Latest News about Visitor Visas

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
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 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

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 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.

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Friday, 22 May, 2020

COVID-19 update:

Wednesday, 01 April, 2020

When you are engaged to be married you want to be able to live in the same country as your fiancé.

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

We are all rightly worried about how Covid 19 may affect our friends, families and loved ones.

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Just when London immigration solicitors thought that the worst of phase one of Brexit was over the world is hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now we realise how Brexit was ‘’nothing’’ in comparison to coronavirus and the global impact on families and businesses. The realities of coronavirus for many international families is particularly painful and worrying when loved ones have come over to the UK to work or study or to join other family members.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

At OTS Solicitors we know that these are worrying times. Legal problems and questions don’t go away even if you don’t want to travel into London to see one of our specialist solicitors. The answer is that there is no need to travel to see your solicitor as OTS Solicitors offer the best legal advice online services, whether you are a business or an individual needing advice in any of our areas of legal expertise.

OTS Solicitors online legal services

Friday, 13 March, 2020

Many people think that if the Home Office has said ‘no’ to their visa application then that’s the end to their immigration dreams because they don’t think they can take on the Home Office and win.

Friday, 06 March, 2020

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced the launch a new UK points-based immigration system. The government has promised that their new immigration scheme will open up the UK to the ‘brightest and the best from around the world’.
Coming into force on the 1 January 2021, the new immigration system will end free movement for EU citizens and according to the Home Office official announcement the new system will ensure that the government ‘reasserts control of borders and restores public trust’.

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Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

It is easy for members of the public to be judgemental about those who overstay in the UK after their visa expires but until you find yourself in that position it is best not to judge those who overstay either by accident or because they fear, for political or economic reasons, a return to their home country. In this blog we look at overstaying, what it means and what you can do about it if you have become an overstayer.

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

If you from China and are in the UK on a visit visa or a student visa then you are probably very worried about the news from home. If you are a parent of a Chinese student or tourist in the UK then you are probably just grateful that your family member isn’t in Wuhan and is safe in the UK.

Friday, 07 February, 2020

You may already be rather tired of reading about and listening to news about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their plans to start a new life with baby Archie in North America, whilst potentially still being at least part time members of the royal family and transitioning to financial independence whilst travelling between the UK and Canada.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

There are over 132,000 Filipinos living in the UK, and this number continues to rise. With many Filipinos living away from their families and friends in the Philippines, Nollienne and Kristine talk about how you can apply for a Visitor Visa to come to the UK. 

Nollienne and Kristine will be uploading a series of videos in Tagalog which provides guidance and insight into UK Immigration law
Tuesday, 15 October, 2019

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.  

Monday, 15 July, 2019

OTS Solicitors Graduation services team tips on how to challenge a visit visa refusal 

Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Home Office reconsiders a UK visit visa refusal and grants the father of Sabir Zazai a visa so he can see his son receive a doctorate


The Home Office has been in the news again and sadly for all the wrong reasons. The best London immigration solicitors say that the latest Home Office news shows that if you or a family member are refused a visit visa then it is worth renewing your application for a UK visit visa.

Friday, 24 May, 2019

The question “Can Filipinos visit and work in the UK?” is a question that our Tagalog fluent paralegal, Kristine Lauriaga is frequently asked. Kristine thought we should post a blog to answer some of the most popular questions that the best London immigration solicitors are asked about Filipinos visiting and working in the UK.

Friday, 17 May, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
In a sign that the government is ramping up its preparation for a no deal exit from the European Union, the Home Office has released new policy guidance in the event the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place.
Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

According to the latest available UK census figures, there were about 197,000 USA born citizens resident in the UK at the time of the census. 

Tuesday, 08 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

You suddenly realise that a deadline is looming and your visa will expire. This is usually when we get a call to ask if and how a visa can be extended.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

You would think that the winner of ITV’s X Factor television programme would be feeling on the top of the world. After all he has come from singing on cruise ships to battling thousands of other singers to be crowned X Factor champion 2018. 

However, according to reports in the Sun newspaper, Dalton Harris’s attention is not just on his record deal and the X Factor tour but on his immigration status in the UK. 

Monday, 24 December, 2018

We keep hearing from politicians that Britain is “open for business” and, in light of Brexit, will encourage global trade.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors 

On Thursday, the 6 December OTS Solicitors posted a blog stating that the Tier 1 investor visa would be suspended with effect from Friday the 7 December 2018.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

A visit visa is available to someone who wants to come to the UK for less than 6 months and for many with relatives and friends in the UK, it’s a vital mechanism to allow family relationships to be maintained when people live in different places, either because they choose to do so or because, as London immigration appeal lawyers are only too aware, they cannot satisfy the UK’s stringent rules on family settlement.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

The visit visa, contained in Appendix V of the UK’s immigration Rules may seem like one of the more straightforward visa routes to the UK, but few immigration lawyers will be surprised to know that in 2017, there were over 260,000 visit visa refusals.

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

In 2017, over 2 million visitor visas were granted for people to visit the UK for up to 6 months. Visiting family or friends, to conduct business or a period of study, or for a holiday, a visitor visa is a great way to come to the UK – but the application is not always straightforward, and it’s worth checking through these 8 tips, put together by our team of top immigration solicitors in London.

Monday, 04 June, 2018

Applying for a visit visa, granting permission to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, may seem the most straightforward way of coming to the UK for a short time and for a variety of reasons – to visit family or friends, to conduct business, or for short term study. Unfortunately, many people find their applications refused. Our specialist immigration solicitors regularly advise and support applicants who have had a visit visa refused because of a re-entry ban.

Tuesday, 29 May, 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
Frequently Asked Questions – UK Visit Visas

I have been refused visit visas to the UK in the past. What are the chances of me getting a visit visa if I was to apply now?

Our Visit Visa specialists at OTS have dealt with many complicated visit visa applications, especially for those applicants whom have had previous visa applications refused. The key thing to remember when re-applying for a visit visa is to address the issues raised by UKVI in previous refusals.

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

Many people are left devastated by visit visa refusals.  But few applicants are aware the Home Office may withdraw their decision to refuse to grant leave to enter the country following the receipt of a pre-action protocol letter from a top London immigration law firm. 

Friday, 13 October, 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
Standard Visitor Visa Refused

Summer is here and UK Visas and immigration have experienced their usual influx of applications for the UK Standard Visitor Visa.  Families who have spent the long, dark winter months separated from each other and friends excited about a long-awaited visit have been busy planning for summer visitors from abroad.

Monday, 26 June, 2017

If you are planning a visit to the UK, whether for yourself or for someone in your family or a staff member you are willing to sponsor, brace yourself. The UK Home Office's latest available statistics show a spike in visit visa refusals in 2016.

While 2.2 million applications for these visas for short-term “general” or business visits were made, which is about the same as in 2015, only 1.9 million were granted in the year to September 2016. That is 300,000 refusals – 41,981 more than a year earlier.

Tuesday, 06 June, 2017
Stamp saying Visa Refused

For the citizens of many countries, the only way they can enter the UK is by obtaining a UK Standard Visitor Visa.

To be eligible to enter the UK on the Standard Visitor Visa route you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that you:

Friday, 09 December, 2016