Thursday, 31 October 2013

New testimonial on switching from a Student to a Spouse visa inside the UK

"Superb service and assistance! They were there to answer all my queries 24/7! Ever grateful to all the staff, especially to Lucy and Russell". Aprilyn, a national of the Philippines.

Aprilyn was studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Student visa. She married to a British citizen in the UK and was looking to switch to a Spouse visa. However, the couple were concerned about meeting the Financial Requirement of £18,600 because neither of the spouses had a salary of £18,600 for the whole 6 months before application.

We advised that it was possible to combine their 2 salaries, and count the total of all earnings in the 12 months before application under the Category B, which takes into account salary fluctuations.

We submitted this application using same-day service in Croydon.

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
 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Special offer Online OISC Level 1 Course, £199+VAT, limited time only!

Our Online OISC LEVEL 1 course is offered under a Special Offer of £199+VAT for a limited time. You can download it from our website and study in your own time from any computer or your smartphone. No need to travel to a classroom or wait for available dates!

The course includes a mock Level 1 Assessment and case studies from our practice. You are allowed to bring this material to your Level 1 Assessment at the OISC!
Download our course material or read the detailed Table of Contents (Syllabus)  and Extracts here:  http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/online-oisc-level-1-course.php

As we are a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, we have designed this to be of practical help for those who are preparing for OISC accreditation at Level 1 in the  Immigration category and for the Level 1 Assessment.
If you are already regulated by the OISC or SRA, this course is CPD-accredited and will be accepted towards your CPD credit.  This is not a boring coverage of the Immigration Rules! We tried to keep the language as simple and entertaining as possible. Read extracts on the link above!

1st 4Immigration, OISC ref F200800152, SRA ref EJE/14IM
www.1st4immigration.com/training  
training@1st4immigration.com

New Testimonial on a Tier 2 General visa switching from Post-Study Work

“I would like to thank you very much for assisting me with getting a work visa. You were very helpful throughout all this 'uneasy' process. Thank you for your high professionalism and advice!” Alexander, a Russian national switching from a Post-Study Work visa.

On this case Alexander’s Tier 2 Sponsor did not have to advertise the job because of a special arrangement for Post-Study Work visa holders switching inside the UK. The application was processed on same-day service in Croydon.
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

Monday, 28 October 2013

It's 28th October 2013, the new Rules on English are in force. The level is still A1 for a Spouse/Fiancée/Partner visa for partners of British citizens. 


As we wrote earlier, English language requirement was NOT changing for those applying for a Spouse, Fiancée or Unmarried Partner visa, to joint their British partner in the UK. It is still an A1 level, even from 28 October 2013

The changes affected those applying for permanent residency, ie an Indefinite Leave to Remain. The logic is that after a few years in the UK the person in question would have English at a level B1 or above, which is very reasonable. 

The new rule has also affected those who did not need to demonstrate this requirement for an ILR but are now applying for British Citizenship where a new rule is the same - I addition to a Life in the UK Test there is now a separate English language requirement (with a B1 level).

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, 26 October 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 criminality changes from 13 December 2012 and rules for EEA nationals including Bulgarian / Romanian (EU2) whose applications can be submitted from 2013 onwards. 

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 to download or to read a detailed table of contents, objectives and extracts:  



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.


www.1st4immigration.com and www.1st4immigration.com/training

 
CONTENTS:
INTRODUCTION  

PART 1 – NATURALISATION

4 types of rules - 4 groups: Spouses and civil partner of British citizens, EEA nationals, family members of EEA nationals and 'Everyone else'.
SECTION 1: We start from the most common group – ‘Everybody else’.

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS:
Condition 1: No ILR – No Citizenship! | Common mistake: ‘skipping’ an ILR | TIP -The main challenge on the way to Citizenship is to qualify and secure an ILR  | Example: A client asks “I have an Entrepreneur visa, when can I apply for a British passport?” |

Condition 2: Having an ILR for at least 12 months | CASE STUDY: Canadian national holds and ILR and is married to another Canadian national who holds a Spouse visa | TIP - Spouses and civil partners of the UK citizens don’t need to wait for 12 months after an ILR.
Condition 3: Five years of continuous legal residency in the UK and being present in the UK on a day 5 years before receipt of application by the UKBA | 3.1) Legal residency | Exemption from immigration control | Being in any place of detention or prison | Illegal residency | 28 days of overstaying is not ‘overstaying’.  | 3.2) Continuous residency | CASE STUDY – from Tier 1 General straight to Citizenship? | 3.3) Being present in the UK on a day 5 years before receipt of application by the UKBA

Condition 4: Good character | 4.1) Paying taxes | TIP – Unemployed clients | CASE STUDY – Chinese national who doesn’t have a job | 4.2) Criminal convictions, civil judgments, driving offences, fines, fixed penalty notices, cautions | Before 13 December 2012 - Spent and Unspent criminal convictions | From 13 December 2012 - Criminal convictions | TIP – applicant’s offence may have happened after he obtained an ILR | Table of offences and impact on applications | TIP – changes under 4. in the above table (non-custodial sentence) actually means ‘good’ news for many | Single conviction for a minor offence | Driving offences: drink-driving, driving without insurance, driving whilst using a mobile phone and similar | Fixed Penalty Notices | Fines | More than one sentence | TIP – It is the prison sentence that counts, not the time served | TIP  - Suspended sentence | TIP – Admonished sentence (in Scotland) | Charged with offence and awaiting trial or sentencing | Terrorism | CASE STUDY – Russian national with a ‘spent’ drink-driving offence | 4.3) Bankruptcy.
Condition 5: English language and Knowledge of Life in the UK | Examples of applicants who still need to meet English and/or Life in the UK requirements, even though they did not need it for Settlement | And those who are exempt altogether | 2 ways of meting this condition |  Life in the UK Test | TIP -Life in the UK Test does not have expiry date | On a humorous note | English language requirement – new from 28 October 2013.

Condition 6: Absences from the UK (rules are not the same as for an ILR!) | Date of Application (and how far back absences are counted) | Basic rules on absences | Differences from the ILR rules (and will be confusing for your clients) | Exceptions when more absences are allowed during the 5 years | Exceptions when more absences are allowed during the last 12 months | CASE STUDY – Indian executive with frequent global travel | TIP – last 5 years before Date of Application are assessed | Why is it important? Because you will have clients who get an ILR and then take up a lucrative job offer abroad | What’s the solution? | TIP – absences while application is being considered |
FLOWCHARTS: common paths to Citizenship, various examples -  9 scenarios

FOR ALL 4 GROUPS - MAKING AN APPLICATION:
Do we need to send original passports? | ID document used for a Life in The UK Test | Referees | Who can be a Referee? | TIP – Can a representative of the applicant act a Referee? | Common question – “I don’t have anyone who’ve known me for 3 years and who is British or a professional” | Full List of Acceptable Professional Persons | Processing time | CASE STUDY - a Greek doctor | CASE STUDY - Lithuanian national who was a worker and a student | Is same-day service available?

THE OUTCOME:
Citizenship ceremonies | TIP - Date of ceremony | TIP -This is where he/she becomes a British Citizen! Not when he/she gets a British passport

British by descent’ and ‘British otherwise than by descent’ – the difference | British ‘otherwise than by descent’ | Who is British otherwise than by descent? Common examples | ‘British by descent’ | Who is British by descent? Common examples.


SECTION 2: Spouses and Civil Partners of British citizens.
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS, WHICH ARE THE SAME AS 'EVERYBODY ELSE' generally but some details are different.

Condition 1: No ILR – No Citizenship!
Condition 2: Good character.

Condition 3: English language and Knowledge of Life in the UK.

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS, WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO SPOUSES AND CIVIL PARTNERS OF BRITISH CITIZENS:

Condition 4:  Three (3) years of legal continuous residency in the UK| Anomaly in this requirement | Before 9 July 2012  |
Transitional arrangements | From 9 July 2012 | Even more common mistake – skipping an ILR or skipping extension application | The right route now is | Alternative right routes.
Condition 5:waiting 12 months after an ILR (not actually applicable).

Condition 6:Absences from the UK | Basic rules | Exceptions when more absences are allowed during the 3 years | Exceptions when more absences are allowed during the last 12 months.
FLOWCHARTS: common paths to Citizenship for Spouses and Civil Partners of British citizens  - 8 scenarios
 

SECTION 3: European (EEA) nationals
Rules are the same as for ‘everybody else’ but applied differently | Who are EEA nationals? | TIP - EEA is not the same as Schengen area | How to count residency | Most EEA nationals – from 30 April 2006 | You can count residency of the following nationals from 1 May 2004 | You can count residency of the following nationals from 1 January 2007 | European citizens often don’t have visa stamps in their passports (they don’t have to) | A growing number of Greeks and Italians are applying for British Citizenship.

General rules:
Condition 1: 5 years of residency in the UK

Condition 2: Good character and criminality | ‘Criminality’ rarely prevents from Permanent Residency under the EU law… | … but does apply under the British Nationality law.
Condition 3: English language and Knowledge of Life in the UK | EU/EEA citizens don’t have to meet this rule for Permanent Residency… | … but have to meet for Citizenship:

Condition 4: Absences from the UK | Absences are not the same as for Permanent Residency | Exceptions.
Condition 5: No permanent residency status – No citizenship! | Same condition but with a difference | So, how does one get an ILR if one doesn’t get any visa stamps? | Examples of exercising Treaty rights | Worker | Self-employed person | Student | Self-sufficient | Jobseeker | Worker or Self-employed person who has ceased activity due to Retirement | Worker or Self-employed person who has ceased activity due to a work accident | Exercising Treaty rights in the UK continuously qualifies an EU citizen for Permanent Residency (with a ‘visa stamp’ or without) | Not ‘continuous residency’ but ‘continuous exercising of Treaty rights’ | Date when this point has been reached | TIP - Date of issue on the visa document is not relevant.

BULGARIAN AND ROMANIAN (EU2) NATIONALS
TIP - Romanian/ Bulgarian nationals do have restrictions on working in UK but not on qualifying for an ILR | EU2 nationals who had UK visas before Bulgaria/Romania joined the EU in 2007 | CASE STUDY - Romanian national who has been working since 2004 | Summary of restrictions and documents for EU2 nationals | Restrictions in place from 1 January 2007 – 31 December 2013 | What about when restrictions on workers are lifted?

EASTERN EUROPEAN (A8) NATIONALS
Again the same rights but again with a difference | Unique rule for the A8 nationals - Workers Registration Scheme | WRS was relevant for an A8 national for the first 12 months of working in the UK | What counted as ‘continuous 12 months’? | WRS was stopped in May 2011 but is still important for your applications | What if an A8 applicant didn’t register under WRS? | CASE STUDY – Hungarian national who has never registered under WRS.

Condition 6: waiting for 12 months after permanent residency | If your client does not have a Permanent Residency document | If your client has a Permanent Residency document
EUROPEAN NATIONALS WHO ARE ALSO MARRIED OR CIVIL PARTNERS OF BRITISH CITIZENS

CASE STUDY – dual Dutch/Brazilian national who is a civil partner of a UK national

SECTION 4: FAMILY MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN (EEA) NATIONALS.
European family members of European nationals, such as ‘Polish married Polish’ | Non-EEA family members of EEA nationals, such as ‘Canadian married to German’ | TIP - Direct and extended family members, why does it matter? 

DIRECT non-EEA family members of EEA nationals | This is what most non-EU nationals have | And this is what the law allows | Date on a 'visa stamp' does not matter | Example 1: a Canadian meets a German while both are in the UK and a German is working | Example 2: German national is working in the UK and he meets his partner in Canada | Example 3: German national and his Canadian spouse are both living in Canada | CASE STUDY – Russian national married to a Belgian | But bear in mind those who retained residency rights | And bear in mind Surinder Singh route | Spouses and civil partners of the UK citizens under Surinder Singh route | Other family members of the UK citizens under Surinder Singh route.
EXTENDED non-EEA family members of EEA nationals | Here dates on ‘visa stamps’ matter!

 
PART 2: REGISTRATION  OF CHILDREN UNDER 18 y.o.
SECTION 1: IMPORTANT DATES AND ACTS TO REMEMBER.

British Nationality Act 1981 | From 1 July 2006.  
SECTION 2: CHILDREN BORN IN THE UK.

1) If child's mother is British | 2) If child’s father is British | 3) If child's parent (one or both) is not British but has permanent residency in the UK | 4) If the child's parents hold a limited leave to remain, ie Tier 1, Tier 2, Work Permit, Ancestral visas etc | 5) If the child's parents are European citizens | 6) Children who spent the first 10 years of their life in the UK.
7) Difference between 'British by birth' and 'not British but can be registered as British'?

SECTION 3: CHILD BORN OUTSIDE THE UK TO NON-BRITISH PARENTS AND WHOSE PARENTS IMMIGRATED TO THE UK.
Example 1: Indian family who came to the UK together | Example 2: Indian national came to work while his family joined much later | Example 3: Russian step-child of a UK citizen.

SECTION 4: CHILD BORN OUTSIDE THE UK TO BRITISH PARENT(S)
Example 1: British parent was born in the UK but his child was born outside the UK | It is possible that both parents are British but only one can pass nationality | Example 2 | Example 3.

PART 3: REGISTRATION FOR ADULTS
SECTION 1: People born before 1983 to British mothers

Those born before 1983 to a British mother can now register as British.... | ... but only if all other requirements have been met also | CASE STUDY – South African national on Ancestral visa but who is eligible for a UKM application.  




 

Friday, 18 October 2013

New Testimonial on Unmarried Partner visa to come to the UK when the British partner is returning after working abroad

“A massive thank you to you and the rest of the 1st4immigration team for helping me with my visa. I received my passport with the visa yesterday and I'm so excited. So thanks again, you have been fantastic! I would not hesitate to recommend your service to anyone looking for advice/help throughout the process. You have been incredibly thorough and helpful...not to mention answering the million and one emails I sent quickly.”  

Mckenzie, American national, who applied as an Unmarried Partner of a British citizen.

In this case the British partner had been working in Europe for a few years, then was offered a job in London, so we helped the American partner to secure an Entry Clearance. We used a Category A, employment with the same company for at least 6 months, plus a job offer in the UK.

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

Wednesday, 16 October 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.
 
 
CONTENTS:
 
PART 1: What's next after Tier 1 (Post Study work) visa?
OPTION 1: TIER 1 (ENTREPRENEUR)
ENTREPRENEUR VISA - SHORT SUMMARY
ENTREPRENEUR VISA - DETAILED GUIDANCE
 
CONDITION 1: applying inside the UK
TIP - ‘Date of application’
 
CONDITION 2: £900 of Funds maintained for 90 days.
How to count 90 days and when should this period end, a day before applying or when? | TIP 1 – multiple accounts | TIP 2 – reminder to plan | What is the applicant does not have ‘£900 for 90 days’? | What if the applicant cannot meet this Condition before PSW visa expires? | Foreign currencies and foreign banks | Dependants and Funds | For applications inside the UK | Example 1 – main applicant and a spouse applying at the same time inside the UK | Example 2 – main applicant, partner and their child applying at the same time inside the UK | What if applicant cannot provide enough funds for all dependants? | Whose name should be on the bank account?
 
CONDITION 3: registering a business.
Legal types of business entities in the UK (limited companies, partnerships etc) | Limited company | TIP- Company Director is not the same as a company owner. | Sole Trader | Partnership | Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
 
CONDITION 4: Funds of £50,000
Can the money come from the family? | TIP - Husband or wife is considered to be a third party | Can the money be held on a business account? | Entrepreneurial Teams | TIP-how many people can be in the Team? | TIP-Can one team member apply inside the UK and other one outside the UK? | TIP- Can a family member be also a team member?
 
CONDITION 5: Business occupation
 
THE OUTCOME AND WHAT ENTREPRENEUR VISA ALLOWS TO DO
Does an Entrepreneur visa allow to work in the UK?
 
MAKING AN APPLICATION
 
OPTION 2: TIER 2 (GENERAL) - SPONSORED WORK PERMIT
Special arrangements for Post-Study Work visa holders switching to Tier 2 General inside the UK | What happens if a PSW visa holder applies outside the UK?
 
STEP 1: SPONSOR LICENCE FOR EMPLOYER
 
STEP 2: CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP (CoS)
TIP - Is there an annual limit on Tier 2 General visas? | Type of job offered | Special arrangements for PSW visa holders switching to Tier 2 General inside the UK | Does applicant need to have experience or qualification for job sponsored under Tier 2? | Does an applicant need to work for this employer before he/she can be sponsored for Tier 2? If yes, foe how long? | Does employer need to advertise the job to the local workers first? | Salary offered | New Entrant category from 6 April 2013 | Part-time workers | What if employer cannot offer £20,000?
 
STEP 3: TIER 2 (GENERAL) VISA APPLICATION
Main requirements for a visa application | Maintenance (Funds) | What is the applicant cannot provide £900 held for full 90 days? | Dependants and Funds | What if applicant cannot provide enough funds for all dependants?
 
STEP 4 - MAKING AN APPLICATION
If the CoS has expired | If Tier 2 application was refused, does the applicant need a new CoS?
 
STEP 5 – THE OUTCOME
What if the applicant wants to change an employer? | Can the applicant work for other employers?
 
OPTION 3:SPOUSE/PARTNER VISA including the New Rules from 9 July 2012, on the basis of a relationship with a British citizen; or with a person who has a permanent residency in the UK.
 
Tip - These rules apply not only to spouse/partners of British citizens | Does matter when marriage took place? | Minimum age
 
UNMARRIED PARTNERS
 
WHAT ABOUT NEW RULES FROM 9 JULY 2012?
Whose earnings can be counted? | How is income calculated? Can applicant get a job paying £18,600 and apply? | Earnings from employment, categories A and B | What if salary fluctuated? | Can employment earnings be combined with other income? | Can someone else guarantee financial support, such as sponsor’s parents? | Can ‘property’ be used? | Category C: specified non-employment income (rental income from property etc) | Category D: Savings | Can savings be used, instead of the £18,600 threshold or to make up the difference? | Category E: pension and allowances | Earnings from self-employment, category F | TIP - What's meant by a 'full financial year'? | If a person has a limited company | Does one have to be self-employed for a 'full financial year'? | TIP - Deadline for submitting a tax return in the last day, not the only day ! | TIP - Director's Salary | TIP - Once and for all - what is a 'contractor'? | Self-employment and Savings | Earnings from self-employment, category G | And here is what CANNOT be used | The only exception from the income threshold | TIP - Maintenance requirement is not the same as Financial Requirement | Maybe the UKBA can sometimes make an exception?
 
HOW TO EVIDENCE INCOME?
Major change from 9 July 2012 – specified documents | Minimum income has been reached, visa has been granted. Is it the end of the Financial Requirement?
 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR A SPOUSE/PARTNER VISA (they were in place before 9 July 2012 and still remain in force)
Accommodation | Evidence of relationship | English language
 
MAKING AN APPLICATION:
Applying inside the UK | What is the applicant’s status while application is being considered? | Applying outside the UK, such as after PSW visa has expired or when the income threshold can be finally met
 
THE OUTCOME
Does this visa allow to work?
 
WHAT’S NEXT?
Permanent Residency | What counts as ‘5 years’? | What if the applicant does not qualify for Permanent Residency? | Examples when people don’t qualify for Permanent Residency | Does the income threshold apply at the time of extension or at the time of Permanent Residency?
 
OPTION 4: SPOUSE/PARTNER VISA on the basis of a relationship with a European (non-UK) citizen.
This option may sound very similar to the one above but in fact it is very different! |  No minimum income threshold, no English, no biometrics plus possible to apply after the current visa has expired | Spouses/Partners of which European nationals fall under these rules? | Spouses/Partners of Bulgarian/Romanian nationals | Why spouses of UK citizens are excluded? | Are there exceptions when British citizens can be considered under this Option? | What about non-EEA nationals who have a permanent residency in an EU member state?
 
SPOUSES AND CIVIL PARTNERS (but not Unmarried Partners)
TIP - Does it matter when marriage took place? | Direct family members | Why is it important? | Does it mean applicant can apply after current PSW visa has expired? | But is it a good idea in practice? | All sounds good but there has to be a 'catch'? | Examples of exercising Treaty rights by EEA nationals (working, self-employment, studying, self-sufficient, retired, jobseekers and others) | Does it matter what a non-EEA partner is doing? Does he/she have to be working? | What about the new rules from 9 July 2012? | What about English language? | What about Maintenance and Accommodation? | What if the applicant’s current visa has expired, he/she has gone abroad and wants to return? | Is there a way around it? | Returning back - ‘Visa nationals’ | Returning back – Non-Visa nationals
 
UNMARRIED PARTNERS
 
MAKING AN APPLICATION
How long does it take? | Does it really take that long? And what happens in the meantime? Can I work?
 
THE OUTCOME
Does this visa allow to work?
 
SPOUSES AND PARTNERS OF BULGARIAN/ROMANIAN and CROATIAN NATIONALS
 
OPTION 5 - FIANCEE VISA
Can it be used by Unmarried Partners? | Minimum age | Requirements | Can this visa be used to wait until Sponsor can show earnings of £18,600? | The Outcome | Does a Fiancee visa allow to work? | What's next? | When to switch to a Spouse visa?
 
OPTION 6 - NEW TIER 4 STUDENT VISA
Can it be any course? | TIP - there is a maximum limit of time which can be spent studying in the UK | Requirements
 
OPTION 7 - OTHER CATEGORIES:
Dependent visas | Long residence 10 years
 
PART 2: WHAT'S NEXT AFTER TIER 4 STUDENT VISA?
 
OPTION 1: Tier 2 (General) - Sponsored Work Permit
Special arrangements for Tier 4 Student visa holders switching to Tier 2 General | What if a student wants to apply before he/she has graduated? | Why is it different applying from outside the UK?
 
STEP 1 - Sponsor Licence for Employer
 
STEP 2 - Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
TIP - Is there an annual limit on Tier 2 (General) visas? | Type of job offered | Does applicant need to have experience or qualification for job sponsored under Tier 2? | Does an applicant need to work for this employer before he/she can be sponsored for Tier 2? If yes, for how long? | Does employer need to advertise the job to the local workers first? | Salary offered
 
STEP 3 - Tier 2 (General) visa application
Main requirements for a visa application
 
STEP 4 - MAKING AN APPLICATION
If the CoS has expired | If Tier 2 application was refused, does the applicant need a new CoS?
 
STEP 5 - The Outcome
What if the applicant wants to change an employer? | Can the applicant work for other employers?
 
OPTION 2 - TIER 1 (ENTREPRENEUR)
SUMMARY
 
Condition 1: When and where to apply
TIP - 'Date of application'
 
Condition 2: Maintenance (Funds) maintained for 90 days
Applying inside the UK | Example 1 – main applicant and a spouse applying at the same time inside the UK | Example 2 – main applicant, partner and their child applying at the same time inside the UK | Applying outside the UK | Example 3 - main applicant and a spouse, both applying inside the UK | Example 4 - main applicant has secured an Entrepreneur visa and is now in UK. A spouse is applying outside the UK to come and join the main applicant in the UK | Example 5 - main applicant has secured an Entrepreneur visa and is now in UK. A spouse and a child are applying outside the UK to come and join the main applicant in the UK | Example 6 - main applicant and a spouse already have Entrepreneur and a dependant visas respectively and are now in the UK. They had a child born in the UK and want to apply for a dependant visa for the child | What if applicant cannot provide enough funds for all dependants?
 
Condition 3: Funds of £50, 000/ £200, 000 available to start, buy or join a UK business
Evidence of £200, 000 or £50, 000
 
Condition 4: Business occupation and registering a business
 
Condition 5: English Language
 
OPTION 3 - SPOUSE/ PARTNER VISA including the new rules from 9 July 2012 on the basis of a relationship with a British citizen; or with a person who has a permanent residency in the UK
 
OPTION 4 - SPOUSE/ PARTNER VISA On the basis of a relationship with a European (non-UK) citizen
 
OPTION 5 - FIANCEE VISA
 
OPTION 6 - NEW TIER 4 STUDENT VISA plus Doctorate Extension Scheme.
 
OPTION 7 - OTHER CATEGORIES
 
In addition - Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)