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.
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.
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:
"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".
It is with great pleasure that Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors can announce that not only has the government launched the UK Department for International Trade support directory, but also that OTS Solicitors feature in the businesses included in the new government digital investment support directory.
When it comes to business visas, the business immigration team at OTS Solicitors have had another highly successful year in applying for business visas.
To a non-business owner you would think it would be simple. If a business needs to recruit migrant workers because it cannot fill its job vacancies with UK workers then it should be able to do so with the minimum of fuss and expense.
RA (Iraq) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 850 (17 May 2019)
Home Office reconsiders a UK visit visa refusal and grants the father of Sabir Zazai a visa so he can see his son receive a doctorate
The Home Office has been in the news again and sadly for all the wrong reasons. The best London immigration solicitors say that the latest Home Office news shows that if you or a family member are refused a visit visa then it is worth renewing your application for a UK visit visa.
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.
OTS Solicitors are delighted to introduce Toby Hiscock who works as a paralegal in the general immigration and Family Law departments at OTS Solicitors.
Oshin Shahiean, managing partner, says,
OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that Kristine Lauriaga has joined OTS Solicitors as a paralegal in the individual immigration and Business Immigration departments.
The introduction of the new Start-up visa and Innovator Visa has led to the top London immigration solicitors receiving a flurry of questions from entrepreneurs and start-up business owners about the new business visa options.
It has been a very busy and successful few months on the Investor Visa front at OTS Solicitors. In March 2019, the Home Office released new guidance on applications for UK Tier 1 (Investor) Visas. The top London immigration solicitors studied the Home Office Investor Visa guidance rapidly as some investor client applications for Investor Visas were awaiting approval from the Home Office and others were awaiting submission.
What does the case of Balajigari v Secretary of State for the Home Department mean for migrants facing the hostile environment policy?
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.
The government keeps saying that whatever happens with Brexit, the UK is open to business and innovation. If you are a graduate with a business idea, then one means of entering the UK is to apply for a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.
A graduate is eligible to apply for a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa if they:
The Home Secretary, Savid Javid has tweeted that “nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK ... No one is above the law”.
Back in 2018, the government said that they would be introducing the Start-up visa. The March 2019 statement of changes to the Immigration Rules and guidance from the Home Office on the new Start-up visa, gives top London immigration solicitors more information about the new visa category.
It is hot off the press and long awaited by the top London immigration solicitors. The Home Office has this week announced the identities of the Endorsing Bodies who are approved to endorse visa applicants for the new Start-up visa and Innovator Visa.
On 29 March 2019, the Home Office released its guidance on applications for UK Tier 1 (Investor) Visas. The guidance follows the Home Office statement of changes setting out its planned amendments to UK Immigration Rules. The statement, released on the 7 March, contained the changes to the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa.
Just when we thought Brexit could not get any more confusing or the politicians could not think of any more options to put before parliament, they have.
By Stephen Slater, Senior Caseworker and In-House Advocate at OTS Solicitors
So far, 2019 has been a brilliant year for OTS Solicitors. We were all still delighted by our inclusion in the leading law directory, Legal 500, for our expertise in business immigration law when we discovered that we had won the award for the Most Innovative Business Immigration Law Firm 2019 from SME News. That is a great achievement for a firm that was only set up five years ago.