Latest News about Immigration

OTS Solicitors are delighted and very proud to announce that Hans Sok Appadu has been promoted to a junior partner after five years of working at OTS Solicitors in London. 


Hans joins Oshin Shahiean, Managing Partner, and Teni Shahiean, CEO, as partners at OTS Solicitors.

Teni Shahiean says:

Wednesday, 16 September, 2020
What are my UK settlement options?

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
The New Skilled Worker Visa

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
Does my business need a Skilled Worker Licence?

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
Sponsoring Tier 2 visa

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
Indefinite Leave to Remain OTS Solicitors

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

If you are in the unfortunate position of having received a UK deportation order you need to take urgent legal advice from expert immigration solicitors on your best options to challenge the deportation order and appeal the decision to have you removed from the UK. 

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

The government is slowly releasing information on its planned new UK’s points based immigration system, the latest in the series of Home Office announcements being dated July 2020.

Friday, 14 August, 2020

With all the bad news in the press about Covid-19, job losses and the looming recession, it is great for London Immigration Solicitors to be able to report positive news. The Home Office has today announced its visa application and immigration fees for the remainder of 2020.

Thursday, 06 August, 2020

Buy to let landlords may think that they have enough going on with Covid-19 related concerns about the valuation of their buy to let property portfolios, the availability of buy to let mortgage finance and re-mortgage options as well as rent arrears and possession proceedings because of the effect of Covid-19 on their tenants.

Thursday, 06 August, 2020

Immigration solicitors have long been sceptical of the benefits of the Home Office asking applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship to sit the Life in the UK test, partially because of the randomness of the questions and the apparent lack of correlation between the Life in the UK test questions and the reality of settling in the UK in 2020.

Friday, 31 July, 2020

According to Wikipedia the saying “may you live in interesting times” is an English translation of a Chinese curse. In 2020 UK immigration solicitors certainly believe that we are living through “interesting” times with Brexit, a global pandemic affecting the lives and travel plans of billions of people, followed by the difficulties that have resulted in the UK government devising a visa scheme for British National (Overseas) citizens ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

Monday, 27 July, 2020

The new health and care visa will be open for applications on the 4 August 2020. The new health and care visa has already attracted a lot of criticism in the media primarily because of its name. You’d assume that the visa entry route was for care workers. However the government has limited the medical roles that meet the job description eligibility criteria for the new health and care visa. In this blog we look at UK immigration law and the new health visa.

UK immigration solicitors

Monday, 27 July, 2020

If you are applying for British citizenship it may seem obvious to you that Home Office officials will realise that you are making a British naturalisation application because you want to live in the UK permanently and make it your home. However, as part of the British citizenship application process, you do need to demonstrate that your principal home will be in the UK. In this blog we look at what the British citizenship principal home test involves.

British citizenship solicitors   

Monday, 20 July, 2020

Immigration solicitors have been eagerly awaiting the details for the new UK points based immigration system. The Home Office today released a 130 page policy paper with additional information about how the planned UK points based immigration system will work. With barely five months to go before the UK makes massive changes to its immigration policy and procedures it is vital that you or your business do all that you can to take advantage of the existing Immigration Rules or use the time to get ready for the new UK points based immigration system.

Monday, 13 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 Brexit and the passage of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill through parliament.

Monday, 13 July, 2020

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