Latest News about Immigration

There are over 132,000 Filipinos living in the UK, and this number continues to rise. With many Filipinos living away from their families and friends in the Philippines, Nollienne and Kristine talk about how you can apply for a Visitor Visa to come to the UK. 

 
Nollienne and Kristine will be uploading a series of videos in Tagalog which provides guidance and insight into UK Immigration Law
 
Tuesday, 15 October, 2019
 

The Sole Representative of an Overseas Business sounds like a lonely job, especially in the UK’s current fast paced changing political environment and Brexit uncertainties. However, most economists say expansion is the key to success even in times of economic uncertainty. 

 
Tuesday, 15 October, 2019
 
 

The BBC is reporting that Home Office minister, Brandon Lewis, has told a German newspaper that EU citizens will have to leave the UK if they do not apply for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme in time. We are not scaremongering. There is reference to deportation in the BBC news headline.

 

Same day Settled Status application service  

 
Friday, 11 October, 2019
 
 

OTS Solicitors have officially “arrived” on the London legal scene for immigration law by inclusion in not one but the two leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 
 
Hold the date: London 17 January 2020
 
Hard work and immigration legal training go into making either a great immigration solicitor or a lawyer who knows enough about British Citizenship law to realise when expert help is required.
 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 
 

If you are applying to the Home Office for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa, it is vital that you and your overseas employer fully understand the Sole Representative visa rules and requirements.

 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 

When you are planning your wedding, low down on the list of priorities are the unromantic things, like sorting out the correct immigration visa or signing a prenuptial agreement. After all, it is far more exciting to plan the honeymoon or even to design the wedding invitations. 

 
Thursday, 10 October, 2019
 
 

Those wanting to challenge home office decisions will hear top London immigration solicitors talk about appeals and judicial reviews. It is often assumed that they are the same but they are not.

 

What is a judicial review?

 
Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
 
 

If you are not a London immigration solicitor, you may be forgiven for thinking that the phrase “the centre of operations” is something to do with surgery or even where some secret UK government department is based. Neither is right. Understanding and complying with the Home Office definition of “the centre of operations” is vitally important if you are applying for a Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa.  

 

How can OTS Solicitors help?

 
Tuesday, 08 October, 2019
 
By Hans Sok Appadu, solicitor 
 
Thursday, 03 October, 2019
 
 

London immigration solicitors are having non-stop Brexit and EU Settlement Scheme application discussions with worried EU nationals and their dependants. There is good news for concerned EU citizens and UK companies who employ EU nationals. 

 
Thursday, 03 October, 2019
 
 

The immigration team at OTS Solicitors just cannot quite get to grips with it. Not the fact that the Legal 500 has again recognised the expertise of OTS Solicitors and  increased the firm’s rankings in business immigration and personal immigration. No, what has the immigration team flummoxed was that whilst the Legal 500 has  published its 2020 rankings with its usual speed and accuracy, the UK are still in the throes of sorting out Brexit. 

 
Wednesday, 02 October, 2019
 

It is vital that if you are making an immigration application that you do your utmost to get the application right first time around. Why is it so important to take care with the application and to get it right? Well, if you do not do so, then top London immigration solicitors advise you that you risk inadvertently being classified as an “overstayer”. Many immigration applicants would question how they could possibly be labelled as an overstayer if they have submitted an immigration application prior to the expiry of their current visa.  

 
Tuesday, 01 October, 2019
 
 

On Wednesday, the 6 March 2019 the Supreme Court ruled in the case of KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 10. Asylum seekers and top London immigration solicitors should be jubilant about the landmark decision. 

 
Tuesday, 01 October, 2019
 
 

As top London immigration solicitors we are often asked the question, “can I settle in London after 10 years of living in the UK?”. That is a question about whether, if a person has been in the UK on a series of immigration visas, there is ever a time that they can regularise their position and settle in the UK. Once their immigration position is secured then they have the choice of settling long term wherever they want, whether it is in Wandsworth or Wimbledon or even outside of London.

 

How can OTS Solicitors help?

    
Friday, 27 September, 2019

 

To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement. 

 
Friday, 27 September, 2019
 

The average person assumes that adults in the UK have a right to get married to whomever they want. However, when it comes to immigration clients and marriage the Home Office can have their say.

 
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019
 
 

Many people assume that after five years continuous residence in the UK they will be able to apply to the Home Office for indefinite leave to remain. Top London immigration solicitors will tell you that depending on individual circumstances you may need to be able to establish ten years of continuous residence before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019

 

During the former Prime Minister’s government, Theresa May, it was announced that a legislation would be introduced to enable same sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. This meant that after the legislation was passed, opposite and same sex couples would have the same right to enter into civil partnerships. The former Prime Minister’s announcement lead to a surge of enquiries to top London family solicitors about civil partnerships but also enquiries to the best London immigration solicitors about proposed civil partnership visas to enter the UK.

 
Monday, 16 September, 2019
 
 

Top London immigration solicitors are delighted to highlight the Home Office announcement that under new proposals international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find employment.

 
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
 
 

An end to family reunification means child asylum seekers could be Brexit casualties and be unable to be reunited with family in the UK unless applications are made now.

Top London immigration solicitors say that a piece in the Guardian newspaper has raised anxiety amongst asylum seekers, and the professionals advising them, that the Home Office is planning to end the current system of family reunification for asylum seeking children in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

 
Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
 
 

If the Home Office has detained you then you need immigration law advice from top London immigration solicitors to look at your immigration bail options.

 
Monday, 09 September, 2019
 
 

It is a difficult time to be an employer. There is the worry over the economy. There is the continued confusion over Brexit. In particular, whether there will be a deal or not, and what that will mean to business. On top of those issues, many employers are finding it hard to recruit UK staff to fill vacancies because of low unemployment combined with the reduction in migrant workers coming to the UK after the Brexit referendum.   

 
Friday, 06 September, 2019
 

Most people assume that if you adopt a child from overseas that the child will automatically acquire the citizenship of his or her adoptive parents. The position is a lot more complicated than that. That is why those parents who chose to adopt a child from overseas are encouraged to take both expert immigration law legal advice from top London immigration solicitors as well as specialist adoption law advice from the best London children law solicitors.

 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
 
 

Before a top London immigration solicitor answers the question “can I extend my UK spouse visa?”, we need to look at the basics of a spouse visa.

 
A spouse visa covers:
 
Thursday, 05 September, 2019
 
 

To successfully apply for some types of visa application the Home Office requires evidence of a “genuine relationship”. Failure to supply evidence of the genuine relationship can result in the refusal of a visa application. The best London immigration solicitors provide applicants with help to ensure that they have the knowledge and supporting paperwork to meet the genuine relationship requirement. 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
 
 

I know many Londoners do not always appreciate their cityscape or recognise the skilled architecture and construction that has created it. The good news is that the government recognised the importance of good architecture, both for our cities and economy. 

 
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
By Stephen Slater
 
 
 
Thursday, 22 August, 2019
 
 

The average person assumes that adults in the UK have a right to get married to whomever they want. However, when it comes to migrants and marriage the Home Office can have their say.

Top London immigration solicitors are often asked why a person’s marriage is of any relevance to the Home Office. After all, you would think that the Home Office is busy enough dealing with the implications of Brexit and refugees crossing the channel. 

 
Wednesday, 21 August, 2019
 

“Act now’” is the best advice – a clarion call for action by EU citizens and their employers

 

Is it time for EU citizens living in the UK to panic? After all, we have 72 days to go until the 31 October. No, definitely not, say top London immigration solicitors. However, even the best London immigration solicitors realise that for EU citizens the announcement by the new home secretary, Priti Patel, is worrying.

 
Tuesday, 20 August, 2019
 
 

On the 22 July Channel 4’s award winning investigative affairs programme went undercover to investigate the “golden ticket visa”, officially called the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa. 

 
Tuesday, 13 August, 2019
 
 

It is said that the ‘honeymoon’ stage of the new prime minister’s tenure in 10 Downing Street is over with the recent by-election results.  To top London immigration solicitors it was a short honeymoon given the countdown to Brexit. In some papers, it is reported that Boris Johnson has purchased, using Conservative party funds, a £500 clock to help countdown to Brexit. The clock apparently monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the new Brexit deadline of 11 pm on the 31 October 2019.

 
Tuesday, 06 August, 2019
 
 

Sometimes a news story catches your eye. Many top London immigration solicitors read with interest that Seema Kennedy had been appointed as immigration minister in place of Caroline Nokes. For most, the unusual aspect of the report was that Caroline Nokes is said to have learnt about her removal as immigration minister via social media.

 
Tuesday, 06 August, 2019
 
 

The new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sparked much debate after speaking in the House of Commons about an amnesty for as many as 400,000 illegal immigrants living in the U.K. Giving the Windrush scandal as an example, he spoke about the difficulties that can be caused by a mass expulsion of people who “may have been living and working here for many, many years without being involved in any criminal activity at all”.

 
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
 
 
By Sonum Behar
 
 

With reference to the famous quote by Harvey Mackay: “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back”  As Immigration Lawyers, we understand the importance of time for our clients. Upon instructions it is our duty to ensure that unnecessary and controllable delays are not cause to our client’s case, especially not at our hands. 

 
 
Tuesday, 30 July, 2019
 
 

Business immigration specialists all over London and the UK have received the recent update on sponsorship licenses and guidance for sponsors. 

 
This addendum was published on 17 July 2019 and updates version 03/19 of the Tier 2 and 5: Guidance for Sponsors. 
 
Friday, 19 July, 2019
 
 

What does the question “are you of good character” mean? Why is it so important? If you are not a London immigration solicitor, you might think “good character” is rather old fashioned. 

As London immigration solicitors, we come across the phrase “good character” almost on a daily basis whilst handling applications for British citizenship.

 
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
 
 

We hear a lot of talk in the newspapers about deportation and deportation orders but in many immigration cases, the migrant is not being deported. The best London immigration solicitors will tell you that the migrant is going through a process known as “administrative removal”. Some people may think it is a matter of semantics to call forcible removal from the UK an administrative removal as opposed to deportation but top London immigration solicitors say that there are some important differences. 

 
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

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