Wednesday, 29 February 2012

What happens if you overstay in the UK after visa expired? And will it affect future travel?

If you stay in the UK and do not get ‘caught’ then you will be allowed to leave the UK. In theory it is up to the UKBA whether to fine you or even detain you but in practice you would not probably face any punishment. However, you may well have a problem in the future. Normally, overstaying within 28 days and leaving the country voluntarily is more or less OK, though you have to declare it on the visa forms when asked.

Overstaying does not matter at all for some categories, such as a Spouse/Partner of a UK citizen or of a person settled in the UK.

Visas under the Points-Based System (Tier 1 -5, ie for work or study in the UK) have strict rule of the applicant not to fall under the General Grounds of Refusal. This means that even if you meet all the visa rules but have some adverse immigration history you may not get a visa. These General Grounds include overstaying for more than 28 days, so if you overstay for less than that and leave the UK voluntarily you should be OK in the future. Same applies if you were deported more than 10 years ago.

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Monday, 27 February 2012

FLR (M) or SET (M)?

This is a dilemma faced by people who are approaching the end of their 2 year Spouse/Partner visa in the UK as a Spouse/Partner of a UK citizen or of a settled person. Most should qualify for Settlement on SET(M) form, ie for the permanent residency. But what if you have some concerns that you won't qualify? Can you extend and get another 2 year visa using an FLR(M) form?

The normal process is applying for a Permanent Residency. Extending a Spouse visa (ie getting another Spouse visa for 2 years) is not 'normal' unless you have a good reason for it, which you have to explain in your application. For example, you have not passed the Life in The UK Test, so the only option is to extend.

I am often asked if absences from the UK matter and some people think they have 'too many days out' and believe they should apply for an extension because of that. Abcences from the UK matter a lot less if you are a spouse/parter of a UK citizen or of a settled person. If you heard about the rule of '90 days' in a year then it does NOT apply to this route (it only applies to those who are applying on the basis of working for 5 years in the UK on SET(O) form). There is no even a question on SET(M) form about absences from the UK, so it just does not matter. The common sense is used in this category, so it is assumed you main home has been and is going to be the UK and you have spent at least 50% of the time in the UK.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tier 1 Post Study Work visa will be closed on 5 April 2012

Apply now, before it is closed. After 6 April 2012 you would need to find an employer who is willing to sponsor you for a Tier 2 visa if you wish to remain in the UK. There will be no limit on such switching (from Tier 4 to Tier 2) for in-UK applications but there will be an annual limit for applications from abroad. We can help with Post-Study Work applications and Premium service appointments, we are officially registered at the UK Border Agency in Croydon. http://www.1st4immigration.com/

Friday, 10 February 2012

All UKBA fees go up in April. Again. Such as Tier 1 General extension up by £500. APPLY NOW!

UK Border Agency WILL INCREASE IMMIGRATION FEES from 6 April 2012. Plus from 27 February 2012 applications for INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN (ILR, permanent residency, settlement) will require biometrics, ie fingerprints.  APPLY NOW!

You'd avoid a longer wait wait for an appointment and/or higher fees! Until 21st Feb we can submit ILR applications, without appointments, every Tuesday.

We also regularly deal with other applications, such as Tier 1 General extension, Tier 2, Post-Study Work, Spouse/Partner of UK citizens, applications for family members of European citizens, British Citizenship.

For example, Tier 1 General extension will go up from £1,300 to £1,800, up by a whopping £500!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Only 3 weks left before applications for an Indefinite Leave to Remain become biometric. APPLY NOW!

From 21st February ILR applications will become biometric (fingerprints will be needed) and it would mean a much reduced number of Premium service appointments and much higher prices! APPLY NOW! Until 21st Feb our company, 1st 4Immigration, can submit ILR applications every Tuesday WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS! Www.1st4immigration.com

Schengen Visa Portugal - no biometrics, no personal appearance at the Embassy.

Timing - only 1 week from a Tuesday, ie we submit on Tuesdays and visas are ready a week later on next Wednesday. The whole processing time is faster than the nearest appointment date at most Schengen Embassies. Cost £95 plus Embassy fee or only £95 if you are married to a UK/EU citizen. Www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

When can a child born in the UK apply for British Citizenship?

A child born in the UK is entitled to become a British Citizen one his/her parent(s) become settled in the UK, ie once parent(s) get an ILR or in case of EEA nationals after exercising Treaty rights for 5 years. You can apply via Registration process, which would take on average 3 weeks. We have dealt with many successful applications and would be happy to help. Www.1st4immigration.com

Is it worth applying for an ILR too early (because visa is about to expire and you don't want to pay for an extension)

I am often asked: "Can I apply for an ILR when my current visa is about to expire but I am short of, say, 3 months? I don't want to pay for an extension only to apply for an ILR 3 months after that."

My answer: If your issue is that you delayed your entry to the UK (ie did not enter as soon as your visa was issued) then it is not a problem if you are applying on the basis on 5 years on work visas. You are allowed to count your 5 residency from the date of visa issue (not date of entry to the UK) as long as that delay (between visa issue and arrival in the UK) is no more than 3 months.

However, if you are applying on the basis of 10 years in the UK then you need to have a full 9 years and 11 months of residency in the UK, with no breaks between the visas. You need 10 years but you can apply within 28 days before that. Sometimes we see clients who are only a few months short of 10 years and face a prospect of applying for another extension (which is not cheap) only to apply for an ILR just a few months later (if not straight away as postal visa process may take 3-4 months). Understandably, they don't want to pay if they can avoid it! However, if you apply too early your application would be invalid and return to you without processing.

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Only 3 weks left before applications for an Indefinite Leave to Remain become biometric. APPLY NOW!

From 21st February ILR applications will become biometric (fingerprints will be needed) and it would mean a much reduced number of Premium service appointments and much higher prices! APPLY NOW! Until 21st Feb our company, 1st 4Immigration, can submit ILR applications every Tuesday WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS! Www.1st4immigration.com