Latest News about Immigration

Spouse and Partner Visas

COVID-19 and the financial impact of the global pandemic on many families has seen a rise in immigration enquiries about meeting the financial requirement when applying for a spouse visa or partner visa or applying to extend a family visa. In this blog we take another look at the financial requirement.

Wednesday, 28 April, 2021
The Intra Company Transfer Visa

The intra company transfer visa is often the forgotten UK work visa. It shouldn’t be forgotten by either immigration solicitors or international businesses with bases in the UK as it can be a very useful way for a skilled migrant worker to gain entry clearance to work in the UK.

Tuesday, 27 April, 2021
Sponsorship Licence Inspection Visits

Immigration solicitors are warning UK business owners applying for their first sponsor licence, and companies who hold sponsor licences to employ skilled migrant workers on Tier 2 or Tier 5 visas, that Home Office inspection visits have resumed following their temporary curtailment du

Monday, 26 April, 2021
Home Office Sponsorship, Immigration and Nationality fees

Whilst for accountants April marks a new financial  year for inland revenue purposes, for immigration solicitors April sees a review of Home Office sponsorship, immigration and nationality fees. This year the review was updated on the 10 March 2021, with any changes coming into force on the 6 April  2021.

Tuesday, 20 April, 2021
Skilled Worker Visa

The immigration rules on minimum salary thresholds for skilled worker visa applicants are already complicated and, in the view of immigration solicitors, confusing for business owners looking to recruit skilled migrant workers from the EU or non-EEA countries. The rules on pay for those employed on skilled worker visas changed on the 6 April  2021, even though the original rules were only brought into force in December 2020, just four months ago.

Monday, 19 April, 2021
skilled worker visa or business visa

Let’s face it, not all of us are good at paperwork or working our way through rules and regulations, especially immigration rules. That is evident when it comes to the skilled worker visa, as specialist immigration solicitors are starting to see trends in why skilled worker visa applications are granted or refused by the Home Office, following the introduction of the new work visa route in December  2020.

Friday, 16 April, 2021
The Graduate Visa

Just when employers thought that they were beginning to understand the new points-based immigration system work visa routes for both EU and non-EEA skilled and lower skilled workers, the government has announced the new graduate visa route. Bizarrely, despite being called the ‘graduate visa’, graduates can fill jobs at any skill level.

Tuesday, 13 April, 2021

It looks like immigration solicitors will be busy again getting to grips with yet more proposed immigration law changes. This time the focus isn’t on skilled migrant workers and the new UK points-based immigration system but asylum seekers and those who enter the UK illegally and outside the immigration rules.

Friday, 09 April, 2021
Hire EU workers

Until the first signs of spring and announcements over the easing of the UK COVID-19 lockdown, many UK businesses hadn’t turned their thoughts to recruitment and the immigration issues arising after the end of free movement for EU nationals. Everything had seemed too uncertain and speculative.

Wednesday, 07 April, 2021
Sole Representative Visa

Just as UK companies are looking to set up business in the EU in the post Brexit world, overseas companies are looking afresh at the UK as a suitable business base for a subsidiary or branch office. Geography has a lot to be said for the UK; close to the EU but no longer part of the European Union.

Thursday, 01 April, 2021
Skilled Worker Visa

If you want to come to the UK to work then the likelihood is that you will need a work visa. Back in 2020, the immigration rules were different and the rules distinguished between non-EEA nationals and EEA and EU nationals. With Brexit and the end of free movement for EU citizens, the immigration rules and the requirement for a work visa are now the same, whether you are an EEA or non-EEA national.

Wednesday, 31 March, 2021

The paperwork involved with a Home Office issued sponsor licence to enable your business to sponsor skilled migrant workers on skilled worker visas doesn’t end when your first sponsor licence is granted.

Tuesday, 30 March, 2021
spouse visa

Coming to the UK on a spouse visa is the start of your journey to settlement in the UK though lots of people are so relieved to secure their initial spouse visa that they don’t look forward to when they will have to make an application to the Home Office to extend their spouse visa. UK immigration solicitors say it is best to plan ahead and to understand what you will need to extend your spouse visa.

Monday, 29 March, 2021
Settled status

Before the UK voted for Brexit there wasn’t that much debate about how coming out of the EU would affect the millions of EU citizens who have made the UK their home but are in relationships with non-EU partners.

Thursday, 18 March, 2021
Immigration rules changes

On the 4 March 2021, the UK government published a new Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. For those business owners still adapting to Brexit and the introduction of the new points-based immigration system in January  2021, further changes may seem oddly timed. In this blog we look at the over one-hundred-page document of immigration rules changes and highlight the key points.

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Tuesday, 16 March, 2021

In collaboration with our Business Immigration Team and Mark Symes of Garden Court Chambers, Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce another webinar - Business Immigration in 2021.


The drop-in client webinar will take place on Wednesday the 24th March 2021 at 14:00 pm.

Please click on the link to register:

The webinar will be covering the following topics:


Monday, 15 March, 2021

Free Live Webinar: Adult Dependant Relative and British National Overseas


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Monday, 15 March, 2021
British citizenship with settled status

For some settled status is their end goal and they don’t see the need to go any further. For others acquiring settled status is just a step towards British citizenship. In this blog we look at the route from settled status to British citizenship and applying for British citizenship with settled status.

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021

You may have assumed that the March 2021 budget would all be about whether the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, would extend the furlough scheme or the stamp duty holiday for property purchases under £500,000. Not only was there good news there but for immigration solicitors there were some positive signs that the January 2021 new points-based immigration system will be changed to further reform the UK immigration system.

Thursday, 04 March, 2021
Brexit Solutions

We have all heard of roadmaps in the UK as our way to navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic but when it comes to Brexit it is equally important to have a plan in place to meet your business immigration law needs. That’s because with free movement for EU nationals ending on the 31 December 2020 many more international businesses are having to consider Brexit immigration solutions.

Wednesday, 03 March, 2021
Settled status applications

Securing your settled status is a milestone to celebrate so UK immigration solicitors are urging those thinking about applying for settled status and those with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to understand the rules on absences and the EU Settlement Scheme to avoid you losing your right to settled status.

Friday, 26 February, 2021
British citizenship

UK immigration solicitors love a good news story and that is what the recent court of appeal decision on registration fees for child British citizenship applications amounts to. In this blog we look at the case and what it means for parents.


Thursday, 25 February, 2021
settled status

There is a lot of information available if you are an EEA national considering applying for pre-settled status or settled statusunder the EU Settlement Scheme but UK immigration solicitors are receiving enquiries from non-EEA and EEA partners of EU nationals asking about their right to stay in the UK after Brexit and the end of the transition period on the 31 December 2020.

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021
spouse visa if you are separated

If you are in the UK on a spouse visa and you are thinking about separating from your husband or wife you need to know if you can stay in the UK on a spouse visa if you separate or divorce.

Monday, 15 February, 2021
business immigration for small and medium businesses

Whilst all business owners are heartedly sick of hearing and reading about Brexit the reality is that with the end of free movement many small and medium UK businesses are having to take business immigration law advice for the first time. In this article head of business immigration, Hans Sok Appadu, looks at business immigration for SMEs and those wanting to come to the UK to set up a business.


Thursday, 11 February, 2021
skilled worker visa or business visa

As UK immigration solicitors we can remember the time when all a business traveller to the UK needed was their passport and visa. Times have changed with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, 05 February, 2021
The Hong Kong visa

The British prime minister, Boris Johnston, may have given a warm welcome to those with British national (overseas) status looking to apply for entry clearance to the UK on the new Hong Kong visa but the Chinese government response to the Hong Kong visa has heightened the concerns of those with British national (overseas) status. In this blog our immigration solicitors look at the Hong Kong visa introduced on the 31 January 2021.  


Thursday, 04 February, 2021
British citizenship

As UK immigration solicitors we are receiving a lot of questions about when can and when should EU citizens with settled statusunder the EU Settlement Scheme apply for British citizenship. In this blog we answer your frequently asked questions on the journey from settled status to British citizenship.


Wednesday, 03 February, 2021
What is the ‘going rate’ salary UK employers have to offer a skilled worker to qualify for the skilled worker visa?

Immigration solicitors are some of the first to say that the eligibility criteria for the skilled worker visa are confusing for employers, particularly the minimum salary threshold. That’s because the minimum salary threshold to qualify for the skilled worker visa is based on a published minimum annual income or a percentage figure for the going rate for the job, whichever is the higher. In this blog we look at the concept of the ‘going rate’ for the job.

Tuesday, 02 February, 2021
From student to skilled worker – how to recruit students switching from a student visa to a skilled worker visa

For those overseas students studying in the UK, it can be daunting to go from a Home Office classification of ‘student’ to ‘skilled worker’ but as the Tier 2 (General) visa has now been replaced by the skilled worker visa both employers and students are having to get used to the new visa terminology. In this blog we look at the practicalities and complexities of student job applicants switching from student visa to skilled worker visa.


Monday, 01 February, 2021
sponsor licence revocation

If your business has had its sponsor licence revoked or knows that it is at risk of getting its sponsor licence revoked it is time to take specialist legal advice from sponsor licence and immigration solicitors on your best course of action.


Friday, 29 January, 2021
revocation of your sponsor licence

If your business has its sponsor licence revoked then it is far more than just one of those irritating business issues that you and your HR staff have to face and deal with every working day.

Thursday, 28 January, 2021
Hiring EU Workers without a UK work visa

Does your business need to hire workers? With the UK skills shortage would you normally hire from overseas? If your workers, whether they are joining a UK construction, tech or digital firm or other industry sector, are from the EU then the immigration rules have changed. If your business is still getting to grips with the immigration rule changes it isn’t surprising as this year has been very tough with the global pandemic and the financial fall-out of lockdowns and the COVID-19 tier system.

Wednesday, 27 January, 2021
 Coming to Work in the UK from Oversea

Many skilled workers don’t know where to start when they first think about coming to work in the UK from overseas. For EEA nationals the thought of being subject to UK immigration control can be off-putting when they have become accustomed to the principle of free movement between EU countries.

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021
Care for old family member

With the elderly concerned about going into residential care accommodation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the immigration lawyers at OTS Solicitors are receiving enquiries about whether family members can get a visa to come to the UK to look after their relatives. In this blog we look at your options if you would like a family member to apply for a visa to come to the UK to look after you.


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Monday, 25 January, 2021
Dependent of skilled worker

Immigration solicitors are getting enquiries from UK employers and skilled migrant workers on the new skilled worker visaintroduced as part of the points-based immigration system to replace the Tier 2 (General) visa. In this blog we look at the rules on bringing your family with you to the UK if you apply for a skilled worker visa.


Friday, 22 January, 2021
Donald Trump – from USA president to British citizen?

It is often said that when one door closes another door opens. In the case of Donald Trump, as he says goodbye to the presidency of the USA and to the White House, could something novel happen? In this blog we look at whether Donald Trump could become a British citizen. After all, we know that the UK has some excellent golf courses and that Donald Trump is known for doing the unexpected.


Thursday, 21 January, 2021
Skilled Worker Visa

For a discussion about sponsor licence applications or about the skilled worker visa or to book an appointment with a member of our business immigration team call OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or complete our online enquiry form


Wednesday, 20 January, 2021
Health and Care Worker Visa

The third national lockdown in the UK and devastating COVID-19 statistics has really emphasised the need for migrants to come to the UK to fill health care vacancies. In this article our immigration solicitors look at work visas and the health and care worker visa and eligibility criteria. 


Thursday, 14 January, 2021
The UK’s new Hong Kong visa

With all the talk about the end of free movement for EU citizens and the introduction of the UK points-based immigration system there is very little media coverage about the new Hong Kong visa. However, the Hong Kong visa is due to be introduced on the 31 January 2021. Immigration solicitors say that it’s widely expected that the visa route will result in a significant increase in migration to the UK.

Tuesday, 12 January, 2021