Monday, 27 July 2015

Points-Based System training course Saturday 19 September: Tiers, Points, Dependants, qualifying for ILR. CPD 7 hours. Just on time for OISC exam on 28 September!

We offer an intensive Saturday course at our office in the City of London. 1st 4Immigration Ltd is a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, OISC, ref  F200800152. We are also a recognised CPD provider and can be found on the OISC list of the training providers.

This course has a particular emphasis on Tier 2 General and Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa categories, applying for a Sponsor Licence and using Tier 2 Code of Practice as well as qualifying for an Indefinite Leave in these routes. It also covers (often forgotten in training) rules for family members of PBS migrants. You can earn 7 core CPD hours credit, subject to the successful completion of the test after the course.

As a practicing company, we are offering to share our experience to help you deal with the applications of Points-Based System migrants, their family members and ILR applications based on PBS categories. You can read Testimonials on our immigration cases here. Our tutors are our very own OISC-accredited practicing immigration advisers who handle the real cases during the week and teach on weekends. You can read about them on the Tutors page.

Unlike most traditional courses, ours is conducted using plain language and does not simply contain quotes from the Immigration Rules. We include cases studies from our practice, a Questions & Answers session and a test to test your knowledge, which is given to the candidates at the end to complete in their own time and send to us. Generally, we try to keep it as entertaining as possible!

You can book PBS training courses here (we have training almost every month):  http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/pbs-course.php

Upcoming training dates: 
 
Saturday 19 September 2015. In time for OISC exam on 28 September.

Saturday 17 October 2015. In time for OISC exam on 29 October.

Saturday 21 November 2015. In time for OISC exam on 23 November.

Saturday 5 December 2015. In time for OISC exam on 17 December.

Alternatively, for OISC Level 1 training dates please visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/classroom-oisc-level-1-course.php

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

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bespoke Russian Visa service and Visa support (invitations).

Multi Travel Visas offers bespoke Russian visa service. It is very fast and convenient and a visa applicant can submit an application - and biometrics - at our office in the City of London (Monument area).

This service allows us to act as a visa centre and collect the biometrics (fingerprints) at our office in the City of London, which is easily accessible by all transport links. Under this procedure we prepare an application form, check the documents, order a visa invitation if needed. Then, rather than going to the visa centre and queuing there for hours, we will provide a biometric kit at our office.

Conveniently, you would have a 1 – 1.5 hour window to come to our office (the day/time pre-arranged as convenient). Right here, on the spot, and without queuing, you will be able to provide the biometrics (fingerprints), we will ‘submit’ your documents and pay the application fees to the official staff operating the biometric kit (here at our office). If there are any issues with the application, we will be able to deal with it right there and then, including logging in the online visa form system or changing a tourist visa invitation.

Contact us: email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply promptly and always on the same working day! Phone: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text. Website: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/russian-visas-invitations.php

Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. Tube station Monument/Bank.

Fast Schengen visa for August travel and sooner appointments! Turnaround 4 working days for most nationals. We reply emails on the same working day! Tel 0871 472 1468

Multi Travel Visas Ltd is an accredited agency with the official French visa centre in London, we have many years of experience of working with French Consulate. We use a separate system of appointments and can provide an appointment sooner than available for the public.

FRENCH SCHENGEN VISA:

It is possible to obtain a visa within 4 working days from the date of the biometric appointment for most nationals, such as Filipino, South African, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Turkish and most others. It takes longer for some nationals, up to 3 weeks, a list is available on our website: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php 


GERMAN SCHENGEN VISA:

German Schengen visa takes 5 working days from the date of appointment. 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. This is the best Embassy to apply for a Schengen visa for spouses and family members of UK/EU citizens.
Webpage: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-germany.php


PORTUGUESE SCHENGEN VISA:
Portuguese Schengen visa takes 1 week from the nearest available Wednesday. No biometrics, no personal attendance needed! Webpage: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-portugal.php


Contact us at Multi Travel Visas: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk
Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483
Email:
info@multitravelvisas.co.uk 

We reply on the same working day!

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.

New testimonial on fast same-day UK passport renewal, from a British national residing in Belgium.

“Sebastian, Thank you very much for updating me so quickly, that's very good news. I'm very impressed how quickly and efficiently you have arranged the renewal of my passport! Thank you again for your time and attention to detail in this regard.”

This came from Simon, a British citizen residing in Belgium.  It is possible to renew a British 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
Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk 


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.

 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

OISC Level 1 course, Saturday -Sunday 26 - 27 September (just in time for the OISC exam on 28 September), City of London, from a practicing immigration company. CPD 10 hours accepted by the OISC.

A very informative and practical 2-day weekend course at our office in the City of London!  1st 4Immigration Ltd is a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, OISC ref F200800152. After many years of experience – and hundreds of successful cases – we are sharing our experience to help you to prepare for your OISC Level 1 assessment and accreditation or, if you are already practicing, to increase your knowledge. You can read Testimonials on our immigration cases here.

TRAINING DATES:
  
Weekend 26 - 27 September 2015 (in time for OISC exam on 28 September).

Weekend 24 - 25 October 2015 (in time for OISC exam on 29 October).

Weekend 14 - 15 November 2015 (in time for OISC exam on 23 November).

Weekend 12 - 13 December 2015 (in time for OISC exam on 17 December).


Our tutors are our very own OISC-accredited practicing immigration advisers who handle the real cases during the week and teach on weekends. You can read about them on the Tutors page.

Unlike most traditional courses, ours is conducted using plain language and does not simply contain quotes from the Immigration Rules. We include cases studies from our practice, answers to most common questions, a Questions&Answers session and a mock Level 1 assessment, which is given to the candidates at the end to complete in their own time and send to us. Generally, we try to keep it as entertaining as possible. We will also provide a printed version of the course (150 pages) for you to take home, which is very detailed, contains more cases studies and you can take it with you to the 'real' OISC exam.
To book visit our training website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/classroom-oisc-level-1-course.php

Detailed Course Agenda can be found here and is designed in our own unique way.

1st 4Immigration Ltd: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. Near Monument underground station. Email: training@1st4immigration.com, Phone: 0871 472 1468 (£0.10 per minute, emails are free).
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You can find a detailed Table of Contents on the link above, here are 2 examples (of 20):
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 | My ‘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
You can find Extracts on the link above too, here are 2 of them:
Extract from the “IMMIGRATION RULES AND HOW TO USE THEM” section:
No one knows everything and remembers all the rules! The trick is to know how to use the Immigration Rules and where to find  the specific information. The Rules may change anytime, and they do change a lot, but if you know how to use the Rules you could check the requirements or check the changes at any time. For example, things like whether a migrant can switch a visa category while in the UK or whether a migrant can work or whether a particular English test is acceptable are all a matter of the Rules, not a matter of guessing.
My ‘Other way around’ principle:
I call it ‘other way around’ because many people tend to think this way: “I am on a Tier 5 visa and want to know if I can apply for a Spouse visa inside the UK”, then they go on the Immigration Rules webpage for the Tier 5 category and try to read the rules there. Understandably, they only find the rules about how to get a Tier 5 visa, which they already have, and not a Spouse visa.
What you need to do is to act the ‘other way around’, ie to check the rules of the category your client is looking to apply for, not the rules of the category in which he/she already has a visa. In our example of switching from a Tier 5 to a Spouse visa it is the Spouse visa rules that one needs to read – to determine if he/she can qualify.
Extracts from the “CRUCIAL TO GET THE BASICS!” section:
What is Switching?
Switchingis not an official term. Switching simply means changing a visa category while inside the UK, ie switching from one to another, such as from a Tier 4 Student to a Tier 2 General; or from Tier 4 to a Spouse visa. Officially it is called ‘applying for a leave to remain in a Tier 2 General category’ or ‘applying for a leave to remain as a Spouse of a UK citizen’. So, we can simply say ‘Switching from a Student visa to a Spouse visa’.
The significance of switching is this: switching means applying inside the UK and it is only allowed if the Rules specifically allow so. If switching is not allowed then the applicant has to return to their country and apply for a visa from there, which means he/she would be applying for an Entry Clearance.
What is the Date of Application and why it is so important?
Imagine this: you are making an application today but tomorrow the Rules are changing, which rules would apply? Or you have made an application a month ago, your visa expires in 2 weeks time and your application is not going to be decided before then, are you going to become an overstayer through no fault of your own?
A Date of Application idea deals with such issues. If the date of your application is before the Rules changed then your application is going to be considered under the Rules in place before the changes. For example, Spouse/Partner visas rules were significantly changed on 9 July 2012, yet those who applied before that, even on 8 July 2012, had their applications considered under the old rules, even if the decision was made a few months after the rules changed.
If the date of your application is before your last visa expired then your status remains the same as it was on the date of application for as long as it takes for a new application to be considered. However long it takes, even if the last visa expired by then. Officially it is extended by virtue of section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971, which automatically extends the ‘last visa’ for as long as it is going to take for a decision on the new application. This means migrants do not become overstayers through no fault of their own?


To book please visit the page Booking or contact us: training@1st4immigration.com

English language for spouses of UK citizens for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR, permanent residency). Which is the right level needed in an English exam, A1 or B1? How do I find it in the Rules?

Here we explain how to use the Immigration Rules and where to find something you may be having doubts about or hearing different answers from different people. This time it’s the turn of ILR!

Spouses of UK citizens only need the basic A1 level when applying for an initial visa or for an extension (but  not for ILR). There is a common myth that it is a B1 level but it is wrong. Yet at the ILR stage a spouse of a UK citizen needs a higher,  B1, level.

Here it is in the Rules: we go to Appendix FM https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-rules-appendix-fm In Family Life as a Partner we have a section called Section R-ILRP: Requirements for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) as a partner and then a sub-section called Section E-ILRP: Eligibility for indefinite leave to remain as a partner:

“E-ILRP.1.6. The applicant must have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the English language and sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom in accordance with the requirements of Appendix KoLL of these Rules.”

So, in this case we now have to go to Appendix KoLL (Knowledge of Language and Life):

“2.1 An applicant for leave to enter or remain has sufficient knowledge of the English language and about life in the United Kingdom for the purpose of an application for indefinite leave to enter or remain made under these Rules if the requirements set out in paragraphs 2.2 and 2.3 are met...”

2.2 For the purposes of paragraph 2.1, an applicant demonstrates sufficient knowledge of the English language if:

(a) the applicant has provided specified documentary evidence that:

...

(ii) the applicant has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum level B1  ... with a provider approved by the Secretary of State as specified in Appendix O to these Rules and taken at a test centre approved by the Secretary of State as a Secure English Language Test Centre,;”

The above confirms a B1 level is needed in speaking and listening, although you now also need to check Appendix O to be sure your test is compliant with the Rules.  There are further rules on whether you can use a test certificate from your previous application(s).  

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 successful case and testimonial on Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK for a Pakistani national, applying on the basis of 5 years in the Tier 1 General category.

“Joanne, today my application was successful and I am really grateful to you and Christina for all the help. I am very happy for the service you have provided. I would highly recommend yourselves to anyone. I will not look somewhere else for immigration-related services next time and will return to yourselves. The experience has been great and it was only possible with your help. Thanks.”

This came from Imran, a Pakistani national, who had spent 5 years in the UK on Tier 1 General visas and was now eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR, permanent residency).  Imran chose to apply using same-day service in Croydon, which we happily assisted with and all went smoothly on the day. The next step will be applying for British Citizenship after 1 year (unless the applicant is married to a UK citizen, then there is no need to wait for a year).   

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

To read about our advisers Joanne Wilson (who was a caseworker in this application) and Christina Panayiotou (who handled it in Croydon), please visit this page: http://www.1st4immigration.com/about.php#advisers

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

Fast Same-day UK passport renewal for the summer holidays! Submission on the same or 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. We may also 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.  Example: British expats living or working in the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.  

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. We can also 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 the Embassies in the UK. Example: British expats working in the Spanish islands of Majorca.


 Contact us now: 0871 472 1468. Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply on the same working day! Web-site: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php  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. 

Monday, 6 July 2015

French Schengen visa for business travel – we can submit your application any working day without an appointment!

French Schengen visa for business travel – we can submit your application any day without an appointment!
Multi Travel Visas Ltd is an accredited agency with the official French visa centre in London, we have many years of experience of working with French Consulate. We use a separate system of appointments and for a business Schengen visa we are allowed to submit visa application any working day without an appointment.  


FRENCH SCHENGEN VISA:
It is possible to obtain a visa within 4 working days from the date of the biometric appointment for most nationals, such as Filipino, South African, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Turkish and most others. It takes longer for some nationals, up to 3 weeks, a list is available on our website: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php 
In case of a business visa, we can arrange submission any working day without an appointment!


GERMAN SCHENGEN VISA:

German Schengen visa takes 5 working days from the date of appointment. 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. This is the best Embassy to apply for a Schengen visa for spouses and family members of UK/EU citizens.
Webpage: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-germany.php

PORTUGUESE SCHENGEN VISA:

Portuguese Schengen visa takes 1 week from the nearest available Wednesday. No biometrics, no personal attendance needed! Webpage: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-portugal.php

Contact us at Multi Travel Visas: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk
Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483
Email:
info@multitravelvisas.co.uk 
We reply on the same working day!

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.

New testimonial on our Schengen visa service for a Thai spouse of a British national.

Sebastian, just to say we picked up my wife’s visa today – very pleased with the very efficient and friendly service received. My company does use visa services from time to time (overseas competitions) so will bear you in mind next time we need visa assistance"

This came from  Patrick, who applied for a Portuguese Schengen visa for his wife, who was a national of Thailand. It is possible to obtain a Portuguese Schengen visa within 1 week from a Wednesday for most nationals, such as Thai, Filipino, South African, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Turkish and most others. We can also assist with a French and German Schengen visa.

Patrick mentioned business travel and overseas competitions. We do assist with a Schengen business visa (covers sports events). Plus in case of a French Schengen visa we can submit business visa applications any working day without appointments.

As an accredited agency, we submit applications on Wednesdays directly to the Portuguese Consulate and we use a separate system of appointments from the public and can usually obtain an appointments much sooner.

 
Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:


Same-day UK passport renewal without waiting for an appointment (next-day or same-day submission to the Passport Office in London): http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php

Website homepage with all services: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483
Email:
info@multitravelvisas.co.uk  We reply on the same working day!

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.