Monday, 29 February 2016

New and high Home Office immigration fees from mid-March 2016 (not from 6 April as was anticipated). Many categories’ fee goes up by almost £500, if eligible - apply now to save money!

As it happens every year, the Home Office is about to increase the immigration fees. Yet this year there is an unexpected twist - the new and higher fees will start from mid-March, not from 6 April, as it happened in the years before, as the new tax year starts. This was announced on 26th February 2016 and the new fees will come in force on 18th March 2016, thus giving the migrants just 3 weeks to react!

If you are eligible for a visa or British Citizenship - apply before April to save the money!

The current ILR fee is £1,500 postal or £1,900 same-day service. From 18th March it will be £1,875 and £2,375 respectively (and the difference is being increased to £500) and that is per person, ie per each dependant!


Spouse/Partner visa now costs £956 entry clearance (outside the UK) or £649/£1,049 in-country postal/same-day. From 18th March it will be £1,195 entry clearance and £811 for in-country switching/extension postal but same-day service in this category will be the whopping £1,311, almost as high as the current postal ILR fee! And let’s not forget the NHS surcharge...
 
Naturalisation fee goes up by £231 to £1,236. 
 
When to apply?

If you are applying inside the UK and planning to use same-day service, your appointment has to be booked before 18th March, this is where you’d need to pay a Home Office fee and if applicable, a health surcharge.    

If you are applying inside the UK and planning to use postal service for a visa application (but not Citizenship) the date of application will be the date of posting, if your application is sent by Royal Mail. Therefore, you will pay a fee applicable on the day of posting, even if the UK Visas and Immigration receives your case on or after 18th March. In case of applying for British Citizenship the date of application will be the date of delivery.   

1st 4Immigration service fees are NOT going up in either March or April.

For an advice or to make your application through us as soon as possible, please contact
info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

New successful case and testimonial on a UK Spouse visa extension for a Syrian spouse of a UK citizen.

“We originally approached 1st 4Immigration 2.5 years ago for the spouse visa outside the UK, and when the time came to extend the spouse visa we knew the best people to help us would be 1st 4Immigration. The team did a great job yet again, nothing has changed with the quality of service and the level of knowledge provided. We were confident throughout the whole application process simply because Joanne and Neil had everything covered. Special thanks to Joanne for getting our documents in order. Special thanks to Neil who was with us in Croydon at the time of the application, we had some interesting conversations! I will be using 1st 4Immigration again when we need to apply for ILR."

This came from Yosef, a British citizen whose wife is originally from Syria. In this case our client already had a partner visa for 2.5 years (30 months) and it was time to extend it for further 2.5 years. We made an application on same-day service in Croydon and all went well on the day.

The next step will be to apply for permanent residency after 5 years and after that for British Citizenship.

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://www.1st4immigration.com/spouse-partner-visas-after-9-july-2012.php 

 
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 every month, a Saturday Points-Based System course every month and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on the British Citizenship and Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC. 

 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

(Compulsory from 6 April 2015) Business plan writing service for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa - from a firm of experienced Immigration Entrepreneurs!

A business plan was made compulsory for initial applications from 6 April 2015.  Over the past several years we’ve been dealing with the Entrepreneur visa applications for our clients. As a part of each application, we have to read client’s business plan, ask to make changes and generally, to include the information relevant to the Entrepreneur visa rules as well as based on the questions a client may be asked at a interview (from our experience of clients’ visa interviews).

Our experience allowed us to develop an approach to creating the business plans from a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa point of view. Instead of using standard templates, we focus on what the visa officers want to see, ie on what a migrant will be required to do while holding this visa: investment of £50,000 or £200,000 and what your client is going to spend it on. For example, paying yourself a salary is not counted, yet it is very common for clients to do this.   

Another example will be including a plan of creating 2 jobs and that they will be for ‘settled’ people. Most business plans we see do not mention these 2 jobs at all, yet it is a common question at a visa interview, so we think it is a good idea to include it and add employer’s National Insurance contributions to the calculation.

We also advise to explain your business idea in simple and plain language. For instance, there is no benefit in adding many technical IT terms because the visa officers are not IT professionals, yet they have to understand your business idea. If you can explain it to us, we can explain to the UK Visas & Immigration. Finally, we advise to treat it like a CV but for a business. Too many CVs contain information designed to make the applicant look ‘clever’, yet fall apart once an interviewer starts asking questions about it. The Home Office staff do read the business plan and may ask questions!  

A typical business plan takes 1-2 weeks to prepare but we always try to accommodate clients’ urgent requests and do it as soon as possible.

For more info or for what’s included in a typical plan, please visit: http://www.1st4immigration.com/business-plan-writing.php or contact us: info@1st4immigration.com

New and high Home Office immigration fees from April 2016. Many categories’ fee goes up by almost £500, if eligible - apply now to save money!

As it happens every year, the Home Office increases the immigration fees from 6 April, as the new tax year starts. If you are eligible for a visa or British Citizenship - apply before April to save the money!

The current ILR fee is £1,500 postal or £1,900 same-day service. From 6th April it will be £1,875 and £2,375 respectively (and the difference is being increased to £500) and that is per person, ie per each dependant!
Spouse/Partner visa now costs £956 entry clearance (outside the UK) or £649/£1,049 in-country postal/same-day. From April it will be £1,195 entry clearance and in-country switching/extension postal but same-day service in this category will be the whopping £1,695, that’s higher than the current postal ILR fee! And let’s not forget the NHS surcharge...
 
Naturalisation fee goes up by £231 to £1,236. 
 
The new fees usually come in force on 6 April, however, there is a long Easter Holiday just a week before that on 25 – 28 March, meaning there will be a reduced number of working days, especially if you are thinking of using same-day service!
 
When to apply?

If you are applying inside the UK and planning to use same-day service, your appointment has to be booked before April, this is where you’d need to pay a Home Office fee and if applicable, a health surcharge.    

If you are applying inside the UK and planning to use postal service for a visa application (but not Citizenship) the date of application will be the date of posting, if your application is sent by Royal Mail. Therefore, you will pay a fee applicable on the day of posting, even if the UK Visas and Immigration receives your case on or after 6 April. In case of applying for British Citizenship the date of application will be the date of delivery.   

1st 4Immigration service fees are NOT going up in April.

For an advice or to make your application through us as soon as possible, please contact
info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

New successful case and testimonial on Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR, permanent residency visa) for an Australian national who spent 5 years in the UK on Ancestral visa.

“(Day of appointment in Croydon) Had to be one of the most stressful  days of my life, but as you know, a positive outcome and I couldn’t be happier. I wanted to thank you all very much for all your efforts. You’ve been very patient with me compiling the documents and were extremely friendly and professional on the day in Croydon and made the situation as good as it could possibly be (I was overwhelmed with nerves!). Thank you so much for everybody who played a part in getting me my residency, and much to my delight, I’ll never need to contact and Immigration Advisor again!”

This came from Laura, an Australian citizen, who had a 5 year Ancestral visa and it was time to apply for Laura’s Indefinite Leave. Never say 'never', Laura, there is still British Citizenship application in the future! 
The next step will be to apply for British Citizenship, which can usually be done after 12 months.   However, there are also other requirements, such as on absences from the UK, which have to be observed. The good thing about applications for Citizenship is that we don’t submit the original passports, so our clients can travel abroad while their applications are being considered.
 
For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit   http://www.1st4immigration.com/settlement-indefinite-leave-visas.php

If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training We have OISC Level 1 training, both online and in the classroom, a Points-Based System course and we also have online training courses. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC.

 

New successful case and testimonial for a UK Spouse visa, entry clearance from the USA, for a wife of a British citizen.

“Having 1st 4Immigration deal with my spouse visa was the best thing I ever did. I had originally started the visa process by myself, but was quickly overwhelmed with all the paperwork I might need to submit, and the order I had to do things in. From the moment I contacted 1st 4Immigration, I knew my money for their services had been well spent. They guided me step by step through the process, telling me any documents they needed from me and in the order they needed them in, making the process easily understandable.

My agent always answered any questions I had promptly, and was both friendly and professional. She was exceedingly patient, even if I asked the same questions many times. It was clear that 1st 4Immigration knew exactly what they were doing, having dealt with all types of visa applications before, and they helped move the process along as quickly as possible. They completed any confusing online forms for me, from the application, to my biometrics appointment, to the return shipping of my documents, and much, much more. They really went above the line of duty, doing far more than I would have expected.

I would encourage anyone who needs a visa to live or work in Britain to use their services. It's worth it.”

Thank you, Susie! Susie is from the USA and was applying for a Spouse entry clearance to join her husband in the UK. Susie’s husband was working as a teacher and was paid per hour, so his monthly income varied depending on the number of hours he worked. We used a Category A and the method of calculation used for ‘non-salaried employment’ based on the average earnings in the 6 months prior to the date of application.

The next step will be to renew a visa after 2.5 years and then to apply for permanent residency after 5 years. Both steps can be done using same-day service, such as the one we use in Croydon.

If you find it difficult to qualify for a Spouse / Partner visa because of the Financial Requirement, you may find this article useful (plus a few similar ones on our blog): http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/solution-for-margaret-on-how-to-secure.html   and this one of who is exempt from the £18,600 threshold: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/who-is-exempt-from-financial.html 

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 We have OISC Level 1 course (online and classroom) as well as a Spouse Visa – Case Studies & FAQs course, all CPD-accredited.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Easter holidays - Fast Schengen visa and UK passport renewal


Apply now to beat the rush!


The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching, therefore Now is the best time to beat the rush for applying for your Schengen visa to Europe. Our sister company Multi Travel Visas is an accredited agency and can help you to apply through France, Portugal or Germany which allows travel to all of the Schengen area.


Multi Travel Visas can provide appointments sooner than available to the public. We can submit French business visa applications any day without appointment.


At the moment agency appointments are available as soon as on the next working day.


We can also assist with renewing a UK passport using premium 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 the 3rd working day after receiving your documents; there is no need to wait for an appointment.

Our office is located in the City of London, near Monument station, also close to Bank, Liverpool Street and London Bridge and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.


Contacts: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk

Tel 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text.  

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

New testimonial for our Same day UK passport renewal

I would highly recommend Multi Travel Visas Ltd. They were outstanding in their service. I needed to renew a UK passport remotely from NYC, with a very tight deadline. They were clear with their information and always very helpful. I was able to send my forms via email to be pre approved before sending the documents to avoid any mistakes. I was kept fully informed and updated at every stage. it was a seamless operation and great service.” Kate

Contact us: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php

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.