Wednesday, 30 March 2016

New testimonial for our Same day UK passport renewal

"Dear Sebastian/Harpreet, I am writing to thank you very much, indeed, for the recent speedy, efficient and friendly processing of my UK passport renewal. It was most enjoyable meeting you both whilst I was in London, and I have already taken the opportunity of recommending your firm to my overseas friends and relatives. Once again,many thanks to you." Stephen

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

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Another wonderful testimonial for our French Schengen visa services

"I can't believe we got a multi entry visa. That's fantastic. I must say that we wouldn't have got the visa without your help and will recommend your service to our friends in the future." Tammy, who applied for her niece's Schengen visa

This came from Tammy, who applied for her niece's Schengen visa through us. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 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 a 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.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Business plan preparing for a UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa - from a firm of experienced Immigration Entrepreneurs!

It has been almost a year since a business plan was made compulsory on 6 April 2015.  As an OISC-accredited immigration firm, we have been dealing with the Entrepreneur visa applications for our clients for several years. Our experience allowed us to develop a unique 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 what a migrant will be required to do while holding this visa: investment of £200,000 and what they are going to spend it on. For example, paying yourself a salary is not counted, yet it is very common for clients to do this. We benefit from our successful casework experience and our clients' interviews - and we are offering to help you too!   

Another example will be including a plan of creating 2 jobs and that they will be for ‘settled’ people. Most standard internet- or accounting-based business plans we see do not mention this at all, yet it is a common question at a visa interview, so we think it is a good idea to include it.

We 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 officers. 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

Still not too late to claim OISC CPD credit with our online immigration training courses!

The current OISC year for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is about to finish on the 31st March 2016 but with our online courses you can still make it on time!

1st 4Immigration Ltd is an accredited CPD provider and can be found on the OISC list of CPD providers. 

Current CPD courses:
Online OISC LEVEL 1 course. CPD 16 core hours. Updated in March 2016 and includes the upcoming April 2016 changes of the Rules.


Spouse/Partner Visas - Case Studies and FAQs. CPD 6 core hours. Special reduced price!

The courses are offered by our company, 1st 4Immigration Ltd, which is a practicing immigration company, registered with The OISC and based in the City of London. CPD credit is awarded upon successful pass of the assessment, which will be provided after the course. Our courses are accredited by the CPD Standards Office and are therefore accepted by the OISC towards your annual CPD credit.

1st 4Immigration Ltd, OISC no F200800152, 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

We know Tier 2 sponsors have to advertise a job for 28 days before hiring a migrant but are there any exemptions? Yes, here they are...

Tier 2 sponsors would normally have to advertise a job if they wish to sponsor a migrant, a non-EEA citizen. This is known as Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT). However, there are a few exemptions.

Examples when employers don’t need to advertise the job:


-          the migrant is extending a Tier 2 General visa to work in the same occupation code for the same employer (but not changing an employer);

-          the job offered is on a Shortage occupation List;

-          the migrant is switching from a Tier 4 Student visa and has completed a degree in the UK;

-          the migrant is offered a salary of £155,300;

-          the migrant is being sponsored under the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) sub-category.

For an individual advice or to make an application please contact info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

 

 

 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tier 4 students switching to a Tier 2 sponsored work visa: does the job need to be advertised by the sponsor? Unlike expected, there is no change yet (and advertising is still not need).

Previously, we wrote (http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/whats-new-from-april-2016.html) that from April 2016 Tier 2 sponsors would have to advertise a job if they wish to sponsor a Tier 4 student visa holder to remain in the UK to work for them. This is known as Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT).

Today the Home Office confirmed the changes which would be implemented during 2016-2017 in the Tier 2 category. Those changes will be implemented beginning from autumn 2016.  This was in their response to two reviews of Tier 2 policy by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

Here we quote from the Home Office communication document: “We will not implement the MAC’s recommendations that students switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 should be included in the annual limit and be subject to the Resident Labour Market Test. We recognise the importance of maintaining our excellent offer for international students looking to undertake skilled work in the UK after their studies.”

At last, some good news for Tier 2 workers!

For an individual advice or to make an application please contact info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com

Friday, 18 March 2016

Another wonderful testimonial for our French Schengen visa services

"A big thank you to the Multi Travel Visas team.  Quick response times, professional and friendly service and a willingness to go the extra mile to help me with my insurance, meant I could go on my holiday.  I will definitely make use of your services again." Stencia, South African National


This came from Stencia, who applied for her French Schengen visas through us and was issued a multi entry visa for 5 years. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 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 a 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, 11 March 2016

New testimonial for our French Schengen visa service

"Hello Sebastian, That's the best news today. I can't thank you enough. I am so so grateful. Will use and recommend your services every time. Thank you so much." Lucy

This came from Lucy, who applied for her French Schengen visas through us. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 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 a 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, 10 March 2016

Another glowing testimonial on our French Schengen visa service

“From the initial contact to granting the Schengen visa, Multi Travel Visa delivered an impeccable service, with updates to ensure you are aware of progress at each stage.  I highly recommend you take advantage of their services which leaves you to focus on arranging your holiday!!” Tracy

This came from Tracy, who applied for her husband's French Schengen visas through us and he was issued a multi entry visa for 5 years. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 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 a 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.

New testimonial on our French Schengen visa service



“I have used this service several times now for various visas and both Harpreet and Sebastian have been extremely helpful, quick and efficient- despite my many questions and queries! I will continue to use this service and would highly recommend them!” Aneequa

This came from Aneequa, who has applied for several French Schengen visas for her employer's Nanny through us. It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 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 a 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.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

What’s new from April 2016?

The new tax year starts on 6 April 2016 in the UK and of course it means more changes to the Immigration Rules. We have all come to expect it, haven't we? Some of these were expected for years now, such as a Tier 2 salary £35,000 for ILR. Others are new and most of the changes are under the Points-Based System, which the government truly “cannot leave alone”.
 
Here is a short summary, for an individual advice please contact us for an advice session.
 
Tier 2 migrants applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residency) need to have a salary of at least £35,000. Important to remember that this is the minimum, so if your occupation code requires a higher salary then your employer needs to pay you that. For example, if your code requires a salary of £40,000, you have to be paid £40,000 and not £35,000.  In general, this applies to those who entered the Tier 2 route from 6 April 2011 and there are also further exceptions.
 
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which we widely call NHS surcharge, is to be applied to the nationals of Australia and New Zealand who are currently exempt from it. If you are an Antipodean – apply now to save money! The amount is £200 per year, £150 per year for those a[plying under Tier 4 or Tier 5 YMS (working holiday).
 
Please note that the Home Office fees don’t go up on 6 April this year. They go up on 18 March!
 
Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2: currently, Tier 2 sponsors are exempt from advertising a job if they wish to sponsor a Tier 4 migrant. This exemption will be removed, making it even more difficult to sponsor migrants. And that’s in addition to all the current hurdles which already restrict the employers a great deal. Plus there is a widely expected levy of approx £1,000 per year for an employer wishing to hire a foreign worker.
 
Absences from the UK when qualifying got Indefinite Leave to Remain. This change affects mainly Points-Based System migrants but we wait to see whether it also affects Ancestral visa holders. Currently, you can count the time between the date your visa was issued and the date you entered the UK as ‘residing in the UK’ as long as you entered within 90 days. From 6 April 2016 this period of time will be counted as an absence. The general limits of absences is not changing.
 
For an individual advice or to make your application through us as soon as possible, please contact info@1st4immigration.com or visit www.1st4immigration.com