Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Fast UK / British passport renewal! 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. 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Unmarried Partner Visa - why so difficult?

Unmarried Partner Visa 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 the 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.


1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. We operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise.

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. 


Sunday, 28 January 2018

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, 27 January 2018

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?


1st 4Immigration Ltd, authorised by the OISC, ref 200800152. We operate at the highest Level 3 of expertise.

Friday, 26 January 2018

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. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Indefinite Leave is not ‘indefinite’!

Certainly not as indefinite as most people think. This post is of vital importance to those who have secured an Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residency status) in the UK and who are thinking of relocating abroad or taking a job abroad. You will lose your ILR if you leave the UK for more than 2 years in a row and will have to start all over again in the future. Indefinite Leave can be lost, and many lose it, as a result of being away for more than 2 years, such as working in Australia, USA or the Middle East etc.

What’s the solution? First to apply for British Citizenship, then to go. Please note we say ‘to apply’ and not ‘to get’. In other words, assuming you meet the requirements and can provide the right documents (which we can advise on), your application for Citizenship is based on the time before the date of application, not after. So, you can apply and then take a job offer abroad because your absences will be counted up to the date of application, not the date of decision.

Once you have an approval, you could come back to the UK for a citizenship ceremony where you would be given a certificate. You become British with that certificate, not with a passport. Once you are a British citizen, you could leave the UK for as long as you wish without losing that status. Not to mention that with a British passport you will be able to work in any EU country!

PS Those applying for an ILR recently may have noticed that a biometric card (while saying Indefinite) is valid until 31.12.2024. This is not a mistake and the card will have to be renewed after 31.12.2024, meaning another application, another application, fee (but no need to qualify again like for the 1st ILR). Unless of course you become British by then.


For individual advice or to make an application 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.



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

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

OISC Level 1 course, Saturday & Sunday 17th - 18st February 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:
  
17-18 February 2018 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. 

Also, you can read Testimonials on our immigration cases here.

1st 4Immigration Ltd.

Address: 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.

Fast Schengen visa - 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.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

What’s next after Tier 4 visa - why is it easier for employers to sponsor students for a Tier 2 visa?

Last time we covered the levels of salaries that sponsors (employers) have to pay those migrants they are about to sponsor under Tier 2 sponsored visa to work for them in the UK.

In fact, Tier 4 migrants, ie students, make very attractive candidates for the employers to sponsor. Why? Here are a few benefits of being a Tier 4 visa holder switching to Tier 2.


Benefit #1: employers don’t have to advertise the job to settled workers before hiring a Tier 4 migrant. They still have to have a genuine vacancy, which you are qualified for, but there is no need to try and find a local worker first for 28 days. Particularly useful for generic non-specialist vacancies.  https://www.gov.uk/uk-visa-sponsorship-employers/job-suitability


Benefit #2:  employers can offer you a New Entrant level of salary. This level is lower and hence, makes them more willing to sponsor you.  They will have to increase your pay at the extension stage but after that, you may become an indispensable member of their team they may only be happy to do so!


Benefit #3: the minimum level of salary is still £20800 and not £30000 per annum. Although this is not a real minimum, it is an important difference. Normally, the minimum salary must be as on the Code of practice but the “blanket” minimum is now £30000 pa, whichever is higher (and the higher in most cases is £30k).  Students, however, can still be offered the old blanket minimum of £20800 pa or as on the Code of Practice, whichever is higher. Even if the “higher” is not necessarily £20800 (CoP salary is likely to be higher), however, the number of hours can be reduced (pro-rated) to correspond with the minimum £20800!

More on Tier 2 salaries on our previous post: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.ru/2018/01/whats-next-after-tier-4-student-visa.html


Benefit #4: Tier 4 migrants can switch to a Tier 2 visa inside the UK as soon as they have completed a degree course. They don’t have to return to their country and apply from there. This, in turn, means they don’t fall under the annual limit of places in Tier 2 (General) category and there is no limit on such switches. And as a bonus, they can switch using same-day service!


For individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit: http://www.1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day and have almost 100% success rate!

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.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Fast UK / British passport renewal! 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, 21 January 2018

One of our most popular posts - Top reasons permanent residence applications are rejected or refused


We thought it would make a good post for European / EEA citizens and their family members.The page offers a list of reasons, although they are quite generic, such as no signature on the form or no correct fee paid. So, we thought we would expand on the subject and add most common non-admin reasons, ie most common eligibility-related reasons.

In descending order:

#5 Students being unaware of the health insurance requirement, which was – unfairly and unusually – applied retrospectively. This rule was added in June 2011, yet it refers to those studying even before that.

#4 Believing (wrongly) that this application is based on the last 5 years, ie 5 years immediately prior to the date of application. It would have been the case with a PR application under the UK law, however, under the European law it can be any 5 consecutive years ending 30 April 2006. For example, November 2009 – November 2014. So, if you have doubts about last 5 years (maybe a break in work) but don’t provide evidence of working before that, it may lead to a refusal of what otherwise could have been a successful application.

#3 Applying too early for a family member’s PR. Very often we see, say, a Romanian couple where one spouse came to the UK and started working, then the other spouse joined, say, a year later. The 1st spouse can apply first but the other would have to wait for another year (or they can both wait and apply together – not a good plan at the moment with uncertainty over Brexit).

#2 Being unaware that the rights of residency in the UK cover the EEA citizens in the sense that it is their economic activities being examined during the PR application – and not those of the family members. For example, a Brazilian spouse of a Polish citizen is applying for a PR but the application would (fundamentally, not solely) be based on the Polish spouse’s work in the UK. It makes a big difference (and often “breaks” the deal) if the Polish spouse took time off work while the Brazilian one continues to work and provide for both of them (doesn’t matter if hadn’t claimed benefits etc).

#1 – “the winner” – confusing “5 years of residence” rule with the real rule of “5 years of residence in accordance with the EEA Regulations”. In simple terms it means 5 years of working, for example, and not just 5 years of being in the UK. Very often we have clients who had a long break between jobs (including for childbirth reasons) or breaks between studying and working etc.   

Our advice to the European citizens remains the same: apply to formally confirm your immigration status now!



For individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit: http://www.1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day and have almost 100% success rate!

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, 20 January 2018

What's next after Tier 4 Student Visa? Options.

If you currently have a UK Tier 4 Student visa, you must be wondering what to do after completing your course. We have a dedicated webpage on our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/whats-next-after-tier-4.php

Please note: below is only a simplified summary. For individual advice please book our Advice Session, which can be conducted over email or face-to-face at our office in the City of London.


Option 1: Tier 2 (General) sponsored work visa.

You need to be offered employment by a licensed Sponsor (employer) and a Certificate of Sponsorship. There is no need for the employer to advertise your job. Minimum skill level NQF6, minimum salary £20800 or as on the Code of Practice, whichever is higher. More on salaries on our post here: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.ru/2018/01/whats-next-after-tier-4-student-visa.html

The outcome is a visa for up to 3 years (can be longer but the rules will be stricter than above). You can only work for your sponsor. Same-day service – Yes, and this is something we regularly assist with!


Option 2: another Tier 4 Student visa.

You may wish to continue your studies in the UK, for which you’d need a new CAS. There has to be academic progression, such as from Bachelor to Master. Beware: there is an overall limit of the number of years you can spend studying in the UK. The new visa duration will be based on the duration of your new course. Same-day service – Yes, and again this is something we regularly assist with: http://www.1st4immigration.com/same-day-visa-premium-service.php


Option 3: Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). 

For those with entrepreneurial spirit and access to £200000 in funds which can be yours or can be provided by the family or unrelated sponsor/lender. You will have to start a new business or to join/buy an existing business in the UK. You will have to apply from outside the UK unless you have £50000 from the specified sources (a UK government department, for example). You also need a good business plan that covers Entrepreneur-specific requirement, such as creating jobs for the settled workers. The most important – and most overlooked - component in this category is “genuineness”, You have to genuinely intend to run a business in the UK. You have to look (on paper and at the interview) as reasonably able to do so.

Admittedly, this option is not for the faint-hearted! Fortunately, we have vast experience of successful applications and we also help with the business plans, using our own unique approach based on our immigration law practice. We also have our very own original series 10 Weeks of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa tips: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.ru/search/label/10%20weeks%20of%20UK%20Entrepreneur%20visa%20tips


Option 4: Spouse/Partner Visa.

A very popular route! You have to be married to a British citizen (or to someone with permanent residency status). You can also qualify as an unmarried partner if you have lived together for 2 years. There is a strict Financial Requirement (£18600) but if you meet it, you could switch while in the UK and then work without restrictions. Same-day service – Yes, and we assist with such applications on the daily basis! You can find more on our website, Spouse Visa page: http://www.1st4immigration.com/spouse-partner-visas-5-year-route.php)


Option 5: Visa as a family member of a European /EEA citizen. 

Similar to the previous option but based on the marriage or relationship with an EU/EEA citizen (but not a UK citizen). This option will be subject to Brexit but at the moment the Rules remain the same as before the Brexit vote. There is no strict Financial requirement but your European partner has to meet certain requirements. The outcome is a visa for 5 years and allows to work without restrictions. The downside in this otherwise very good option is postal submission (no same-day service) available) and may take up to 6 months. You can find more on our website, Family members of European EU/EEA citizens page: http://www.1st4immigration.com/family-members-visas.php


Option 6: Dependent visa. 

If your spouse/partner has a UK visa, such as Tier 2 or Tier 1, you can switch to a visa ”dependent” on theirs. Your visa will be for as long as the main visa holder’s. Same-day service – Yes!


Last but not least – Legal Residence of 10 years.

Here you can combine all UK visa types, as long as you can show 10 years of continuous legal residence. There are extensive rules on what constitutes “continuous” and “legal” and there are very strict rules on absences from the UK, but if you are able to satisfy them – you may be able to qualify for permanent residency! Same-day service – Yes!



For individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit: http://www.1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day and have almost 100% success rate!

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, 19 January 2018

10 Common Mistakes – Financial Requirement for UK Spouse visa - #2 Who has to meet it when both partners are relocating to the UK after living abroad?

This is one of the most common scenarios in our practice, which leads to one of the most common misunderstandings of the Immigration Rules.

A typical situation: both husband and wife are residing outside the UK, let’s say in the USA or Australia or the Philippines (all very common in our work).  At some point, they decide to come back to the UK for good. The foreign partner has to apply for a UK Spouse visa, which means meeting the Financial Requirement and £18600 threshold.

There is a lot of confusion on what kind of income can be used and who (which spouse) has to have that income. Getting it wrong leads to many visa refusals.

If you are trying to use savings or non-employment income (pension, rent from property etc), such income/savings can be originating from anywhere in the world and can be in the name of either spouse or in their joint names. For example, a husband may have savings in the USA and the wife – in the UK. One may have the pension from the UK, the other from Australia and both have savings in Australia or (as often happens) in an offshore jurisdiction like Jersey.

It gets tricky when you try to use employment income.

Firstly, when applying for an entry visa to come to the UK, only the British partner’s  income from overseas employment can be taken into account. The non-UK partner’s employment earnings won’t be relevant at all, even if he/she is the one with high earnings. This tends to be a particularly common mistake when a foreign partner is a man and the British partner is a woman who was a staying-at-home mother. It may have been perfect sense for the husband (who is a native in his country) to work full-time and provide for his family but it “crumbles” the whole visa case.

Secondly, the British partner needs a confirmed job offer in the UK. Again, the non-UK partner’s prospective employment won’t be counted, even if he/she is the one with skills in demand in the UK.

Here we usually advise to concede non-employment options, such as savings. Or for the British partner to come to the UK on their own, find employment that pays a salary of £18600, work for 6 months and then for the foreign partner to apply for a Spouse visa from their country. It may take 6 months longer than you planned but it will fir into the Rules (particularly, when a UK job offer is impossible to secure while abroad). There is no fast service in most countries which reduces processing time with the authorities to approx 3 weeks. Better to wait than apply and get a rejection (and lose money paid in fees)!

Self-employment income is accounted in yet another, different way. Here it depends whether the business operates as a company or as a “person” (called sole trader in the UK) and whether the business is based (registered) in the UK or overseas.

There many ways that Financial Requirement can be met and how it is applied to the visa applications. In fact, we have a 75-page official guidance on how to apply just that particular aspect of a Spouse visa application.

For individual advice or to make an application, please visit our website: Spouse Visa page or contact us: info@1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day.

We also have posts “advising” Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on her UK visa. It’s fun to read but legally accurate and the cover the same Rules as would apply to an ordinary  British-foreign couple, including the author of this blog, who had been through this process in 2003 and worked in immigration law since: https://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.ru/search/label/Meghan%20and%20Prince%20Harry%20on%20her%20UK%20Spouse%20visa

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, 18 January 2018

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!

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

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Following an article on Huffington Post from a JCWI CEO, we ask the unthinkable: What if Meghan Markle’s visa application is rejected by the Home Office?

You think it’s not possible? Yet it is. All it takes is a Home Office official making a mistake when applying their own complex UK Immigration Rules. Does it happen? Yes, and fairly often. Is it easy to put right even though it’s the mistake of the authorities’? It can be put right but it won’t be easy and quick.

We came across this interesting, very emotional article on Huffington Post: As Meghan Markle Chooses To Become A British Citizen I Just Wait For My Wife To Be Able To Come Home. Written by a Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), a most prominent organisation that campaigns for the foreign citizens - who come here legally and abide by the UK law - to be treated fairly. His own wife’s entry clearance application was refused by the Home Office, only for the officials to admit later they had made a mistake.

Mr Singh, the author, doesn't go into technical details why it was refused but the point is the Home Office later admitted they had made a mistake. He also adds that “42% of working British people cannot meet the financial requirements that qualify your right to marry a foreign national”.

We wish Mr Singh all the best and now moving on to Meghan Markle.

Jokes aside, with Prince Harry not having a full-time steady employment, he may not be able to meet the Financial Requirement “on paper”.  The couple would have to use other means, such as non-employment income and/or savings, but these other options often confuse the visa offices when applying their own rules. Particularly when it comes to using savings or investments held abroad, such as in American funds. (American customers are one of our most common category of clientele in the Spouse visa casework, so we know well there are many banks and many types of investments over there ).

Let’s imagine Meghan applies for a UK Spouse visa but her application is refused. What’s next?

Option 1: appeal. Appealing to the court, ie to an independent judge to keep the Home Office on the straight and narrow, may sound like a good idea. In fact, if the refusal is indeed clearly wrong, appealing is the only option without applying again (and paying fees again). The downside is such an appeal may take a year. In our practice, such appeals of ours rarely go beyond the first stage, resulting in the Home Office admitting quickly (within 2-3 months ) that they had made a mistake.

Option 2: fresh application. This means applying all over again, addressing the mistakes made in the refused application (if applicable). The upside - faster than appeal, can be just a matter of weeks or even days. The downside - you have to pay the government fees again. And if the first application was refused wrongly, you won’t get “justice” because the visa officers will only be examining the new application.

Examples from our practice of clearly wrong refusals (they echo reasons given in Mr Singh’s article): Home Office claiming not seeing the dividend vouchers which were clearly submitted and mentioned in the application. This is just an example, it can be any other documents.  Another example we had was a miscalculation of employment income of the British Spouse under Category B, income from variable earnings. Yet another example was confusing a self-employed person (sole trader) with a director of a limited company. Self-employment income, in general, is one of our best area of expertise at 1st 4Immigration and a subject we take great pleasure working with and - if needed- “arguing” about with the Home Office.

As a general rule, we advise to re-apply if the refusal was correct, which, unfortunately, is the case with most refusals (as painful as it sounds). But to appeal if the refusal was clearly wrong, such as in calculation of the Financial Requirement.

Option 3: changing your circumstances and then re-applying, usually after 6 months. A simple example would be for Harry securing a job with a salary £18600 pa, putting up with it for 6 months and then quitting it when Meghan gets her visa. He can be employed by the family “Firm”, as long as the organisation in question registers as an employer with HMRC. (Harry, you’ve heard this advice here first!)

Again jokes aside, this is often the only viable option for couples returning together to the UK after living abroad.


To read more about Spouse Visa please visit our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/spouse-partner-visas-5-year-route.php

We also launched a new original series 10 Common Mistakes - Financial Requirement for UK Spouse Visa.

For individual advice or to make a real Spouse visa application (and to be treated like a Royal!) please contact us: info@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.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

What’s next after Tier 4 Student visa? Tier 2 sponsored work visa salary level: £20800, £30000, £35000 or as in the Code of Practice?

This post covers most scenarios, whether you are a Tier 4 student trying to switch, switching a sponsor, applying for permanent residency etc. A Tier 2 sponsored work visa is a popular way for students to remain in the UK at the end of their course, we are providing this much needed (we feel) clarification: how much is the minimum salary in this category? If you found a sponsor (employer), how much should they offer you?

Your starting point should always be the Code of Practice, which is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work

Each occupation code says how much you should be offered. Beware of the catch – those salaries are based on the certain number of working hours. If your hours differ, your salary may need to be amended accordingly (but usually still subject to some minimum).

You will see New Entrant level and Experienced level. The Code of Practice explains when to use them. For example, Tier 4 migrants switching to Tier 2 can be offered New Entrant one (lower, but for the same reason more attractive to sponsors). Those who already have a Tier 2 General visa and applying to extend (or change to another Sponsor) fall under the Experienced level.

If you are eligible to apply as a New Entrant, your minimum salary must be as on your code but minimum £20800 – whichever is higher.

If you have to apply as an Experienced worker, the minimum as on the Code or £30000, again whichever is higher.

If you are applying for Indefinite Leave, the minimum is still as on the Code but also minimum £35000 – whichever is higher. From 6 April 2018, it is £35500 and then going up again every year.

If your salary is minimum £35000 (£35500 from April 2018), but your Code says it must be, say, £40000, then you must be earning £40000, even if your last COS was issued on the basis of £35000.

If you are a student and considering what’s next after Tier 4 visa, we have a webpage here: http://www.1st4immigration.com/whats-next-after-tier-4.php or we have the general homepage with the links to all subjects and blog posts: www.1st4immigration.com


For individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day and have almost 100% success rate!

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.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fast Schengen visa - 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.