Saturday, 28 June 2014

Last 2 days left for £50 off Online OISC Level 1 course and other CPD courses - ends 30 June 2014

1st 4Immigration is an accredited CPD distance learning provider, our online training courses are accepted by the OISC and SRA, CPD provider ref number EJE/14IM.

We are offering £50 off on all current online courses – offer extended until 30 June 2014:

Discount code: SAVE50, type it in when buying a course on our website.

British Citizenship - a Dream for Many! CPD 7 core hours.

British Citizenship for European/EEA nationals and their Family Members. CPD 5 core hours.
 
Online OISC LEVEL 1 course. CPD 16 core hours.

Spouse/Partner Visas - Case Studies and FAQs. CPD 6 core hours.

What's next after Post-Study Work and Tier 4 visas? CPD 4.5 core hours.

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.

Or visit website our training and CPD website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/training

The courses are offered by our company, 1st 4Immigration Ltd, which is a practicing immigration company, registered by The OISC at a highly respectable Level 2 and based in the City of London. 

If you prefer classroom OISC Level 1 training please visit our sister website for dates, fees and booking process. This is a 2-day weekend course on Saturday and Sunday in our office in the City: www.mtv-training.co.uk

 
1st 4Immigration Ltd,
OISC no F200800152, SRA ref
EJE/14IM.
68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ.

Fast Schengen visa and appointments. French visa 4 working days for most nationals. German visa takes 5 working days and spouses of UK/EU citizens don't have to book tickets/accommodation before applying for a visa

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. We use separate appointments for agencies and can provide one much sooner than in the public system, at the moment appointments are available as soon as in the next couple of days.

GERMAN SCHENGEN VISA takes 5 working days from the date of appointment, usually in the next working day or so. No biometrics, no personal attendance needed. Furthermore, spouses and family members of UK/EU citizens don't have to book tickets/accommodation before applying for this visa (unlike for a French visa as per new French rules from March 2014).


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


FAST CHINESE, RUSSIAN VISAS and INVITATIONS, SAUDI ARABIAN and INDIAN VISAS.
 
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 in the City of London, near Monument station. Also close Bank, Liverpool Street and London Bridge. Within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf. 

Same-day UK passport renewal, appointments next working day in London. Renewal, replacement of lost passport. Also 2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers.

Multi Travel Visas Ltd can assist with renewing a UK passport using same-day or 1 week service at the Passport Office in London, with the authorisation from you as per the government requirements. We can 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 Passport Office fees. For a higher fee we may be able to submit on the same day if we receive your documents before 12pm (Midday) and they are in order.

We can also help if for some reason you are unable to apply yourself. If 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). 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 if you need to renew not only yours but also/or your child's passport urgently.

Passport renewal: we can renew your adult passport on same-day service or 1 week service, with applications submitted as soon as next working day. Sometimes we can submit on same working day if we have document before 12pm and they are in order. You can also ask for a ‘Jumbo’ passport (48 pages instead of the standard 32), handy if you travel frequently outside the UK and your passport is full of stamps – it will take much longer for your passport to run out of pages.

Replacement of a lost or stolen passport: we can submit promptly, as above, but replacements are only processed on 1 week service at the Passport Office.

2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers: this is possible within the timing of normal urgent services, here your employer has to provide a letter confirming you have to travel frequently for work and you need a 2nd passport to travel while your 1st one is used to apply for visas.

We also help with foreign travel visas: Russia (including invitations, ie visa support), China, India, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and others. If you have a British passport but work abroad we can still process a visa application here in London. For example, if you are working abroad far from a capital city in that country, and cannot go to the Embassies, then you could courier your documents to us and we’d submit to Embassies in the UK. Example: British expats working in the Spanish islands like Majorca, needing a business visa to Russia while the nearest Russian Embassy will be in Madrid.

Contact us now: 0871 472 1468. Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply on the same working 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 in the City of London, near Monument station. Also close Bank, Liverpool Street and London Bridge. Within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

OISC Level 1 course: the structure is as unique as our approach to teaching it

Here is a detailed agenda of our 2-day weekend OISC Level 1 course.
For dates and to book visit our website: www.mtv-training.co.uk
 
PART 1: CRUCIAL TO GET THE BASICS!
2 systems of immigration law: UK law and European law | Types of visas under the UK law | Entry Clearance | Visitor visa | Leave to Remain (also called Residence Permit or Limited Leave to Remain) | Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) | It is possible to lose an ILR, however Indefinite it is | Indefinite Leave to Enter | There is also a Leave to Enter
 
’Settlement’ and 2 confusing meanings of this word | Common question:  Passport has expired, do I have to transfer my visa to a new passport | What is Switching? | Common examples when switching is not allowed even though the migrants are desperate to do so | What is the Date of Application and why it is so important? | When is the Date of Application? | In-time and Out-of-time applications
 
PART 2: IMMIGRATION RULES AND HOW TO USE THEM
Each category rules consist of 3 parts | The ‘Other way around’ principle | How to determine if switching is possible?| How to determine if a visa allows to work? | Registration with the police | Tuberculosis test | UKBA Staff Guidance
 
PART 3: VISITING THE UK
Visitors can stay for maximum 6 months in each 12 months | How to count ‘6 months in 12 months’? | Visitor rules are the same for all. Visitor visa rules aren’t | A visa stamp itself does not guarantee entry to the UK | Main categories of visitors (and visitor visas) | Visitor visas can be from 6 months to 10 years | Can a visitor apply for a visa to work, study or reside as a Spouse of a UK citizen? | Most common reason for a refusal 
 
PART 4: POINTS-BASED SYSTEM - ABOUT THE TIERS
As ‘Points-Based’ as it sounds? | PBS Tiers
 
PART 5: POINTS-BASED SYSTEM - WORKING IN THE UK
TIER 1 - HIGH-VALUE MIGRANTS:
TIER 1 (GENERAL)
Why was this visa so popular? | New applicants cannot join it but existing applicants can ‘carry on’ until permanent residency... | ...But last extensions will be in April 2015 | ... And last ILR in April 2018
SCORING THE POINTS
The main thing to remember here is 3 dates and how the points differ | Age is ‘frozen’ in time and points are given accordingly | Qualifications | Points for English language | Points for Maintenance | Tier 1 General summary in Questions and Answers (table)
HSMP JUDICIAL REVIEW
TIER 1 (POST-STUDY WORK) - now closed.
TIER 1 (ENTREPRENEUR)
Tier 1 Entrepreneur summary in Questions and Answers
TIER 1 (GRADUATE ENTREPRENEUR)
Annual limit | Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) in Questions and Answers
TIER 1 (INVESTOR)
Tier 1 (Investor) in Questions and Answers
TIER 1 (EXCEPTIONAL TALENT)
Annual limit | Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) in questions and answers
 
TIER 2 – SKILLED WORKERS:
STEP 1: SPONSOR LICENCE
STEP 2: CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP (COS)
If Tier 2 application was refused, does the applicant need a new COS or can he/she use the same one?
STEP 3: TIER 2 VISA APPLICATION
Main requirements for a visa application
TIER 2 (GENERAL) CATEGORY – SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
Restricted/Unrestricted certificates and Annual limit | 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, how long for? | Salary offered | New Entrant salary category | Experienced salary category | What if employer cannot offer minimum £20,500? | Advertising the job – Resident Labour Market Test | Examples of exception (when employers don’t need to advertise the job) | Resident Labour Market Test and annual limit are not the same thing and not connected | Special arrangements for Post-Study Work visa holders switching to Tier 2 General inside the UK | Special arrangements for Tier 4 Student visa holders switching to Tier 2 General inside the UK | What if a Student wants to apply before he/she has graduated? | Why is it different applying from outside the UK? | Tier 2 General in questions and answers | Commonly asked question: What’s the minimum salary for Tier 2 General visa? £20,000 or £20,500 or as on Code of Practice? 
TIER 2 INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFER – SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
Important date: 6 April 2010 | Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer in questions and answers
TIER 2 MINISTER OF RELIGION – SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
Tier 2 Minister of Religion in questions and answers
TIER 2 (SPORTSPERSON) – SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
Tier 2 (Sportsperson) in questions and answers
 
TIER 5  - TEMPORARY WORKERS:
Tier 5 (Temporary worker - creative and sporting) | Tier 5 (Temporary worker - charity workers) | Tier 5 (Temporary worker - religious workers) | Tier 5 (Temporary worker - government authorised exchange) | Tier 5 (Temporary worker - international agreement) | Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme)
 
PART 6: NOTES ON ENGLISH FOR ALL TIERS UNDER PBS
Meeting automatically: Based on the previous visa(s) | Tier 1 (Investor) applicants are exempt from this requirement | Nationals of majority English-speaking countries (and common countries which should be on the list but they aren’t)
Degree taught in English | English language test
Table: English language required in each category
PART 7: NOTES ON MAINTENANCE FOR ALL TIERS UNDER PBS
Meeting automatically | Certified by the Sponsor – Tier 2 | Savings: 90 days for Tiers 1, 2, 5 or 28 days for Tier 4
Table – summary of Maintenance requirement for each category
Funds held for 90 days (Tiers 1, 2 and 5): How to count 90 days and when should this period end, a day before applying or when? | What if the applicant does not have the funds ‘held for 90 days’? | Foreign currencies and foreign banks | Black list of foreign banks | Dependants and Funds | Whose name should be on the bank account?
PART 8: PBS – SPECIFIED EVIDENCE AND EVIDENTIAL FLEXIBILITY
It goes further: specified details on the documents, not just specified documents | Evidential (in)Flexibility | The Immigration Rules provide 4 examples when Evidential Flexibility applies
PART 9: DEPENDANTS of PBS MIGRANTS
Common question: child born in the UK, do we need to apply for a Dependant visa?
 
PART 10: WORKING OUTSIDE THE POINTS-BASED SYSTEM: UK ANCESTRY, DOMESTIC WORKERS, REPRESENTATIVE OF OVERSEAS BUSINESS
UK ANCESTRY | DOMESTIC WORKERS IN A PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD: Before 6 April 2012 | From 6 April 2012 | REPRESENTATIVE OF OVERSEAS BUSINESS
 
PART 11: INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN (PERMANENT RESIDENCY) IN PBS ROUTES AND OTHER WORK ROUTES
How to check whether a category leads to an ILR | Examples of categories which do not lead to an ILR
COMMON ROUTES TO AN ILR:
Ancestral | Tier 1 General and last ILR applications in April 2018 | Tier 1 Entrepreneur | Tier 1 Investor | Tier 2 General, Minister of Religion or Sportsperson visas | Counting Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa |  “6 years – and you are out” (overall limit in Tier 2 category) | Intra-Company Transfer - "out" after 5 years
COMMON ILR REQUIREMENTS AND ISSUES:
Absences from the UK: From 13 December 2012 | Purposes of absences | Before 13 December 2012
Criminality: Before 13 December 2012 - Spent and Unspent criminal convictions | From 13 December 2012 – Sentence-based thresholds | Table of offences and impact on applications | Driving offences: drink-driving, driving without insurance, driving whilst using a mobile phone and similar | Fixed Penalty Notices | Fines
Life in the UK Test and changes from 28 Oct 2013: Life in the UK Test | Before 28 October 2013 | From 28 October 2013 | Examples of applicants who will be affected
 
PART 12: SPOUSES AND PARTNERS OF PBS MIGRANTS AND OTHER WORKERS
If the main applicant holds an Ancestral, Domestic Worker or a pre-PBS visa | If the main applicant holds a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 visa | What to do if the main Tier applicant qualifies for an ILR but his/her spouse/partner has not spent enough time in the UK? From PBS Dependant to an ILR? | All changed on 9 July 2012! | There is one exception | Absences for dependants | Criminal convictions for dependants | Life in the UK Test and English language
 
PART 13: CHILDREN OF PBS AND OTHER WORK MIGRANTS
If the main applicant holds an Ancestral, Domestic Worker or a pre-PBS visa | If the main applicant holds a Tier 1 or a Tier 2 visa | Child born in the UK, do the parents need to apply for a Dependant visa? | Children who turned 18 years old
 
PART 14: STUDYING IN THE UK – TIER 4
2 TYPES UNDER TIER 4: GENERAL AND CHILD STUDENTS 
Is switching possible?
TIER 4 SPONSORS | CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE FOR STUDIES (CAS) | ACCEPTABLE TYPES OF COURSES
ACADEMIC PROGRESS | HOW MANY YEARS CAN ONE STUDY IN THE UK? Current limits | What’s not counted?
ENGLISH | MAINTENANCE (FUNDS): Low-risk nationals | How much money does a Student need? | Reduced maintenance levels for established students | How many days does the money need to be on account? | Whose name can be on account (and a common cause for refusal)? | If the money is on the parents’ accounts
HOW LONG IS A VISA VALID FOR? CAN STUDENTS WORK IN THE UK? 
WHAT ABOUT CHANGES: change a course, change a sponsor, drop out of the course?
DEPENDANTS
DOCTORATE EXTENSION SCHEME
 
PART 15: SPOUSE, PARTNER AND FIANCEE VISAS
GENERAL:  Which partners are covered? Or whose partners (of who) are covered? | ‘Present and Settled in the UK’ | What is the difference between civil partners, unmarried partners and same-sex partners? | Which partners aren’t covered?
TYPES OF VISAS (FiancĂ©e, Spouse and Unmarried Partner):  SPOUSE VISA | FIANCE(E) VISA | UNMARRIED PARTNER VISA
The main thing about Spouse/Partner visas is that there are Old Rules and New Rules, like 'before and after': All changed on 9 July 2012 | How to distinguish? | Transitional arrangements | Spouse/Partner KOL required - what do such visas mean?
 
SPECIFIED EVIDENCE – new from 9 July 2012 yet extremely important: It goes further: specified details on the documents, not just specified documents
 
FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT: Thresholds | Thresholds are reasonable, the catch is how to calculate them | Categories A and B – employment | Whose earnings can be counted?
 
CATEGORY A – with current employer for 6 months or more in the UK
CATEGORY A – with current employer for 6 months or more overseas – Sponsor returning to the UK
CATEGORY B –  Less than 6 months with current employer or variable income in the UK  CATEGORY B –  Less than 6 months with current employer or variable income overseas – Sponsor returning to the UK | Can employment earnings be combined with other income?
CATEGORY C: specified non-employment income | Can ‘property’ be used? | Other sources of specified non-employment income
CATEGORY D: Savings
CATEGORY E: PENSION
CATEGORIES F and G: SELF-EMPLOYMENT: What’s meant by a ‘full financial year’? | Does one have to be self-employed for a ‘full’ financial year? | What is considered as income for self-employed people? | Sole traders | Directors of limited companies | A company director is not the same as a company owner | TIP – Deadline for submitting a tax return is the last day, not the only day! | TIP – Director’s Salary | TIP – Once and for all: what is a ‘contractor’?
And here is what CANNOT be used to meet the Financial Requirement
 
EXEMPTION AND EXCEPTION FROM THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT: Exemption | Exception (EX.1) – not covered in details as it should be at OISC Level 2
 
OLD MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENT - for Transitional arrangements and for those Exempt from the new Financial Requirement
 
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT | EVIDENCE OF GENUINE RELATIONSHIP
 
PART 16: ILR FOR SPOUSES AND PARTNERS
BEFORE 9 JULY 2012 | FROM 9 JULY 2012 | TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS 
ILR REQUIREMENTS: Finances | Evidence of living together | Criminality threshold | Knowledge of Life and English language
 
PART 17: VISAS FOR CHILDREN AND STEP-CHILDREN
SOLE RESPONSIBILITY RULE | What if the child turned 18 years old between visas?
 
PART 18: VISAS FOR OTHER DEPENDENT RELATIVES
Before 9 July 2012 | From 9 July 2012 | A word of warning!
 
PART 19: EU/EEA REGULATIONS (EUROPEAN LAW)
LEGISLATION AND TERMSEU/EEA term | Who are EEA nationals? | TIP - EEA is not the same as Schengen area
EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: European Commission | European Parliament | European Council | European Court of Justice | European Ombudsman
 
PRINCIPLES OF EU/EEA CASEWORK:
1ST PRINCIPLE: exercising EU Treaty rights: Examples of a qualified person (examples if exercising Treaty rights)
2ND PRINCIPLE: ‘visa stamps’ are voluntary
 
3RD PRINCIPLE: restrictions on some nationals
May 2004 - May 2011
1 January 2007 - 31 December 2013: Blue Registration Certificate | Purple Registration Certificate | Yellow Registration Certificate.
1 July 2013 - for up to 7 years: Blue Registration Certificate | Purple Registration Certificate | Yellow Registration Certificate.
Post-restrictions rules
 
4TH PRINCIPLE: direct and extended family members and a very important difference:
Direct family members | The crucial difference - automatic rights from the law and not from a ‘visa stamp’ | Practical reasons for decision to make an application | Extended family members
 
TYPES OF APPLICATIONS:
If coming from outside the UK: EEA Family Permit | If applying inside the UK: EEA Residence Card | Family members of Bulgarian/Romanian (EU2) nationals | Family members of Croatian nationals
 
5th PRINCIPLE: family members of British citizens, why they are excluded and a Surinder Singh route
 
6th PRINCIPLE: Permanent residency (not based just on living in the UK): Same rules for all EEA nationals | Absences from the UK | Knowledge of Life and English
 
7th PRINCIPLE: dual nationals: Dual EEA and non-EEA nationals | Dual British and EEA nationals
 
PART 20: BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
Nationality: citizenship, naturalisation, what does it all mean and what are the differences? | British nationality | British Citizenship | Naturalisation | Registration
 
CITIZENSHIP – NATURALISATION: 4 SETS OF NATURALISATION RULES (spouses and civil partners of UK citizens, EEA nationals, family members of EEA nationals and 'everybody else')
 
THE MOST COMMON GROUP - ‘EVERYBODY ELSE’
Condition 1: No ILR – No Citizenship! | Condition 2: Having an ILR for at least 12 months | Condition 3: Five years of residency in the UK and being present in the UK on a day 5 years before receipt of application by the UKBA | Condition 4: Good character (criminal history) | Before and after 13 December 2012 | Table of offences and impact on applications | Condition 5: English language and Knowledge of Life in the UK and changes from 28 Oct 2013 | Condition 6: Absences from the UK (not the same as for an ILR!) | Unique ‘Date of Application’ meaning | Basic rules on absences
 
‘BRITISH BY DESCENT’ AND ‘BRITISH OTHERWISE THAN BY DESCENT’ – the difference
British ‘otherwise than by descent’ | ‘British by descent’ | Example of a British by descent
 
SPOUSES AND CIVIL PARTNERS OF BRITISH CITIZENS:
Conditions, which are the same as 'everybody else' generally but some details are different
Conditions, which are unique to spouses and civil partners of British citizens:  Condition 4: Three years of residency in the UK | Anomaly in this requirement | Condition 5: waiting 12 months after an ILR (not actually applicable) | Condition 6: Absences from the UK
 
EUROPEAN (EEA) NATIONALS:
Rules are the same as for ‘everybody else’ but applied differently | EEA nationals who are married/civil partners of British citizens | CASE STUDY – dual Dutch/Brazilian national who is a civil partner of a UK national
 
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 ‘American married to German’ | Direct family members | CASE STUDY – Russian national married to a Belgian | Extended non-EEA family members
 
CITIZENSHIP - REGISTRATION OF CHILDREN UNDER 18 y.o
IMPORTANT DATES AND ACTS TO REMEMBER: British Nationality Act 1981 | From 1 July 2006
 
CHILDREN BORN IN THE UK:
If child's mother is British | If child’s father is British | If child's parent (one or both) is not British but has permanent residency in the UK | If the child's parents hold a limited leave to remain. | If the child's parents are European citizens | Children who spent the first 10 years of their life in the UK | Difference between 'British by birth' and 'not British but can be registered as British'?
 
CHILD BORN OUTSIDE THE UK 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
 
CASE STUDIES FROM OUR PRACTICE
 
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
 
Mock Level 1 assessment:
We also offer to take a mock Level 1 assessment (designed by us) and email it to us later to mark