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.
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.
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”.
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.
Business immigration specialists all over London and the UK have received the recent update on sponsorship licenses and guidance for sponsors.
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.
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.
Home Office figures reveal that 600,000 EU citizens have applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. You would think that with over 600,000 applicants for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme that the top London immigration solicitors would no longer be receiving enquiries about EU citizens applying for Permanent Residence. However, with the continued uncertainty over Brexit, EU citizens are continuing to ask the question whether it is preferable to apply for Settled Status or Permanent Residence.
Although the Home Office is committed to treating asylum seekers with respect, dignity and fairness the interview process can make you feel as if you are on “trial” and that you have done something wrong. The top London immigration solicitors say that is not the case, even if you may feel as if you are on trial.
Top London immigration solicitors read in the news that recently three people have been convicted of criminal offences relating to providing migrants with incompetent and unsupervised immigration advice. The three were found guilty of providing unqualified immigration advice and/or services in contravention of section 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
When most employers get an official communication about a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence inspection or audit their hearts sink, blood pressure rises and the day just gets that little bit darker. Imagine a world where news of an audit was no big thing – just part of the daily post and nothing to panic over or prepare assiduously for.
Let’s face it the phrase “Zambrano Derivative Residence Card” is a bit of a mouthful that does not easily trip off the tongue. However, as the best London immigration solicitors use the phrase a lot, this blog looks at what a Zambrano Derivative Residence Card is and what it does.
• Non-EEA national primary carers of British citizens; and
When it comes to your loved ones, you want the best. It is no different if you need a spouse visa in order to reunite with your husband, wife or civil partner.
Spring is in the air; thoughts are turning to holidays and spending time with friends and family. However, if you are a global family it is not so easy to keep in touch or to visit a loved one. Many families require a UK standard visitor visa in order to travel to the UK to spend time with relatives or to combine a trip with attending a family or friend’s wedding.
Graduation from university is a proud day for a student as well as their family. It is a chance to celebrate all the hard work throughout the university years. It is also a bit frightening as for most students it marks the end of student hood and entering a new phase of their lives. For some, their immigration status is also a concern and many might consider switching their Tier 4 Student Visa to a Start-up Visa.
When a company gets its first Sponsor Licence, business owners tend not to think about the expiry of the Sponsor Licence. However, top London immigration solicitors advise that Sponsor Licences only last for four years. That may seem a long time at the outset of the Sponsor Licence but the date for renewal of the Sponsor Licence can come around very quickly when a company is focussed on the daily challenges of supply and demand or recruitment and HR issues.
“Does Indefinite Leave to Remain end?” sounds a bit of a daft question. After all most of us think that indefinite means without end. However, the dictionary definition of indefinite is “not exact or not clear; without clear limits” and the synonyms of indefinite are “vague, uncertain and unclear”. That is not exactly comforting if you are a non-EEA national who wants to secure Permanent Residence in the UK.
Many people think that marriage and immigration is complicated. After all, you have to jump through hoops to get a fiancée visa or spouse visa. However, top London immigration solicitors say that divorce and immigration is just as complex.
The case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1070.
Top London immigration solicitors say the recent case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1070 could affect applicants applying late for visa renewals who will eventually want to apply for leave to remain in the UK based on having lived lawfully within the UK for ten years.
If you have an “exceptional talent” and you want to come to the UK from a non-EEA country then you may be able to enter the UK on a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa rather than applying for a Tier 2 (General) Visa.
When it comes to knowledge of the types of visa applications available, top London immigration solicitors find their UK and international clients do not often know about the option of applying for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa.
If you are reading this after you have just had learned that your company’s Sponsor Licence has been suspended, you probably are at your wits ends about what you should do and are worried about your employees’ immigration status and the future of your business.
All immigration news related to Windrush are of interest to OTS Solicitors and in particular to Stephen Slater, Senior Lawyer at OTS Solicitors. That is because Stephen Slater and the immigration team at OTS Solicitors have helped many victims of the Windrush Generation.
For business owners struggling to get to grips with whether or not Brexit will happen and, if so, when and how to prepare their business for a post Brexit world in either a deal or no deal scenario it is hard to keep on top of business immigration news.
In a case referred to as Gubeladze  UKSC 31, the Supreme Court has decided that the Home Office has breached residence rights of EU citizens. You might be forgiven for assuming that this is not headline news. However, to top London immigration solicitors the case is of importance as the ruling affects hundreds of thousands of EU citizens.
The family law and Immigration law matters in International Adoption cases are probably not the things you think of when you are showing off your new baby to friends and family. But the pleasures of that new arrival are what new parents should be able to experience in the first few weeks of a baby’s arrival.
Last night everyone at London based OTS Solicitors were glued to their screens to watch the second in a series of three BBC2 programmes with the intriguing title “Who should get to stay in the UK?”.
University and college exams are ending, and London employers are thinking about recruitment in either seasonal tourist industries or to help cover for staff holidays over the summer season when Londoners are trying to escape to the sun.
Top London immigration solicitors find that when HR directors and staff carry out the Resident Labour Market Test they appreciate just how complicated the test is. However, it is not until a company has had its Sponsor Licence application rejected (often more than once) that an employer gains a full appreciation of the complexities and fine detail of the Resident Labour Market Test.
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:
OTS Solicitors Graduation services team tips on how to challenge a visit visa refusal
"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".