Thursday, 27 April 2017

New UK government fees from 6 April 2017: just 2 days notice and of course the fees have become higher!

We are now well-used to the UK Government traditionally increasing visa, immigration and Citizenship fees each year in April, just as the new UK tax year starts on the 6th April 2017. Just as traditionally there is a rush to submit visa applications before the increase to benefit from the old (usually lower) fees.  This year the Government has revealed the new fees on the 4th April 2017, thus giving only a 2 days’ notice.

The main increase is for Indefinite Leave (Permanent Residence), up by £422 to the new fee of  £2,297 per person. Entry visa fee for a spouse of a UK citizen is up by £269 to £1,464; in-country Spouse visa or extension fee is up by £182 to £993. Same-day service surcharge (in-country applications) is up by £90 to £590. Priority service surcharge for a Spouse visa (applications outside the UK) is up by £101 to £501. British Citizenship fee is now £1,282. No changes to health surcharge amount and only small changes to Points-Based System and visitor visas.

For 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

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

BREXIT: what to do in these uncertain times?

The timeline of Brexit events so far has been both interesting and concerning for Europeans living in the UK as well as for Britons living in Europe.
 
Firstly, we had a vote in June 2016, voting to leave the EU. The UK Government then took almost a month to publish a statement on the immediate effects on status of EEA citizens, which can be found here (updated now since its first publication in July 2016). At the time it was, and still is, simply saying not to worry and everything remained as before for the time being - quite rightly and legally accurate.
 
Yet it is not the past or present that is on the people’s mind – it is the future!  
 
The Government triggered Article 50 (of the Lisbon Treaty) on 29th March 2017 and again published the reassuring statement just over a week later, again telling the EU/EEA citizens not to worry for the time being while the UK remained a full member during the upcoming 2 years. That statement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know . Interestingly, it used to be right at the top of the Homepage of UKVI website.
 
Even more interestingly, shortly after that the Prime Minister Theresa May announced a General Election on the 8th June 2017 – and the above statement was removed from the website. It now sits just as one of the News stories. Talk about uncertain times!
 
Whether it is going to be a “soft” or “hard” Brexit, here is what you can do now to be safe and sure.
 
Our advice to European nationals and their family members remains the same as it was last June: to make an immigration application to confirm your status in the UK as soon as possible. We advise so because you “can” apply for your peace of mind and because no one knows about the future, even as near future as 9th June 2017 (a day after the Elections).
 
Depending on how long you have lived in the UK, it can be a certificate to confirm your current status (such as a worker), permanent residence, or British Citizenship followed by a British passport. The UK allows dual nationality.
 
For individual advice or to make an application, book our Advice Session now! Contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit our website www.1st4immigration.com , or read testimonials on  http://www.1st4immigration.com/testimonials.php

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Another fantastic testimonial about our French Schengen visa services

"Thank you very much for your help, your service has been very professional, extremely fast, friendly, and efficient and you have patiently listened to my needs. Multi Travel Visas has made application of Schengen visa extremely simple. I will continue to use this service and would highly recommend them." Danny, Indonesian 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, 18 April 2017

The UK Government tells EU/EEA citizens not to worry as there will be no changes in their status. Now PM Theresa May announces the General Elections, which may (or may not) bring the big change! Our advice remains the same: apply for your EEA residency document NOW to secure your status in the UK to be safe and sure!

Just 11 days ago (on the 7th April 2017) the UK Government has finally published a statement called Status of EU nationals in the UK: what you need to know on the UK Visas and Immigration website. Quite rightly, the Government is saying the EEA citizens continue to acquire their residency rights under the EEA law for now, as the UK reins the part of the EU even during the period of Article 50 being triggered (for up to 2 years since 29th March 2017. Also quite rightly, the Government says the EEA citizens acquire their residency rights automatically from the law and don’t have to apply for a formal immigration document. Same applies to the direct family members (of any nationality) of EU/EEA citizens, such as spouse, children under 21 yo etc (but not unmarried partners and other extended family members).

Today (18th April 2017) Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that snap General Election were to be held on the 8th June 2017. Mrs May and her Party may well win it but how can we be sure? And how can we be sure that, in this ever-changing situation on Brexit, the current Government won’t change their mind if they win?

We at 1st 4Immigration advised to be safe and apply for a residency document since last June when the results of the Referendum had been announced. We still advise so today. It’s a changing world, no one knows for sure what will happen post-Brexit, and as they say “Better safe than sorry”.

Once again, we advise European nationals and their family members to make an immigration application to confirm their status in the UK as soon as possible. Depending on how long you have lived in the UK, it can be a certificate to confirm your status, permanent residency, or British Citizenship (followed by a British passport).

For 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
 

Monday, 10 April 2017

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

“AMAZING. I could not recommend enough! Worth every penny. Genuinely helpful and friendly service. Fast, easy and efficient. I would use again.” Candice, 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.

New testimonial about our UK services to get an EEA residence card as a family member of an EEA national

Hi Daniel, thank you for your hard work and efforts in securing my EU Dependant visa. I am therefore writing to give you the appreciation for all your consideration and professional advise for the past few months. Once again, thank you so much. Sylvia, Nigerian national

In this case the client was submitting an EEA residence card application as a family member of an EU national from within the UK, for 5 years in this category.

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. 

New 5 star Google review about our UK visa services - Spouse/Partner visa for a Chinese partner of a British citizen.

“I was pleased with the service provided by Daniel Metibemu of 1st 4Immigration. The process was much less stressful than making a DIY application, which I have done in the past. The result was my Chinese partner being granted leave to remain in the UK as my spouse/partner, despite us not being married.” Rod, British national

In this case the client was submitting a Spouse visa application from within the UK for his partner, for the first 2.5 years in this category.

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, 6 April 2017

New UK government fees from 6 April 2017: just 2 days notice and of course the fees have become higher!

We are now well-used to the UK Government traditionally increasing visa, immigration and Citizenship fees each year in April, just as the new UK tax year starts on the 6th April 2017. Just as traditionally there is a rush to submit visa applications before the increase to benefit from the old (usually lower) fees.  This year the Government has revealed the new fees on the 4th April 2017, thus giving only a 2 days’ notice.

The main increase is for Indefinite Leave (Permanent Residence), up by £422 to the new fee of  £2,297 per person. Entry visa fee for a spouse of a UK citizen is up by £269 to £1,464; in-country Spouse visa or extension fee is up by £182 to £993. Same-day service surcharge (in-country applications) is up by £90 to £590. Priority service surcharge for a Spouse visa (applications outside the UK) is up by £101 to £501. British Citizenship fee is now £1,282. No changes to health surcharge amount and only small changes to Points-Based System and visitor visas.

For 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.