Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Last week before our immigration fees go up on 1 September – apply now to use the old fee!

Our service fees will be changing from 1 September 2014. We do try to keep them as affordable as possible but many of the current fees remained at this level for almost 4 years. You can, however, start the application process now, in August, and avoid the increase!

You don’t have to be eligible to apply now, we understand your application may not be due for some time. However, as long as we have a signed letter of engagement and a deposit in August 2014, we can keep your case until you are ready to make an application.

This not only lets you save the money, it also allows to ask as many questions as you have from the point of paying a deposit in August and until your application is ready to be submitted to the Home Office. It means you may have several months, a year or even more of an unlimited advice regarding your case.

If you paid an advice fee to us earlier (£70 or £100) and didn’t make an application yet - we would count it towards our service fees, as usual. 

Here are the main categories where our fees will increase from 1 September 2014:

Indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency) for spouses and partners of British citizens (SET M), same-day service at the Home Office: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT.

Indefinite leave to remain for those with Ancestral visas, same-day service at the Home Office: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT.

EEA Residence Card (EEA2), EEA Family Permit for spouses of European nationals: now £499+VAT, new fee £599+VAT.

Permanent residency under EU law (EEA3 and EEA4) for European citizens and non-European family members: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT.

British Citizenship for European nationals and their family members: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT. 

British Citizenship excluding the above applicants: now £499+VAT, new fee £599+VAT. 

Fees for dependants when applying with the main applicant, such as Tier 1 Dependants: now £100+VAT, new fee £150+VAT.

Tier 4 (Student), same-day service at the Home Office: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT. Here increase is due the very time-consuming online application form.

Fees for the main applicant for a Spouse/Partner visa (initial or extension), Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor, ILR based on Tier 1 and Tier 2  remain the same as now. Dependants’ fees go up from £100+VAT per person to £150+VAT per person.

If you would like more information, including about the categories not listed above, please contact us. If you would like an advice on your nest steps please book our advice session, either over email (advice fee £70) or face-to-face at our office (£100).

1st 4Immigration team


68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ

Thursday, 21 August 2014

How long does it take for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and can it be sped up?

This question usually comes from those who have a Tier 1 Post-Study Work visa or a Tier 4 Student visa, who have an employer who is willing to sponsor them for a work visa but usually are very short of time because the current visa expires soon.

Common processing time is about 8 weeks. However, it can be sped up if your visa expires very soon, such as in the next 2 weeks or so. For example, we requested urgent consideration in May 2014, provided evidence why we were requesting it (visa was expiring very soon) and client’s Sponsor Licence was issued within a week. Record timing!

For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com We hold our own Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and have experienced the same process as our clients who need a Tier 2 licence. 

If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training

 

Can I work while holding a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa?

A very common question, especially from those applicants who were forced to become Entrepreneurs after their Post-Study Work visas expired and they had no other visa choice.

The answer is: you can only work for your own business. You can’t work as an employee for someone else, at all. Furthermore, before 11 July 2014 it was OK to work as a contractor, ie sort of working for a company but on a self-employed basis. From 11 July 2014 the Tier 1 Entrepreneur policy guidance was amended and not it says such work isn’t considered as running a business in the UK, which is what an Entrepreneur visa is for.
Interestingly, those who have a Tier 1 Dependent visa, such as a partner of a main Tier 1 visa holder, can work as an employee for any company (except for the usual restrictions on a doctor/dentist in training).

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 CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training
We have dedicated services for Entrepreneurs:

-      ADVICE SESSION which is a one-off session, either over email or at our office in the City of London (near Monument Underground station).
-     VISA APPLICATION SERVICE when applying for an initial Entrepreneur visa, for an extension or for permanent residency. Here we advise on what documents are needed (such as to prove investment of £200,000 or to prove the created jobs), check the documents are in order, help with the forms and generally, guide you throughout the visa application process and representing you with the application to the Home Office.
-      COMPLIANCE SERVICE while holding an Entrepreneur visa. Here for a yearly fee we help Entrepreneurs to comply with the Rules (and changes of the Rules) while they are holding a visa. For example, after the 3 years of an initial Entrepreneur visa you have to register a business within specific time limit, create 2 jobs for certain types of people and for the duration of 12 months for each job. If one of the jobs has not lasted for a year, or if several jobs do not make up to a year, or if a job was not for a settled worker, then you won’t be able to secure a further extension in this category after the initial 3 years. That’s while you are already risking £200,000! When the time comes to extend your visa aft6er 3 years, you would be ready.  
-   BUSINESS PLAN FOR AN ENTREPRENEUR VISA. With almost 10 years of experience in the visas and immigration business, and successful Entrepreneur visa cases, who would be better placed to write a business plan than Immigration Entrepreneurs?



Saturday, 16 August 2014

LAST 2 WEEKS up to £100 off on our online immigration training courses, Online OISC Level 1 course and online CPD courses.

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 up to £100 off on all current online courses:

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.


Self-employment Income in Visa Applications (by a Self-employed Immigration Adviser). CPD 6 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 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.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

New successful SET(M) case and testimonial (that's 2 in one day!) from a spouse applying for an Indefinite Leave to Remain

“Lucy, many thanks for the excellent, efficient and professional way you handled my wife's ILR application. Went so smoothly even though it wasn't a straightforward case.”

This came from John, whose Malaysian wife applied for an ILR on SET(M) form. We used same-day service at the Home Office in Croydon.

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful 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 CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training

 

 

 

New successful SET(M) case and testimonial from a spouse applying for an Indefinite Leave to Remain

“Dear Lucy, I’ve been really, really impressed with the level of client  service provided. Everything has gone very smoothly and quickly. Please pass my thanks and congratulations on to Russell. You both made me a loyal client and I will certainly recommend you to others.” 

This came from Kartik, an Indian national applied for an ILR as a spouse on a SET(M) form and we used same-day service at the Home Office in Croydon.

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful 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 CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training

Friday, 8 August 2014

New immigration fees from September, apply now to save the money!

Our service fees will be changing from 1 September 2014. We do try to keep them as affordable as possible but many of the current fees remained at this level for almost 4 years. You can, however, start the application process now, in August, and avoid the increase!

You don’t have to be eligible to apply now, we understand your application may not be due for some time. However, as long as we have a signed letter of engagement and a deposit in August 2014, we can keep your case until you are ready to make an application.

This not only lets you save the money, it also allows to ask as many questions as you have from the point of paying a deposit in August and until your application is ready to be submitted to the Home Office. It means you may have several months, a year or even more of an unlimited advice regarding your case.

If you paid an advice fee to us earlier (£70 or £100) and didn’t make an application yet - we would count it towards our service fees, as usual. 

Here are the main categories where our fees will increase from 1 September 2014:

Indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency) for spouses and partners of British citizens (SET M), same-day service at the Home Office: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT.

Indefinite leave to remain for those with Ancestral visas, same-day service at the Home Office: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT.

 EEA Residence Card (EEA2), EEA Family Permit for spouses of European nationals: now £499+VAT, new fee £599+VAT.

Permanent residency under EU law (EEA3 and EEA4) for European citizens and non-European family members: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT.

British Citizenship for European nationals and their family members: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT. 

British Citizenship excluding the above applicants: now £499+VAT, new fee £599+VAT. 

Fees for dependants when applying with the main applicant, such as Tier 1 Dependants: now £100+VAT, new fee £150+VAT.

Tier 4 (Student), same-day service at the Home Office: now £599+VAT, new fee £750+VAT. Here increase is due the very time-consuming online application form.

Fees for the main applicant for a Spouse/Partner visa (initial or extension), Tier 1 General, Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor, ILR based on Tier 1 and Tier 2  remain the same as now. Dependants’ fees go up from £100+VAT per person to £150+VAT per person.

If you would like more information, including about the categories not listed above, please contact us. If you would like an advice on your nest steps please book our advice session, either over email (advice fee £70) or face-to-face at our office (£100).

1st 4Immigration team


68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ

 

Another successful case and testimonial on switching from Post-Study Work visa to Tier 4 Student visa in the UK.


Sounds ‘other way around’, doesn’t it? We are more used to switching from a student visa to a Post-Study Work in the past. However, since PSW category was closed in April 2012, and Tier 1 General category was closed a year before that, the options for student and PSW migrants are very limited. One of the remaining options is switching back to a Tier 4 Student visa and going back to study. You also have to be careful to observe the 5-year limit of studying at a degree level as well as academic progress.


In this case we used same-day service in Croydon and here is a testimonial from our client, Georgy , a Russian national:
“I am very grateful to Lucy Crompton and Natalia Andrews for their help with my application for Tier 4 Student Visa. From the outset my application received all the attention it needed and overall I was very pleased with the quality of service and professionalism that both Lucy and Natalia had provided me with. It was the second time  I used  1st 4Immigration visa application services (first time was switching from Tier 4 to PSW) and both times my expectations and requirements were fully met, for which I am, indeed, very grateful. Consequently I have no reservations in recommending 1st4Immigration to anyone who is seeking a professional support for their current or prospective visa applications.”

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 CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training

New testimonial on fast same-day UK passport renewal.

"On Monday 28th July 2014, I discovered that my daughter's passport had expired. It was obviously a shock and stressful as we have a holiday booked and fly on 8th August. We contacted you and I brought everything in on Monday (same day). You recommended new photos, which I then brought in on Tuesday, 29th. It's now Thursday 31st and I have received my daughter's replacement passport. I would like to thank you for providing an outstanding service." Rhiannon

As you can see, it is possible to renew a passport within just 2-3 working days! It is actually same-day service at the UK Passport Office, so with an appointment available as soon as on the next working day the whole process is very fast. And if we have your documents by 12pm, and they are in order (or if you quickly arrange them to be in order, such as to bring new photos), then we can submit on the same working day!

Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483

Or come to our office from 9am to 6pm (you don’t need an appointment): 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. We’re near Monument tube station, close to Bank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.