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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Home Office error deprives children of their British passports

September 2018. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

As reported recently by the BBC, immigration solicitors in London have recently learned that over 1,000 children entitled to British passports have had their applications for renewal refused – because of a Home Office error. Although the Home Office has set up what it describes as a ‘support function’ to identify those potentially affected, and to resolve any BREXIT, EU and EEA Applications, Permanent Residence Card and Appeals Brexit vote, this is something that many of the top immigration solicitors in London are hearing from many of the EU citizens they work with.

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OTS Solicitors Unveils Opening of Dubai Office And Invites You To A Seminar On UK Business Visa Requ

April 2018. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors has experienced rapid success and growth over the last 12 months.  As part of our expansion, the partners are now proud to announce the opening of our Dubai office on 1st May 2018.

To celebrate the opening of the Dubai branch which will focus on the firm’s very high net-worth private client advisory business, OTS Partners, Mr Oshin Shahiean and Ms Teni Shahiean, along with Ms Saida Ahmed, Senior business immigration Advisor are hosting a seminar at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights 14th April 2018.  The seminar is entitled “UK Business Visa Requirements - Helping foreign nationals and businesses enter and remain in the UK”.  In addition, the partners and senior immigration advisor, Ms Saida Ahmed will be providing businesses and individuals interested in relocating to the UK the opportunity to talk about their ambitions further in 30-minute one-to-one sessions on Sunday, 15th April and Monday, 16th April 2016.

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OTS Solicitors Is Expanding To Chancery Lane

March 2018. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce that due to rapid growth and expansion, the firm has now expanded into additional offices.  The firm is adding 160 sq meters of office space at a new Chancery Lane branch in addition to its current 80 sq meters in the existing Fleet Street office, providing a total of 240sq meters with room for further expansion.  From 12th March 2018, the team at OTS Solicitors will see all clients at their new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

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Home Office Immigration White Paper Release Delayed

February 2018. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

An immigration white paper outlining Britain’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system will not be released until after the transition deal is completed.

The government’s announcement regarding the paper, which was supposed to be released last summer, has been criticised by the business community.

This move also means that a Brexit immigration bill, promised in the Queen’s speech, will not reach the statute book before the registration of the three million EU nationals already living and working in Britain gets underway this autumn.

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OTS Wins AI Excellence Award For The Most Trusted [Immigration] Lawyers 2017

December 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce we have been awarded the Acquisition International (AI) Excellence Award for the Most Trusted [immigration] Lawyers 2017.

AI is a monthly magazine dedicated to providing information to the corporate world.  It has a circulation of 108,000 people in over 170 countries and regularly attracts editorial submissions from large corporate players, including KPMG, EY, PwC and Deloitte.

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Rare Granting Of Adult Dependent Relative Visa Thanks To OTS Solicitors

December 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors has been ranked highly by the Legal 500, and we have won numerous other awards for our immigration services (including a Global Excellence Award for the Most Trusted in Immigration Law).  OTS recently had an extraordinary success with an Adult Dependent Relative Visa being granted for the elderly relatives of a client.

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Court of Appeal Rules The Extension Of The Worker Registration Scheme Was Unlawful

December 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

On 7th November 2017, the Court of Appeal, in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze [2017] EWCA Civ 1751confirmed (again) that the extension of the Worker Registration Scheme from 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2011 was unlawful and incompatible with EU law. 

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ECJ Gives Landmark Decision In EU Spouse Case

November 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled an EU national who becomes a British citizen does not lose the right to have a non-EU spouse live with them in the UK.

The court ruled the UK Home Office was mistaken in denying a dual British-Spanish citizen the right to bring her Algerian husband with her to Britain.

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OTS Solicitors Achieves 12 Successful Visa Applications In One Day

November 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce that we have received back 12 biometric residence permit cards from UK Visas and immigration (UKVI) in one day.

The applications consisted of a mix of Indefinite Leave to Remain, residence cards and permanent residence cards.

It is unprecedented to have so many successful biometric residence cards come through in one day.

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Creative Industries Want Government To Act Sensibly With Immigration Policies Post-Brexit

November 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has released a Global Talent report which highlights creative industries contribute ÂŁ87 billion to the UK economy.  This is more than the automotive, oil and gas, aerospace and life sciences industries combined.

The creative industry also accounts for three million British jobs and is the country’s fastest growing sector.

There are fears, however, that the Government’s post-Brexit immigration policy could put enormous pressure on the sector.  Without freedom of movement, industry leaders say they will struggle to attract the “best and the brightest”.

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OTS Solicitors Win Appeal Against Asylum Refusal

November 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

Under UK law, everyone, irrespective of the evidence against them, is entitled to a defence.  This principle is especially applicable in cases involving asylum, whereby a person’s human rights may be violated if they are returned to their country of origin.

Asylum seekers need not be destitute, despite being portrayed as such by the media.  Countries that do not have a strong human rights track record, including some in the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa, do not necessarily distinguish between wealth and rank.  If a person faces criminal prosecution in certain countries, their access to justice can be severely limited and incarceration inhumane.

OTS Solicitors is a Legal 500 recommended law firm and has won numerous other awards for our immigration service (including a Global Excellence Award for the Most Trusted in Immigration Law).  My team and I regularly advise high-net-worth clients who have entered Britain on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa or a Tier 1 Investor Visa, who are facing charges in their home country, claim asylum.

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Saudi Detains Senior Figures In Anti-Corruption Crackdown

November 2017. Press Releases by OTS Solicitors (view listing).

Officials in Saudi Arabia have arrested dozens of high-ranking officials, including a billionaire prince who owns the Savoy Hotel in London in an anti-corruption clampdown that fortifies Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power-base.

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Legal Developments by:
OTS Solicitors

  • Increase in Tier 1 Investor Visa applications driven by changes to US immigration

    London  business immigration  lawyers have noticed an increase in applications for  Tier 1 Investor Visas  by ultra-high net worth individuals, fuelled in part by political instability in nations such as Russia and China, and also by changes to US  Immigration .  British Citizenship lawyers are often approached about this visa route as it is seen as a ‘fast track’ route to settlement in the UK.
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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.