changing sponsor licence requirements and reporting duties.

Tuesday, 30 June, 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

OTS Solicitors will be launching a live webinar on Wednesday 24th June to present in detail the effects and changes of Covid-19 on the UK Immigration system. We will be discussing a variety of topics and accepting questions from the audience on all aspects of the recent changes to immigration policy.

To Register for this event please follow the link below: 

Thursday, 18 June, 2020

When you enter the UK on a Tier 2 (General) visa it can seem as if it will be years until you can apply to settle in the UK. That may be true but it is best to know how to go about applying for Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain  in the UK.

Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors

Monday, 15 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

In collaboration with our guest speaker Mr Andrew Wilson Head of Employment Law and HR Services at THSP Risk Management, Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce another webinar.

The webinar will take place on June 10th 2020 01:00 PM

Register for this event through the link below: 

Friday, 05 June, 2020

FREE Live Webinar on Brexit and the Changes to Business Immigration


Tuesday, 02 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

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an immense economic and social fallout, the full effects of which won't be known for some time. However UK employers with Home Office sponsor licences don’t have the luxury of time as they need urgent clear immigration and employment law advice on how Covid-19 will impinge on their business and HR practices.

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

When it comes to immigration and the impact of Covid-19 there are daily developments. That isn’t surprising as in a global pandemic, with a UK government imposed lockdown and an economic recession, the pace and scale of changes affecting immigration are fast and furious. In this article we look at some of the recent Covid-19 immigration developments for individuals.

UK immigration solicitors

Friday, 22 May, 2020

It isn’t that long ago that we reported on the introduction of the Start-up visa and Innovator visa. These visas were introduced as part of the government campaign to attract the ‘’brightest and best’’ to set up business in the UK. The government has announced changes to the eligibility criteria for the Start-up and the Innovator visa. These changes will come into force on the 4 June 2020.

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020

The government has announced changes to the eligibility criteria for the sole representative visa. These Immigration Rule changes will be implemented on the 4 June 2020. Sole representative visa solicitors say that if you have a sole representative visa application that is ready to be submitted to the Home Office it is best to do so before the 4 June 2020 deadline. Any applications submitted before the 4 June will be determined on the current sole representative visa eligibility criteria.

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa category may be the ideal business immigration route if you are intending to expand your business venture into the UK.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2020

As London immigration solicitors we know that the story doesn’t end with your first visa and entry into the UK, whether that is on a Turkish business person’s visa, a Tier 2 (General) visa or start-up visa. What visa applicants want to know is whether their visa entry will lead to settlement in the UK and to Indefinite Leave to Remain and how long it will take. In this blog we look at settlement after entry into the UK on a Turkish business person visa or Ankara Agreement visa.

Monday, 18 May, 2020

The House of Commons released a report on the 12 May providing more information and analysis on the new points based immigration system due to come into effect on the 1 January 2021. In this blog we look at the new visa categories and answer your questions on why employers need to apply for a sponsorship licence.

UK immigration solicitors   

Monday, 18 May, 2020


Tune-in to the latest Ideas for Malaysia podcast with OTS Solicitors discussing the impact of Brexit on Malaysian Student

Thursday, 14 May, 2020

There is a lot of interest being expressed in the Turkish business visa. The provisions of the Ankara agreement provide a special visa route into the UK for eligible Turkish nationals. In this blog we look at the basics of applying for a Turkish business person’s visa and answer your questions.

Turkish business visa solicitors

Wednesday, 13 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

If you need legal advice about any aspect of landlord and tenant law or personal immigration law then the landlord and tenant and personal immigration law teams at OTS Solicitors can help you.

Monday, 27 April, 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

Immigration solicitors know that many employers are exhausted with dealing with the impact of Covid-19 on their business, are weary of Brexit and wonder just how much more change their business can cope with. The reality is that more change is on the horizon. On the 9 April 2020, just before the Easter break and during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in London, the government released its promotional material entitled ‘’The UK’s points based immigration system: an introduction for employers’’.

Friday, 24 April, 2020

UK ancestry visas aren’t widely talked about but immigration solicitors say that if you meet the eligibility criteria then the ancestry visa offers a flexible entry route into the UK. The ancestry visa can lead to UK settlement. In this blog we look at the eligibility criteria for a UK ancestry visa and application process.

Friday, 24 April, 2020

Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and founder of OTS Solicitors, is the winner of the SME News award for London immigration lawyer of the year 2020. Whilst everyone at OTS Solicitors is delighted for him, Oshin puts his success down to the team of hard working immigration solicitors and the administrative staff at OTS Solicitors who all contribute to the excellence of client service. They are the watchwords for everyone at OTS Solicitors.

Wednesday, 22 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

If your business is contemplating applying for a sponsor licence for the first time then the whole Home Office application process can seem a bit intimidating.

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Applying for a Home Office sponsor licence may be on your "to do" list but with Brexit, the end of free movement and the introduction of the new points based immigration system on the 1 January 2021, you may be thinking what is the rush? After all, why not see how things go and apply in January 2021? Sponsor licence solicitors say the best advice is to carry out a detailed strategic Brexit review now.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2020

There has probably never been a more frightening time to be in immigration detention in the UK. Even if you are not classed as "vulnerable" because of an underlying health condition, such as asthma, living in close quarters with others isn’t what any of us would choose to do during a global viral pandemic.

Tuesday, 21 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

COVID-19 update: A message from OTS Solicitors - We have online advanced infrastructure, processes and safeguards to allow our solicitors to function fully remotely so clients continue to be served without disruption. Existing and new clients are offered a digital consultation option so call 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment via our online platform, skype or telephone conferencing.

Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

OTS Solicitors has been dealing with many clients who have received a letter from the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) informing them of the intention to revoke their driving licence.


It is certainly very upsetting news for the clients but what is important to note is all of them have something in common: they are facing revocation of their British Citizenship.

Thursday, 09 April, 2020

Sponsorship Licence

“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

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

Calls for release of UK’s Immigration detainees

Tuesday, 07 April, 2020