Wednesday, 28 February 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.

Sunday, 25 February 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. 

Saturday, 24 February 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. 

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

"I was in a huge panic because I could only get a visa appointment the day before I was supposed to be flying to Geneva. As a South African living in the UK this can often be stressful and expensive. I found Multi Travel Visas and got attended to immediately. They were able to offer me an appointment for the very next day as they have a special relationship with the consulate (even after I tried other services who couldn't do this). Sebastian took my call, reassured me and was always available via email or phone supporting me through the entire application process. He told me what I needed to submit and completed a lot of the admin and forms which made things much easier. I managed to get a five year multiple entry visa from France, due to the suggested additional documents and motivational letter from Multi Travel Visas. I am exceptionally happy with the professionalism, efficiency and short turnaround time. I would highly recommend them!"
Kalliste applied for the French schengen visa through Multi Travel Visas


It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years.


Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:

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

German Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-germany.php

Portuguese Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-portugal.php

Fast UK passport renewal through the Passport Office in London: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php

Website homepage with all services: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Phone: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483
Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk  We reply on the same working day!

Or come to our office from 9am to 6pm (you don’t need an appointment): 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. We’re near Monument tube station, close toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.



Friday, 23 February 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

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Indefinite Leave to Remain, the term ‘Settlement’ and 2 confusing meanings of it.

There are 2 meanings of a term ‘Settlement’ when it comes to the UK visas. This is why it can be confusing to understand the Immigration Rules.

Meaning #1: Permanent Residency in the UK, known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). The Rules, the visa officers and therefore immigration lawyers often say “Apply for Settlement “ or “Apply to settle in the UK”, you can see here on UKVI website: https://www.gov.uk/settle-in-the-uk

Even ILR application forms have names like SET(M) or SET(O).

Meaning #2: when spouses, partners and fiancées are applying from outside the UK, such applications are also called ‘Settlement’. It does not mean these are applications for Permanent Residency but means that the applicant (a foreign partner) is planning to come to the UK with the view of settling here, ie ‘for settlement’.  There is no such term when switching from a Spouse/Partner visa inside the UK, for example, from a Tier 4 to a Spouse visa. Yes, this 2nd meaning of a ‘Settlement’ term is used for applications outside the UK.

If you had to apply for a Spouse/Partner visa from abroad, you had to complete an online visa application form on visa4uk website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa

You may remember having to choose option “Settlement” on the online system even though it was your very first visa - to enter the UK.

Here confusion is made worse when couples look for a lawyer in the country of application – and finding one who is only familiar with the applications from outside the UK (ie with only the latter type of a ‘Settlement’ application). In addition, such lawyers won’t be regulated by the OISC, a UK regulator. A particular individual may happen to be accredited by the OISC from the previous work in the UK or being a ‘branch’ of a British company, but their activity outside the UK won’t be regulated. This is because the OISC regulates only the UK-based businesses providing immigration advice, so a lawyer based in, say, the Philippines, won’t be regulated. Or rather will probably be regulated under the local rules, to advise on the Filipino law in our example, ie on the visas to live in the Philippines, which is completely the opposite to the purpose of getting a visa to live in the UK.

It’s worth remembering that the Rules are exactly the same for all non-EU nationals who are spouses/partners of British citizens (except some have to do a Tuberculosis Test). So, all the Rules are coming from the UK government and they are all the same whether your partner is from the USA or the Philippines, from Australia or Russia or Nigeria.

In fact, the applicants (or legal representatives) are now asked to forward the supporting documents to the UKVI facility in Sheffield, England.    That’s for what they call ‘Settlement” applications, in this example referring to Meaning #2.

We at 1st 4Immigration advise on such applications regardless of where the applicant is based. As the Rules are the same, we prepare the application, check all the documents and generally, guide throughout the process. In most cases, we forward the documents to Sheffield and liaise with the UKVI from then onwards.

Visit our website page on Spouse/Partner visa: entry (for settlement), switching from another category, extension and permanent residency (settlement ILR) http://www.1st4immigration.com/spouse-partner-visas-5-year-route.php

Indefinite Leave page: http://www.1st4immigration.com/settlement-indefinite-leave-visas.php


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.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

New five-star Google review about our Schengen visa services as a continuation of the previous post


Great experience, really quick when necessary, worth every penny. This came from Sergey who applied for Schengen visa through the French Consulate.


It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years.


Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:

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

German Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-germany.php

Portuguese Schengen visa: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-portugal.php

Fast UK passport renewal through the Passport Office in London: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php

Website homepage with all services: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483
Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk  We reply on the same working day!

Or come to our office from 9am to 6pm (you don’t need an appointment): 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. We’re near Monument tube station, close toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.

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, 20 February 2018

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

"Using this service was a great experience. Sebastian was very helpful along the way and gave me very clear instructions as to what documents were required and what format they needed to be in. My Schengen visa was processed in 4 business days by the French embassy, and I was really pleased to have received a 2yr multiple entry Schengen Visa (on previous attempts I only ever got 3 month or 6 month Schengen visas). Great service, would definitely recommend."  This came from Ardeshir who applied for Schengen visa through the French Consulate.

It is possible to obtain a French Schengen visa within 3-4 working days from the date of appointment for most nationals, such as South African, Thai, Filipino, Russian, Indian, Chinese and most others. We can also assist with the German and Portuguese Schengen visas.

The good thing about applying through French Embassy is that they tend to issuer longer, multiple-entry, visas. Although you have to go through a very stringent process of application, you may have a visa lasting for several years. 


Contact us at Multi Travel Visas:

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



Fast UK passport renewal through the Passport Office in London: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/same-day-british-passport-renewal.php

Website homepage with all services: http://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk

Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483
Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk  We reply on the same working day!

Or come to our office from 9am to 6pm (you don’t need an appointment): 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4N 7DZ. We’re near Monument tube station, close toBank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.

Monday, 19 February 2018

How long can a visitor stay in the UK? 6 months... but how is it calculated? 6 months in a year or from each entry?


This has been one of the most commonly asked question during our 10 years of practice, so this is an updated post. If you saw our old post from 2013, saying “6 months in each year” rule, it is now out of date and the current guidance is very different.

So, the updated rule on the date of this post (February 2018) is that 6 months stay starts from the date of each entry in the UK, ie from the airport stamp. You can come and go, and every time you come back “your” 6 months start again. If you aren’t required to have a visa stamp before travelling, you would get a stamp on arrival at the airport.

If you are a visa national (ie need to have a visa stamp before coming to the UK), your visitor visa has to be long enough, such as for 2, 5 or even 10 years. If your visa stamp is only for 6 months and you entered, say, 1 month after it was issued, you’d have only 5 months left to stay in the UK and you can actually extend your visa to give you that extra 1 month (will be expensive but doable).

Does it mean you can go to France for 1 day and come back and start 6 months again? Yes, in principle, but it would not be that simple. You can come and go and start 6 months every time but there is a rule saying it must not result in de-facto residency in the UK. In other words, with al this flexibility you can’t use a visitor visa to live in the UK. How is it determined? By a border control officer in each case individually. If you have many arrival stamps, you may be asked a question, if not this time but next time or time after that. The more you come and go the more it may look like you may be living here. It will be up to you to convince a visa officer that you are just visit and your main home remains abroad.

Does it help having a property in the UK? There is nothing stopping a visitor from buying a property here, there is no obligation to reside there and it does not make you a resident. It is up to an individual, s long as you don’t become a de facto resident on a visitor visa in the eyes of the visa officers.

 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.


10 Common Mistakes - Financial Requirement for UK Spouse Visa - #5 misunderstanding Category B (again) and waiting unnecessarily for 12 months.

For some reason, it is Category B that seems to be causing most of the problems we see applicants make.

If you changed your job and can’t apply under Category A because you haven’t worked for your new (ie current) employer for 6 months yet, you’d have to use Category B. The 1st part would be your current salary being £18600 per year.

The 2nd part is total earnings for the last 12 months in both current and previous jobs.  Or several previous jobs, as you can combine any number of jobs in the 12 months prior to the visa application.

The question is: do you actually have to have worked for the whole 12 months before applying? Or to wait for the whole 12 months if you didn’t work that long?

The answer is No - if you can meet the total £18600 in earnings in a shorter period than 12 months. Of course, you need a salary much higher than £18600!

For example, if you only worked for 5 months for Employer 1 and then for 1 month for the current Employer 2 but your salary has been, say, £40000, you would have earned £20000 in just 6 months and can apply under Category B! No need to wait for 12 months. No need to supply documents for the job(s) before these two employments. You still need to tick a Category B, not A, because you haven’t worked for your current employer for 6 months.

In our real case, we had a British spouse starting a job in the UK as a headmaster of a school on a salary of £200000 pa (after returning from abroad). We only needed 2 months worth of earnings to qualify! Didn’t need to use Category A and wait for 6 months. Didn’t need to add prior overseas earnings either to cover last 12 months.


All the posts of our original series 10 Common Mistakes - Financial Requirement for UK Spouse Visa see link

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.


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.

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.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Our most popular original series "Meghan and Prince Harry on her UK Spouse visa". It’s fun to read but legally accurate and the cover the same Rules as would apply to an ordinary British-foreign couple.



All the posts:

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

- How will Meghan Markle become a British citizen? After 3, 5 or 6 years , which is the right answer?

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

- 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. 

- UK Spouse visa Financial Requirement: how much savings do I need? It’s NOT £18600. It’s close to the cost of Meghan Markle’s couture engagement dress of £56000! 

- 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?


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 founder of our company, who had been through this process in 2003 and worked in immigration law since.

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.


Saturday, 17 February 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!

Friday, 16 February 2018

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

Our most popular post ever!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


For individual advice or to make an application please contact us info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php  We respond emails on the same working day!

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

Thursday, 15 February 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. 

Tuesday, 13 February 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

Monday, 12 February 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.

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.

Thursday, 8 February 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.

Wednesday, 7 February 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. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

10 Common Mistakes - Financial Requirement for UK Spouse Visa - #4 miscalculating earnings under Category B, working for the current employer for under 6 months.

It may seem like a straightforward category but there are so many visa refusals out there because if these miscalculations!

How to calculate can be found on Appendix FM-SE of the Immigration Rules (although you may need a PhD just to read it 😟)

Category B, this is where you haven’t worked for the current UK employer for the past 6 months: here we have 2 Requirements.

Firstly, your current job has to be paying you a salary of £18600. Even if this job started only started now.

Secondly, the total amount you have actually earned in the 12 months prior to the date of the visa application. The total has to be £18600.

Mistake 1: meeting the 2nd requirement but ignoring the 1st one. You will be amazed how many applicants- and immigration advisers too - think it’s only “last 12 months” figure they have to worry about. Particularly if the new job doesn’t pay a fixed salary but wages based on the hours worked. Or if the new job has a lower salary (below £18600) just for the probationary period.

Mistake 2: this is also a very common misunderstanding. By applicants, fellow immigration adviser and even the government visa officers.

The last 12 months in question is a period ending on the date of visa application. It is NOT last 12 months in the previous job. For example, if you only worked 1 month in your current job, had 2 months gap, you could only use 9 months of earnings before that (not 12 months of working from the previous employer as it would take to 15 months in this example). This difference in the Rules may appear subtle at first glance but it will be a 100% refusal of your application if you get it wrong!

Bonus tip: what if you had more than 2 jobs in the last 12 months? Bring it on! “The more the merrier!” You can combine as many jobs as you need to each the total £18600 as long as you still keep within the 12 months’ period.

Do you actually need to have worked for the whole 12 months? This will be the subject of another post!


All the posts of our original series 10 Common Mistakes - Financial Requirement for UK Spouse Visa see link

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.


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.

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, 5 February 2018

New 5 star Google review on our Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain service using Same day Premium Service.

"Very responsive team and smooth process! Jules was in charge of my application and worked tirelessly (even on his days off) to make sure everything was up to scratch. Thank you." Carol, Egyptian national applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain using Same day Premium Service.

More reviews can be read here: http://www.1st4immigration.com/testimonials.php

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

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.

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