Monday, 19 December 2011

SAME-DAY INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN - APPLY NOW before it becomes biometric in March, appointments will become scarce and prices will soar!

From March 2012 ILR applications will become biometric (fingerprints will be needed), same as Tier 1, 2, PSW or Spouse/Partner now. Because more visa categories will be 'squeezed' in the same number of appointments it will mean a much reduced number of Premium service appointments and much higher prices! APPLY NOW! Until March our company, 1st 4Immigration, can submit ILR applications every Tuesday WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS! This (submission without appointments) is going to stop in March and we would have to book a biometric slot which are very limited now and will be even more limited next year due to UKBA staff cuts. http://www.1st4immigration.com/  

OISC Immigration Training Courses, OISC Level 1, OISC Level 2/LSC Level 1 in January and February. At the Royal Mint (Tower Hill) or via Skype.

After years of our practical experience - and many successful cases! - 1st 4Immigration is offering to share our extensive knowledge with other advisers and solicitors. We do not just teach the Rules - we practice them on day-to-day basis!
Dates and detailed programme on our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/immigration-training-courses.php

Level 1 course includes a mock Level 1 Assessment. Level 2 course includes examples of scenarios used at Level 2 exam.

All courses include examples from our real cases and a Questions&Answers session (prepare your questions in advance to win a prize!). An author of the best question/case study emailed in advance would receive a voucher to redeem against our service for Schengen visas, UK visas, visas to Russia, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and others.

The course is offered by our company, 1st 4Immigration Ltd, which is a practising immigration company, registered by The OISC at a highly respectable Level 2. We are also accredited by the UK Border Agency in Croydon and submit applications using Premium service for accredited representatives. We provide biometric appointments every week (Tier 1, Spouse/Partner etc) and we have permanent slots to submit Settlement (ILR) applications every week without appointments. We have almost 100% success rate!

Throughout the years of our work with Schengen, British, Russian, Indian and other visas we have been focusing on explaining our clients the complicated visa rules in a plain language. Our courses are designed in a similar way. We support the theory with the real case studies from our own experience.

Tutor: Natalia Andrews, Level 2 OISC-registered Immigration Adviser. Natalia handles the cases herself on day-to-day basis and runs this successful immigration company. She particularly specialises in Points-Based System visas (Tier 1 General, PSW, Tier 2, Tier 4 etc), applications for Settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain), European law applications (EEA Residence Card etc), advice for Bulgarian/Romanian nationals. Natalia has particular in-depth knowledge of Family visas, having experienced herself the process of a Fiancee visa, then a Spouse visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain and eventually, British Citizenship. She now holds dual nationality.

CONTACT US: Email: info@1st4immigration.com with our ‘trademark’ fast response on the same day. Website:
www.1st4immigration.com Website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/immigration-training-courses.php

Thursday, 8 December 2011

French Embassy is to start biometric visas - APPLY NOW to avoid queues and to avoid waiting for weeks for an appointment to submit your documents!

In January 2012 French Embassy in London will start issuing biometric Schengen visas. It will mean compulsory appearance of all applicants - to provide fingerprints. It will bring back the old problem of having to wait for weeks for an appointment to submit your documents (and biometrics!), not having enough appointments and long queues and waiting. We predict there will be a long (weeks or even months) wait for an appointment to submit the documents and long queues on the day.
APPLY NOW! As long as we submit your documents before that we could apply using our special system for agencies, which allows to process most visas within 4 working days.
http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/  Tel 0871 472 1468. Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk  Officially accredited by the French Embassy in London.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

NEW! Immigration Training Courses, OISC Level 1 & 2. Dates: 17th December, 5th and 28th January. At the Royal Mint (Tower Hill) or via Skype

After years of our practical experience - and many successful cases! - 1st 4Immigration is now offering to share our extensive knowledge with other advisers and solicitors. We do not just teach the Rules - we practice them on day-to-day basis!
OISC Level 1 Training Course, Saturday 17th December.

OISC Level 1 Training Course with 8 hours CPD, Saturday 5th January.

OISC Level 2 Training Course with 8 hours CPD, Saturday 28th January.

Training is at our office building Royal Mint Court at Tower Hill in Central London or via Skype.

Level 1 course includes a mock Level 1 Assessment. Level 2 course includes examples of scenarios used at Level 2 exam.

All courses include examples from our real cases and a Questions&Answers session (prepare your questions in advance to win a prize!). An author of the best question/case study emailed in advance would receive a voucher to redeem against our service for Schengen visas, UK visas, visas to Russia, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and others.

The course is offered by our company, 1st 4Immigration Ltd, which is a practising immigration company, registered by The OISC at a highly respectable Level 2. We are also accredited by the UK Border Agency in Croydon and submit applications using Premium service for accredited representatives. We provide biometric appointments every week (Tier 1, Spouse/Partner etc) and we have permanent slots to submit Settlement (ILR) applications every week without appointments. We have almost 100% success rate!

Throughout the years of our work with Schengen, British, Russian, Indian and other visas we have been focusing on explaining our clients the complicated visa rules in a plain language. Our courses are designed in a similar way. We support the theory with the real case studies from our own experience.

Tutor: Natalia Andrews, Level 2 OISC-registered Immigration Adviser. Natalia handles the cases herself on day-to-day basis and runs this successful immigration company. She particularly specialises in Points-Based System visas (Tier 1 General, PSW, Tier 2, Tier 4 etc), applications for Settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain), European law applications (EEA Residence Card etc), advice for Bulgarian/Romanian nationals. Natalia has particular in-depth knowledge of Family visas, having experienced herself the process of a Fiancee visa, then a Spouse visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain and eventually, British Citizenship. She now holds dual nationality.

Classroom attendance only £450+VAT. Skype attendance only £200+VAT.

Detailed Programme and a Booking Form are on our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/immigration-training-courses.php

CONTACT US: Email: info@1st4immigration.com with our ‘trademark’ fast response on the same day. Website: www.1st4immigration.com . Tel 0871 472 1468. We are open Monday - Saturday

Most Popular on Facebook in October

Our most popular posting on Facebook in October, with over 200 impressions, was this:
If you have a gap between UK visas it will affect your ILR application. Such as when you had a gap between work permits or Tier 1/HSMP, ie had to go back to your country and apply from there after your previous UK visa expired. Or applied for a visa here but was refused. In many such cases it means you would not qualify or an ILR based on 5 years on work permit/HSMP/Tier 1 General. We deal with ILR applications all the time and we can submit on Premium service without appointments twice a week. www.1st4immigration.com

New Testimonial on EEA2 Unmarried Partner visa

"Wow I’m so happy and relieved!!!! Thank you so much for all your help! My application was really well done by you and I had a really good service." Emilie, Canadian national, switching from a Working Holiday visa to EEA2 (EEA Residence Card as an Unmarried Partner of a European citizen).

Our clients have been in a relationship for several years but only lived together in London for 1 year and 10 months (2 months short for 2 years). We advised to aubmit an EEA2 application anyway because it would take up to 6 months to process it and also the basic rule is to be in a 'durable relationship' rather than strictly living together for 2 years.

www.1st4immigration.com

Friday, 11 November 2011

About those 'New Rules' - Part 2, Family Visas

While preparing this we have heard the latest Supreme Court judgement ruled that the minimum age for Fiancees, Spouses and Partners is to be lowered back to 18 yo instead of the current 21 yo.

So, here are the proposals (not in force yet):

1) Main change is extending Spouse/Partner visas from 2 years to 5 years. That's 3 years longer to wait to qualify for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residency) and ultimately, a longer wait for a British passport. It is explained that a 5 year period would help combat sham marriages (and in some cases it probably would). But I believe it is simply an attempt to bring the rules in line with the Rules of European regulations. Under the EEA regulations spouses and all other family members of EU citizens get a 5 year visa first and only then apply for an ILR (permanent visas). I believe the UK Immigration Rules on Family Migration are going to be brought in line with the EEA rules, it was the same reason why Work/HSMP visas were extended from 4 to 5 years in 2006.

Our advice: if eligible - apply now!

2) Family members who until now were given an Indefinite Leave to ENTER (permanent visa issued by British Embassies abroad) will be given a 5 year visa first and only then a permanent one. This applies, for example, to elderly dependant parents or spouses/partners of British citizens who have been together for more than 4 years.

3) Specifying how much money the Sponsor must earn to be eligible to bring a spouse or any other relative to the UK. At the moment, the minimum amount of income if, say, a British citizen wants to sponsor his spouse (partner, child, parent) to come to the UK should be at least an equivalent of
an Income Support Allowance (approx £450 per month but after deduction of rent/mortgage and council tax). These proposals suggest introducing a specific amount, which is most likely to be higher than above. Such as a minimum wage plus 20% (this is an example, the figure is not confirmed yet).

Extra income will be required is a spouse/partner also brings his/her children.

4) More evidence that relationship is a genuine one and not a one of convenience. More 'factual' evidence will be needed, though there is no explanation of what is meant by that.

5) Also proposed is a requirement for immigration advisers, solicitors or council officials to countersign visa applications, ie stating that to their impression of a couple this relationship is genuine and not a sham or forced marriage. There is no plans (at least not yet) to make such a countersignature compulsory but it is proposed that such applications will be considered as more credible ones.

We can process family visas, including on fast Premium service where allowed by the UK Border Agency. Www.1st4immigration.com

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Age lowered to 18 yo for Fiancees, Spouses and Partners

Following a judgement of Supreme Court it is now possible to apply for a Fiancee, Spouse or Partner visa even if one (or both) partners are aged 18-20 years old. Until now only those aged 21 or more could apply. The judge ruled, I'd say predictably, that such an age restriction contradics Artile 8 of the European Human Rights Convention. Good news for the genuine young couples! Such visas are one of our main speciailities (based on my own experience also)  http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Multi Travel Visas sponsored Diwali Party 2011

Multi Travel Visas (our sister company dealing with Schengen, Russian, Indian and other foreign travel visas) has sponsored Diwali Party 2011, organised by London Business School last Saturday 5th November at Radisson Blue Hotel in Mayfair in Central London.

Party poster with MTV logo



Our Multi Travel Visas team managed to make their way onto the stage (probably interrupting the dancers) and gave a speech on visas and immigration advice. They were cheered and applauded! Well, it is a useful information after all, even for party-goers.  

It was a fantastic evening and it was great to see many of our customers there!


MTV partying Team


    
www.multitravelvisas.co.uk
www.1st4immigration.com



Tuesday, 1 November 2011

New Testimonial on a successful case to bring an elderly parent to the UK

"My Mum has been refused an entry clearance twice in recent years, although we thought it was a straightforward case. I am her only daughter and a settled UK citizen and my mum is an elderly widow living on her own in compassionate circumstances in Ukraine. But without a professional advice and qualified legal guidance  we have applied for wrong types of visa and the documents we have submitted proven to be insufficient. We were very sceptical and disillusioned when contacted 1st4Immigration advisors, as we had lost our hope, but were so lucky to have received a professional efficient service. Natalia Andrews proved to be a top class professional who guided us through the whole process of collecting documents, meticulously checking every word and has written an outstanding letter to the Immigration authorities. Without her help and guidance, I doubt that our visa application would have been successful, especially now with the more toughened immigration rules. My Mum has finally been granted a Settlement visa and will soon reunite with me in the UK! If I ever needed an Immigration advice in the future, I would never go further that 1st4Immigration.  With all my respect and high appreciation" Rimma

Thank you , Rimma, always happy to help! http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Monday, 17 October 2011

No VAT on service fees until November!

Until 1st November 2011 we do not have to charge VAT (government tax 20%) on our service fees. If you are thinking of applying for a visa or British Citizenship soon and would like to save money then you should apply now! Or at least to make a payment of our service fees before November and then submit documents later, when you are ready. Apply now to save 20% on VAT!
This tax, VAT of 20% on top of our service fees, applies only when we receive payments of our service fees from the UK or the EU. If you are arranging a payment from outside the EU, such as from India or Canada, then this tax does not apply.
Generally, businesses have to charge clients this tax when business turnover reaches a certain amount, ie when the business has grown substantially. For us it is a good news that business is growing, especially in this economic times. However, the sad fact is that we are obliged by law to add 20% to our fees and pass it on to the government. This is not an increase in our fees.  

Friday, 14 October 2011

About those 'new visa rules'

Every day I am now asked by the concerned customers about the proposed 'new rules' on UK visas, especially settlement rights. I have spent a few hours carefully reading a 42-page consultation paper and here are the main points:

1) Main misunderstanding is that Tier 1 General (HSMP) visa holders will not be allowed to apply for an ILR (Permanent visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain). Wrong! All proposals are covering Tier 1 migrants who ENTERED Tier 1 since April 2011 (and does not cover those who entered it before that). This by definition excludes all Tier 1 General migrants because this category was closed altogether before April 2011 and no one entered it since then. Tier 1 General (HSMP) migrants should be able to apply for permanent residency (ILR) in the same as now (if proposals are not changed later).

2) Changes referring to 'Tier 1 migrants' cover those under the remaining sub-categories of Tier 1: Investor, Entrepreneur and Exceptional Talent. It does not refer to 'General' at all and Post-Study work will be closed in April 2012.

The proposals do not prevent Investors etc from applying for Settlement. They simply propose to limit those visas to total of 5 years. After that a person has to either apply for Settlement (ILR) if he/she qualifies - or leave the UK altogether. Maybe re-apply again from abroad and start 5 years all over again. This is in contrast with the current possibility of extending again and again without applying for settlement. Most people would find it strange but they are reasons for extending instead of applying for an ILR: one hasn't passed a Life in The UK Test or has accumulated too many absences or has an unspent conviction.

3) Note for nationals of  BULGARIA and ROMANIA applying under the old HSMP category (under the rules which were in place before November 2007 and which are still available to nationals of Bulgaria/Romania): the "new rules" proposals do not apply to you at all, the rules for European workers remain the same and are protected by the European law.

4) TIER 2 VISA HOLDERS. Tier 2 ICT does not lead to permanent residency already for those who entered it from April 2010.

However, major changes are proposed to stop Tier 2 (General) visa holders from settling in the UK. These proposals ask in the consultation whether the whole Tier 2 category should be made temporary (not leading to permanent residency status) and whether to allow some Tier 2 General migrants to switch to a "special" Tier 2 category which will be leading to settlement. Decision remains to be seen. 

5) To add to p4), the proposed changes also ask whether an employer should play a more active role in a settlement application for a Tier 2 migrant. Currently, Tier 2 General (work permit) migrants simply need a letter from employer (who sponsored them) to confirm they are still required for the job. However, nothing is stopping a worker to leave this job once an ILR has been granted. So, the new rules propose to involve employers more and in short, make sure employees do not leave the job that soon.

6) ANCESTRAL VISA holders: no changes proposed.

7) DOMESTIC WORKERS: this route is proposed to be closed altogether. Or to be reduced to a 6 months stay similar to a visitor visa.

8) SPOUSES/PARTNERS of British citizens: we will make a separate posting on that issue, there are going to be big changes comparing to the current system. In short: if eligible, apply now before it becomes way more complicated!

9) FINALLY, these are only proposals and we will only know for sure once the rules are formally introduced.

For more personal advice please contact us www.1st4immigration.com

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Testimonial on British Citizenship application

"This is great news indeed! Thank you for your great support and help. I should certainly recommend you to those seeking a visa or citizenship advice."This is from Vladimir, a national of Russia. Vladimir made an application through us for an Indefinite Leave to Remain in 2009, under HSMP Judicial Review category. This year the time came for him and his family to apply for British Citizenship, so he asked us to help once again. We handled his application and it was approved relatively soon just after 1 month.
http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

EEA or FLR(M)? Which visa category? Which form?

EEA2 or FLR(M)? Which form to use if you are a spouse/partner of an EU/EEA citizen? FLR(M) form is under British law and should be used by spouses/partners of British citizens; or by spouses/partners of UK permanent residents (ILR holders). It is quicker as Premium service available in Croydon and it leads to Settlement (permanent visa) just after 2 years. The downside is of course a massive UKBA fee of £850 (Premium service). However, 2 days or so and your FLR(M) visa is done.
It's worth remembering that there are proposals to increase the 2 years to 5 years in this category, so spouses/partners of UK citizens and of UK permanent residents will be waiting for 5 years to be eligible for permanent status. Most of such drastic proposals come in force in April, so we suggest to apply now!

EEA2 is for spouses/partners of European citizens (non-UK) and is under the European law. It is free of UK government fees but the downsides are 1) it takes up to 6 months to process it and yours and your partner's passports will be with the UKBA for this period; and 2) the visa (Residence Card) will be for 5 years and you will only get Settlement after 5 years, not 2 as on FLR(M).

To make it more confusing, some people can choose which category is to apply under. Spouses/partners of EU (non-UK) citizens can apply on FLR(M) form if their EU spouse/partner has exercised EU treaty rights in the UK for 5 years. Exercising treaty rights for 5 years gives an EU citizen a status of a permanent resident in the UK (automatically, without having to apply for this status).

Sometimes, it can also be other way around, spouses/partners of UK citizens can apply on EEA2 form if their British partner exercised treaty rights in another EU member state.

You can contact us for more details what exercising treaty rights means as well as other questions. We deal with both categories regularly. For SET(M) we get Premium service appointments every week.

http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Thursday, 6 October 2011

New Testimonial on a UK Spouse Visa

We have received a very nice feedback from a happy customer, Taressa, Australian lady who we helped with a Spouse visa:
"Dealing with this sort of high level paperwork and strict guidelines to adhere to, can be stressful. After spending some time trying to do this ourselves we decided to leave it in the capable hands of someone who has a lot of experience and is accredited by the Home Office to be dealing with these sorts of applications. As soon as we were in contact with Natalia (at 1st 4Immigration), the stress levels dissolved. She and her assistant Harpreet were there every step of the way. They triple checked our paperwork, made sure we had all of the documentation needed, took us to our appointment at the Home Office and looked after collecting all of our paperwork when the visa was approved. I could not recommend their service more. My husband and I both work full time, so this sort of added stress to an already busy life was well worth paying 1st 4Immigration to take care of." 
From Natalia - Thank you very much for such a testimonial! We are happy to help. We deal with Spouse/Partner visas very frequently and I myself (Natalia) has been through this immigration route Fiancee - Spouse - Permanent Residency - British passport.
We provide Premium service appointments, which we get allocated every week from teh UKBA in Croydon. As an accredited company we are allowed to access separate system of appointments for representatives.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

If I were UK Home Secretary ....

If I were Theresa May I would bring back highly-skilled Tier 1 General visa category tomorrow with immediate effect (well, maybe with some notice to allow for orderly queues at Embassies abroad). I would lower passmark back to 75 for initial entrants and make earnings points lower, like they were before April 2010. However, I would add something in my opinion useful, such as extra points for someone working in an occupation on UK Shortage Occupation List, I mean actually having worked and not 'having a qualification'. I am very concerned that we would not have enough people who have skills, ambition, hunger for money/success and are willing to work, such as Indian IT consultants or Chinese finance professionals, also teachers and doctors, where would we be now without them? Ms May, if you are reading this - please bring back Tier 1 General/HSMP!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Earnings from abroad when extending Tier 1 General

When extending Tier 1 General you can use earninsg from anywhere in the world, does not have to be from the UK only. But you cannot use a multiplier (an uplift). We provide advice sessions and whole applications including fast Premium service, for which we get appointments every week. www.1st4immigration.com

Friday, 23 September 2011

Our Multi Travel Visas website has a new look!

Visit our new MTV website! The new look has gone live today. Schengen visas,Russian visas,Saudi visas,Indian &Chinese visas.Visas to Kazakhstan and Iran and many others. Www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Same-Day Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (Premium Service)

Same-day Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, we submit applications to Croydon twice a week without appointments! We submit on Tuesdays and Fridays, you don't have to attend Croydon at all. For those holding currently Tier 1, Tier 2, Spouse/Partner visa, Work Permit, HSMP under Judicial Review. http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Monday, 19 September 2011

Spouses/Partners of UK citizens applying for an ILR after 2 years

If your 2 year UK Spouse/Partner visa is about to expire we can apply for an ILR on your behalf WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS for Premium same-day service for a reasonable service fee of £599. And a 10% discount of Schengen clients of Multi Travel Visas.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New rule for Old Work permits when applying for ILR

Old Work Permit holders need to meet new requirements on salary under Tier 2 code of practice when applying for an ILR (even if your salary now is higher than at your work permit application in 2006-07). We've had such a case recently and had a clarification from the UK Border Agency.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Spouses/Partners of UK citizens who have their own Work Permit/Tier 1/Tier 2 visas

If you are on a Work Permit, Tier 1 or Tier 2 but married to a UK citizen or a partner of a UK citizen you may be better of applying for a 2 year Spouse/Partner visa and getting permanent residency just after 2 years. Worth doing if you are more than 2 years away from 5 years required on work permit/Tier 1/Tier 2. http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Saturday, 10 September 2011

And the Winner is.....

Most popular posting in August, viewed by over 260 people, was: We get Premium Service appointments within 2 weeks for visas like Tier 1, Post-Study Work, Tier 2 and Spouse/Partner. We don't need appointments at all to submit Settlement (ILR) visa applications twice a week. http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Applying after your UK visa has expired ('out-of-time')

With 169 people viewing on Facebook, our 3rd most popular posting in August was:  if your UK visa, such as student, has expired we can still apply for you for a visa such as Post Study Work on Premium Service. We get appointments every week. www.1st4immigration.com

Popular on Facebook

Second most popular in August, with 196 people viewing, was: If you got an ILR but your spouse was on PBS dependant visa and had to apply for a Spouse visa (FLR M) now you can count period on dependant visas towards 2 years required for a spouse to apply for his/her ILR. Www.1st4immigration.com

Our most viewed posting on Facebook

Most popular posting in August, viewed by over 260 people, was: We get Premium Service appointments within 2 weeks for visas like Tier 1, Post-Study Work, Tier 2 and Spouse/Partner. We don't need appointments at all to submit Settlement (ILR) visa applications twice a week. www.1st4immigration.com

Thursday, 8 September 2011

10% discount on UK visas for customers of Multi Travel Visas

PROMOTION: Schengen customers of our sister company, Multi Travel Visas, get a generous 10% discount when applying through us for a UK immigration visa or British Citizenship. This discount is worth at least £50! Www.1st4immigration.com

Post-Study Work uni letter

You can apply for a Post-Study Work visa once you have a letter from uni saying you have COMPLETED your course (but don't have to wait for the actual degree certificate). Letter saying that you are waiting for exam/dissertation results is not enough. We provide Premium service appointments every week. www.1st4immigration.com

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Welcome

Welcome to our new immigration Blog