Friday, 27 March 2020

COVID-19: UK visas, help for businesses and people

This is a summary post, here are the links for detailed pages. Please remember the Government may change the policy at a short notice. 


UK visas and your immigration status: 
All current UK visas will be extended to 31 May 2020 but you must request this from the UK authorities before your visa expires. Providing you follow the process, however, the UK Government reassured that no one will be penalised by the Coronavirus situation or be classed as an 'overstayer’. 

We at 1st 4Immigration continue to work remotely (but as normal otherwise) via email, What’s App, Skype and phone. Visa applications are prepared, analysed and submitted by us electronically - you can send your documents to us via email, Dropbox or similar. Once submitted, applications are considered and decided by the UK authorities electronically. The only point where you have to attend in person is to submit biometrics (fingerprints), more on this on the top link above as well as on the test centres and what to do if you can't sit a test before your current UK visa expires. 

There is a unique opportunity to switch a category inside the UK where it would not have normally be allowed. It is under the sad circumstances of COVID-19 but if you are in the UK, and qualify for this, this is a very welcome option for you. More details on the link above. 

Our advice session service (consultations with our lawyers) are running as normal via What’s App, Skype and email.
You can book a consultation here , as always, the fee counts towards our services. 


Help for businesses: 
The Government announced a few measures to help the small businesses, all business including those run by migrants. This is not 'public funds' and you won’t be breaching conditions of your UK visa. Help includes exemption from business rates for 12 months (limited to industry, such as retail, hospitality etc but still accessible to migrants), deferment of VAT payments until 5 April 2021 and Job Retention Scheme to cover 80% of wages of the workers (up to £2,500 per month) who don’t have work to do but whom employers do not wish to lose (classed as ‘furloughed workers’). 


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme here Expected to be up and running by the end of April but will be backdated to 1 March 2020. Initially covers minimum 3 weeks and up to 3 months but can be extended, covers employees that were on the payroll on 28 February 2020. 

Company directors: 
If you or your business have been affected by Coronavirus, you can also claim support with your director’s salary under the Job Retention Scheme. Only your salary under PAYE, not dividends. 

Employees:
As above, your employer may be able to get help to keep you on their books while you have no work to do. 

Self-employed (sole traders without a company or those in a Partnership):
Will be paid 80% of their income, there are further details, we will make a separate post on this. The Scheme will be running by 1 June 2020. 

Homeowners and renters: 

Other:
Banks offer to wave late payments penalties on credit card and mortgage payments but please check with your provider (and keep an eye on how they handle your credit rating).

Housing market is "put on hold" with many mortgage lenders stopping new applications. Some stopped completely, others accept remortgage only, others only lend on 60% LTV. There are also problems for surveyors to 1) visit the properties while during the lockdown and 2) put a value on properties during these uncertain times.

Some councils offer to defer council tax payments for 3 months or so.


1st 4Immigration Ltd

COVID-19: what happens to your UK visa?



Visas extended until 31 May 2020:

If you are in the UK now, and your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, your visa will be extended until 31 May 2020. You have to request this from the authorities, however, contact details are on the link above. For our clients, we can do this as part of application or advice session.

If you visiting the UK now, and cannot leave due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or self-isolating, this process will apply. 


Work, family, student and other resident-type visas: 

If you need to apply for extension or switching or settlement (anything that you would normally do without COVID-19), your visa will also be extended until 31 May 2020 (but need to notify, as above). You can, however, still apply online as normal. Same process, same requirements, same documents - all submitted online. At the moment, the Government's system is working as normal, all applications are considered electronically. If you are able to, we recommend you apply (online) before your visa expires. 

“Applying” means submitting the online application form and paying the Government fee. Your supporting documents (including tests) and your biometrics can be provided later. 


If you cannot sit your English or Life in the UK test:

You can still apply before your visa expires and submit these later. Or you can follow the process above and apply later but before 31 May 2020 (unless this deadline is extended). 

You can check here whether your English test is going ahead or not (most likely not): https://www.ielts.org/news/2020/covid19-information-for-our-global-test-taker-community

Life in the UK link is here https://www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test but it doesn't explain any changes due to COVID-19 while our clients tell us their appointments are being postponed for 3 weeks. We suggest you liaise with your chosen test centre for details. 


Submitting biometrics inside the UK: 

The only point when you have to physically attend an appointment is to enrol biometrics (fingerprints). As of 27 March 2020, these visa centres are temporarily closed. It won't, however, affect your immigration status, you will be able to provide them later. If you have already booked an appointment in the near future, you are likely to hear it's been cancelled and you will be contacted to book a new date in due course - but it won't cause any problems with your visa status.  


Unique switching opportunity:

If not for the sad circumstances of COVID-19, this would have been a welcome news. ‘Switching' means changing a visa category, such as from a visitor to a Spouse visa, or from a student to a work visa etc. There are strict rules in the UK immigration law when one can switch without leaving the UK; or when one has to return to their country and apply from there. 

Due to COVID-19, the UK Government is permitting all switching inside the UK until 31 May 2020 - to those who would normally have to apply abroad. The eligibility requirements remain the same but your location changes. For example, if you are in the UK on a visitor visa, you can apply for a standard Spouse visa until 31 May 2020, which would not have been possible under the normal circumstances (you’d have to return to your home country and apply from there).  


Examples of permitted switching by 31 May 2020: 

- From a visitor status to a family visa (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Parent). Still need to meet the usual requirements, such as Financial Requirement £18,600.
- From a visitor status to a student or work visa. Still need to meet the rules on Tier 4 or Tier 2 Sponsorship. 
- From Tier 5 to Tier 2 General work visa. Still need to meet the rules on Tier 2 Sponsorship. 
- From Tier 2 ICT to Tier 2 General work visa. Online ICT, Tier 2 General visa leads to settlement and usually requires a 12-month cooling-off period. 



- Government support for homeowners and renters: mortgage and rent holidays: https://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.com/2020/03/mortgage-holiday-for-homeowners-and.html

COVID-19: exceptional switching a visa category without leaving the UK

If not for the sad circumstances of COVID-19, this would have been welcome news. ‘Switching' means changing a visa category, such as from a visitor to a Spouse visa, or from a student to a work visa, etc. There are strict rules in UK immigration law when one can switch without leaving the UK; or when one has to return to their country and apply from there. 

Due to COVID-19, the UK Government is permitting all switching inside the UK until 31 May 2020 - to those who would normally have to apply abroad. The eligibility requirements remain the same but the place of application changes. For example, if you are in the UK on a visitor visa, you can apply for a standard Spouse visa until 31 May 2020, which would not have been possible under the normal circumstances (you’d have to return to your home country and apply from there).  

Examples of permitted switching by 31 May 2020: 
- From a visitor status to a family visa (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Parent). Still need to meet the usual requirements, such as Financial Requirement £18,600.
- From a visitor status to a student or work visa. Still need to meet the rules on Tier 4 or Tier 2 Sponsorship. 
- From Tier 5 to Tier 2 General work visa. Still need to meet the rules on Tier 2 Sponsorship. 
- From Tier 2 ICT to Tier 2 General work visa. Online ICT, Tier 2 General visa leads to settlement and usually requires a 12-month cooling-off period. 

Examples that are always allowed and not affected by COVID-19 policy: 
- From a student visa to a family visa (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Parent).
- From a student visa to a Tier 2 General visa.
- From a Tier 2 work visa to a family visa (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Parent).

- From Tier 5 to a family visa (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Parent).


For individual advice please book a consultation with our lawyers, go on our website: https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/ 

We at 1st 4Immigration are working as normal with the documents and applications processed electronically. If you wish to start an application, please simply let us know by email, phone or What’s App.


1st4Immigration is one of the most experienced and prominent UK immigration law companies, accredited by the OISC 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 address: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Advice from Gov.UK for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

Monday, 23 March 2020

Mortgage holiday for homeowners and help for renters: as good as it sounds?



This post is referring to the UK Government's announcement here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8122789/Coronavirus-Rishi-Sunak-announces-three-month-mortgage-payment-holiday.html

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced anyone facing difficulty due to coronavirus will be eligible for a three month mortgage payment holiday



We are not mortgage advisers and this is not a financial or legal advice. This is a post from me, Natalia Andrews, a property investor as well as an immigration lawyer, and I am doing this in response to our immigration clients, asking for some advice during the uncertain times of COVID-19. For details, or if you are in financial difficulty, you need to seek a professional financial advice. 

Mortgage Holiday - you will still owe this money! 
My bank, Halifax, confirmed that they were offering a mortgage holiday for 3 months, same as other banks did. They warned, however, that you would still owe this money.
They aren't cancelling these payments but adding them to the loan, so you will be paying it later. Most likely, in small instalments, so you probably won’t feel much of a difference in your monthly payments when we get back to normal after COVID-19. You will also owe interest on that money, ie since banks provided you this as ‘credit’, they will be entitled to interest on the money you didn’t pay during these 3 months. 

Does it affect your credit rating?
I understand that normally, it does. If it doesn't, it may still affect your ability to borrow in the future since lenders often ask about history of payments (and a history of arrears). 
In this situation, however, lenders are told by the Government to do their best not to jeopardise a homeowner’s credit history, since this is not an ordinary circumstance. 
Since it is not a law, by a request ’to do your best’, you should keep an eye on how your lender handles it. 

Does it cover buy-to-let mortgages?
Yes, on the understanding that savings will be passed on to tenants. For example, if your BTL mortgage is £400 per month, you could reduce tenant’s rent by £400. Most landlords would still need the difference (rent minus mortgage ‘relief’). Firstly, to pay for other expenses, such as insurance, service charge, maintenance etc. Secondly, because it is their income. And thirdly, because savings passed on to tenants are for the amount of mortgage, not for the amount of whole rent. 

Help with rent:
As above, your landlord could offer you a 'rent holiday’ for the amount of their mortgage payment. 
They don’t have to ask their bank for a mortgage holiday, but if they do, they are expected to pass this on to you, thus reducing what you pay to them. 
At the moment I read they are expected but not ordered to do so (but most landlords are decent and will do). 
Will you still owe this money later? My understanding, yes, you will. Just not now - later.
Your tenancy contract remains for the same amount, same as your landlord’s mortgage does. 

How will you pay it later? 
Here the proposals are that the landlords are expected to work together with tenants to work out a suitable repayment plan. Maybe spread it over for each of the remaining months of tenancy and/or deposit. It sounds reasonable in theory, in practice, who knows!

In the meantime, renters are protected by the newly-introduced 3-month notice period on their tenancies. This is not the same as a ban on evictions for 3 months, which was initially announced. It is a longer notice period. Normally, the landlord has to give a tenant a 2 -month notice to terminate their tenancy (but not before the end of their tenancy agreement unless it provides a break clause). The new rule, under Coronavirus Act 2020, extended this period to 3 months. After that, however, landlords can still ask tenants to leave , i.e. issue a Section 21 or Section 8 notice.

The situation may change again, however, there are already talks to introduce an actual moratorium on evictions for 3 months and even extend this for 6 months. We will update this as it happens. 

Natalia Andrews


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Support for businesses and workers 😷

We are asked what the UK Government is doing to help small businesses and workers. As many of our customers are business owners or employed by such, here is a summary as it stands at the moment. Please remember it can change at anytime. 
The main point is that the Government is taking measures, and we believe there is no need to worry whether the current extraordinary situation will affect your immigration status in terms of meeting the visa rules. These circumstances will be taken into account when your visa application is considered in the future. 

If you run your own business:  
A migrant-run business will be eligible for support. This is not ‘public funds' and won’t breach an endorsement on your visa (if applicable to your situation). 

There will be exemption from business rates for 12 months and grants for those who don’t pay business rates. Broadly, it will be applicable to businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure. You can read more on the link below including how it will be implemented via your council. 

You probably heard the Government offering to pay (or rather reimburse you) your workers’ sickness pay for 2 weeks if they stay at home, whether they are sick or not. If you are a director of your own company, you are also an employee and also entitled to sickness pay yourself, assuming your earnings are above threshold of £118 per week. 
Since              then, the new measures have been introduced under Job Retention Scheme. Here the Government will reimburse 80% of wages of workers who would have otherwise been made redundant. To avoid mass redundancies, the Government is asking ti designate the employees in question as 'furloughed workers', meaning they aren't working but remain on the books.    
If you are self-employed (without a limited company):   
Initially, the Government offered to claim Universal Credit that would bring the same 2-week sickness pay as for the employees. Since then, however, it has announced that it would pay the self-employed 80% of their income. It will be calculated as average income in the last 3 years.  Details to come. 
If you are employed:  
The above-mentioned sickness pay will apply. 


If you pay mortgage or rent: 
Mortgage ‘holidays’ were proposed to 3 months but there are no details yet. Most banks, however, are already providing a dedicated support line for all matters including a mortgage, credit card, overdraft and access to savings before maturity date where applicable.   
There are no announcements on help with rent, other than a promise to do something. 
  
More details:  
Detailed guidance for employers, businesses and employees: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19  
Newspaper: What coronavirus means for your money: Will you get paid to self-isolate? What if schools close? And what if you're laid off? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-8122675/What-corona-means-money.html  

Visa application process:   
For latest on how the Government offices are working including English test centres in the UK and overseas:   https://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.com/2020/03/covid-19-what-happens-to-your-uk-visa.html
We   at 1st 4Immigration are working as normal with the documents and applications processed electronically. 
Advice sessions are running over What’s App, Skype, email, phone:  https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/ 

If you have any questions please get in touch.
1st 4Immigration team 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

👍 No interruption to UK visas!

We would like to reassure you that all our immigration work continues as normal. UK visa and Citizenship applications are prepared and processed electronically. Whether you are applying for a UK entry visa to come here, or applying inside the UK to remain or settle. All cases are now considered by the UK authorities “behind the close doors”, meaning the visa officers are not seen face-to-face. When decision has been made, we will be notified by email.

When working with us at 1st 4Immigration, you can submit the documents to us online without leaving your home. This is already a standard practice for our customers residing outside the UK and increasingly common for those applying inside the UK. We use Dropbox, email and similar providers. If you prefer, you can of course post us paper documents and we will scan them. For a consultation appointment, we work via What’s App, Skype, email, phone. Our face-to-face appointments are also currently running as normal but we can change yours to be conducted over What’s App or similar, should you require. Our office building (Tower 42) operates enhanced measures on cleaning and disinfection.

The only point where you have to appear in person during the whole visa application process is to submit biometrics (fingerprints) at a visa centre.

Visa centres inside the UK: if you are applying to remain or settle, or for British Citizenship, the visa centres are currently running as normal. They do advise not to attend if the applicant has the symptoms of Coronavirus (or the actual confirmed case), instead they will inform the authorities to facilitate some special arrangements. If you find yourself in such a situation, we will guide you accordingly.

Visa centres outside the UK: if you are applying to come to the UK, the visa centres may be open or closed, depending on your location. For example, visa centres in China are  currently closed, although there are special concessions for Chinese nationals already in the UK, such as exceptional switching from Tier 2 ICT to the main work visa Tier 2 General.

Although we cannot influence it, we hope it will get better soon!

Any questions - please ask. If you need to book a consultation, go on our website: https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/ 

If you wish to start an application, please simply let us know by email, phone or What’s App.


1st 4Immigration team

Saturday, 14 March 2020

No interruption to UK visas!

Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration,

We would like to reassure you that all our immigration work continues as normal. UK visa and Citizenship applications are prepared and processed electronically. Whether you are applying for a UK entry visa to come here, or applying inside the UK to remain or settle. All cases are now considered by the UK authorities “behind the close doors”, meaning the visa officers are no longer seen face-to-face, as was the case with same-day service in the past. When decision has been made, we will be notified by email.

When working with us at 1st 4Immigration, you can submit the documents to us online without leaving your home. This is already a standard practice for our customers residing outside the UK and increasingly common for those applying inside the UK. We use Dropbox, email and similar providers. If you prefer, you can of course post us paper documents and we will scan them. For a consultation appointment, we work via What’s App, Skype, email, phone. Our face-to-face appointments are also currently running as normal but we can change yours to be conducted over What’s App or similar, should you require.

The only point where you have to appear in person during the whole visa application process is to submit biometrics (fingerprints) at a visa centre. Whether to do this is a decision you may have to make when the time comes, depending on how the Coronavirus situation develops.

Although we cannot influence it, we hope it will get better soon! 

Any questions - please ask. If you need to book a consultation, you can do so on our website: https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/  If you wish to start an application, please simply let us know by email , phone or What’s App.

1st 4Immigration team

Friday, 6 March 2020

👉 Business Plan for UK visas or funding from investors. Prepared by expert Immigration Entrepreneurs 👍



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
- UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa – open for Graduate Entrepreneur visa holders until 5 July 2021
- 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.



For individual advice or to make an application please contact us

You can arrange a consultation with an immigration lawyer on this link. Consultation can be face-to-face at our London office, on What’s App, Skype, phone or email. You can also just submit an enquiry in the table below


1st4Immigration is one of the most experienced and prominent UK immigration law companies, accredited by the OISC 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 address: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

👉 UK Innovator visa: for an Innovative, Viable, Scalable business!

Summary 

UK Innovator visa replaced Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category in 2019. It is open to everyone with a suitable business idea, including European citizens coming to the UK after Brexit from 1 January 2021. You may be an experienced entrepreneur outside the UK or may be only planning your first ever business – you can also join a British company that is already trading and help to develop it with your investment and innovation.
This visa is issued for 3 years, leads to settlement in the UK after minimum 3 years (typically 5 years) and to British Citizenship after 5-6 years. 



Endorsement - approval of your business idea
The first step is to secure endorsement of your business idea. You can pitch your business plan to a business organisation that is on the UK Government list of the designated endorsing bodies for an Innovator visa. Most of them require participation in their own acceleration programme (such as Tech Nation for digital technology businesses) and some even insist on investing in your business for % of future profits. Some focus on specific industries (such as biochemistry or cyber security) but a few do not impose any limiting criteria (Emsworth). 
These are examples, for your particular situation please contact us for a consultation. 



Examples of suitable businesses
Under the Immigration Rules, your business has to be Innovative, Viable and Scalable. In practice, the following ideas are likely to be accepted:
- Cloud technology, such as Software As A Service (SaaS) platforms. 
- Mobile applications and technology in the food and drinks industry.
- Mobile applications and use of technology in financial services (“fintech”).
- Mobile application and use of technology in the property industry (“proptech”): construction, property management, housing, such as SaaS platform for housing associations.
- Mobile applications and use of technology in travel/transport (“traveltech”), such as providing SaaS platform for taxi companies. 
- Supply of technology and Artificial Intelligence to the retail sector. 
- Mobile Application in health and fitness industries. 
- Development and use of neural-control interface (NCI).
- Innovations in pharmaceutical, biochemical and similar industries.
- 3D Printing and Virtual Reality.

The list is not exhaustive. Unlike the old Tier 1 visas, this category does not prevent from residential property development or property investment but such an idea is unlikely to pass the “Innovation” criteria. If you, however, have an innovative idea (even not on the list above), please get in touch for a more detailed consultation. 


Business plan

We are immigration entrepreneurs with over 10 years of successful experience. Business visas are one of our specialities. A good business plan is vital to secure an endorsement. It has to describe your business idea but also to explain how you will be meeting specific UK visa requirements. 

1st4Immigration is unique: we offer a one-stop shop for UK business visas. All under one roof: a business plan, help with endorsement and a visa. Plus we have a well-trusted support network for your business needs: accountants, tax advisers, employment lawyers and so on.

Compliance while you have a visa
While you hold an Innovator visa, initial or extension, you have to meet certain conditions, as specified in the UK Immigration Rules. Such conditions need to be met in advance, i.e. not just before your extension or settlement application.   
Our  compliance service covers this: we will be acting as your point of advice before the time comes to apply for a further visa. Any question – just drop us a message, call, or schedule a meeting. One fixed fee covers a whole year of our qualified and experienced support! 

Extension and Permanent Residency
An initial Innovator visa is issued for 3 years. If your business has grown rapidly and met the requirements for Settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain – ILR), you can apply for settlement at that point. 
In most cases, however, it will take longer to meet the qualifying conditions for ILR, so you can apply for extension for another 3 years. You will need a new endorsement, which can be from the same or a different organisation from the Government-approved list. You also need a new endorsement if (and evert time) you change a business activity. You can then apply for Settlement as soon as you have met after the ILR criteria, it does not need to be after X number of years, such as don’t have to wait for 5 years if you have met the criteria after 3.5 years. 
There is no limit on the number of extensions, so you can keep extending again and again, every time for 3 years and until you qualify for Settlement or switch to another category. Every extension requires a new endorsement.

For individual advice or to make an application please contact us
You can arrange a consultation with an immigration lawyer on this link. Consultation can be face-to-face at our London office, on What’s App, Skype, phone or email. You can also just submit an enquiry in the table below


1st4Immigration is one of the most experienced and prominent UK immigration law companies, accredited by the OISC 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 address: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN.