Tuesday, 26 March 2013

I have a COS issued before 6 April 2013, can I apply for Tier 2 or do I need a new COS?

You can use the assigned COS (Certificate of Sponsorship) when submitting your application after 6 April 2013. In other words, the new Tier 2 rules will be based on when your COS was assigned, rather than on when you are submitting your Tier 2 visa application.

So, for applications based on a COS assigned by 5 April 2013 the old rules will continue to apply: old SOC codes, old salary thresholds etc.  

For more advice or to submit an application, including on same-day service, please contact info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com
If you are an immigration adviser or solicitor you may find useful our online training courses awarding Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.: www.1st4immigration.com/training

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Fast Same-day UK / British passport renewal for Easter!

 

No appointments required! Multi Travel Visas  can submit applications on next working day after receiving your documents, to the Passport Office in London, with authorisation from you as per the government requirements. For an extra charge we can submit on the same if we receive your documents, see below. No need to wait for an appointment, which can be a few days or week away and no need to travel to a passport office.

We offer practical help when you need a new passport very quickly. For example, if you are living/working abroad (you can courier documents to our London office) and we can submit them promptly for same-day service, this includes if your passport has run out of pages. Or you don't have time to travel to a Passport Office yourself we can apply on your behalf (you don't have to come to London). Plus we check the documents, help complete the form and advise on requirements.

FEES:
Official fees of Passport Office (we pass them on to the government):
To renew an adult 10-year 32-page passport costs:
•£103 for the one-week Fast Track Service
•£128 for the same-day Premium service

Multi Travel Visas fees: £152 per application (incl VAT) in London passport office. Appointments are on the next working day.

For an extra charge we can submit on the same day as we receive your documents, if we have all papers before 12pm and they are in order. Our service fee for this is £202 (in addition to official Passport Office fees above).

Contact us now: 0871 472 1468. Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply on the same day! Web-site: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk  with the visa requirements and clients' feedbacks. Calls to 0871 number cost £0.10 per minute, emails are free.

Our office is based at an iconic building of The Royal Mint in Central London, conveniently located near Tower Hill tube station, Tower Gateway DLR station. Close to the City and Canary Wharf.

Office address: 4 Royal Mint Court, London, EC3N 4JH. Near Tower Hill tube station and DLR Tower Gateway.

www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Monday, 18 March 2013

New Life in the UK Test from 25 March 2013 – the answers:

Who is it for? For those applying for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR, permanent residency). Plus for those applying for British Citizenship who did not have to do it for an ILR.
When is it changing? 25 March 2013.

What if I pass the old version of the test before 25 March but apply for a visa after that? You can still use the old test certificate even if you are making an ILR visa application after 25 March 2013. Test does NOT have an expiry date!
You won’t be able to take the old test from 25 March onwards, ie you’d have no choice but to take a new version of the test. But if you manage to pass the old test before 25 March then you CAN use it for a visa application after 25 March. In other words, it’s all about when you passed it rather than when you’ll be applying for an ILR.

The main challenge would be booking a test before 25 March!
What are the differences between the old and new test? The new test is based on the new handbook, which is presumably designed to be more up-to-date on one hand and possibly to make the test more difficult on the other hand. Plus, the old test was based only on 4 chapters or so while the new test is based on the whole Book.

I did the old test when applied for my ILR. Now it's time for me to apply for British Citizenship. Do I have to take the new test now?
No, under the current rules, if you passed the Test when applied for an ILR you don't have to do it again, old or new version (if nothing changes).

For a more detailed advice or for an application (including same-day service at the UKBA) please contact us info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Online CPD course 4.5 hours What's Next after Post-Study Work and Tier 4 Visas?

For our colleagues Immigration Advisers and Solicitors: Our online training course is accepted by The OISC and SRA, CPD ref number EJE/14IM.
 
What’s Next after Post-Study Work and Tier 4 Visas? 4.5 hours CPD credit.
 
Download from our website, study in your own time on any computer, iPad or iPhone, complete the test and we will award your CPD hours and send you a certificate.
 
 
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, based at the Royal Mint in Central London.
 
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 (ILR, Tier 1, Spouse/Partner etc) and we have permanent slots to submit Settlement (ILR) applications every week without appointments. We’ve had 100% success rate in 2012!

1st 4Immigration Ltd, OISC no F200800152, SRA ref EJE/14IM.
 
4 Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4HJ.
 

Monday, 11 March 2013

New Testimonial on a Tier 2 General visa

"Thank you 1st 4Immigration, not only for your prompt, knowledgable and professional service but also for the fact that you view your clients as people rather than numbers. You deal with each visa case individually, on a warm and personal basis". Clarissa, Malaysian national.

Clarissa had a Tier 4 Student visa and completed a Master's degree in London. She had her employer sponsoring her for a Tier 2 visa. She could apply under Tier 2 as soon as she has completed her course (but not before). Her employer was prepared to provide a COS, though they had to start from the beginning, ie from obtaining a Sponsor Licence.

Once licence has been granted, Clarissa's employer had to request allocation of extra certificates, so they requested one for Clarissa (we advised they could have done it at the same time as licence, to save time). It was  an unrestricted COS because Clarissa was eligible to switch to Tier 2 inside the UK.

For an advice or to make your application as successful contact us on info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com  

Saturday, 9 March 2013

New Tier 2 General rules from 6 April 2013 - should we be worried?


"Not again!", is it what's going through your mind? Perhaps one day we'll run a story: "Breaking news - the UKBA doesn't change a thing!"

For now, here is a basic summary of the proposed changes:

- start from the good news: if you have a COS assigned to you by 5 April 2013 then you can apply for a visa with that COS even after 5 April. In this case you'll be applying like Tier 2 rules haven't changed, ie the same codes as now, same salary as before 6 April etc. So, there is no need to rush and submit visa application now, you can do it after 6 April as long as your COS has been assigned to you no later than 5 April.

And now changes for those with a COS assigned from 6 April:

- minimum salary goes up from £20,000 to £20,300, in line with inflation.

- New occupation codes, changed from SOC 2000 codes to SOC 2010. If it does not mean anything to you then it's basically different code numbers for many occupations and some occupations are described or grouped differently. The point is we will all have to follow the new system, ie use the new table, not the old one.

- It appears that the new, SOC 2010 Code of Practice, is based on 39 hours per week when appropriate salary is stated per annum. Under the old system , SOC 2000, it was based on 37.5 hours per week.

- Minimum skill level for new entrants to Tier 2 ( for those who never had a Tier 2 visa or Work Permit before) remains at NQF Level 6. Please note that some occupations from SOC 2000 may be at Level 4 on the SOC 2010, then the new applicants need to follow the new system.

- (Good change) Occupations on the new list will have 2 levels of salary: one for Experienced people (higher salary) and a new Entry Level for broadly less experienced people. This Entry level would, broadly, cover those who are applying for a Tier 2 visa for the fist time ( but won't apply at the extension stage after 3 years) and those under the age of 25 yo. This introduction of an Entry Level would help employers to sponsor younger people, such as those on Post-Study Work visas and those on Tier 4 Student visas because the offered salary is lower and the applicants would have time to prove themselves to the employers before asking employers for a 'proper' salary at a later visa stage.

- Resident Labour Market Test (advertising the jobs) will be changes. Instead of forcing the employers to advertise on JobCentre (frankly, not the best place for looking for skilled people anyway) there will be a rule of using 2 ways of advertising from a choice of media. So, it can be OK to advertise a job on the Internet only on 2 specified websites, without a JobCentre. Employers can still use JobCentre but only if they want to.

- These new rules WILL apply to those who will be applying to extend their Tier 2 visas, to change employment (to change Sponsor) and to those applying for an ILR based on Tier 2 .

Contact us for an Advice Session or Application info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

If you are an immigration adviser or solicitor then you can use our training courses with the award of hours towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) . We provide online training (distance learning), which you can study in our own time from any computer or iPad or iPhone. Our CPD training is accepted by The OISC and SRA and we are listed n both websites as accredited training providers.

Visit www.1st4immigration.com/training

Friday, 8 March 2013

Online CPD course 7 hours, British Citizenship - a Dream for Many!

For our colleagues Immigration Advisers and Solicitors: Our online training course is accepted by The OISC and SRA, CPD ref number EJE/14IM.
 
British Citizenship - a Dream for Many! 7 hours CPD credit.
 
The course includes changes from 13 December 2012 and rules for EEA nationals including Bulgarian / Romanian (A2) whose first applications can be submitted in 2013. 
 
Download from our website, study in your own time on any computer, iPad or iPhone, complete the test and we will award your CPD hours and send you a certificate.
 
Visit website now:  
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, based at the Royal Mint in Central London. We’ve had 100% success rate in 2012!
 
1st 4Immigration Ltd, OISC no F200800152, SRA ref EJE/14IM.
 
4 Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4HJ.
 







 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

New testimonial on British Citizenship application from a Romanian national

"Thanks so much for all your efforts and excellent service. This had all been incredibly pain free and easy and your professionalism and attention to detail much appreciated. I will recommend you to everyone and I know who needs these services (have already done so)".
 
Ms V, Romanian national. In this case our client spent more than 6 years in the UK while exercising European treaty rights as a self-employed Romanian national. We advised that Ms V did not have to apply for permanent residency (a lengthy application which requires to submit original passport) but could apply straight for British Citizenship, which does not require sending original passport and in this case was approved within just 3 weeks.
 
To make your application as successful please contact info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New testimonial on SET M application for an ILR as a Spouse of UK citizen, based on a Spouse visa issued before 9 July 2012 (and falling under the transitional arrangements, ie processed under the 'old Rules')

"Thanks very much for your help with this visa application (SET M application for an ILR). I must say that Adam, Tom and Neil were very helpful and is a credit to your company". Mark, a British national who made a SET(M) application for his Thai wife and a step-daughter.

Mark is our regular client as we arranged several Schengen visas for his wife and step-daughter. It was now time for them to apply for an ILR. We processed this application 'under the old Rules', even though it was in February 2013.

It was possible because the applicants had Spouse and Dependant visas issued before 9 July 2012, for 2 years, and could use the transitional arrangements. In other words, such application was processed like the old rule were still in place.

As soon as an ILR has been done on same-day service in Croydon, we processed another French Schengen visas securing Schengen visas valid for more than 1 year.

To make your application as successful, using same-day or postal service, please contact info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com  

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Online CPD course 4.5 hours What's Next after Post-Study Work and Tier 4 Visas?

For our colleagues Immigration Advisers and Solicitors: Our online training course is accepted by The OISC and SRA, CPD ref number EJE/14IM.

What’s Next after Post-Study Work and Tier 4 Visas? 4.5 hours CPD credit.

Download from our website, study in your own time on any computer, iPad or iPhone, complete the test and we will award your CPD hours and send you a certificate.


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, based at the Royal Mint in Central London.

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 (ILR, Tier 1, Spouse/Partner etc) and we have permanent slots to submit Settlement (ILR) applications every week without appointments. We’ve had 100% success rate in 2012!

1st 4Immigration Ltd, OISC no F200800152, SRA ref EJE/14IM.

4 Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4HJ.