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.
OTS Solicitors Graduation services team tips on how to challenge a visit visa refusal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We keep hearing from politicians that Britain is “open for business” and, in light of Brexit, will encourage global trade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From all the Solicitors and teams at OTS Solicitors, we welcome everyone into the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
We are always happy to receive feedback from our clients about our legal services. This is another wonderful testimonial we just received from our client Mr Pietro Recchia:
As the UK economy continues to gather momentum and open up more opportunities for overseas businesses to enter the market, internationally based companies are sending representative to the UK in greater numbers, in order to establish a commercial presence in the country.
What is the number one city in the world for high net worth inhabitants?
If you are worth $US30 million or more, the top city to buy property, educate your children and invest your wealth in 2015 is London, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2015.
Ranked the second most economically powerful city in the world, London offers high net worth individual’s exceptional opportunities in investment opportunities, housing, private education, and cultural and leisure activities.
The Importance of Professional Advice
The fast track detention system has been temporarily suspended after the Court of Appeal ordered the Government to suspend the process after the High Court ruled the system was unlawful and contained structural unfairness.
What Does This Mean In Practice?
Are you separated from a loved one? Do you want to help your parents or other dependant adult relatives join you in the UK? At OTS Solicitors our Immigration department provides highly specialised advice on overcoming the challenges many families face for their dependant relative to be granted entry clearance to the UK.
With net migration approaching 300,000, the need to control Immigration in such a way that will most benefit the United Kingdom continues to be a hotly debated topic. On the 25th of February further Immigration rule changes were announced by the Secretary of State for The Home Department (SSHD). These changes came into effect on 6th of April 2015 and will impact on a wide variety of groups.
As a legal professional I consider it my duty to speak in opposition of everything that disrespects the rule of law. Few days ago the Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 825 (Admin) (31 March 2015) case came to my attention. I do not plan to examine or comment on this particular case, neither do I intend to make an observation on the Immigration policies currently in place in the United Kingdom. What I seek to do, is speak about a direction in the public policy that can have treacherous results.
As anticipated Advocate General Szpunar leaves no doubt in his EEA Immigration legal advice and opinion published on 21 May 2014 which deals with the scope of the UK’s power to control it’s borders and the powers granted to it by Article 1 of Protocol 20 (on Application of Article 26 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union to the UK and to Ireland) and Article 35 of the Citizenship
The politics of EU migration
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Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2014: Senior EU diplomats have cast doubts over the Prime Minister's plans to limit the number of migrants entering the UK. David Cameron is said to be looking for an 'emergency brake' to be built into EU migration rules on that would allow Downing Street to block new arrivals if numbers had reached a set level.
This article was first published on Lexis®Library on 12 December 2014. Click here to read the article: The politics of EU migration