Latest News about Individual Immigration

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
 join an EU citizen living in the UK with pre-settled status or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme

 If COVID-19 has taught us anything then it is the importance of family and being able to see them and give them a hug.

Monday, 18 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
frontier worker permit

With the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system immigration solicitors are receiving enquiries about the frontier work permit. In this blog we look at the new frontier work permit scheme.

 

Friday, 08 January, 2021
pre-settled status application

2020 was a year like no other. Who would have thought that travel to and from and within the UK would be so disrupted with families being forced to live apart from one another, whether as a result of social distancing, tiers and lockdowns within the UK, or through international travel restrictions resulting in people being absent from the UK for far longer than they’d planned.

Thursday, 31 December, 2020
UK worker visa

Even those who plan to come to work in the UK and already speak English fluently fear the visa eligibility criteria and the English language requirement. That isn’t surprising as everyone fears the unknown and there are lots of uncertainties surrounding the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system.

Tuesday, 29 December, 2020
sponsor licence

If only the granting of a Sponsor Licence was the end of the bureaucracy entailed in sponsoring overseas workers on UK work visas. Sponsor licence solicitors say that before a sponsor licence application is submitted to the Home Office it is vital that key personnel understand their

Monday, 28 December, 2020
It’s getting difficult for EU Nationals to become British citizens

You would think that with the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 that the UK government would be encouraging EU nationals already living and working in the UK to consider applying for British citizenship. However, British citizenship solicitors say that it’s actually got harder for EU nationals to become British citizens.

Friday, 27 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain - Does Overstaying Affect Your Ten Year ILR Application?

Most applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain worry that they will meet the eligibility criteria for ILR, especially where there has been an element of overstaying and a questionable immigration record.

Monday, 23 November, 2020
Online right to rent checks launches on the 25 November 2020

Finally, some good news for landlords and tenants. The government is launching online right to rent checks from the 25 November 2020. Using the new online scheme, landlords will be able to carry out right to rent checks to make sure prospective tenants are legally allowed to rent a property from them using the Home Office checking service.

 

Wednesday, 18 November, 2020
Should I apply for Indefinite leave to remain?

In this article we look at what Indefinite Leave to Remain might mean for you and the benefits of applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain

 

Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
How can I become a British Citizen if I’m an EU National?

This month you may have some time on your hands because our opportunities to socialise are now severely curtailed again. Once we are released from the latest Covid-19 restrictions, thoughts and plans will be focussed on seeing family and friends and Christmas. That’s why between now and the 2 December it may be worth investigating how you can become a British citizen if you are an EU national living in the UK. 

 

Thursday, 12 November, 2020
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 Law Directory

To say that the partners at OTS Solicitors were delighted by their continued success and recognition in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 is an understatement. After all, the release of the 2021 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession directory followed shortly after the firm’s success in the 2021 Legal 500 directory so it was a ‘good news month’.

Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain and New Appendix on Continuous Residence Requirements

On the 22 October 2020 the government put before parliament a document with the title ‘Statement of Changes to the immigration Rules HC 813’. This 500 plus page document not only provides additional information on the new UK points based immigration system but also makes introduces a new appendix covering the continuous residence requirement.

Monday, 02 November, 2020
Breaking News: Immigration Changes Announced

Almost every day there is news about the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 and the implications for EU citizens. The Home Office has released its latest statement of immigration changes that includes important information for both EU and non-EEA nationals.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
New Brexit law to let vulnerable EU citizens

With the end of free movement for EU citizens fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 immigration solicitors and campaigners again raised concerns about the deadline to apply for pre-settled status and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The good news is that the government is intending to introduce legislation to extend the deadline of the 30 June 2021 for settled status applications for those deemed ‘vulnerable’.

Friday, 23 October, 2020
Best pathways for EU Nationals to obtain British citizenship

Most people would agree that we are living in very difficult times but for EU nationals living and working in the UK it is getting that much harder with the deadline for the end of free movement fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 and the Home Office change in policy making it tougher for some EU citizens to obtain British citizenship.

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020
Can I apply for British citizenship if I have a criminal conviction?

On the 30 September 2020 the Home Office published new guidance on assessing the good character requirement in British nationality applications.

Saturday, 17 October, 2020
Fiancée visas and reporting to the Home Office

The Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers are reporting that the new girlfriend of the Strictly Come Dancing Star, Neil Jones, has been reported to the Home Office by her former partner. In this blog we discuss the importance of understanding the immigration Rules that apply to UK fiancée visas.

 

Thursday, 08 October, 2020
EU Migration Proposals

The European Union is proposing reform of EU migration across EU countries. The proposals are timely as the recent fires at the Moira camp in Greece have once again shown just how vulnerable migrants are and have also exposed the divisions between different countries in their approach towards EU migration. In this blog we look at the EU migration proposals.

 

Wednesday, 07 October, 2020
Immigration solutions for EU nationals

With some shops starting the countdown to Christmas, immigration solicitors, and increasing numbers of UK businesses and EU nationals, are starting the countdown to the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system that will apply to both non-EEA citizens and those from EU countries.

Friday, 02 October, 2020
Success for OTS Solicitors in the Legal 500 2021 law directory

2020 has been a tough year for everyone but on the 30 September 2020 the lawyers at OTS Solicitors were delighted to receive some great news about rankings in the Legal 500 2021 law directory.

Thursday, 01 October, 2020
Can you adopt an adult in the UK?

As specialist immigration and family law solicitors we are often asked questions about reuniting families through family visas or the option of international adoption. In this article we answer your questions on adult adoption in the UK.

Thursday, 01 October, 2020
UK Ancestry visa

With talk of the new UK points based immigration system and a radical overhaul of the immigration system people are asking immigration solicitors  if you can still apply for a UK visa based on your ancestry. The answer is yes as the ancestry visa route remains open to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Monday, 28 September, 2020
Student Visa Changes and the New UK Points Based Immigration System

The Home Office has introduced a new Statement of changes to the immigration Rules ‘HC 707’ that will affect student visa applicants under the new UK points based immigration system.

Sunday, 27 September, 2020
Apply now if your visa is expiring in the next three months

If you haven’t read about the Home Office increase in the immigration health surcharge then read on as this blog will be of relevance and interest to you if your UK visa is due to expire in the next three months. Immigration solicitors say that on the 1 October 2020 the immigration health surcharge will increase by £124 per visa applicant per year.

Saturday, 26 September, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain for a child

Immigration solicitors know that people find it tough to deal with the Home Office and find the delays in application processing frustrating and annoying. However, if you need to make an application on behalf of your child for Indefinite Leave to Remain the process can appear unnecessarily complicated and highly stressful.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2020
Overseas adoption and immigration guidance

Immigration solicitors are pleased to note that the Home Office has issued new overseas or intercountry adoptionguidance for those adoptive parents looking to adopt from overseas.

Tuesday, 22 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.

Monday, 14 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.

Tuesday, 25 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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Thursday, 02 July, 2020

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