Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Maria Luisa will be OK, but not having had health insurance is indeed a common problem for European / EEA citizens applying for permanent residence status in the UK.

In this article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/30/spanish-uk-resident-fears-insurance-loophole-will-force-her-to-leave , a Spanish national, Maria Luisa, was worried whether she would qualify for permanent residence status in the UK (such applications are very popular at the moment due to the uncertainly over Brexit). She has been living in the UK for the past 16 years and is married to a British national.

According to this article, Maria Luisa was worried that she took some time off work, approximately a year, when she had a child and returned to work 4 years ago; she has been working since.

The main point here is that European / EEA citizens do not just get residency rights in the UK beyond the initial 3 months (as it is widely believed). Instead an EEA citizen is expected to be exercising Treaty rights, such as working. Those who are not working can be classed as “self-sufficient”, and this includes EEA nationals coming to the UK to study.  A self-sufficient EEA national is expected not to be the burden on the UK welfare and also not to be the burden on the NHS, hence the EEA Regulations require to have comprehensive sickness insurance. In pan language - private health insurance (with some exceptions, such as EHIC card can be accepted for students).

After 5 years of continues exercising Treaty rights, an EEA national can qualify for permanent residence, after which they don’t have to keep working or worrying about health insurance.

Maria Luisa calls this an obscure rule, not well-known amongst the EEA citizens, and she is right! This rule does not usually create a problem for an EEA citizen residing in the UK, but when it comes to an immigration application, everything is “by the Rules”. This is often the first time most EEA citizens hear about this.

Important! Health insurance is not required for EEA nationals who are genuinely working in the UK, in employment or self-employment. It is also not required for EEA citizens who are direct family members of an EEA citizen worker (EEA citizen excludes UK citizen for this purpose).

Health insurance only required for those who are not working (including students) and who are not family members as above.

In Maria Luisa’s case, she will be OK on this point (as she was correctly advised) because she had accumulated 5 years of continuous working during 2003 – 2009, ie before she had maternity leave.

It is, however, indeed a common problem for European women residing in the UK, particularly those whose spouse is not European. For example, a Spanish woman married to a Brazilian man. If an EEA woman leaves her job to have a child, her non-European husband continues working and supporting his family, yet it would not work for an immigration application! The European wife would be considered “self-sufficient” and would need to show health insurance for the whole family. Strictly speaking, this would be a condition of the non-EEA husband working legally in the UK because his rights to live and work here depend on his Spanish wife exercising Treaty rights!

For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit our website www.1st4immigration.com . We also have a post for EEA national students, who needs insurance and who can be exempt: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/do-all-eea-nationals-student-need.html

Monday, 27 February 2017

5 star Google review about our classroom OISC Level 1 training course

“I attended the two days weekend OISC Level 1 training, it was conducted very professionally and as promised the content was simplified and easy to understand. The course was well structured and well organised and the trainer went through the content at a steady pace with room for questions. Daniel, our trainer made us all feel completely at ease to ask any questions, however basic or silly they seemed. The facilities at the venue are great and you even get a lunch voucher on the first day. Notes are provided so you can study them before and/or after the course. I enjoyed my training and left happy and satisfied with no cause for complaint. I look forward to further training with 1st 4immigration.” Saima

1st 4immigration provides 2 days OISC Level 1 training course at our office in the City of London. This is a classroom course delivered by our OISC registered immigration adviser, who deal with UK immigration applications on a daily basis. This course is accredited by the OISC and after successful completion of mock assessment, attendees can get 10 CPD hours. 

For more information, please click on this link - http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/classroom-oisc-level-1-course.php . We also provide training courses on points based system and there is a range of online courses available on our website. 


And now advice for the 2nd couple who sold their UK property and kept the proceeds in the bank for 6 months. The thing is: they didn’t have to wait for 6 months after the sale!

The couple said in the article they even had to move to Australia for 6 months while waiting for the cash to “spend” 6 months on a bank account. The Guardian article on Supreme Court ruling for spouses of UK citizens is here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/22/supreme-court-spouse-rule-in-one-word-we-are-devastated
 
 
We had already explained a solution for the 1st couple (Brazilian / British where the British husband was struggling to find a job in the UK while still living in Brazil): http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/the-guardian-article-on-supreme-court.html
 
Here is our general advice to the 2nd couple mentioned there, with the husband being from Australia.   
 
Based on the article, it appears The couple used the Savings option. It is well-known that one mist keep amount of £62,500 (or equivalent) in the bank for 6 months, with the balance not falling below this even by £1 even for 1 day. It is also relatively known that a property can be sold and net proceeds can be used to meet the Savings requirement. It seems this is what this couple did.
 
What is less known is there is no need to wait for 6 months after the sale of property. The 6 months period in question can be a combination of property ownership and money being kept in the bank. For example, 5 months and 29 days owning a property plus 1 day “cash in the bank”.
 
Furthermore, if it is an extension application, the foreign spouse can apply for a visa using same-day service, thus minimising the time the couple have to spend without a home (in this case the couple mentioned they had to move to Australia for 6 months). Worse, Andrew’s previous Spouse visa had run out during those 6 months, meaning he broke “his” continuous residency in the UK and would have to start “his” 5 years of residency in the UK all over again, meaning an extra visa extension, extra fee etc.
 

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 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.

The Guardian article on Supreme Court ruling for spouses of UK citizens: our advice to the 1st couple featured there: moving together from Brazil but British husband can’t find a job in the UK beforehand.

Following last week’s decision by Supreme Court to back the income requirement of £18,600 for a Spouse / Partner /FiancĂ©e visa, The Guardian followed up with 2 examples of how 2 couples were affected: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/22/supreme-court-spouse-rule-in-one-word-we-are-devastated

Here is our general advice to them. It may not be exactly the magic solution but it would allow them to achieve their goal.

From the immigration law professional point of view, our advice to the 1st couple (Brazilian / British) is for the British husband to come to the UK on his own, find employment paying min £18,600 per year, work for 6 months and then sponsor Monica for a Spouse visa (Monica could come as a visitor during those 6 months before returning to Brazil to apply for a "proper" Spouse visa). This can be any job, or can be more than one job if the salary from the 1st job isn't high enough. Once Monica has her Spouse visa, Martin could quit that job (if he wishes so), Monica could come to the UK and work in her field of IT, probably earning well over £18,600 pa. Spouse visa allows to work in the UK. At the next visa stage - extension after 2.5 years - Monica could use her  UK employment income to meet the £18,600 requirement.  

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 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.
 

Supreme Court backs the rule to have income of £18,600 for spouses and partners of UK citizens. But asks for more flexibility to apply it, which may put more spouses/partners into the 10-year route.

The story of the minimum income for a Spouse/Partner visa is very much alive even almost 5 years since it was introduced in July 2012. Last week’s decision of Supreme Court to back the threshold of £18,600 was widely reported in the press, such as in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4248506/Supreme-Court-throws-foreign-spouses-case.html or The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/22/supreme-court-backs-minimum-income-rule-for-non-european-spouses or The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/22/supreme-court-ruling-due-challenge-foreign-spouse-income-limit2/  

We are waiting to see how the policy guidance is going to be changed by the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration). The threshold, in principle, remains are £18,600 for a spouse/partner, more if children are also applying for a visa. On the other hand, as they say “The devil is in detail”, it will be all about how it is applied.

Generally, it is moving towards the following compromise: if the couple have a British child, the foreign spouse will almost likely to be excepted from the Financial Requirement but put into the 10-year route. It means he/she would have a UK visa but would have to spend 10 years in the UK to qualify for permanent residence. Those who meet all the requirements, including the financial, are put into the standard 5-year route and would qualify for permanent residence twice sooner – after 5 years in the UK. Those without children are unlikely to be excepted, so would have to consider finding the ways to meet it (or to produce a child!)

It is also worth reminding that those on disability benefits continue to be exempt from the income threshold.

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 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, 20 February 2017

New 5 star Google review about our UK visa services - Tier 2 visa for an Indian national and his dependants

“I have used 1st 4Immigration and its sister firm MultiTravelVisas on multiple occasions over the last 8 years for visa requirements for me and my family. Professional service, comprehensive advice, courteous team and competitive fees. I will continue to use them for future requirements.” Manish, Indian national 

In this interesting case the client was switching from Tier 1 General to Tier 2 General. Why? Why would one be switching from a visa that allows to work for anyone in the UK (including for yourself) to a visa that ties him to the employer (Tier 2 sponsor)? The answer is the client couldn't qualify for ILR in Tier 1 General route before April 2018 because he spent too much time outside the UK, so had to find another category to allow him to reach ILR. He could now combine time spent on Tier 1 General visas with time spent on Tier 2 General and apply for ILR in due course in the future.

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, 17 February 2017

New 5 star Google review about our UK visa services - Spouse visa extension of a Russian wife of a British citizen.

“My spouse visa was recently up for renewal. I had used 1st Immigration for my first application and had had a good experience so decided to use their services again. As before, they provided an excellent service, answering all my queries quickly and courteously, and assisting in correcting an error the Visa centre had made with my previous visa. My visa application renewal was successful and I have no hesitation in recommending their services to prospective clients.” Nadya, Russian national

In this case we were submitting a Spouse visa extension application, i.e. the 2nd visa after the first 2.5 years in this category. We used same-day service and it went well on the day!

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.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Do all EEA national students need comprehensive sickness insurance? Are there any exceptions? How can I prove I had it when applying for permanent residence?

Most EEA nationals, who come in the UK to study, are not aware about the fact they are supposed to have comprehensive sickness insurance. It doesn’t affect their day-to-day life here until they apply for permanent residence (has been a popular immigration application since the Brexit vote in June 2016).

Who is exempt?

The one and only exemption is for the EEA citizens who were issued with a Registration Certificate to confirm their status as a student before 20 June 2011. It could have been a standard certificate based on the fact one was studying. It could have been a Yellow Card for Romanian/Bulgarian students. The date of 20 June 2011 is significant because this is when this rule (of having sickness insurance) was implemented for EEA students. Controversially, and many would say unfairly, it was applied retrospectively to all EEA students even for the time they spent in the UK, studying, before 20 June 2011 when insurance was not even required. So, those who did apply and had their student’s status confirmed before 20 June 2011 can now claim exemption when applying for permanent residence under European / EEA law. This is a simplified way of explaining it, for an individual advice please contact us for a formal consultation.

How to prove you had insurance?

The 2 most common ways are:

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by your EEA country, which was valid during the time of your studies.  

Private health insurance covering you for medical treatment in the UK, so you would not become a burden on the NHS. This can be from a UK-based insurance company, such as BUPA or AXA, or can be from a foreign company as long as it is valid for private treatment in the UK. Important! Travel insurance (ie holiday insurance) is NOT acceptable for this purpose.

For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit our website www.1st4immigration.com , or read testimonials on  http://www.1st4immigration.com/testimonials.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. 

Can I apply for a UK Spouse visa from any country or do I have to apply from the country of my nationality? Can I travel to France (Spain etc) and apply from there?

We are often asked this question, especially by those who do not wish to leave the UK for too long and be apart from their British spouse. Here we are covering a situation where a foreign spouse is in the UK in the capacity of a visitor (on a visitor visa or just with an airport stamp for 6 months). Also, a situation where the couple are travelling and are looking to apply for a Spouse visa at the end of their travel, say in Spain.
 
(Here we are not covering a situation where a foreign spouse is in the UK on a visa like Tier 4 student, this is a different matter).
 
 
So, to start with, visitors cannot switch to a Spouse status inside the UK. Instead they have to apply from outside the UK, but where? Such an application must be made either in the country of your nationality or in the country where you have a valid resident-type visa, such as a work visa or permanent visa or a family visa etc (but NOT a visitor status). For example, if you are Australian, travelling around Europe for pleasure, you have to return to Australia and apply for a Spouse visa from there. If you are Australian with a work (or work dependant) visa in Dubai, you can apply in Dubai.
 
The good news is that there is a faster service now available in almost every country, where for extra government fee your application can be considered within approx 3 weeks, as opposed to the standard 3 months.
 
 
For an individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit our website www.1st4immigration.com , or read testimonials on  http://www.1st4immigration.com/testimonials.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.  

Another lovely 5 star Google review about our French Schengen visa services

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Sebastian and Multi Travel Visas for their help in obtaining a Schengen visa from the French Embassy. I contacted many agencies but was turned away with one saying that "no one could help me and that there's no way I'd get a visa". Well, Sebastian and his colleagues have proved them wrong and I got a 2 year multi entry visa from the French Embassy in 2 working days (visa issued in 1 working day, received it in the post on the 2nd day)! Needless to say, I am extremely satisfied with their service and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who needs help with Schengen visas. Thank you again, Sebastian!” Nina, Chinese national

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:

French Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php



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, 14 February 2017

A new 5 star Google review about our French Schengen visa services

Very efficient and good service! Would use them again!Demi, Chinese national 

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:

French Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php



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, 7 February 2017

New 5 star Google review about our UK visa services - Spouse visa extension of an Iraqi husband of a British citizen.

“Really good service and I would recommend their service to anyone preparing for Visa.” Saif, Iraqi national

In this case we were submitting a Spouse visa extension application , ie the 2nd visa after the first 2.5 years in this category. We used same-day service and it went well on the day!

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.

Monday, 6 February 2017

(Updated) 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. This new rules, having to prove A2 level, applies to those whose current Spouse / Partner visa expires from 1 May 2017 onwards – even if applying for extension before that!  You can read more on this here in the earlier post: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/new-a2-english-language-requirement.html

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.  

New A2 English language requirement from May 2017 for spouses and partners of British citizens applying for a visa extension – read this if YOUR VISA EXPIRES in May 2017 or later!

The new requirement for spouses and partners of British citizens to prove the higher, A2, level of English when applying for a visa extension in this category has been known for a while. What makes it interesting is the way it will be implemented.

Unusually, the Rules were changed in the way to prevent the migrants rushing to extend their Spouse/Partner visas before the changes have been implemented. Traditionally, the new Rules affect those who make an application after the changes. Just as traditionally, people usually rush to make an application before the changes – to benefit from the old Rules.

In this case, however, the changes affect those spouses / partners, whose initial Spouse/Partner visas expire from 1 May 2017 onwardseven if they are making an application before 1 May 2017!

We also have a post, describing all levels of English exams and when each level is needed for a Spouse / Partner visa: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/updated-english-language-for-spouses-of.html

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 Although this post dates back to 2013, the confusion remains the same to this date.

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.  

One of our most popular posts (and most commonly asked questions): What is the difference between 5-year route and 10-year route as a Spouse or Parent of a UK citizen?

5 years and 10 years refer to the number of years a migrant needs to spend in the UK, in the given category, to qualify for permanent residency. So, in the 5-year route one needs 5 years and in the 10-year route twice more, ie 10 years. It means if you get a visa in this route, you'd need 5 or 10 years respectively from the date of the first visa. It does not relate to the number of years preceding to the first application in this route.

When does each of them apply?

5-year route is for a migrant who is applying as a Spouse/Partner, or as a Parent, of a UK citizen under the Appendix FM and who is able to meet all the requirements. This is also known as application “within the Rules”. It means one can meet all the requirements, be it applying at the right place (ie switching from another category when it is allowed), meeting the Financial or English language requirements or otherwise.  

10-year route applies to the applications under FLR(FP) category, as a Spouse/Partner or a Parent, and are claiming (or asking) to be considered under the Exception paragraph EX. These applications are discretionary because the applicant usually can’t meet one or more of the requirements, such as the Financial Requirement. The benefit is that this route allows to avoid meeting some of the Rules (subject to conditions and the exceptional or compassionate circumstances). The downside is requiring the applicant to spend twice more time in the UK to qualify for permanent residency.

5-year route means 2 applications, 2 sets of fees, 2 visas, each for 2.5 years.

10-year route means 4 applications, 4 sets of fees (unless the applicant can prove he/she is destitute), 4 visas, each for 2.5 years.

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

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

 

Friday, 3 February 2017

Do I need 50,000 or 200,000 British Pounds to apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa for the UK?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to a UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. There seems to be confusion over how much one needs. If you could apply with GBP 50,000 why would you be worried about 200,000? Here is our clarification.

The main amount is £200,000 (200 000 British Pounds), which can be your own money (visa applicant’s own money), can be given to you by your family or unrelated sponsor, or can be loaned to you or your business by a bank.

In some limited cases it is possible to apply with “only” £50,000 but only if the funds are from the following sources (the list is exhaustive):

·         UK-based Venture Capital firm.

·         Government Department.

·         UK Seed Funding Competitions.

·         You are switching from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa with any source of funding.

If you have a Tier 4 Student visa you would normally have to apply for an Entrepreneur visa outside the UK, even if your Tier 4 visa is still valid. The only exception, when you can switch in-country, is if you have £50,000 from a Government Department or UK Seed Funding Competitions (but not from a venture capital fund, though you can still apply with £50k from them outside the UK). 

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

A new 5 star Google review about our French Schengen visa services

“Great and helpful service! I have used them more than once and application has gone smoothly every time.” Pieter, South African national

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:

French Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php



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.