Sunday, 24 December 2017


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

Saturday, 23 December 2017

News roundup December 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New 2018 Year!


We start our festive news roundup from the serious news and Brexit. The latest statement was released earlier in December 2017 from Prime Minister, Theresa May, reassuring the European citizens on their rights after Brexit. Not just immigration rights but also healthcare, pension etc. The Daily Mail published an open letter in their article ‘Dear EU citizens, I want you to STAY’ (quite rightly, we add): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5168239/Theresa-tells-EU-nationals-want-stay.html An official statement is here  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know
Next is a feel-good story about a British passport going “back to blue” after 2019. Or, as BBC put it. 'Iconic' blue British passport to return after Brexit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42443253 Looks like we will be saying goodbye to the current burgundy UK passports, although we quite like the colour!   
Technology news: UK Visas and Immigration, at least their family visas department, are planning to go paperless in 2018. How do we know? We were chosen by them (amongst approx. 50 firms) to take part in a survey to provide a feedback on the upcoming system. We are very honoured! It was a nice change to be on the other side and to have the Home Officials listening to us! We have a separate post on this here: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/uk-visas-and-immigration-plans-to-go.html
We have completed our popular series 10 Weeks of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa tips, if you missed it, you can start here: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/10-weeks-of-tier-1-entrepreneur-visa.html
Remember, Tier 2 minimum salary for ILR is going up to £35500 from 6 April 2018. The current level of £35000 will apply if you apply for ILR before that date. You can apply within 28 days before “your” 5 years. 
Just as well, if you apply early enough (for any visa) you could save on Home Office fees. We don’t know when it the annual increase is coming (and how much) but it happens every year by 6 April. In 2016 the Home Office gave only a 2 weeks’ notice and increased from mid-March. In 2017 they beat that “record”, increasing their fees from 6 April with a notice of just a few days!
If you are not concerned about the fees and considering the investment visas, such as Tier 1 Investor, perhaps you should hurry, as we had this interesting news on how ‘European Commission could get tougher on golden visas’: http://www.expatforum.com/european-union/european-commission-could-get-tougher-on-golden-visas.html
We started the new series of UK Spouse visa posts, “advising” Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. It’s fun to read and legally accurate!  Start reading here and it will keep you up-to-date until the May royal wedding: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/uk-marriage-visa-advice-for-meghan.html (Fingers crossed, Meghan may hire us for her visa application. We would have never advised to spend £56000 on THAT couture dress, it is almost the amount of Savings that could have met the Spouse visa Financial Requirement!)
We wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy 2018 New Year! May you sparkle like Markle, become as rich as Prince Harry and be as happy as the royal couple!
1st 4Immigration Ltd, an immigration law firm, based in the City of London and authorised by the OISC, ref F200800152. Website: www.1st4immigration.com

Friday, 22 December 2017

UK Visas and Immigration plans to go paperless in 2018. If it works, family visas – for spouses, partners, children etc – will be submitted online instead of the current paper forms and supporting documents.


How do we know? We, 1st 4Immigration Ltd,  were chosen by the UKVI to take part in a survey to provide a feedback on the upcoming system. We are very honoured!


As can be seen on the Home Office letter (pictured), we were selected as one of only approximately 50 firms in the whole country, following the request of the Home Office to the OISC. We had a visit from 2 Home Office officials in November 2017. What a great day and what a productive visit!
The officials informed us they had been trying hard to promote the online application process for in-country applications, such as FLR(M) for spouses and partners of UK citizens. The online applications have existed for entry clearance (when applying outside the UK) for many years now. Yet the in-country online application process has so far been relatively unknown and unused.
At the moment most FLR(M) and FLR(FP) applications are posted to the UKVI using a paper form with the original supporting documents enclosed. We were told that the UKVI were trying to go paperless in 2018 and accept all such applications online, using the electronic application form and asking to submit the supporting documents electronically. The details are still being worked on.
Important! These changes will only be procedural. The Immigration Rules, eligibility requirements (including Financial Requirement £18600) and casework/consideration remain the same, ie as vigorous as now.  
PS: It was nice to be on the other side for a change and to have the Home Officials listening to us!  

PPS: We didn't haver time to get used to that, though, because 2 weeks later we had an (unannounced but not unusual) compliance visit from the Tier 2 Sponsorship department and it was back to usual. We have such visits because we have our own Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence for our workers.  
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! If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training 

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.

Return of the Great British (blue) passport!


It is a great British festive story, although the colour is the only thing that is changing. For us, the migrants, the important thing is that so far the Rules for British Citizenship remain the same and if they are set to change – we will follow and adapt.
We at 1st 4Immigration come across the old UK passports now and then, most commonly when dealing with UKM applications. That’s to register a foreign citizen as British if they were born before 1983 to a British mother. We receive those old blue passports from all over the world (to be used as a part of the application to the Home Office).
Whichever colour it is, it is a Great British document to have!
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! If you are an Immigration Adviser or a Solicitor please visit our immigration Training and CPD website: www.1st4immigration.com/training 

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.

Thursday, 21 December 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. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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. 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Royal engagement: Meghan Markle faces trip abroad to apply for visa - according to The Times. We say “No, she doesn’t!”, she can switch to a Spouse visa while in the UK.

Another unqualified immigration advice from the press, this time from The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royal-engagement-meghan-markle-faces-trip-abroad-to-apply-for-visa-052bplp8x

On this blog we have been “advising” Meghan and Harry on the UK visa rules, so we couldn’t miss this article and let Meghan make an unnecessary trip abroad (with all that airport hassle during the spring bank holidays!)

Meghan CAN switch to a Spouse visa inside the UK after marrying her prince (literally). She can simply apply for a Fiancée visa now from the US or Canada, which allows switching to the Spouse status inside the UK. Can even be on same-day service like the one we use for our clients in Croydon.

If Meghan doesn’t take this advice and remains in the UK as a visitor, then yes, she would have to make a trip abroad to secure her Spouse visa, and we don’t envy her buying those expensive flight tickets during the World Cup!

We guess Meghan may already have a Fiancée visa, but just in case she wasn’t told about it, we created a simple comparison table on pros and cons of the Fiancée and Spouse visas. Or, if Meghan has this visa already, to ensure she’s made the right choice (of the visa, the man seems OK).

The full version of the comparison table can be found on our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/spouse-v-fiancee.php   Here are some main points:

A Fiancée visa is for 6 months without the right to work. It has the same Financial Requirement of £18600 and has the same expensive UK Government fee as the Spouse visa. Once married, it allows to obtain a Spouse visa inside the UK. No need to return to your country after the wedding.

A Spouse visa can be applied for from your country or switched to (while in the UK) from another appropriate visa category, such as a Tier 4 student visa (but not a visitor). It also has the Financial Requirement £18600. This option tends to be cheaper in terms of the Government fee as this route has fewer “visa steps”. The visa is for 2.5 years and allows working in the UK.




For individual advice or to make a real Spouse visa application (and to be treated like a 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.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

10 weeks of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa tips – Week 10 – Frequently Asked Questions and Compliance.

This is the last post in these popular series, and we will be also posting a summary of all posts later.   


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How much money do I need, GBP 200 000 or 50 000?
The main amount is 200 000 British Pounds. The 50 000 applications are only allowed if you have funds from specified sources. For example, from a UK Government department or UK-regulated venture capital fund. There are strict rules on this. We will be able to advise you in your individual case during advice session.

Can I apply in the UK or do I have to apply in my country?
You can only apply in the UK if you currently have a UK visa that allows to change your status while on the UK. If you don't, you have to apply from your country. Having said that , we can prepare your application In advance, so you would only need to leave the UK to submit your paperwork abroad and to wait for a decision, thus reducing your time abroad to the minimum possible. 

What is meant by "my own funds"?
Money that is held on a bank account in your own name. 

What if the money is on a bank account in my company's name in ... (country other than the UK, including an offshore jurisdiction)? 
This will be funds from the "third party ". Your company and you are separate legal entities, even if it is only you in that company. 

What if the money is on a bank account in my company's name and the company is in the UK?
Here it depends whether you are planning to invest the funds into this company or not (or to another UK company). If you are planning to use this company for your future UK business (that is the business used for the visa purpose), then this would be considered as money already invested. In plain language it means you won't be able to just provide bank statements showing the funds sat in your company's account.

What if the funds are in my parents' or another family member's name?
This will be considered as third party's funds. 

Can the third party just transfer the money to my account?
Yes, they can. You usually need to wait 90 days before applying for your visa - or still submit documents form the third party. 
Important ! In some cases it is beneficial to submit evidence of the source of funds anyway, even after 9 days. This falls under the Genuine Entrepreneur Test. We will advise you in your individual case based on our extensive and successful experience.

What if I haven't invested the money (usually GBP 200 000) and my visa expires soon?
You can still apply for extension as long as you invest the remaining amount before that. There is no time limit on when to invest the funds, as long as you invest it within the duration of your initial visa. For example, there is no rule to invest at equal intervals , such as X amount each year. On the other hand, it again comes down to the Genuine Entrepreneur Test, so the more "genuine" it looks like the better. We will be able to advise you in your individual case based on our extensive and successful experience.

What if I can't meet the extension requirements? Can I apply for another initial visa and start again?
Yes, you can, but only after being out of the country for 12 months, which means staring all over again "your" 5-year qualifying period for permanent residency. 
COMPLIANCE:
This is the service our company, 1st 4Immigration, offers to all Tier 1 clients, both Entrepreneurs and Investors. It includes guidance with all the hard work you have to do during the term of your visa. For example, during the 3 years between your initial application and extension; or between extension and ILR (or between further extensions). The purpose is to prevent you facing a problem at the end of your visa, ie when it’s time to apply for extension, but some of the conditions have not been met.
A common example would be not creating 2 jobs that lasted 12 months (often the jobs in question turn out to be for self-employed contractors or even for the fellow migrants). Yet the most common example is when a migrant has not invested the full GBP 200000 (or invested by attracting the capital from investors by offering them shares in the company). A client who uses our Compliance service would not have to face this in the last month or week of their visa – they would have the whole year!
PS: Just thought it would be good to make a separate post on Most Common Mistakes that Entrepreneur migrants cannot resist to make. Follow our blog and we will add it in the New Year of 2018!
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 our website, Advice sessions page.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

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

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Settlement visa for Meghan Markle: Spouse visa, Fiancée visa or maybe Marriage Visitor?

It appears Meghan is spoilt for choice! 

Visitor: many so called non-visa nationals , including Americans, can come to the UK for up to 6 months to visit and obtain entry stamp at the airport. This status doesn’t allow working in the UK. 

Marriage Visitor: a separate category under Visitors. This visa allows to get married in the UK with the view of leaving after 6 months (and not trying to apply for a settlement visa inside the UK). 

This visa is required for all non-EU nationals even Americans  A standard visitor status doesn’t allow to get married in the UK. For example , if Meghan arrives at Heathrow without any visa in her passport and says “I am here to marry Prince Harry”, strictly speaking, she could be denied entry and sent back. Well, the visa offices are probably used to hearing young ladies saying that and just laugh and waive them through. But with Meghan, it is for real!

Fiancée visa: this is a much better option for Meghan and we suspect she already has it! It allows to get married in the UK within 6 months. The couple are planing their ceremony in May 2018, so this would fit. Of course, Meghan would have to marry the same British "Sponsor" who was mentioned in her application, but we can't imagine her changing her mind about Harry.

It was reported the couple secretly got engaged in early November, which fits with the visa processing time from America. It usually takes up to 3 months but with an optional express service from the Home Office it can be reduced to 3 weeks:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/usa-apply-for-a-uk-visa/apply-for-a-uk-visa-in-the-usa

A Fiancée visa doesn’t allow working in the UK. (Meghan , we aren’t sure about your recent official engagement Harry and Meghan to make first official joint engagement in Nottingham  but we won’t tell anyone !) 

Spouse visa: Once married , Meghan can switch from a Fiancée to a Spouse status. This can be done on same-day service , such as the one at the Croydon facility we work with. 


This is when Meghan can finally start counting “her” qualifying period for the purpose of permanent residency and British Citizenship! 





For individual advice or to make a real Spouse visa application (and to be treated like a Royal!) please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com  or visit: http://www.1st4immigration.comWe 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.

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.

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!


If you prefer classroom training for only £250+VAT please visit: http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/classroom-oisc-level-1-course.php 

Read here about the benefits and why our course is different:http://www.1st4immigration.com/training/online-oisc-level-1-course-differences.php   



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?

Friday, 8 December 2017

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.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

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.