Friday, 29 June 2018

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services


We have a new Google review: 

  

Ryre applied for French Schengen visa:

This company has been brilliant every step of the way. I used a previous company and was so disappointed and almost had to cancel my holiday. I then found MultiTravel Visas, who organised me a visa in 4 days so I am able to go on holiday. Very professional service. I will definitely use them again and highly recommend them. 


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 visahttp://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php

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

Portuguese Schengen visahttp://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.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A new 5 star Google review on our Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa services!

"Fast straightforward and reliable service. Highly recommend to anyone who looks for the professionals in immigration law" Ata Mavyyev applied for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension 

Watch Google review:
https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/105286537870159812695/reviews?hl=en-RU&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjx4OTbsvPbAhXtbZoKHY6xC2QQvvQBegQIARAE


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.


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

Monday, 25 June 2018

10 things you need to know about Brexit in 2018 - for EU citizens and their family members

#1 Cut off date 31 December 2020

EU citizens (and family members), who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, will be able to continue under the current rules and apply for settlement (permanent residence) and then British Citizenship. 

Those who have spent 5 years by then could apply for settled status. 
Those who haven't  - could apply later as long as they start UK residency by 31/12/2020. 


#2 EU citizens, who fall within the above deadline, will be able to bring (‘sponsor’) direct family members even after that date, as long as the relationship existed on 31/12/2020. 

For example, after 31/12/2020 an EU citizen will still be able to bring a non-EU husband or wife to the UK under the current rules, without having to apply under the UK law as spouses of UK citizens do, which entails the strict Financial Requirement £18,600 and very expensive government fees. But only off the related existed on 31/12/2020. 


#3  New online application process starting end of 2018 and implemented by 29.03.2019.

Announced by the UK Government here.
The main points are explained below.   

#4 No documents will be needed for many to prove you have worked for 5 years. No comprehensive sickness insurance for students. 

For the past decades, we had to provide stacks of payslips, bank statements etc to evidence EU national’s work in the UK. It was needed for their PR application as well as for they family members’ application for a residence card or permanent residency. 

Now, the Home Office says they would check HMRC records on tax, National Insurance and benefits (What took them so long?!!)
This will also put an end to demanding EU students to have health insurance.


#5 It will cost £65 (same as now), cheaper for children. if you have a PR by then - free. 


#6 Deadline for registering -  30 June 2021.


#7  Under the current system you don’t have to apply for PR but under the new system you will. 


#8  Even now family members (of any nationality) can apply without original passport.

Traditionally, this has been a big inconvenience! Applying for a resident card or permanent residency document would take 6 months and the non-EEA family member would be without their passport. There is a process now (even under the current system) where it is possible to apply without sending off the original ID - but only if the EEA citizen ‘sponsor’ is applying at the same time. Remains to be seen what Will be in the future under the new system. 


#9  Why would you apply now? Because you could then apply for British Citizenship. 

On the one hand, you don't have to apply for a settled status now. 
On the other hand,  you must if you wish to apply for British Citizenship afterwards. Applying now may bring that point sooner, as you need one year after PR. 
On the yet another hand, if it can be said so, EU citizens and direct family members qualify for PR automatically, based on their activities and not based on the date of issuance on their visas or PR documents. Depending on your situation, you may apply under the new system later in 2018 or 2019 and then still apply for Citizenship less than a year after that.

#10 Businesses employing European workers.

If you are currently employing European workers, the procedure remains the same as before. The effect on the worker’s right is expected to derive from the worker’s status in the UK – as per the above. If your employees have or can retain their current residency status in the UK, you would be able to continue employing them. If they have to qualify under the post-Brexit regime, you would need to follow the new – yet unknown – procedure.

For individual advice or to make an application please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php.

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, 23 June 2018

We got a new 5 star Google review about our Spouse Visa services!

Mark Harmer:
Highly recommend this company to anyone wanting to get a visa. Completely stress free, and very friendly and always there if you have any questions.

https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/105793286954524158570/reviews/@51.5110747,-0.0866207,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!8m2!3m1!1e1?hl=en-US

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.


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

Monday, 18 June 2018

10 important changes in UK immigration in the 1st half of 2018.

From doubling the health surcharge to online applications and relaxation of the Rules for sponsored workers and Turkish citizens, here is our news roundup for the first 6 months.

#1 Health surcharge is set to double in 2018

So far, this was the most important and affecting almost all migrants. In February 2018, the UK Government announced here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/health-charge-for-temporary-migrants-will-increase-to-400-a-year that health surcharge would double to £400 per year from… Well, the Government didn’t say from when exactly, other than it’s expected to be before the end of 2018. Students and tier 5 YMS migrants will also pay twice more at £300 per year.

#2 Relaxation of Tier 2 rules

A very welcome announcement this week: on 13 June 2018, The Telegraph published an article claiming that Home Secretary Sajid Javid was about to “unveil a major easing of Britain’s immigration system that will enable 1000s more of skilled migrants to come to the UK in the run-up to Brexit” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/06/13/sajid-javid-relax-immigration-controls-bring-thousands-skilled/

Currently, there is an annual limit of 20,700 places per year for skilled workers coming to work in the UK. This limit is being increased by 8,000 or by almost 40%! This change doesn’t affect those switching from a Tier 4 student visa inside the UK – there is no limit anyway.

Non-European doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the limit altogether

This was what many of us thought obvious and overdue. Skilled doctors and nurses from all over the world should be welcomed to the UK without any annual limit.


#3 Relaxation of the rules for students, including letting students from China to apply without the proof of funds

A day after that, the UK Visas and Immigration published the above-mentioned announcements (perhaps they read The Telegraph and The Daily Mail): https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-the-immigration-rules--2

UKVI is also making it easier for foreign students to secure a Tier 4 visa by adding 11 more countries that benefit from reduced paperwork provision. Nationals of some countries (Such as Malaysia) aren’t currently asked to supply evidence of funds. The list of eligible nationalities will expand and include the Chinese, which is a major welcome change!


#4 More places under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

The current 2,000 places (per year) will also be opened to the high-achievers in the world of fashion as well as award-winning TV and film professionals. This route already welcomes leading talent in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology.

If you think you may qualify – time to contact one of the organisations that provide endorsement!


#5 New settlement route for Turkish citizens

A new settlement category for Turkish business people, workers and their families who are in the UK under the EU-Turkey European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA). This means that Turkish workers and business people will be able to settle in the UK after 5 years as either an ECAA business person or ECAA worker (or equivalent points based system routes), as long as the most recent period of leave was under the ECAA. This category was first announced in March 2018 after an Upper Tribunal ruling meant the previous route had to close.


#6 Latest on Brexit:

The date to put in your dairy - 31 December 2020. Unless it changes again, this is the cut-off point. If you entered before that – you can continue until settlement (and British Citizenship), as per the latest article in May 2018: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know

Interestingly, even after Brexit the current rules will still apply to European citizens who wish to bring their close family members to join them in the UK, ie as if Britain were still in the EU – as long as relationship existed on 31.12.2020.

We expect a new online application form to appear in late 2018 for EU/EEA citizens to confirm their status in the UK. According to this publication https://eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk , during that process EEA citizens won’t need to provide fingerprints, list of absences from the UK and the self-sufficient (including students) won’t need to provide evidence of health insurance.


#7 Family members of EU/EEA citizens can apply without parting with their passports for 6 months – but only when applying together with the EEA “sponsor”.

European passport return service allows EU/EEA citizens to apply for permanent residence status, or for a registration status as a worker, through the councils where the council workers certify the passports and ID documents. The eligibility rules and supporting evidence remains the same, the difference is one doesn’t have to be without the ID document for 6 months.

We wanted to remind here that this service covered non-EEA family members who, traditionally, had to wait for 6 months without their passports. The catch is they can only use this service when applying together with their EEA citizen.


#8 More online application forms

When we had the Home Office workers visiting our office for consultation in November 2017 (we were chosen amongst approx. 15 prominent firms), they told us that UKVI would go paperless by the end of 2018. So far, we have seen many forms going online, such as FLR(M) and Naturalisation.

It is a good change? Like most changes, it’s a matter of getting used to. On one hand, the forms are shorter as only the relevant sections open up. On the other hand, there is no flexibility when completing them, ie “computer asks Yes or No” kind of thing while many cases fit into this.

It is important to distinguish between “applying online” and “completing the form online”. What is changing is that you complete the application form online, thus saving the UKVI officials to scan them (ie helping them with their job!). There may be further changes, such as not having to submit the original passport for the whole time. The casework, however, remains the same – it is NOT a “tick-a-box” application, you still have to meet the same rules and provide the same supporting evidence.


#9 Scanning documents service when you apply for a visa outside the UK

Talking about going paperless, when you apply for a UK visa in your country, almost all visa centres take your original supporting documents, scan them, return to you (sometimes with your passport) and pass them on electronically to the Home Office for consideration. This isn’t a recent change but we wanted to highlight it as it is becoming common and is the future. The only doubt we have is the quality of such scans. Some visa centres staff (who aren’t government officials) are in too much rush when doing so and we some of our clients found it worrying. Once it has been sorted, it is a welcome change from, say, having to post/courier the original documents to Sheffield, UK, when applying for a Spouse visa.


#10 Rules on absences for PBS Dependants

Until 11 January 2018 there were no rules on absences from the UK when it came to dependants of Points-Based System migrants. There have been strict rules for the main Tier migrant, ie 180 days per year. But Rule were silent for spouses and children. From 11 January 2018, the rules have been made clear for spouses and partners: same 180 days per year as for the main PBS migrant.


For individual advice or to make an application please contact us info@1st4immigration.com or visit http://www.1st4immigration.com/index.php.

For previous news roundups - summer and autumn 2017 - click here

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, 15 June 2018

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

Meri, Filipino national:

They were recommended by TLScontact, as one of the few agencies that are accredited with the Consulate-General of France in London for fast appointments. They can get early appointments and really know what documents are required and everything related to visa applications. Sebastian was very helpful and accommodating. Would definitely recommend! 

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 visahttp://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php

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

Portuguese Schengen visahttp://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 to Bank and Liverpool Street, over the bridge from London Bridge station and within easy reach by DLR from Canary Wharf.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A new 5 star review about our Indefinite Leave to Remain services

Jasmine, Chinese national:

Excellent service. Apply for ILR through 10 years route, 1st 4immigration has made it a painless process because of their knowledge, professionalism and high quality service, I highly recommend them.


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.

Friday, 8 June 2018

5 sure ways to meet the Financial Requirement £18,600 when both partners are returning to the UK together.

It is a common scenario in our practice: a British/foreign couple returning together to the UK (often with children) after living /working abroad. Most commonly from the USA, Australia/NZ or Asia. Although most our clients have been working there for years, they often find it challenging to find a job offer in the UK before coming back, meaning their non-British spouse/partner would find it difficult to secure a UK visa. 

Here are top 5 solutions from our experience: 


Option 1: Savings.

This is most common. The couple needs savings of £62,500 held for 6 months. Can be in any currency or country. If your family want to help, they have to deposit money on your and/or your partner’s account. You have to wait for 6 months. 


Option 2: British partner coming to the UK alone and working for 6 months.  

This may not sound like a god option at first glance, being apart for 6 months, but it is a realistic option and it often ends up being the only option. 6 months may sound like a long time but at least you are able to pin down a point in the future when you will be eligible for a UK Spouse/partner visa. We often see couples spending months trying to work out how they get around the £18,600 income rule, or even applying anyway and getting a refusal (and losing money), only to revert to this option in the end. It can be particularly difficult to face this if the foreign partner is the one with in-demand skills and with better-paid job prospects (yet we can’t use their work income at this stage). 

So, a British partner moves to the UK on their own, finds a job paying £18,600 per annum, works there for 6 months. During that time, a foreign partner can come here as a visitor and stay for up to 6 months, (but only if non-visa national, such as American). If you require a visitor visa, i.e. visa stamp before travelling, you are unlikely to get it under these circumstances, although nothing ‘s stopping you from trying. It won’t affect your future spouse/partner visa chances. 

If you can’t wait to be together after these long 6 months – get your visa application prepared well before the end of 6 months and submit it as soon as, using he priority service. The priority service takes 1.5 - 2 months (standard service - 3 months). 

We often start working on the case before the British partner comes to the UK in search of a job.  The coupes benefit from our guidance during the whole 6 months. We get the application ready by the end of 6 months and minimise the time you spend apart!


Option 3: Pension or pension/savings together. 

Unlike employment income, pension can be from either partner (not just the British sponsor), from any country and it doesn’t have to have been paid for 6 months. We often see couples with a combination of UK and foreign pensions.

Important! We are talking about pension as income, not the value of the pension pot and not the balance on the pension account. 

If your pension(s) income is below £18,600 per annum, you can add savings. The amount is not the difference, however, but based on the special formula. For example, if your total pension is £10,000 per annum, you need £37,500 in savings. 


Option 4: rental income from a UK property. 

This is common where a British spouse/partner went to work abroad and rented out their UK home. Then they met their non-British partner and at some point, are considering returning to the UK together. 

With a London property, the rent can often be as much as £18,600 per annum. Bizarrely (but true), the Immigration Rules take into account gross rent before any deductions, so one London property can often meet the whole threshold. If not, you can also add savings. 

There is a catch! It cannot be a property that will become your home when you return to the UK – it will stop being a source of income. It could work, however if you are able to provide alternative arrangements (for the visa purpose).  


Option 5: selling a property.   

This comes under the Savings category. The value of a property cannot be used for the Financial Requirement £18,600, but the proceeds of a sale can be. If you sell a property and put the net proceeds to a cash bank account, you can use it as savings. If it’s the only source – you need net proceeds of £62,500. You don’t need to hold the funds in the bank for 6 months! 


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.


1st4Immigration is one of the most experienced and prominent UK immigration law companies, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3. We have been in business for over 10 years, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office address: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Another 5 star review about our Schengen visa services

What an absolute pleasure! The application process was made so easy and all my documents were inspected before I had my appointment. They were also super helpful in getting an appointment when I couldn't organise one myself.

Richard, South African national applied for a French Schengen visa.


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 visahttp://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php

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

Portuguese Schengen visahttp://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.

Monday, 4 June 2018

A new 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services

I can't recommend Multi Travel Visas enough. They completely simplified the hectic visa process with their helpful and knowledgeable staff. Will definitely be using them again in the future. 

Yassmina applied for a French Schengen visa.


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 visahttp://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/schengen-visa-france.php

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

Portuguese Schengen visahttp://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, 1 June 2018

A new 5 star Google review about our Spouse Visa / Indefinite Leave to Remain services

Outstanding service. I Would 101% recommend 1st 4immigration. We have used their services from the very beginning of my 1st spouse visa application right up to the ILR, and I have no words that can describe how professional and dedicated the whole team is. Their communication was excellent. Promptly answered to all our emails, sometimes out of hours. They simply gave us greatest peace of mind.

My Citizenship application is next, and I won’t think twice about using them again. 

Massive thank you Natalia, Sebastian, Andre, Jules and Danny for making our experience smooth and stress free

Rosette, Rwandan national.


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.


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