Sunday, 19 January 2020

🚀 Faster Schengen visa for Easter – often without biometrics!



Our best guide to the minefield of Schengen! 

Who issues longer visas? Who is fastest? Talk to us before making your travel plans!
Each Schengen country is different but it works well by proper planning to comply with strict rules. Maybe you need fastest service, or maybe better to wait but secure a longer visa, apply once and travel during 6 - 12 months or even more.

You can apply within 3 months before travelling – time to plan Christmas and New Year holidays now!

France - Schengen visa  
Sooner appointments than in the public system! We are one of just 9 accredited visa agencies in the whole of the UK, a highly-trusted company with 15 years of experience. French Consulate issues longer, multiple-entry visas. 
Processing time: 1 week for most nationals, may be longer during busy travel times. 

Spain - Schengen visa
Soonest appointment: next working day.
Processing time: 7 - 10 days for most nationals.

Portugal - Schengen visa
Soonest appointment: next 2 - 3 days.
Processing time: 1 week for most nationals.
 
Germany - Schengen visa
Soonest appointment: next 3 - 4 days.
Processing time: 1 week for most nationals. 

Netherlands - Schengen visa
Soonest appointment: next 2 - 3 days.
Processing time: 1 week for most nationals, may be longer during busy travel times. 

Italy - Schengen Visa
Soonest appointment: next 2 - 3 days.
Processing time: 1 week for most nationals.

Phone us: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text.
Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk, we reply on the same business day!
Submit an enquiry on our new website: https://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/

Visit our office in the City of London, 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, no appointment needed.


Office address: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN. Nearest Underground stations are: Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

🎓 Classroom and Livestream OISC Level 1 training 18-19 January 2020, this Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.





Having finished filming the BBC documentary Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?, we are excited to offer our OISC Level 1 courses during January - March 2020!

As the subject of UK immigration is becoming even more exciting, you can keep up-to-date with our classroom and online training – and claim CPD hours.

2-day weekend course is conducted at our office in the City of London and presented by our Level 3 accredited Senior Immigration Lawyer, Jules Motcho.  That’s him on the far right on the photo!


Classroom and Livestream training:

- 18-19 January 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT. Book now!

- 15-16 February 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.  Book now!

- 21-22 March 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.  Book now!


Online self-study course:

If you prefer studying in your own time, we have a more detailed Online OISC Level 1 courses here. CPD 16 hours, £199+VAT.

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.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

👨‍👩‍👦 The Guardian article: 100,000 undocumented children in London. How can children settle and become British?



According to the article here, there are 100,000 children in London 'without secure immigration status’. In other words, 100,000 children living in London illegally, without a UK visa, settlement or British Citizenship. 


Why can a child be without immigration status? 

Many were actually born in the UK while their parent(s) had no status themselves, and found it difficult or expensive to apply for it.

Many other youngsters were brought to the UK at a young age by their families who since made the UK their home. For example, by coming here on a visitor visa and remaining as what we call ‘overstayers’. 


What are the solutions? 

First of all, it becomes harder and more expensive to secure an immigration status once a child turns 18 years old. Wherever possible, it’s best dealt with before the 18th birthday. 


Child born in the UK:

A child born in the UK is not automatically British since the law changed in 1983. Instead, their status is based on the parents' status. If a parent is British, then a child is British by birth. If a parent has settled status, such as Indefinite Leave, then a child is British by birth.

If, however, a parent is not settled but settles later after the child’s birth, then a child can be registered as British. 
This is where The Guardian correctly pointed out at the £1,012 cost of such an application! 

A child, who was born in the UK and lived here for the first 10 years of his life, can also be registered as British, also at the above fee, even though the High Court recently found that the Home Office’s £1,012 child citizenship fee to be unlawful. 

Both actions can only be done before the child turns 18 years old!  


Child born outside the UK: 

In this scenario, a child can only become British when he/she gains a settled status ion the UK and the parent(s) become settled with at least one parent becoming a British Citizen. Not easy if the parents are also here without a legal status; or with the expensive Government fees. In this case, a child can apply for a leave to remain under Private Life after he/she has lived in the UK for 7 years (if aged under 18). If a child is aged between 18 and 25, and spent a half of his life in the UK, can also qualify. The outcome is a visa for 2.5 years. Only after 3 extension and 10 years of legal  residence can one apply for settlement. Then for Citizenship. 

For individual advice please book a consultation with our lawyers here

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.

Friday, 10 January 2020

👫 Civil partnership law change: how does it affect visas?



Recent law change made it possible for all couples to register a civil partnership. 

How does it affect UK visa process? Civil partners have always had the same visa rights as married couples. The difference was in family law: in the past only same-sex couples could enter a civil partnership. Now all couples have a choice of getting married or entering a civil partnership (or not doing either). Interestingly, same-sex couples campaigned for the right to get married. Then opposite-sex couples campaigned for the right ... not to get married. Fortunately, now it’s all aligned! 

What’s the difference? Civil partnerships have the same benefits as marriages when it comes to tax, benefits, pension, parental rights, property, inheritance etc. They also the same procedure if the couple wants to part their way (except can’t “blame” on adultery). 

They differ in not having religious or cultural attachments: no church ceremony, no vows etc. There is also different legal terminology (dissolution instead of divorce, for example) but generally, the difference is more psychological than practical. 

In terms of a UK visa, the only “unmarried" alternative remains an Unmarried Partner visa. As before, it is available to all couples who have lived together in a relationship for 2 years – and who are able to prove it with strict specified evidence, which is often a challenge. Now, there are 3 options for all, plus a Fiancee visa.

We have a detailed page on Spouse/Partner visa: https://www.1st4immigration.com/detail-uk-spouse-and-partner-visas/ 

For an individual advice, you can book a consultation: https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/ 



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, 8 January 2020

🎓 Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course from BBC-featured company. Study in your own time! CPD 16 Hours. Only £199 + VAT.



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. 


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.

Monday, 6 January 2020

👍🏼 About 1st 4Immigration

1st 4Immigration Ltd is a specialist UK visa and immigration law company. We help customers worldwide to join family, come to work, settle in the UK. Well-respected by clients and colleagues for our in-depth technical knowledge of UK Immigration Rules and “details”, which can make or break your case.  

We help to extend your stay once you are here, apply for settlement and British Citizenship. We can explain the latest rules if you are worried about Brexit. If you apply through us we charge fees for our services, and you will benefit from our unbeatable expertise!

We are a “mid-level fee” small company with “high-level expertise”. We always respond on the same business day and generally, process visa applications as fast as possible.

In 2019 we were selected to take part in the BBC documentary Who Should Get to Stay in the UK? We were the only small company amongst the “big guys”, yet our case went the smoothest! 

Although we are located in London, we serve customers wishing to come to the UK from anywhere in the world, all nationalities and occupations.  From our London office we have helped people to join family or relocate to the UK for work from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, South America, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Iran, Dubai and UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and North Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, most African countries and many other places. We make a good use of technology like What’s App, Skype, Facebook and emails – as well as our excellent business practices, honed over the past 10+ years!

Within the UK, we welcome customers and businesses from all regions. Applications to remain or settle in the UK are most common, as well as to bring a husband, wife or partner to the UK. On the work/business visas side, the most popular services are Tier 2 Sponsorship guidance for employers, advice for workers and entrepreneurs. 

We work using What’s App, Skype, Facebook, emails; and if you prefer a personal interaction, you are always welcome to visit our London office! Conveniently located in the City, near Liverpool Street, Monument and Bank Underground stations. We are based at Tower 42, pictured here (NatWest Tower). It was also one of the locations in a Sherlock TV series.



1st 4Immigration team is very diverse! Each one of us has been through UK immigration process.  On a humorous note, even the founders’ pet dog is half-Russian. His father, a schnauzer, was imported to the UK from St. Petersburg, we assume he arrived on a Fiance visa!



We started this company after the founders, Natalia and Wayne Andrews, went through their own immigration journey in 2003. Natalia came to the UK on a Fiancee visa to marry Wayne. In due course she acquired her Spouse visa and Indefinite Leave to Remain. She has had dual nationality since 2007 and has unrivalled expertise on this popular subject. Natalia particularly enjoys working on Financial Requirement £18,600 for spouses and partners of UK citizens, combining her legal knowledge with a strong grasp of mathematics (yes, you really need that!). The more complex situation the better: multiple sources of income, savings, self-employment – we have done it all!

We are Immigration entrepreneurs, hence, UK business and work visas have been our other main line of work during the past 12 years. We developed our own in-house Business Plan writing service with a former banker on our team. 



Our lawyers advise on the UK Immigration Rules, help with visas to enter and remain in the UK and with British Citizenship. We also provide training to immigration advisers and solicitors, and are accredited for CPD. If you choose to apply for a visa through us, you will benefit from our wealth of knowledge! 

Our sister company, Multi Travel Visas Ltd, has been helping with foreign travel visas for the past 15 years: Schengen, Indian, Chinese, Russian visas and many others. 


1st 4Immigration Limited is incorporated in England and Wales, company number 07159371, VAT number 120733355. Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN.

Accredited at the highest OISC Level 3. We have been in business for more than 10 years! Our OISC reference is F200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year of accreditation. We have been registered as a provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for immigration professionals since 2012.


Start from booking a consultation here over What’s App, email, Skype, Facebook or face-to-face with an immigration adviser. We look forward to hearing from you!

Saturday, 4 January 2020

🎓 Return of UK Post-Study Visa


Since we entered 2020, this is one of the most common questions: Return of post-study work visa.

This visa category was very popular until its closure in 2012. There are now plans to revive it for foreign students (EU and non-EU) who begin a degree course during 2020/21 intake at UK universities (but not to those who are already studying here now). There are no further details yet, but if it is based on the past, graduates would be able to stay in the UK for 2 years with the right to work. It won’t lead to Settlement but 2 years could be enough to find sponsorship for a work visa. Or to set up a business. Or qualify as a parter of a UK citizen under Unmarried Partner category that requires 2 years of living together.





As always, we are here to offer individual advice, you can book here on our website. A consultation can be face-to-face at our London office, on What’s App, Skype or email. 

1st 4Immigration 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.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

🎓 A new 5-stars review and new dates for our Classroom And Livestream OISC Level 1 Courses. January - March 2020, CPD 10 Core Hours, £250+VAT.

This review came from our customer Tetiana Kiltyka:

Many thanks to Jules Motcho who trained me for OISC Level 1 Course. It was very helpful and understanding approach for a full day of studying the immigration theory. Hope my exam will go smoothly.

Here is a copy of Google review, which can also be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/NpMXTJvKfYj8Yz5P9




As the subject of UK immigration is becoming even more exciting, you can keep up-to-date with our classroom and online training – and claim CPD hours.

2-day weekend course is conducted at our office in the City of London and presented by our Level 3 accredited Senior Immigration Lawyer, Jules Motcho.


We are excited to offer new dates for our Classroom and Livestream  OISC Level 1 training during January - March 2020:

- 18-19 January 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT. Book now!

- 15-16 February 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.  Book now!

- 21-22 March 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.  Book now!

Online self-study course:

If you prefer studying in your own time, we have a more detailed Online OISC Level 1 courses here. CPD 16 hours, £199+VAT.

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.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

🤔 What’s next after Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa?



Although this visa category is now closed (replaced with a Start-up visa), there are still many migrants in the UK on this visa. This category doesn't lead to settlement, and doesn't count with other visas towards settlement when counting 5 years of residence. So, what are the option to extend your stay in the UK? 

Switch to Tier 2 General if you have a sponsor (employer). There is a special exemption from advertising a job to settled workers. If an employer wants to sponsor a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) migrant, they don’t need to conduct Resident Labour Market Test. Read more on our website here. 


Switch to Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if you wish to start, join or continue with a business in the UK. You only need £50,000 in funds instead of the standard £200,000. Although Tier 1 Entrepreneur was closed to new applicants on 29 March 2019, if you have a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa now (or had in the last 12 months), you can still switch for a limited period of time, ie still apply under the old Rules. You can even apply under Entrepreneur rules outside the UK. Read more on our website here. And you can also switch to a new Innovator category but it all be more difficult, if not impossible, than to switch to the old Entrepreneur route. 


- If you haven't spent 2 years on Graduate Entrepreneur visa, you can 'extend' but under the new Start-Up category, making a total stay on GE and Start-Up maximum 2 years. 

- Switch to a Talent visa. Currently, it is still Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category but it is expected to be replaced by more migrant-friendly and easier-to-use Global Talent visa in 2020. Read more on our website or contact us for updates on the future changes in the UK Immigration Rules. 


Switch to a Spouse/Partner visa. If you are in a relationship with a UK citizen, someone who has a permanent residency status in the UK, you can switch to this and qualify for Settlement after 5 years (or 10 years if you have exceptional circumstances). If you are in a relationship with someone on a visa that leads to Settlement, you can apply for a dependent visa. For example, if your partner is working on a Tier 2 General visa, you can secure a Tier 2 Dependant visa. 


All of the above categories lead to settlement (ILR), although none of them can be combined with the time spent on a Graduate Entrepreneur visa. 

- 10 years legal residence in the UK. Here you can count any visa types. Subject to the limits of absences, and someone other requirements, after 10 years of continuous legal residence in the UK, you could qualify for Settlement. 


1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. Website: https://www.1st4immigration.com

We also provide immigration training and CPD for lawyers and those preparing for OISC exam. We have classroom/livestream courses and online self-study courses, accredited by CPD Standards Office, ref 80001, and accepted by The OISC. Visit our OISC training page here. https://www.1st4immigration.com/training/


Wednesday, 25 December 2019

💍 UK Spouse/Fiancee/Partner visa application!



1st 4Immigration is a prominent immigration law company with experienced specialists in UK family visas. We handle entry clearance applications, extension, settlement. We 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. We help to work out Financial Requirement £18600, advice if you cannot meet it or overstayed your visa. We can explain the latest rules if you are worried about Brexit. If you apply through us we charge fees for our services, and you will benefit from our unbeatable expertise!


Why choose 1st 4Immigration?

- We founded this company more than 10 years ago following our own immigration experience
- We have 1000s of successful cases
- Specialist in Financial Requirement £18,600
- We work with standard and fast Priority services
- We reply emails on same business day and assist clients worldwide via What's App, Skype


How can we help?

- We keep up-to-date with the Immigration Rules - such as 80-page rulebook on Financial Requirement £18,600
- Advice session to explain eligibility requirements - face to face, What's App, Skype, email
- We provide a list of documents focused on your situation - financial evidence, English etc - all in once place!
- We 'hold your hand’ throughout the whole process - you have someone to turn to with your questions
- We complete visa application forms
- We guide on how you can meet Financial Requirement in 6 - 12 months time or help to apply under exceptional circumstances
- 24-hour Super Priority Service: we book appointment and upload documents in time for it


Need to know more?

- UK Spouse and Partner visas in detai: https://www.1st4immigration.com/detail-uk-spouse-and-partner-visas/
- Financial Requirement £18,600 - our speciality: https://www.1st4immigration.com/financial-requirement-18600/. We are specialists in this area - we even train other lawyers!


Time to arrange advice session - what is covered?

- Chance to discuss your situation with an experienced adviser – not an automated service or unhelpful call centre
- Explanation of relevant Immigration Rules in plain language
- Assessment of how you can meet the Rules. Very often a client can’t meet them now but can in 3-6 months
- Answers to common questions, such as how much time you can spend outside the UK when on a Spouse visa
- Advice on the application process and processing times
- Reasonable follow-up questions
- Action plan!


Book a consultation

- You can arrange a consultation with an immigration lawyer on this link: https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/. Consultation can be face-to-face at our City of London office, on What’s App, Skype, phone or email. You can also just submit an enquiry in the table below. You can also simply send a request in the feedback form.


What our clients love about usTestimonials and Google Reviews on the internet


BBC documentary with our participation.

We at 1st 4Immigration are taking part in a BBC documentary, called Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?. Our Episode 3 features Spouse visa cases, including our clients, Marc and Sylivia. Sylivia is from Uganda, we helped her to come here on a Fiancee visa to be with Marc. They are at the front on the photograph on the link. During the course of the programme, the couple have to get married and apply for a Spousal visa to enable Sylivia to start her oath to settlement.


Let’s start working on your UK Spouse/Fiancee/Partner visa application!