Tuesday, 27 December 2016

UPDATED AND BETTER THAN EVER! Online OISC Level 1 course. CPD 16 core hours, accepted by The OISC.

We have just updated this course, and it is better than ever! Even more case studies and answers to commonly asked questions.

You can download our OISC Level 1 training course to your computer and study in your own time - to prepare for your OISC accreditation and Level 1 Assessment. No need to travel to a classroom, no need to wait for the next date. You can start your immigration training right now here: http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/online-oisc-level-1-course.php

This course is also accredited to award 16 hours of Continued Professional Development  (CPD) for the accredited advisers. Our CPD training courses are accepted by The OISC. This course includes a mock Level 1 Assessment and real case studies from our practicing OISC-accredited immigration company.
 
1st 4Immigration Ltd is a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, at the highest Level 3. We have designed this  course to be of practical help for those who are preparing for OISC accreditation at Level 1 (Initial Advice) and for compulsory Level 1 Assessment.  It would also be of interest for practicing advisers and immigration lawyers as well as for community group advisers, council or Citizens Advice Bureau workers, volunteers etc.

This is not a boring coverage of the Immigration Rules! We tried to keep the language as simple and entertaining as possible. See the Contents and Extracts on our website here:  http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/online-oisc-level-1-course.php 


1st 4Immigration Ltd, 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ.
OISC ref F200800152, CPD Standards Office ref 80001.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Another 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

"Great service and super efficiency! Highly recommended :)" Qing, Chinese national

This came from Qing who applied for her French Schengen visa through us this week. She was issued a multi entry visa for a year within 3 working days. 

It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years. 

Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:





Fast UK passport renewal through 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 toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

A new 5 star Google review about our UK visa services

"Professional service from start to finish. My wife and I used 1st4Immigration for her spousal further leave to remain visa and were very impressed with the service we received. From our first consultation, everything was explained to us thoroughly and there was good communication throughout the process. There was also a representative with us on the day who took care of everything with a minimum of fuss. Would highly recommend." Alex, British national

This came from Alex who is a British national, he applied for his wife's spouse visa.

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us:info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://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 a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

“Wow! Why did no-one tell me about them before? Visa sorted within 3 days (the week before Christmas, no less), when I couldn't find a booking at any of the embassy vendors to get a visa. If I hadn't have used MultiTravelVisas, I would have had to cancel my holiday. Well worth the money! 4 minutes in the queue to take biometrics. That was it! Thanks for amazing service, guys!


This came from Peter who posted a review about our services on Google. He applied for his Schengen visa through us and was issued a multi entry Schengen visa for 1 year by the French consulate in 3 days. 

It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years. 


Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:





Fast UK passport renewal through 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 toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Another 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

"Expeditious and professional service. They definitely over-delivered! I would highly recommend this company." Naureen, Pakistani national

This came from Naureen who posted a review about our services on Google, applied for her Schengen visa through us and was issued a multi entry Schengen visa for 6 months by the French consulate in around 10 days. 

It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years. 

Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:





Fast UK passport renewal through 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 toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.These guys are great!  They were the only agency able to do our Schengen visa for us in a w


eek and were friendly, professional and honest.  We've used them before and will recommend them any time.  Worth every penny." Jovonne, South African national


Thursday, 8 December 2016

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

""These guys are great!  They were the only agency able to do our Schengen visa for us in a week and were friendly, professional and honest.  We've used them before and will recommend them any time.  Worth every penny." Jovonne, South African national



This came from Jovonne who posted a review about our services on Google, applied for her Schengen visa through us and was issued a multi entry Schengen visa for 5 years by the French consulate in 3 days. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years. 

Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:





Fast UK passport renewal through 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 toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.These guys are great!  They were the only agency able to do our Schengen visa for us in a w


eek and were friendly, professional and honest.  We've used them before and will recommend them any time.  Worth every penny." Jovonne, South African national

English language for spouses of UK citizens: A1, A2, B1. How many levels are there and which of them do we need?

When you are applying for your 1st Spouse visa, you need the most basic A1 level. This is true whether you are applying outside the UK or switching from another category inside the UK.
 
After the 1st Spouse visa you will need an extension. At the moment at that stage you would still need the same A1 level, so at the moment you wouldn’t need to worry about this rule at all. From May 2017, however, you would need to demonstrate a higher A2 level when applying for extension.
 
After that you could normally apply for a permanent visa. This is where an even higher B1 level would be needed.
 
For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or read testimonials on  http://www.1st4immigration.com/testimonials.php
 
We also have a very good post earlier on the confusion between A1 and B1 level when applying for “settlement”, as many spouses applying outside the UK are told – incorrectly – that they need a B1 level. You can read here about 2 meanings of the legal term “settlement” there and why there is a confusion: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/english-for-spousepartnerfiancee-visa.html
 
We also have a recent post on how many levels there are: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/english-language-for-uk-visa.html  
 
If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training We have a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  

 

 

English language for UK visa applications: A1, A2, B1. How many levels are there, do they cover the whole alphabet?

In fact, there are only 6 levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. A1 being the most basic and B1 the highest and hardest to score. As much as it may seem the UK Immigration Rules are making these levels hard to understand, it is actually a common European framework known as CEFR. So, there are the same levels in French or Spanish etc. Our of these 6 levels only 3 are used in the UK visa applications.
Furthermore, there are 4 components at each level: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Which level you need depends on the Rules applicable to your UK visa category. It is mentioned in the Immigration Rules for a given visa type. The Rules also say whether you need all 4 components or only some of them.
For example, Spouses of UK citizens initially only need a most basic A1 level and only in Speaking and Listening. Tier 1 Entrepreneur migrants need a B1 level in all 4 components. Most migrants applying for settlement need a B1 level too but only in Speaking and Listening.
Link to the Immigration Rules for Points-Based System (PBS) migrants can be found here: Immigration Rules Appendix B: English language
We also have a more detailed post on English language requirement for Spouses of UK citizens here: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/english-language-for-spouses-of-uk.html
For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us:info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://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 a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  

Friday, 18 November 2016

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

“The sister company of 1st4immigration. It was easy to communicate and effective service. I got the Multi-travel Visa did not even pop into the office this time. It's reliable service I used for few times. It worth the money for avoid waiting time and have everything smooth. Three year visa for the first time and 5 year this time! Quite happy.” Youhua, Chinese national

This came from Youhua who posted a review about our services on Google, applied for her Schengen visa through us and was issued a multi entry Schengen visa for 5 years by the French consulate in 3 days. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years. 

Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:





Fast UK passport renewal through 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 toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.

Friday, 28 October 2016

A very nice testimonial for our services with Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and Business plan

"The 1st4Immigration team gives very thorough advice for my particular Tier 1 application. They have done a very detailed job at preparing, researching, compiling my business plan. For someone like me who have no previous business experience, they help me choose from different financial options available, give me very comprehensive advice on business factors that comply the immigration requirement. My application went through very smoothly and it didn’t take too much waiting before I got the final visa approval. It’s a very professional team." Abigail, Chinese national

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us:info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://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 a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  

Friday, 30 September 2016

How a post on our blog helped someone to make right decision about their visa application!

"Hi,

Thanks for responding to my e-mail. As my Visa application was yesterday morning, it was not possible to commit to your service but I must say that your online blog was VERY CRUCIAL in our decision making. My husband having been established a Limited Company in the UK only 9 months ago, we were unsure whether partial accounts would be acceptable even though he had surpassed the £18,600 financial requirement. What is funny is that we sought the advice of an expert recognised by the Home Office and she simply read to us the contents of the Home Office website that we were already aware of! Her interpretation of a FULL financial year was 12 months. She advised us against attending the Premium service with partial accounts and suggested using a postal service as that would buy us more weeks to get 12 months worth of accounts!

Needless to say, my visa was approved in less than three hours, courtesy of clarification from your blog! So why I am telling you all this? I am going to be sending an e-mail to the above adviser and slyly point her to your website, she really does need to polish up her knowledge in this area, you only need to go online to read the turmoil many people are going through trying to interpret what a full financial year entails.


I shall be recommending your services to anyone I feel could benefit from it!"

This came from Roselyne, who read a post on our blog that how partial accounts can be used to apply for Spouse visas. 


For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us:info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://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 a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

New successful case and testimonial on extension of unmarried partner visa

"1st4Immigration provide a professional service which takes the stress out of putting together a visa application. We were returning customers for the partner visa and I imagine we'll be back in touch when it comes to the next application. Highly recommended."

This came from Kate, who applied for her partner's visa. 

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us:info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://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 a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

New successful case and testimonial on Indefinite Leave (Permanent Residency) application for a Ugandan national who had a Discretionary Leave to Remain.

"Dear Daniel, Neil, Maggie and everyone at 1st 4Immigration,  my ILR card came through the letter box a few minutes ago, words can not express the joy and relief that my family and I are currently experiencing. We have been dancing around the house. Thank you.  My journey to 1st 4Immigration's offices was borne out of frustration not only with the amount of intertwining and complicated Border Immigration literature but by the numerous amount of professionals including Immigration lawyers who can hardly interpret these regulations. I completely failed to understand why I could not apply for my ILR as my (previous) solicitor of many years had advised as well as objected to a one day application. Finding 1st 4Immigration's website gave me profound confidence in contacting them and their prompt reply was unbelievable. They replied on the same day, they answered my queries immediately!  I was a little bit sceptical in confirming an appointment with them but as soon as I walked into their office, I felt an aura of security and sincerity whilst engaging with Daniel.
Daniel was more than sincere to the point and his confidence and optimism gave me the courage to go ahead with my application using their services. Out next 3 week communication was via email! They prepared all the paperwork for me, this was a relief and more so, arranged for Maggie to guide me through the same day application process in Croydon. She was very professional, regardless of my nerves, she assured me that everything would be alright and by the end of the registration, I was happy to leave her behind to await my reply!!!!!  She did text me in less than an hour after leaving Lunar house confirming that my application was successful!!! Never, in my entire life, had I ever received a prompt, swift and professional services specially with Immigration lawyers. I am more than delighted to have found them online and would advise anyone to use them.
These are definitely the best Immigration advisors, I look forward to working with them next year for my final step. Once again, thank you very much for bringing some joy into my house, family and relief for my future plans. Thank you!”

This came from Rhita, a national of Uganda, who had a Discretionary Leave to Remain and whom we helped to secure Indefinite leave (Permanent Residency). We used same-day service (ie one day service) in Croydon, so Rhita’s application was approved within a day!
In this case our client had a Discretionary Leave issued under the old rules, ie under the rules in place before 9 July 2012. Back then a Discretionary Leave was issued for 3 years at a time, and after 2 such visas, ie total 6 years in the UK, one could apply for ILR. This was Rhita’s case. Since her 1st visa was issued before the Rules changed in 2012, she could continue and qualify for ILR under the old rules – this is what we advised her to do!
The current – post July 2012 – Rules work differently. A Discretionary Leave to Remain is issued for 2.5 years at a time, then extension for 2.5 years at a time, so it now takes 10 years to qualify for ILR instead of 6.  
For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us:info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://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 a weekend OISC Level 1 course as well as a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.  
 

OISC Level 1 course, Saturday & Sunday 24th - 25th September 2016, City of London, from a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company.

Join us for this very informative and practical 2-day course at our office in the City of London!  UK Immigration Rules, visas, switching, visas for spouses and partners, what a great idea! Or perhaps you would enjoy learning about British Citizenship or Points-Based System, EU/EEA applications and European law?  

1st 4Immigration Ltd is a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, OISC ref F200800152, accredited at the highest Level 3. 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.

 
TRAINING DATES:
  
24th - 25th September 2016 (10am - 4pm). To book please visit this page:  http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/classroom-oisc-level-1-course.php

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,  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.  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. We keep it as entertaining as possible!


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

This course was accredited for CPD and can be used under the OISC CPD requirements following the change in 2016. CPD for this course is assessed at the level of 10 core hours and will be awarded subject to successful completion of the multiple-choice test.

1st 4Immigration Ltd: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. Near Monument underground station. Email: training@1st4immigration.comPhone: 0871 472 1468 (£0.13 per minute plus your provider's access charge, emails are free). Website: www.1st4immigration.com/training
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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?