Monday, 13 September 2021

πŸ‘ We are getting fantastic reviews on our Schengen visa services!




Innokenty: Not sure if those guys are from Hogwarts or something, but the way they operate is pure magic indeed! Very polite and quick to respond, impressively efficient communication. They helped me apply for a French Schengen visa, which got approved within one working day!

Andrea: Visa applications are tedious and stressful but Multi Travel Visas makes the process so easy and seamless. Sebastian and Andre always replied quickly, are courteous, and were very clear about what was required, removing the stress of applying. They also, in my case, went to the visa appointment for me and collated all documents for submission. I got the multi-entry visa in a week. I'd very much recommend them! 

Celine: My appointment for visa was cancelled due to covid so I decided to work with Multi Travel Visas. Everything was very efficient and Sebastian was so helpful. Thank you so much for the hard work and thank you for making everything so fast.

R F: Getting a visa is a pain. This company makes it significantly less of a pain. I hate applying for a schengen visa and if you can't get an appointment in time you have no option to pay for one of the third party companies such as Multi travel visas to get it for you (they have access to priority appointments). The bonus is that they really do take much of the hassle out of it for you and they're super quick to communicate and know all the ins and outs of the system. I'd thoroughly recommend giving Sebastian a call if you need a visa quickly. Thanks!

Fatou: I had a stressful experience with a tight deadline. Sebastian was super nice, responsive and proactive to help me get back my papers on time. Will definitely come back here when I need a visa again. 

Tiger: Great, fast and personal service. Very patient with all my questions and worries. 

All Multi Travel Visas Ltd Google review can be found here.


Founded in 2000 by Natalia and Wayne, Multi Travel Visas has come a long way from its beginnings in Somerset. When Natalia and Wayne first started out, their own experiences with visas drove them to start their own business to help people through the painful process of applying for visas.

Now we are one of the most highly regarded visa agency in the UK with a highly positive track records which is evident from our Google reviews.

We hope you enjoy our service as much as we enjoy offering them to you. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us:

- Phone: 0871 472 1468

- Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk

- Website Feedback: https://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/contact-us

 

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Language Requirements for a UK Visa

 




The language requirements for a UK visa vary depending on the application you are making; and if it is a first, follow up, or “permanent” visa you are applying for. Carry on reading below to understand more about the language requirements for a UK visa, common misconceptions, as well as differences between family and work visas.


Confused about which level you need?

There is a lot of confusion about the required English level when applying for a visa to enter the UK. Should it be A1 or B1, or perhaps it’s in the middle with A2? Firstly it is important to understand different visas need different levels; many wrongly believe all are set at the intermediate level of B1. In fact the requirements for a Family visa is different to a Work visa. Some of confusion comes from the 2 meanings of the term ’settlement’, so let’s provide some clarity.

When you are applying inside the UK, the term ’settlement’ means a permanent residency status, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain. For this you do indeed need a B1 level. However, when applying outside the UK, the term ’settlement’ refers to a visa type. This will lead (eventually) to settlement in the UK in the future. A settlement-type visa, as opposed to temporary visas like a visitor. So, at the initial Spouse/Partner visa stage, a settlement-type visa, you only need a basic A1 level of English.


Family visa and Work visa – what are the language requirements for a UK visa?

UK Family visas

There are several family visa categories, such as Spouse, FiancΓ©e, Unmarried Partner as well as a Parent visa and they all have one thing in common – they all have a minimum language requirement. For your first UK visa application, UK Immigration Rules require an approved English test at A1 level or above. Level A1 is the most basic level, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. For UK Family visas only speaking and listening components are needed , yet they can be the hardest! 

After the initial visa (which lasts 2½ years) the next step is an extension, and this time the English language requirement level is higher at A2. Finally, when the time comes for settlement after 5 years in the UK, the level is B1. This status is known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Level B1 also applies to those wishing to apply for British Citizenship. Fortunately there is no need to pass another B1 test if you have done so at the settlement stage. This means that you can reuse your language certification throughout your application processes.  

UK Work visas

For a Skilled Worker visa, including the sub-category of Health and Care Worker visas, the English language requirement is set at the level B1 in all 4 components, so including speaking, reading, writing and listening. The same level applies across all applications, from the initial visa stage, to extension, settlement and finally to British Citizenship. As with family visas, you can use the same evidence of for your subsequent applications. For the test to be recognised it must be considered an approved test; a list of centres / testing options is available at the Home Office Test Centres.  


Help with UK visa applications:

1st 4Immigration Ltd is a prominent immigration law company, based in London, United Kingdom that has been in business for over 12 years. Regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) at the highest level (3), ref number F200800152; where 2008 stands for the year of accreditation. 1st 4Immigration lawyers advise on UK Immigration Rules, help with visas and British Citizenship applications , and also provide training to immigration lawyers. 

The company was selected to take part in TV documentary Who Should Get to Stay in the UK? – being specialists in both family and work visas. They help with entry visas for partners of UK citizens if you are returning to the UK together or sponsoring your spouse/partner or fiancee to join you here. As immigration entrepreneurs, they have a rare combination of business and legal experience, making them leading experts in UK Work and Business visas. 1st 4Immigration also helps to extend your stay once you are in the UK, apply for settlement and British Citizenship. 



Help with learning English to the required level:

BiCortex Languages offers group and private classes for adults and children, either online / virtually or face to face. They can provide teachers experienced with exam preparation to help you meet the English language requirement for a UK visa.

Article written by Natalia Andrews

Friday, 3 September 2021

πŸ’· Refer a friend, share £100 - with Amazon voucher!




Our business grows through referrals. If your friend or colleague needs a visa or UK immigration advice please spread the word and we will be delighted to help!
 
Even better, you could share £100 credit:
  • Your friend receives a £50 credit towards our legal fees when they sign up for a UK visa or Citizenship application with us.
  • You receive a £50 Amazon voucher! AND the satisfaction of recommending your friend a reliable immigration service. 
There is no limit on how many people you can refer, so keep them coming! 
Just remember to tell us about your friend. 
 
 
1st 4Immigration  is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited at the highest Level 3. We have been in business for over 10 years, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. www.1st4immigration.com 

 

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

What are the English language requirements for UK visas?

 





Relocating to the United Kingdom offers incredible opportunities for both your career and your family. One of the strongest economies in the world, the UK is home to 6.2 million expats. However, there are several steps involved in obtaining a UK visa. In this article we will explain the English language requirements for UK visas. This includes proving proficiency in the English language. 


Work visas


To obtain a work visa for the UK, it will be necessary to have a job offer and be sponsored. Some documents would be requested and they may be translated. Following Brexit, this now also applies to Europeans. 


For a work visa, you must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to B1 level. The level is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. B1 entails being able to understand topics related to work, as well as being able to describe personal views or aspirations. 


In order to prove your B1 proficiency in English, a Secure English Language Test (SELT) will be required. Note that you must choose from the list of Home Office approved tests. For example, you could take the IELTS Life Skills test, or equally the GECE. 


Family visas


English language requirements for UK visas also apply on a family visa. An English language test is also required. However, the level mandated for entry is A1. This means that you know basic phrases and can understand English at a slow pace. After 2.5 years in the UK, you will have to apply for an extension. At this point, an A2 in English is necessary. Then, after an additional 2.5 years, you will be required to prove B1 English proficiency.  


What must I do to pass the Secure English Language Test? 


Preparation with specialists


The Home Office English tests are highly specific. Furthermore, the format varies widely from exam to exam. Visa applicants are often mistaken in thinking that a good level of English alone will allow them to pass the exam. 


It is highly recommended to undertake English language lessons with a specialist tutor. BiCortex Languages, which provides language lessons to expats and their families, is able to prepare students for all required English tests. Lessons will include advanced grammar, practice tests and tips on achieving the best possible marks. Lessons will also teach specific vocabulary, such as that related to business. With lessons conducted by native speakers, you will learn speaking and writing in the most authentic way possible. If you prefer, you can opt for online lessons, conducted via a bespoke virtual classroom.  


English classes are not only important to pass the language tests. Lessons are also important in preparing you for life in the United Kingdom. For children, lessons prior to relocation allows them to settle into school more quickly. As lessons will also include cross-cultural training, they allow business leaders to effectively manage an international team. Businesses attach such value to language training that it is advisable to check whether it is included as part of your company’s HR expatriation policies. 


Practice Writing

 

When conversing, imperfect grammar and turns of phrase are more likely to go unnoticed. When it comes to writing, however, mistakes can be glaring. In addition, the English language tests may pose questions to which you have previously not given much thought. For example, you may be expected to answer whether you agree or disagree that we have become too dependent on automobiles. In order to successfully answer such a question, reasons and examples must be used. Consequently, practice for the writing aspect of the test is paramount. Working with your teacher, you can identify common mistakes in your writing. You can also brainstorm ideas to be prepared for any type of essay question. 


Practice in Timed Conditions


Although you may be able to hold an informal conversation, the speaking aspect of the English Language tests can be challenging. You must respond succinctly, directly answering the question, without exceeding the time limit. Reading comprehension questions are equally difficult. Texts are often highly technical and nature. The questions following them are also formatted in a very particular manner. Although you may want to respond slowly, there is a time pressure involved. Lessons with your teacher will therefore assist you in understanding and answering comprehension questions quickly. 


Friday, 13 August 2021

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ What is your status while waiting for a UK visa?




If you have a UK visa and it’s about to expire, you would, normally, submit a new application. Of the same type (extension) or a different type (switching), or for settlement. You can do it up to the last day of visa current visa and it will be 100% legal.


So, you applied and waiting for a decision, what is your status? What if your old visa expired during that time? Especially if you indeed apply on the last day. Would you become an overstayer? Do you have to time your application to give the Government enough time to make a decision before your old visa expires? Should you use the more expensive Priority services?


The answer is: if you applied while your old visa was still valid (even on the last day), your immigration status automatically extends by law and remains the same for as long as the Government takes to consider your new application. Doesn’t matter whether it would take a day, a few months or a year. Most visa types take 8 weeks while Settlement takes up to 6 months. In our practice, however, the cases are currently considered a lot faster. You can find this Information here on Gov website.


For example, if you had a Spouse visa and applied for Settlement before it expired, your status remains ’Spouse’ for as long as it takes to make a decision on your Settlement application. If you had a Student visa and applied for a Spouse visa, your status remains ’Student’ until your Spouse visa has been approved. Whether to pay more for the Priority services is entirely up to you! It only makes a difference if you need your new visa sooner, such as if you wish to change an employer or start your qualifying period for settlement. 


What happens if you applied after your previous visa had already expired? This is different and depends on the reason for a delay, the period of delay and whether it was made following a refusal of a previous application. For detailed advice book a consultation with our lawyers here.



1st 4Immigration is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited at the highest Level 3. We have been in business for over 10 years, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. 

www.1st4immigration.com  

Monday, 9 August 2021

πŸ‘¨‍πŸ’» Self-Study OISC LEVEL 1 Course. CPD 16 Hours. Only £199 + VAT. Study in your own time!

 




Our OISC Level 1 training is a bestseller! With the online version, you can download it on your computer and study in your own time.

The course is great for you if:
- you are preparing to take a Level 1 OISC exam and become an immigration adviser.
- you are a practicing adviser or solicitor and wish to broaden your knowledge about other visa categories, such as to learn in detail about the Points-Based System. You will earn 16 CPD hours!
- you work in HR; you are a business owner or a landlord and need to learn about how your employees or tenants can stay legally in the UK so that you don't face penalties.

With over 10 years of experience, we designed this course to be of practical help! It's full of useful advice, explanation of how to understand Immigration Rules, where to find the information during a case and many case studies.

Unlike most training other there, this is not boring coverage of the Immigration Rules, we tried to keep it as entertaining as possible!



If you prefer classroom/livestream training - book our OISC Level 1 course  (£250+VAT, CPD 10 hours). Presented by our Level 3 Senior Immigration Lawyer, the course is held on weekends at our office in Central London. 


1st 4Immigration is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited at the highest Level 3. We have been in business for over 10 years, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. 

Saturday, 31 July 2021

πŸ“ˆ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Business Plan for UK visas or Funding from Investors. Prepared by expert Immigration Entrepreneurs πŸ‘





We are UK’s #1 Business visa one-stop shop: immigration lawyers and business plan writers under one roof! We help to obtain an endorsement and secure a UK business visa.


We have a wide network of affiliated professionals to set you up in business: accountants, web-designers, bankers, employment lawyers and many others. We help with:

- UK Start-up visa

- UK Innovator visa

- Representative of Overseas Business visa

- Funding from a bank, investor or venture capital fund or an accelerator programme from your endorsing body 


Why choose 1st4Immigration?  

- OISC-accredited immigration firm at the highest level 3

- 10+ years of immigration experience and 1000s successful cases

- Specialist in business visas – we are Immigration Entrepreneur

- We work directly with our clients (visa applicants) and we also write plans for the clients of other immigration lawyers.

- We reply emails on the same working day and work with What’s App and Skype with clients worldwide.


How we can help?

- Business plan for a fixed fee in 2 - 3 weeks!  

- 100% compliance with UK visa rules.

- We have successfully worked with businesses in IT and digital technology, engineering, manufacturing, food, sport events, health & beauty, consultancy, lifestyle, nanotechnology, marketing, export/import.

- New categories of Start-up and Innovator visas particularly welcome applicants with ideas in applying the digital technology to financial, food, health and other services as well as pharmaceutical and biochemical innovations.

- We have worked with clients from all over the world: India, China and Hong Kong, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, Middle East.

- Initial consultation on visa rules – face-to-face, email, Skype, What's App. If you choose email advice we provide information by next working day.


Frequently asked questions: 


How fast?

Standard turnaround 3 weeks, express 2 weeks.


Plan's structure?

This is a general example, your own business plan will also have characteristics relevant to your endorsing organisation’s requirements. Some require you to sign up to their accelerator programme, others need specific solutions to their corporate clients (usually the use of technology in finance), some insist on investing in your business for % of shares. 

- Executive summary.

- About you (experience, training).

- About your business in the UK (products/services, market research, customers, pricing, promotion, location, licences). How it meets the criteria of Innovation, Viability and Scalability.

- People, including creating jobs for settled workers. Although it is not a requirement for all business visa applicants anymore, it remains one of the most used criteria to qualify for settlement in new Innovator category. 

- Power team (professionals you need, such as accountant, insurance provider, employment/business lawyer, IT support).

- Financial plan (how you invest money in your business, cashflow forecast).


Can I include my existing business?

Yes.  If your business is outside the UK, we can use it to show you have successful business experience. If your business is in the UK, you can use it for the purpose of your Innovator visa (formerly Tier 1 Entrepreneur), or you can use it to show you have business experience, even though you may be developing a yet another UK business when you have your visa.


Will you do the market research?

Yes, we will.


What services do you offer?

A full range – we are a one-stop shop: business plan, endorsement, visa. If you choose to do the whole package, it offers best value due to discounts for multiple services.


To discuss your options please book a consultation here. Consultation can be face-to-face at our London office, on What’s App, Skype, phone or email.



1st 4Immigration is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited at the highest Level 3. We have been in business for over 10 years, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. 

www.1st4immigration.com  

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Act NOW - French visas are still available!

 



French Schengen visas are still available and France is not expected to be added to Amber plus list. We need to act very fast to secure your appointment now, to apply later and to travel in the next 6 months. The visa slots (appointments) are very limited while the interest in travel is at all times’ high. Once the ‘floodgates’ are open, the slots will go fast!

We can submit your application as early as 6 months before your travel date. If you are planning to travel in the next 6 months - and that covers the whole summer, Christmas and New Year - please get in touch NOW while visa appointments are getting booked fast!

 
The following Requirements apply at the moment, which may change later, or may not:
1. The minimum stay in France on your travel itinerary has to be 8 days.
2. You would need to self-isolate on arrival for 7 days, unless you are double vaccinated.
3. You will need a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours before departure.


Please contact us now: 
- Phone: 0871 472 1468

Multi Travel Visas team


#Schengenvisa

Monday, 26 July 2021

4 - 5 August - OISC Level 1 Online Livestream Training πŸŽ“

 





We provide online immigration training to current and prospective immigration professionals including immigration advisers, solicitors and HR workers.

We now offer OISC Level 1 course livestream on Zoom and Skype 4 - 5 August 2021.
 
It is a 2-day course, 10.00 - 16.00 with breaks. CPD 10 hours. Price £250+VAT. It is live training (livestream), where you can interact with the tutor and ask your questions. You can check the date and book here: Online OISC Level 1 Immigration training and CPD.
 
 
Main training topics:
 
- THE BASICS – CRUCIAL TO YOUR WORK!

- IMMIGRATION RULES AND HOW TO USE THEM

- VISITING THE UK

- POINTS-BASED SYSTEM – WORKING IN THE UK

- WORKING OUTSIDE THE POINTS-BASED SYSTEM

- INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN IN PBS AND WORK CATEGORIES

- STUDYING IN THE UK

- SPOUSE, PARTNER AND FIANCΓ‰E VISAS, FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT £18,600

- OTHER FAMILY VISAS: CHILDREN, STEP-CHILDREN AND ADULT DEPENDENT RELATIVES

- EEA LAW AND BREXIT

- BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
 
You can read the full description and book here: Online Livestream Training Course. 4 - 5 August 2021.
  
  
We also continue to run our best-selling Self-study OISC Level 1 course, based on an electronic textbook. You can study in your own time, at your own pace, from any device at any place. CPD 16 hours. Price £199+VAT. You can find it here: Self-Study OISC Level 1.

Our courses are CPD-accredited by The CPD Standards Office, reference 80001.
  
  
1st 4Immigration is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited at the highest Level 3. We have been in business for over 10 years, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. www.1st4immigration.com