Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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?

Points - Based System training course: Tiers, Points, Dependants, qualifying for ILR. Saturday, 17th September 2016, from a practicing OISC-accredited immigration firm in the City of London.

The course focuses 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 Indefinite Leave in these routes. It also covers rules for family members of PBS migrants.

This is an intensive 1-day Saturday course at our office in the City of London. 1st 4Immigration Ltd is a practicing company, accredited by The OISC at the highest Level 3. PBS applications, as well as applications for PBS Dependants, are one of the main categories in our practice and we are sharing our practical experience with you!

TRAINING DATES:
Saturday, 17th September 2016 (10am - 6pm).  To book please visit this page:
http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/pbs-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 test. We keep our training as entertaining as possible!

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 7 core hours and will be awarded subject to successful completion of the multiple-choice test.

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 (£0.13 per minute plus your provider's access charge, emails are free). Website: www.1st4immigration.com/training.

Training for immigration lawyers, solicitors and advisers working under the OISC and SRA. Online and classroom courses.

1st 4Immigration Ltd is a City-based OISC-accredited immigration firm, practicing immigration caseworker at the highest Level 3. We offer to share our experience in the form of our popular online and classroom training courses.

Current immigration training courses (all were accredited for CPD and can be used under the new OISC CPD system): 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New successful case and testimonial on a visa extension for a Chinese spouse of a UK citizen. Financial Requirement was met using Savings, which were proceeds from property.

My wife and I and selected 1st 4Immigration’s express service for the extension of her UK Spouse Visa (Leave to remain). We had handled my wife’s first spouse visa application (Leave to Enter) ourselves and whilst it was successful and I am fairly confident and experienced in dealing with procedural and legal documentation, I felt strongly that I wanted a reliable and more caring source of information to help us with our application for her extension. One of the major causes of stress and concern during our first application was the level of ambiguity that we received from the outsourced overseas agency that handled our visa application and their unwillingness to provide any guidance when printed and website documentation was unclear. Dealing with 1st 4Immigration was an entirely different experience. All of our questions were answered clearly and quickly and I felt very strongly that there was genuine care in helping us. This is a unique experience amongst many service industries today and something that I believe is very valuable. I would definitely use their services again and I am happy to recommend them.”
This came from Warren, a British citizen whose wife was from China and had an initial Spouse visa issued there. Now it was time for extension. We used same-day service in Croydon and it all went well on the day!  The next step will be applying for permanent residency after 5 years on Partner visas in the UK.

In this case the Financial Requirement (£18,600) was different from most of the cases used for this purpose. Have you ever wondered whether “property” can be used for this purpose? We are often asked this question, usually related to the value of the property. The value of a property itself cannot be used for this purpose while rental income can be as long as it is a rental property (with a tenant paying you rent) and not your residence.

What can also be used is the sales proceed from a property. In this case it would be under Savings category, which requires amount of £62,500 (not £18,600) held for 6 months. In the past the property owner had to sell it, deposit the proceeds on a cash account, wait for 6 months and only then apply for a Spouse visa. Then the rules were changed and now it is possible to own a property, then sell, then put the money on a cash account and apply for a visa immediately, as long as the whole process, including owning the property, covers the last 6 months.
You can find more on the Financial Requirement here in the Immigration Rules: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-fm-se-family-members-specified-evidence

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 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.  

Monday, 11 July 2016

1st 4Immigration is mentioned in The Economist article on the subject of marriage of UK and EU citizens and Brexit.

We were contacted by a writer from The Economist, seeking advice on the immigration rules for spouses. European spouses of British citizens (on the matter of remaining in the UK after Brexit) as well as British spouses of European citizens (on the matter of Brits living in Europe).


As the article mentions, we indeed had an increased number of enquiries from the European citizens  following the Brexit result as well as their British (and non-European) spouses. The most popular enquiry is about becoming a British Citizen, so a status becomes protected, Brexit or not.

For our own Brexit article on our Blog, “Brexit – let’s not panic”, please visit http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.pt/2016/06/brexit-vote-lets-not-panic.html   

To seek advice or to make an immigration application to confirm your status, to apply for permanent residency or British Citizenship please contact us info@1st4immigration.com (we reply on the same working day), or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/eu-eea-citizens-visas.php
 

1st 4Immigration is mentioned in The Economis article on the subject of marriage of UK and EU citizens and Brexit.

We were contacted by a writer from The Economist, seeking advice on the immigration rules for spouses. European spouses of British citizens (on the matter of remaining in the UK after Brexit) as well as British spouses of European citizens (on the matter of Brits living in Europe).


As the article mentions, we indeed had an increased number of enquiries from the European citizens  following the Brexit result as well as their British (and non-European) spouses. The most popular enquiry is about becoming a British Citizen, so a status becomes protected, Brexit or not.

For our own Brexit article on our Blog, “Brexit – let’s not panic”, please visit http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.pt/2016/06/brexit-vote-lets-not-panic.html   

To seek advice or to make an immigration application to confirm your status, to apply for permanent residency or British Citizenship please contact us info@1st4immigration.com (we reply on the same working day), or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/eu-eea-citizens-visas.php
 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

New successful case and testimonial on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa application from Egypt for a team of 2 entrepreneurs plus dependants. Plus a business plan from us!

All of us are so happy. Successfully; We had our visas. Neil, we can't find the appropriate words to express how much we appreciate your efforts; you are an experienced, responsible, clever and respectable person. We don't know what to say except a lot of thanks to you. You and your excellent and cooperative team distinguish the 1st 4 immigration Ltd to be a very professional immigration office. Thank you so much for your great efforts. We found your support in all of our minor and major issues. You promised and you did it in a very short time.

You always assured us, and replied quickly to remove our worries by a strong eraser; that is your calming words. Your good behavior obligated us to trust you very much. We became sure that we are in safe hands. We had a great relief to know that any time we need help; for sure you will always be there. You were supportive, encouraging and pushing us forwards. We got confident that our business plan will be very powerful, and also that our application will be successful, and all this confidence came true.

When we read the business plan we said … what a marvelous business plan! You helped us a lot in the market research and in the business tiny details such as the licenses, premises, particularly contacts with real estate agents, and the local council, even you advised us about an accountant. In other words you filled every gap in the business plan … YOU WROTE A VERY POWERFUL BUSINESS PLAN.

Regarding the guidance of our ongoing application; you didn't leave any detail without  covering it and explaining it thoroughly to us. All the requirements for the visa application had a precise care from you. Really your efforts were beyond our expectations. We are so happy and for sure are appreciating.

Even after we had our visas successfully, you didn't leave us. You asked us to ensure that we travel in time, and that we should collect the BRP’s and register with the Police in time, and you sent us the details in case we need them. That is how to be a responsible person to the last moment of every responsibility. THANK YOU SO MUCH and see you soon in the UK.

Those very kind words came from Lilian, an Egyptian national. Lilian and her family applied for entry clearance in Egypt, together with another family member acting as an entrepreneurial team. There were 2 main applicants and one of them had a family as dependants.

Our company also helped to prepare a business plan, which is compulsory for Entrepreneur visa applications. Our client had their own physiotherapy and beauty business in Cairo and were planning to open a similar business in the UK.  

To read about our business plan writing service – by the immigration entrepreneurs – please visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/business-plan-writing.php

For an individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/tier-1-entrepeneur-visa.php

To read about our compliance service for the Entrepreneur and Investor visa holders, where for an annual fee we guide on what has to be done before the extension is due, please visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/compliance-services-for-entrepreneurs-investors.php

If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training . We provide online and classroom training which awards CPD hours and accepted by the OISC towards your annual CPD credit.  

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

OISC Level 1 course, Saturday & Sunday 23 - 24th July 2016 and 3 - 4th September 2016, City of London, from a practising OISC-accredited immigration company. CPD 10 hours accepted by the OISC.

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. 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:
  

23 - 24th July 
2016
03 - 04th September 2016

Our tutors are our very own OISC-accredited practicing immigration advisers who handle the real cases during the week.
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 aprinted 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.comPhone: 0871 472 1468 (£0.13 per minute plus your provider's access charge, 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?

Another brilliant testimonial for our Schengen visa services

"Hi Maggie, that's awesome news. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone at multi travel visas for your excellent, friendly and efficient service. I will recommend you without hesitation and look forward to dealing with you again next summer." Morgan, South African national

This came from Morgan who was issued a multi entry Schengen visa for 3 months by the German consulate. It is possible to obtain a German Schengen visa within 4-5 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 French and Portuguese Schengen visas.

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, 1 July 2016

A wonderful testimonial for our Schengen visa services

"Hi Magdalena, that’s fantastic news! Thank you so much to everyone in the team that helped me with such a last minute request. Your service was fantastic!" Mark, South African national

This came from Mark who was issued a multi entry Schengen visa for 3 years by the French consulate. 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.