Monday, 26 August 2013

New English language rule is coming on 28 October 2013. If you’re eligible for ILR or British Citizenship - apply now!

The new rule on English language is not bringing anything ‘horrible’ but does mean more to do for quite a few migrants, both EU and non-EU nationals. Probably even more for Europeans than for non-Europeans because European nationals don’t need to evidence English language ability up until the Citizenship stage. Unlike non-EU migrants, many of whose need to meet English language requirement if they want to work, study or join a partner.

The change: from 28 October 2013 those applying for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain, Permanent  Residency) or for British Citizenship need to pass a Life in the UK Test and also demonstrate English language ability in Speaking and Listening at a B1 level. For many it will mean having to take 2 tests: Life in the UK and English.
Those applying (if eligible on residency rules, criminality etc) before 28 October 2013 can only pass a Life in the UK Test, at the moment it is sufficient on its own.
Once this requirement has been met, it is expected that it won’t have to be met again when applying for Citizenship.

The change is unlikely to affect those who had to meet the English language requirement at a level B1 before, such as those on Tier 1 General or Tier 2 General/ICT visas, so they would need to pass a Life in the UK Test only, same as now.
However, here are the examples of migrants who will be affected:

-        European nationals and their family members who wish to apply for British Citizenship. Until this point they did not have to show English language ability at all. Plus, unlike non-EU migrants, they also did not have to pass a Life in the UK Test for a permanent residency application (indeed, they even did not have to apply for permanent residency, qualifying for it automatically).

-        Dependant spouses/partners of PBS migrants, such as a spouse of an Indian Tier 2 visa holder, when applying for an ILR. A Tier 2 visa holder had to meet the English requirement when getting a Tier 2 visa while his/her partner did not have to do so.  Now both have to meet this requirement for an ILR meaning a Dependant will be affected.  

-        Spouses and partners of British citizens when applying for an ILR. They only needed A1 level for their Spouse/Partner/Fiancee visas, so this time (for an ILR application) they’d need to achieve a B1 level and pass a Life in the UK Test at the same time.  

-        Commonwealth citizens on Ancestral visas, when applying for an ILR. There was no English language requirement for an Ancestral visa, so now a migrant may have to meet this new English language requirement, depending on nationality. Australians and Canadians, for example, will meet it automatically. However, South Africans will be affected by the new Rules because South Africa is not regarded as a majority English-speaking country.  

-       The 3 categories of non-EU migrants above who already have an ILR and are thinking of applying for British Citizenship.

Our advice is this (assuming you don’t want to do an extra English test): if you qualify for Citizenship before 28 October 2013 then apply before that. If your nest stage is an ILR – and you qualify to apply before 28 October 2013 - then may be worth applying now, avoiding the new requirement for now, but remembering that it will be there when you apply for Citizenship in the future.

For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com 
If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CDP website: www.1st4immigration.com/training   

  

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Travel visas to China, India, Saudi Arabia. Russian visas and invitations. Same-day UK passport renewal.

Multi Travel Visas Ltd is accredited with various Embassies and official visa centres in London.

FAST CHINESE VISAS: we can submit applications any day without appointments. processing time 3 or 4 working days.

RUSSIAN VISAS and INVITATIONS: work, business and tourism on next-day service or 1-week service. We have a Russian-speaking member of staff to process and read visa invitations.

SAUDI ARABIAN visas in 3-4 working days.

INDIAN VISAS: Same-day business visas are available without appointments. 1 week service is also available as standard for both business and tourist visas.

SAME-DAY UK PASSPORT RENEWAL: We can assist with renewing a UK passport using same-day or 1 week service at the Passport Office in London. We submit applications on next working day after receiving your documents, there is no need to wait for an appointment. Our service fee £152 plus official fees. If we have your documents before 12pm we can also submit on the same working day and your new passport would be ready on the evening of the same day, cost for this service is £202 plus official fees.

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.
 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Fast Schengen visa and appointments

Multi Travel Visas Ltd has been accredited for years with various Embassies in London. FRENCH SCHENGEN VISA takes 4 working days from the date of the biometric appointment for most nationals (personal attendance required for the biometrics). We use separate appointments for agencies and can provide one much sooner.

PORTUGUESE SCHENGEN VISA takes 1 week from the nearest available Wednesday. No biometrics, no personal attendance needed.

FAST CHINESE VISAS: we can submit applications any day without appointments. processing time 3 or 4 working days.

RUSSIAN VISAS and INVITATIONS: work, business and tourism on next-day service or 1-week service.

SAUDI ARABIAN visas in 3-4 working days.

INDIAN VISAS: Same-day business visas are available without appointments. 1 week service is also available as standard for both business and tourist visas.

SAME-DAY UK PASSPORT RENEWAL: We can assist with renewing a UK passport using same-day or 1 week service at the Passport Office in London. We submit applications on next working day after receiving your documents, there is no need to wait for an appointment. Our service fee £150 plus official fees.


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.

  

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Immigration questions answered over email - by next working day!

As part of our services we offer advice session, which can be at our office (Tower Hill in central London) or over email. This is available to the migrants as well as to fellow immigrations advisers and solicitors.

Email advice is becoming very popular because it is available to anyone anywhere in the world, plus answers are written and you can refer to them later without a fear of forgetting the advice given. You can also show it to your partner or to your employer.

We promise to provide answers to your queries by the end of the next working day after receipt of advice fee, which is £70 and is counted towards our service fee if you proceed with an application through us later. Advice fee can be paid online on our website or to our bank account.
Examples on the issues we can advise during the session: absences from the UK for an ILR (are they within the limit?), what to do if you have a criminal conviction or a driving offence, how  your British spouse/partner can meet the Financial Requirement, do you pass a points test, what if you changed your name, do you have enough money to satisfy the maintenance requirement, can you leave the UK after you get an ILR and when it can become invalid, what your employer had to do if they want to sponsor you under the Tier 2 category, what if you want to change your employer and similar.  

Advice covers questions about the visa Rules (but not looking at the documents or completing the forms).
To use this service please get in touch info@1st4immigration.com  

If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor, and also need an advice on the Rules, please email info@1st4immigration.com or visit our immigration Training and CDP website: www.1st4immigration.com/training