Thursday, 30 November 2017

UK marriage visa advice for Meghan Markle and why The Daily Mail is wrong to claim she will become a British Citizen after 3 years.

We are delighted to hear the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement! The newspapers finally have something to write about other than Brexit, and this article in The Daily Mail has caught our attention today: A REAL American Princess: Meghan will still be a US citizen when she marries Harry after starting the three-year process to become a fully-fledged Briton

The article claims Meghan won’t become a British citizen automatically by having a British spouse  (correct !). Then they insist Meghan would become “a fully-fledged Briton in 3 years”.

Meghan is not a client of ours (but who knows after this post!), yet we are concerned about Meghan following this unqualified immigration advice by The Daily Mail (they are not even regulated by the OISC!). So, we have decided to write this post to offer the happy couple a free UK immigration law consultation (normally worth £150!).

Firstly, Meghan needs a UK Spouse visa , which will be for 2.5 years.  The couple have to meet the Financial  Requirement and show income of £18600. We are not aware of Prince Harry having a full-time job, so this may be a problem. Meghan’s employment by Suits won’t be taken into account by the Immigration Rules. Fortunately, the couple can instead show savings of £62500 between them.

If they end up overspending their savings on wedding (and THAT white coat can’t be cheap!), they could rely on third party support , such as the Queen or Prince Charles’. The downside of that option is Meghan and Harry would have to claim exceptional circumstances. Hmm, OK, maybe their case would be exceptional but then Meghan would be put in the 10-year Partner route and wait 10 years to become a Brit! (All without recourse to public funds, which may prove difficult with a palace to look after.)

Meghan can meet the English language requirement automatically by being an American citizen, although she may have to take A1 exam in “posh” English to understand her in-laws. And just as well, tests in Geordie, Scouse and other regional accents.

After all that hard work , Meghan could apply for extension of her visa for further 2.5 years. The good thing here is her own income can now be counted towards the £18600 Financial Requirement.  Or can be combined with Harry’s, if they need to add up to the threshold of £18600.

After 5 years - permanent residency application. Meghan would need to take a Life in the UK test. She’d need to seriously study the textbook, otherwise her answers on HER life in the UK may puzzle the computers.

Finally, after 5 years (and not 3!)  Meghan could apply for British Citizenship. She may struggle with the requirement of “absences from the UK” which are limited to certain number of days during the 5-year period. On the other hand, only full days outside the UK are counted, so all Meghan has to do is to make short foreign tours but frequently. A lot of jet-lag, but, Meghan, a British passport is worth it!

PS This post is a well-intended joke to cheer us all up during this festive time! Although the legal aspects are 100% accurate.




For individual advice or to make a real Spouse visa application (and to be treated like. Royal!) please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit: http://www.1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day!

1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. We operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.




Fast UK / British passport renewal for Christmas holidays! Submission within 2 working days. Renewal, replacement of lost passport, and a 2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers.

Multi Travel Visas, a prominent UK visa company in the City of London, can assist with renewing a UK passport using fast service at the Passport Office in London, with the authorisation from you as per the government requirements. We can usually submit passport applications within  2 working days.

We can also help if for some reason you are unable to apply yourself. If you don't have time to travel to a Passport Office yourself we can apply on your behalf (you don't have to come to London). If you are living/working abroad you can courier documents to our London office and we can submit them promptly for same-day service. This includes if your passport has run out of pages or if you need to renew not only yours but also/or your child's passport urgently.  Example: British expats living or working in the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.  

Passport renewal: we can renew your adult passport on same-day service or 1 week service, with applications submitted as soon as next 1 - 2 working days. You can also ask for a ‘Jumbo’ passport (48 pages instead of the standard 32), handy if you travel frequently outside the UK and your passport is full of stamps – it will take much longer for your passport to run out of pages. 

Replacement of a lost or stolen passport: we can submit promptly, as above, but replacements are only processed on 1 week service at the Passport Office. 

2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers: this is possible within the timing of normal urgent services, here your employer has to provide a letter confirming you have to travel frequently for work and you need a 2nd passport to travel while your 1st one is used to apply for visas.

Foreign travel visas: Russia (including invitations, ie visa support), China, India, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and others. If you have a British passport but work abroad we can still process a visa application here in London. For example, if you are working abroad far from a capital city in that country, and cannot go to the Embassies, then you could courier your documents to us and we’d submit to the Embassies in the UK.  

Contact us now: 0871 472 1468. Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply on the same working day! Web-site: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php  with the visa requirements and clients' feedbacks. Calls to 0871 number cost £0.10 per minute, emails are free.

Our office is based in the City of London, near Monument station. Also close Bank, Liverpool Street and London Bridge. Within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Travel visas to India, China, Saudi Arabia, other countries. Russian visas and invitations.

Multi Travel Visas Ltd is working with the various foreign Embassies and visa centres in London and can assist with a travel visa in the promptly manner.

CHINESE VISA: processing time 3 - 4 working days.

RUSSIAN VISA and INVITATION: business and tourist visas on next-day service or 1-week service. We have a Russian-speaking member of staff to process and read visa invitations. We also provide instant tourist vouchers (known as visa support or visa invitation).  

SAUDI ARABIAN VISA: turnaround 3 - 4 working days. We can also advise on the relevant invitations.

INDIAN VISA: Same-day business visa as well as a business or tourist visa within 1 week. Indian visa is valid for minimum of 6 months, so you can apply well in advance!

Contact us now: 0871 472 1468 or email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk . We reply emails promptly and always on the same working day! Calls to 0871 number cost £0.13 per minute plus your provider’s charge. Web-site: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk with the visa requirements and clients' testimonials.

Our office is based in the City of London near Monument tube station. Also close Bank, Liverpool Street and London Bridge. Within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

OISC Level 1 course, Saturday & Sunday 20th - 21st January 2018, 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:
  
20th - 21st January 2018 (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.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

10 weeks of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa tips – Week 8 – When to invest GBP 200,000? IS there a deadline, such as within 6 months, every year etc? Can I move from one business to another?

There are 2 aspects to take into account. On one hand, the Rules do not put a deadline other than within 3 years, ie during your initial visa period. There is no rule to invest equally in each year, or to invest by certain deadline after securing a visa etc.  Strictly speaking, it can be the last day before you submit your application for extension. In practice, we often see large sums (such as £100,000) invested in the last couple of months before the visa expiry date.

On the other hand, there is the notorious Genuine Entrepreneur Test – and this is where such last-minute investments can be questioned by the visa officers. The only way to deal with it to submit as much evidence of “genuineness” as possible. The more genuine it looks the better your chance to be granted a visa extension!

Can you move from one business to another? What if your first idea hasn't worked out or you did not get on with your business partners? 

Yes, you can be a part of several businesses, all at the same time or one at a time. It is OK if you changed your activity or changed company or working with different people. You still have to demonstrate that you have invested the total of GBP 200000 in one or several businesses in the UK. It doesn't have to be the whole sum in one business but has to be businesses of which you are a part as required by the Rules (such as a company director). 

In our practice, we deal with many various scenarios and we will be able to guide you based on your circumstances and using our extensive – and successful – experience!

To read more from the government:  https://www.gov.uk/tier-1-entrepreneur/extend-your-visa

Next week – Creating 2 jobs. Whom to employ, how much to pay?


For individual advice or to make an application please contact usinfo@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php  We respond emails on the same working day! 1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. we operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.

Friday, 24 November 2017

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

“Seamless experience in dealing with the team. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to get a visa application through first time.” Liam, 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.


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

Business plan is a compulsory requirement for initial Entrepreneur visa applications. 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 an 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, i.e. 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

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Another new 5-star Google review about our UK immigration services

“I have used 1st 4Immigration over the years to renew my Tier 1 visa and more recently to gain my Settlement status. Highly professional and would recommend.” Greg, Australian national

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.

Fast Schengen visa for Christmas holidays - often without biometrics

Multi Travel Visas, a prominent UK visa company in the City of London, can assist you with Schengen visas to Europe through France or Germany that allow travel to all of the Schengen area. French visas take only 4 working days for most nationals and as an accredited agency, Multi Travel Visas can provide appointments much earlier than public appointments.

You can apply as early as 3 months before date of travel.

If your Schengen visa stamp shows "VIS" and was issued after March 2016, it means that biometric data has already been collected. In such case, within a 5 year period, we can simply apply on your behalf without you having to go in person to a visa centre or a consulate.

We can submit French Business visa applications any day without appointments.

Contact us now: email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk, we reply on the same day! Website: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk with the visa requirements and clients' feedbacks. Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text (calls to 0871 number cost £0.10 per minute).

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

Fast UK / British passport renewal for Christmas holidays! Submission within 2 working days. Renewal, replacement of lost passport, and a 2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers.

Multi Travel Visas, a prominent UK visa company in the City of London, can assist with renewing a UK passport using fast service at the Passport Office in London, with the authorisation from you as per the government requirements. We can usually submit passport applications within  2 working days.

We can also help if for some reason you are unable to apply yourself. If you don't have time to travel to a Passport Office yourself we can apply on your behalf (you don't have to come to London). If you are living/working abroad you can courier documents to our London office and we can submit them promptly for same-day service. This includes if your passport has run out of pages or if you need to renew not only yours but also/or your child's passport urgently.  Example: British expats living or working in the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.  

Passport renewal: we can renew your adult passport on same-day service or 1 week service, with applications submitted as soon as next 1 - 2 working days. You can also ask for a ‘Jumbo’ passport (48 pages instead of the standard 32), handy if you travel frequently outside the UK and your passport is full of stamps – it will take much longer for your passport to run out of pages. 

Replacement of a lost or stolen passport: we can submit promptly, as above, but replacements are only processed on 1 week service at the Passport Office. 

2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers: this is possible within the timing of normal urgent services, here your employer has to provide a letter confirming you have to travel frequently for work and you need a 2nd passport to travel while your 1st one is used to apply for visas.

Foreign travel visas: Russia (including invitations, ie visa support), China, India, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and others. If you have a British passport but work abroad we can still process a visa application here in London. For example, if you are working abroad far from a capital city in that country, and cannot go to the Embassies, then you could courier your documents to us and we’d submit to the Embassies in the UK.  

Contact us now: 0871 472 1468. Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply on the same working day! Web-site: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php  with the visa requirements and clients' feedbacks. Calls to 0871 number cost £0.10 per minute, emails are free.

Our office is based in the City of London, near Monument station. Also close Bank, Liverpool Street and London Bridge. Within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

10 weeks of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa tips – Week 7 – How to invest GBP 200,000 and what to spend it on?

Once you have your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, it is actually just the beginning - now the real work begins. You have 3 years to invest the capital of GBP 200000.

The main thing here is to understand the difference between the following:

On one hand, there are practical day-to-day actions, such as transferring the money from your personal account (or your sponsor’s account) to your UK company’s account you are investing in. So, you transfer the funds to your UK company’s bank account, then you can use it to run your business, ie to spend on your business expenses.

What can you buy with this money? Generally, this is dictated by the tax rules, some expenses are allowable, some not. In short, you can spend it on the costs of running your business, ie things you need to buy to have your business going: stock / supplies, wages, rent of premises, marketing, business-related travel, website etc.

The visa rules go further: you cannot spend this money on buying a residential property in the UK or to pay yourself. You can still buy a property and you can pay yourself but not from £200,000 (you need extra funds for that).

We are often asked, can I buy a car or an office for my business? Yes, you can, if your business requires it.  Although there are tax rules on how you can offset thse costs against your company’s tax liability but the visa rules don’t prevent you from buying such things.

On the other hand, we have accounting rules on the investment. From the accountants’ point of view, the money doesn’t appear from nowhere – it either flows in the company as share capital or as a director’s loan. Director’s loan  a loan from you to your company because officially, your company is a separate entity from you. Either is acceptable for the visa purpose, but director’s loan tends to be more common and more straightforward.

To read more from the government:  https://www.gov.uk/tier-1-entrepreneur/extend-your-visa


For individual advice or to make an application please contact us info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php  We respond emails on the same working day! 1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. we operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.


Unsure about your UK visa options? Book advice session now!  

Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas,

Our advice session is often the 1
st step in the UK immigration visa process and is useful to assess your eligibility or to advise on the visa requirements. It applies to all types of applications: initial visa, switching, extension, permanent residency and British Citizenship.

We have two options: email and face-to-face at our office in the City of London. Convenient location - or convenience of email advice at home! We provide email consultation by the end of the next working day.

Whether you are approaching the end of your current visa expiry or not, it is never too early to have a consultation. You don’t have to be eligible to apply for a visa now, however, by having professional advice now you can benefit from knowing early on what to expect in the future. Many applicants find they should have started preparation in advance, such as keeping or ordering the bank statements. Self-employed people often find they have to prepare annual accounts or a tax return, even though the HMRC deadline is far away.

As always, our advice fee is counted towards our service fee, even if you are making an application months/years in the future.


To use this service please get in touch on info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Points-Based System training course Saturday 25th November: Tiers, Points, Dependants, qualifying for ILR. CPD 7 hours. City of London, from a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company.

We are offering an intensive Saturday course at our office in the City of London on 25th November 2017. 1st 4Immigration Ltd is a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, OISC, ref F200800152. We are also a recognised CPD provider and can be found on the OISC list of the training providers.

This course has a particular emphasis 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 an Indefinite Leave in these routes. It also covers (often forgotten in training) rules for family members of PBS migrants. You can earn 7 core CPD hours credit, subject to the successful completion of the test after the course. 

As a practising company, we are offering to share our experience to help you deal with the applications of Points-Based System migrants, their family members and ILR applications based on PBS categories. You can read Testimonials on our immigration cases here. Our tutors are our very own OISC-accredited practising immigration advisers who handle the real cases during the week and teach on weekends. You can read about them on the Tutors page.

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, a Questions & Answers session and a test to test your knowledge, 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!

You can book PBS training courses here (we have training almost every month):  http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/pbs-course.php

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.

Friday, 17 November 2017

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services


“Excellent service, will use them again definitely and l’ll recommend them to my friends too” Mohamed, Pakistani 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.

A new 5 star Google review from a British national after her husband got his Settlement visa using same day service

“My husband has recently been granted his ILR and we cannot thank 1st 4Immigration enough for their help and guidance over the last 5-6 years. We have used their services right from the very beginning of this process, from the first visa issued to renewals and right up to the ILR application, and have also recommended the firm to friends of ours. They are very professional, very thorough, provide value for money and Natalia Andrews and her team are excellent.” Sara, British national who applied for her husband’s Settlement visa using same day service through us

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 November 2017

Children born in the UK: do they need a visa? Or do they become British Citizens?

Our most popular post ever! 
A child born in the UK does NOT automatically become British (unlike America). Instead, it depends on child's parents status on the date of birth.

1) If child's parent (one or both) is British, then the child will be a British citizen too.


2) If child's parent (one or both) is not British but has permanent residency in the UK, ie holds Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent Residency under European law, then the child will be British also (even if both parents aren't British).

In case of European citizen parents, it doesn’t need to be a formal PR document on the child’s birth date, it is sufficient to have qualified for it and apply later.  

3) If the child's parents are both not permanent residents and hold visas, such as Tier 1, Tier 2 etc, then the child will NOT be British, even though it was born in the UK. In such a case a child can be given a dependent visa on his/her parents’. This can be done as a separate application, though it's not compulsory and can be done instead at the time of parents' next application, such as at the time of Tier 1 extension.

3.1) Once child's parent (one or both) secured ILR, the child can be registered as British straight away, even before parent(s) qualify for Citizenship themselves.

3.2) Does the child need to be included in the ILR application? Costing another expensive government fee? The answer is No. Once at least one parent has ILR, the child can be registered as British.

4) What is the difference between 'will be British' and 'not British but can be registered as British'?

In points 1) and 2) the child 'will be British' from birth meaning parents can just apply for his/her UK passport, ie for a passport book: https://www.gov.uk/get-a-child-passport

In point 3) the child will need to be registered as British first meaning submitting a Registration application to the authorities, to a visa application process, paying a fee, waiting for a decision. Once decision has been made - and decision is positive - parents can apply for the actual passport.

For individual advice or to make an application please contact us info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php  We respond emails on the same working day! 1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. we operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.

European and worried about Brexit? Apply now to have a British passport by March 2019.

The UK Government is working hard to reassure the European citizens in the UK about their rights after Brexit, the latest Statement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know

One main point there, and something our audience often point out, that there is no need to apply for residency now (such as for a document certifying permanent residence in the UK under the EU law), as there will be a new system after Brexit. A new system to register EU / EEA nationals and bring them in line with the post-Brexit rules, ie transfer their rights onto the UK national law.

We have been advising to make an application for permanent residence because you could then make an application to become a British Citizen. Once you are British, it won’t matter what the new system will be. – you will be “safe” anyway. The cost of permanent residence application is currently only £65 in governent fees, the amount is still dictated/capped by the EU authorities. Come Brexit, the UK Government will be able to set up its own fees as they please. The Statement on the link above says they promise it would be no more that the cost of a British passport but they don’t specify how much a passport will cost by then!

(The application to become British is a separate thing, ie the next step after permanent residency application. Here the cost is just over £1,200 for everybody, European or not, and it is unlikely to go down.)

Here we assume you wish to become British and dual nationality is not going to cause you any issues with your home country. While the UK allows dual or multiple nationalities, your home country may have its own rules on that, so if they don’t allow it, you have to make a choice.  

If dual nationality is not something your country allows (or if you simply don’t want to have a UK passport),  then you would need some immigration document to reside in the UK after Brexit. You have a choice to apply now and then register under the new system (which should be easier and quicker if you already have a document under the current system) or to wait and do it once under the new system. The choice is yours!


For individual advice or to make an application please contact us info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php  We respond emails on the same working day! 1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. we operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.

Unmarried Partner Visa - why so difficult?

This is one of the most popular enquiries in our practice. Yet the number of enquiries that we advise to progress to an application is fairly low - but that number is successful in securing a visa with our assistance. The remaining clients are advised to get married and apply for either a Spouse or a FiancĂ©e visa, here is the page about comparison between them. 
Generally, with all applicants out there , this category does have a high number of refused (unsuccessful) visa applications because of the above reason - you have to qualify precisely for this category in order to be successful.

Why so?

Unmarried Partner visa is not a substitute for a Spouse or a Fiancé(e) visa. It has 2 criteria on the relationship:

Firstly , it is a visa for those who have lived together in a relationship akin to marriage for at least 2 years. Not dated, not visited each other, but actually lived together for minimum of 2 years. We often see couples who have lived together for, say, one year and dated for a year before that. This is unlikely to work!

Secondly, the couple has to be able to prove the above with he specified documents. Again, we often see couples who did live together but didn't have documents to prove it , such as if they happened to live in a country with a "cash economy " (often the case in the Philippines or Russia etc). Often all the household documents bear one partner's name only or the couple lived with the foreign partner's parents.

Whereas this visa category sounds attractive, it is important to qualify for the requirements. We have been working with this category for over 10 years and through our experience and expertise we know what works and what doesn't.

We would be able to guide you through our advice session and then the application. If we don't believe you qualify for this visa, we will advise on the alternatives.
We can help you make the right choice - book advice session with our experienced immigration lawyers on info@1st4immigration.com  You can also read Testimonials here.

If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training We have a weekend OISC Level 1 course every month, a Saturday Points-Based System course every month and we also have online training courses, including Online OISC Level 1 course and courses focusing on the British Citizenship and Spouse/Partner visas. All our training courses are CPD-accredited with CPD credit accepted by  OISC. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Another 5 star Google review about our UK visa services - Spouse visa extension of a Turkish wife of a British citizen

“Second time I'm applying with 1st 4immigration and I cannot be happier with their service. Will definitely apply for my ILR using their service again. Highly recommended!” Hatice, Turkish 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 all 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. 

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

“1st 4Immigration has very good and helpful team. It was my second extension on spouse visa and Mr. Jules had prepared my whole case as per the Home office requirements and he always gives reply whenever you email him and always keep you update with your case and Mr. Harpreet had guided me and my wife so well on the One day process( Premium service) about what and how this process works. At the end of my day I got positive result on my spouse visa extension. I strongly recommend to all my friends and family. THANK YOU very much 1st 4Immigration Team.” Vipul, Indian 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 all 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. 

Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course: study in your own time! And it's even better at reduced price of only £125+VAT! Including a mock Level 1 Assessment and real case studies from a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company. CPD 16 hours , accepted by the OISC.

Our ever popular Online OISC Level 1 course has just become even better - it is offered at the reduced price of only £125+VAT! You can download it to your computer and study in your own time. No need to travel to a classroom and you can start learning right now!
We are a practicing OISC-accredited immigration company, we have designed this training material to be of practical help for those who are preparing for OISC accreditation at Level 1 and for compulsory Level 1 Assessment. Or perhaps to those who are planning to open a UK immigration consultancy based overseas. It would also be of interest for practicing advisers and immigration lawyers as well as for community group advisers, council or Citizens Advice Bureau workers, volunteers etc.
This is not a boring coverage of the Immigration Rules! We tried to keep the language as simple and entertaining as possible. See the Contents and Extracts on our website!


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Here are 2 examples:

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

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.

The ‘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?