Latest News about Indefinite Leave to Remain


“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

“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. 

Friday, 12 July, 2019

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.

Friday, 12 July, 2019

The case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1070.


Top London immigration solicitors say the recent case of R (Ahmed) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] 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.

Thursday, 11 July, 2019

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?”.

Friday, 21 June, 2019
In an official statement released on the 10th June Home Secretary Sajid Javid claims that evidence suggest that Windrush migrants 
"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".
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019


RA (Iraq) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 850 (17 May 2019)

Tuesday, 28 May, 2019

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. 

Friday, 10 May, 2019

In today’s uncertain economic and geo-political times, it is more important than ever for parents to take steps to secure a high standard of education and a stable future for their children. The UK remains a popular location for study, work and ultimately, settlement, and offers several options for young people moving from study and into the next stage of life.

Friday, 08 February, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has again called for the end of settlement scheme fees for EU nationals applying for settled status in the UK.
Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

The Beatles classic track says “You can't buy me love” but families caught up in navigating the UK’s family immigration Rules may disagree.  

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Jordana Adams, solicitor  

The Immigration Rules sets out the criteria that an applicant must satisfy in order to obtain indefinite leave to remain as a victim of domestic abuse. 

Monday, 24 December, 2018

Immigration solicitors have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Why?

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Applying for settlement – also called indefinite leave to remain – in the UK is not as simple as having lived here for a number of years, as experienced British Citizenship lawyers will explain.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

It has come to our attention that London immigration solicitors Lupins Immigration, also known as Lawrence Lupin Solicitors, has ceased trading. A notice on the Lupins website indicates that the firm ceased trading from close of business on 28th September 2018, and the files are being held by another firm of UK Immigration lawyers, Duncan Lewis.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

divorce is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life – but combine divorce with concerns over Immigration status, and whether you talk to divorce lawyers in London or a UK

Thursday, 06 September, 2018

We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. These are some of the wonderful words our clients have to say about us:

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors
Thursday, 07 June, 2018

Although the Tier 1 (General) visa route has closed, and applications for settlement had to be submitted by 6th April 2018, many Immigration solicitors are still acting for clients whose applications for settlement are currently progressing through the system.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

The recent wake of media and public attention on the difficulties of Caribbean migrants caused by the hostile or “compliant” environment, purposely created by Theresa May and continued by her successor Amber Rudd has come to boiling point.

Thursday, 03 May, 2018

If you hold a Tier 1 General Visa, you have until 5th April to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), as the route closes on the 6th April 2018.  Your Immigration solicitor in London can provide you with the best advice for making an application for

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018

From all the Solicitors and teams at OTS Solicitors, we welcome everyone into the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog!

Friday, 16 February, 2018

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

An op-ed piece in the Guardian newspaper this morning by Claude Moraes, a Labour MEP representing London, and a Chair of the European parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee has raised concerns that the Government may use the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) to create an even more ‘hostile environment’ for migrants.

Wednesday, 07 February, 2018
Timer running out

If you entered the UK on the Tier 1 General Visa, you have until 6th April 2018 to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR).  If you do not make submit your application for settlement before this date your right to settlement will be taken away, regardless of your circumstances.

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
UK Houses of Parliament

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for Immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in Immigration Law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK, South East Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

Thursday, 11 January, 2018
Rings on a bible

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for Immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in Immigration Law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK and the Middle East.

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017
Immigration Law

R (on the application of AT) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. You can also call the National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline on freephone 0808 2000 247.

Monday, 27 November, 2017

OTS Solicitors has been highly recommended in the Legal 500 for Immigration and Human Rights.  We are considered one of the best Immigration law firms in London and work with commercial and private clients across the UK, Dubai, and UAE.

Friday, 03 November, 2017
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.

It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
UK Visa For Indefinite Leave To Remain

Having lived in the UK for many years, many migrants have made the country their home.  The idea of returning to their original country is ludicrous, given they may have no contacts, support, or connections, or even speak the local language.

Wednesday, 23 August, 2017
TOEIC Test Centre Irregularities

Under current Immigration Rules, most of the Leave to Remain categories in the UK require the applicant to prove their knowledge of English language. Throughout the years, tens of thousands of people have relied on test providers to meet these requirements and secure their entry clearance or Leave to Remain in the UK.

Thursday, 10 August, 2017

Together with numerous changes brought to life by the Immigration Act 2014 that affect immigrants, some of its provisions have a significant impact for a broad segment of UK population. Starting from April 2015 the section 22 of this act came to force nationwide affecting the landlord and tenants alike.

Friday, 07 April, 2017
Pound Against Increasing Graph Image

As of 6th April 2017, some Immigration fees are have been increased.  Areas that will be impacted the most include:

Friday, 07 April, 2017
Chinese Flag - Union Jack

The British and Chinese have a rich and diverse history in each other’s nations.  Since the 1800s Chinese nationals have been making the UK their home and today, more Chinese migrants arrive in the UK than from any other country.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

Imagine being bundled into a van, taken to the airport and placed on a flight to your home country.  You have no opportunity to contact your Immigration lawyer, collect fresh clothes and have, at best, around £12 in your pocket.

You are also being separated from your husband of 27 years, who is unwell, your two adult sons and a granddaughter, who you have been only allowed to say goodbye to via a quick phone call.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
Immigration Law book and gavel

Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) provides the Home Office with the power to grant a person Leave to Remain in the UK if their application falls outside the Immigration Rules but there are exceptional compassionate circumstances or there are other compelling reasons to grant leave.

Monday, 20 February, 2017
Silhouette of a child refugee sitting next to barbed wire fence

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd has announced that the child refugee scheme (known as the Dubs scheme), in which the Government pledged to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees is to close early, despite only admitting 350 children. 

The announcement was sneaked out yesterday during the Brexit Bill debate, no doubt in the hope that it would be missed and escape scrutiny.

Thursday, 09 February, 2017