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Wednesday, 02 December, 2020
Many of those in the construction industry campaigned against Brexit as they were concerned about the impact of the end of free movement on the import and supply of construction material and on the availability of skilled European construction workers. The UK construction industry, and particularly so in London, relies heavily on its European workforce.
Tuesday, 01 December, 2020
After 11 pm on the 31 December 2020 EU nationals arriving to live and work in the UK will be subject to immigration controls. Immigration solicitors say that means that if you are an EU national who didn’t meet the 31 December 2020 deadline to move to the UK for work purposes then you will need a work visa to work in the UK. That’s because with the end of free movement EU nationals and non-EEA nationals will be treated in the same way under UK Immigration Rules.
Monday, 30 November, 2020
You would think that with the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 that the UK government would be encouraging EU nationals already living and working in the UK to consider applying for British citizenship. However, British citizenship solicitors say that it’s actually got harder for EU nationals to become British citizens. That shouldn’t put you off from applying for British naturalisation but you do need to take care with your British citizenship application.
Friday, 27 November, 2020
Many UK businesses are now calculating the cost of Brexit in terms of the end of free movement and the requirement, from the 1 January 2021, to sponsor EU workers under the points based immigration system and the skilled worker visa route.
Thursday, 26 November, 2020
The new skilled worker visa is being introduced as part of the UK points based immigration system and will replace the Tier 2 (General) visa. Whilst the end of free movement for EU citizens will occur on the 31 December 2020 and the full introduction of the new UK points based immigration system will take place on the 1 January 2021, the skilled worker visa will come into effect at 9 am on the 1 December 2020.
Tuesday, 24 November, 2020
Most applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain worry that they will meet the eligibility criteria for ILR, especially where there has been an element of overstaying and a questionable immigration record. In this blog we look at the impact of overstaying on the lawful residence requirement for a ten year Indefinite Leave to Remain application.
Monday, 23 November, 2020
Finally, some good news for landlords and tenants. The government is launching online right to rent checks from the 25 November 2020. Using the new online scheme, landlords will be able to carry out right to rent checks to make sure prospective tenants are legally allowed to rent a property from them using the Home Office checking service.
Wednesday, 18 November, 2020
In this article we look at what Indefinite Leave to Remain might mean for you and the benefits of applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
This month you may have some time on your hands because our opportunities to socialise are now severely curtailed again. Once we are released from the latest Covid-19 restrictions, thoughts and plans will be focussed on seeing family and friends and Christmas. That’s why between now and the 2 December it may be worth investigating how you can become a British citizen if you are an EU national living in the UK.
Thursday, 12 November, 2020
More information about the new skilled worker visa was released in the October 2020 Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The old Tier 2 (General) visa will be known as the skilled worker visa. The changes will affect non-EEA nationals from the 1 December 2020 and EU citizens from the 1 January 2021. In this blog we look at the key aspects of the skilled worker visa.
Monday, 09 November, 2020
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
On the 22 October 2020 the government put before parliament a document with the title ‘Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 813’. This 500 plus page document not only provides additional information on the new UK points based immigration system but also makes introduces a new appendix covering the continuous residence requirement.
Monday, 02 November, 2020
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
Almost every day there is news about the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 and the implications for EU citizens. The Home Office has released its latest statement of immigration changes that includes important information for both EU and non-EEA nationals. In this blog we look at what the key changes mean in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme and general entry criteria.
Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
Most people would agree that we are living in very difficult times but for EU nationals living and working in the UK it is getting that much harder with the deadline for the end of free movement fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 and the Home Office change in policy making it tougher for some EU citizens to obtain British citizenship. In this article we look at the best pathways for EU nationals to secure British citizenship.
Wednesday, 21 October, 2020
On the 30 September 2020 the Home Office published new guidance on assessing the good character requirement in British nationality applications. As British citizenship solicitors we are frequently quizzed about the good character requirement for a British naturalisation application. That is because British citizenship applicants are understandably anxious about whether the mistakes of their youth or their traffic offence will prevent them achieving their goal of British citizenship.
Saturday, 17 October, 2020
There is increasing talk in the press about the need for UK business owners to be ’Brexit ready’ and to ensure that UK businesses, large and small, apply for their sponsor licence now.
Monday, 12 October, 2020
The question ‘Can my business recruit overseas workers?’ is a complicated one for immigration solicitors to answer whilst the UK is in the Brexit transition period until 11 pm on the 31 December 2020. However, it is a question that needs answering now for UK business owners trying to work out their recruitment options and whether their business can recruit overseas workers now or in the future.
Sunday, 11 October, 2020
With government advice to work from home, followed by exhortations to return to our workplaces, with a quick you-turn and a repeat of the recommendation to work from home it isn’t surprising that business owners, HR advisors and employees are uncertain about what they should do for the best.
Friday, 09 October, 2020
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
The European Union is proposing reform of EU migration across EU countries. The proposals are timely as the recent fires at the Moira camp in Greece have once again shown just how vulnerable migrants are and have also exposed the divisions between different countries in their approach towards EU migration. In this blog we look at the EU migration proposals.
Wednesday, 07 October, 2020
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
2020 has been a tough year for everyone but on the 30 September 2020 the lawyers at OTS Solicitors were delighted to receive some great news about rankings in the Legal 500 2021 law directory.
Thursday, 01 October, 2020
Thursday, 01 October, 2020
With Brexit and the forthcoming end of free movement for EU citizens and the planned introduction of a new points based immigration system, businesses and HR advisors are asking whether the UK business visit visa will meet some of their business immigration needs. In this blog we look at business immigration and the UK business visit visa and whether it may meet some of your short term business immigration needs.
Tuesday, 29 September, 2020
With talk of the new UK points based immigration system and a radical overhaul of the immigration system people are asking immigration solicitors if you can still apply for a UK visa based on your ancestry. The answer is yes as the ancestry visa route remains open to those who meet the eligibility criteria. In this blog we look at the ancestry visa and whether you are eligible to apply for an ancestry visa.
Ancestry visa solicitors
Monday, 28 September, 2020
The Home Office has introduced a new Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules ‘HC 707’ that will affect student visa applicants under the new UK points based immigration system. In this blog we look at student visas and how students will be affected by the points based immigration system.
Student Visa Solicitors
Sunday, 27 September, 2020
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
The question ‘am I eligible for the Hong Kong visa?’ is one that UK immigration solicitors are being asked now in advance of the introduction of the UK’s new Hong Kong BNO visa route that will open to visa applicants from the 1 January 2021. In this blog we look at eligibility criteria for the new Hong Kong visa.
UK immigration and Hong Kong visa solicitors
Friday, 25 September, 2020
Immigration solicitors know that people find it tough to deal with the Home Office and find the delays in application processing frustrating and annoying. However, if you need to make an application on behalf of your child for Indefinite Leave to Remain the process can appear unnecessarily complicated and highly stressful.
Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
Tuesday, 22 September, 2020
Wednesday, 16 September, 2020
Some visa applicants think long-term whereas others are just happy to secure their first work visa, family visa or student visa so that they can enter the UK and start their new life. From the perspective of a UK immigration solicitor it is never too early to ask the question ‘what are my UK settlement options?’ That way we can work out the best and quickest settlement route for you so that you can plan ahead.
Monday, 14 September, 2020
In any other year there would have been a massive amount of publicity and media comment about the planned skilled worker visa. Amidst a global pandemic, in many business quarters, the end of free movement and the introduction of the new skilled worker visa, hasn’t been high on the agenda. However immigration solicitors say, in just four months’ time, whether or not the UK leaves the EU with a Brexit deal in place, the government has said that it intends to overhaul the UK immigration system and introduce a new skilled worker visa.
Tuesday, 08 September, 2020
If you are wondering what a Skilled Worker Licence is then you are not on your own in not understanding the planned new points based immigration system. Many UK business owners are still getting to grips with how Brexit and the end of free movement will impact on their recruitment strategy. Business owners are also grappling with the economic fallout of Covid-19 and trying to work out how Covid-19 will affect their business and their recruitment needs.
Tuesday, 25 August, 2020
In 2020 there’s a focus on health and safety at work to try to make the work place a safe place to work in after Covid-19, balancing the need to get the UK back working again for the benefit of the UK economy with the risks of a resurgence of coronavirus if social distancing and other health and safety measures aren’t followed.
Friday, 21 August, 2020
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
Wednesday, 19 August, 2020
It is always sad to hear that a law firm has closed and today we heard that national law firm, Kingly solicitors, who had sixteen offices across the UK, has been closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The firm had offices in Berkley Square London, just a short distance from our own OTS Solicitors offices in London.
Friday, 14 August, 2020