Friday, 31 August 2018

Another 5 star Google review for Multi Travel Visas!




Another 5 star Google review for Multi Travel Visas: https://goo.gl/maps/teHs8juPjj62


fast!!!very trusted!!and agents are friendly too.
my biometric taken august 22 and got the result  after 3 working days.
definetly will recommend them!!

Christine Mea Giurgea applied for Schengen visa from 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 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, 29 August 2018

New 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services!

We have a new Google review for Multi Travel Visas: https://goo.gl/maps/fi5cDuDvH8o

Excellent service. I have used other visa companies before and never have I received such excellent service before. From day one Sebastian has answered my questions, send me well informed emails about what is needed and when, plus keeping me informed every step of the way. I also want to add that where their office are situated certainly in very convenient if you wish to collect your documents in person. I most defnitely can recommend using Multi visa and will use them in the future again. Defnitely worth every cent! Thank you Sebastian 

Elize McMurdo applied for a Schengen visa from 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 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, 24 August 2018

10 simple Right To Rent checks for landlords - from an immigration lawyer / property investor.


I have been an immigration lawyer in London for 10 years, I am a property investor and I am also an immigrant. 

Here's my simple (as possible) guide for the Right To Rent checks for the landlords. Unlike the Government’s documents which cover ‘everything’ and a bit scary and impractical, my simple guide covers the documents your tenants are likely to have 80% of the time and explains in plain language. 

It is intended as a summary, so for a personalised professional advice please contact our office info@1st4immigration.com 


#1 Check all adults who will be living in your property.

Whether they are on the tenancy agreement or not. But you don't have to check children under 18 yo. You have to check tenants who will be using it as their main home - not as holiday accommodation. And it only applies to properties on England.  


 #2 British citizens.
  
Ask for a passport, even expired passport is OK. If a Brit doesn't have a passport - anyone born in the UK before 1983 is a Brutish Citizen, so a birth certificate would do together with a photo card UK deriving licence. A driving licence alone isn’t a proof of nationality while a birth certificate alone isn't a proof of identity, therefore, you’d need both. Many foreigners will also have a Certificate of Naturalisation as a British Citizen - acceptable for this purpose. Otherwise, ask for a passport. 


 #3 European citizens.

Ask for a passport or a national ID card. Can be current or expired.  

European/EEA citizens will have unrestricted rights to live in the UK (as now) until 31st December 2020, the cut-off date for free movement.

A new registration system is being rolled out by 29 March 2019 (2 years since the Article 50) and everyone will have to be registered by 30 June 2021.  Which will make your life easier - you’ll just have to check for such a document. 




#4 Non-European citizens: 
  
Firstly, you see either a visa stamp or a biometric visa card. 

Most UK visas now look like this:



It is called a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). 

Some visas are still affixed in the passport and look like this:



For you as a landlord, it doesn’t matter, both are OK, so you move on to…

Next, you see either Residence Permit, Entry Clearance or Residence Card at the top. 

Again, all are OK for our purpose here. Residence Permit and Residence Card are two common types issued inside the UK while Entry Clearance - outside the UK. 

For example, an Indian person came to the UK on an Entry Clearance as a student and while in the UK obtained a Residence Permit as a worker after his studies finished. 


You move on to ….

Regardless of the above terms (which are all OK), what you need to look at is the dates, from/to. 


Next, on a biometric visa then you see Limited Leave to Remain (or to Enter) or Family Member of EEA. 

Again, all are OK, it simply means there is a limit on the migrant’s stay in the UK - again, look at the dates, the visa has to be valid. 


#5 Most importantly, you look at the dates of the visa. 

When your tenancy starts,  the visa has to be valid, ie in-date. 

  
#6 If you see a word Indefinite or Permanent.


It is what it says - a migrant has the right to live in the UK permanently. Depending on how long ago they qualified, it can be a stamp in the passport or a biometric card. 

Most commonly, you’ll see Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent Residence wording. 

Such as here:



Some will have the date of ‘expiry’ as well as saying “indefinite”; others will just say ‘Indefinite’. 

For your purpose, either is OK, as long as there is a word ‘Indefinite’ or ‘Permanent’, even if it is in the expired passport. If the date of ‘expiry’ has passed, a migrant has to renew it, but for our purpose here it doesn't matter because a migrant doesn't lose their permanent right of living in the UK if their Indefinite visa card ‘expires’. Just as you don't stop being a British citizen when your passport expires. 


 #7 Tier 1, Tier 2, student Tier 4, spouses of Brits and Europeans. 

Each visa is likely to have more details, which is very important to us, immigration lawyer, but doesn't matter for you, the landlord. As long as the dates are valid or there is a word Indefinite or Permanent.

You may, however, be interested to know that: 

- Tier 1 visa is mostly for Entrepreneurs and Investors - tenants with money who may become your angel investors. 

- Tier 2 visa is for skilled and well-paid workers, sponsored by UK companies. 
Many will be IT workers, NHS workers, engineers, teachers etc. 
- Tier 4 visa is for students. 
- Limited Leave to Remain: Spouse of X - this is for spouses and partners of UK citizens.  
- Family member of EEA - this is for spouses and families of European citizens. 

  
#8 Visitors, visitor visas and 6 months airport stamps. 

Visitors are allowed to stay in the UK for 6 months every time they enter, during this time they are legally here and can rent a property. A visitor visa is a green stamp or a 6 months airport stamp. If they date are valid, they are OK.  

  
#9 What if a tenant says they applied for a new visa and still waiting to hear from the Home Office?   

This will be your headache! The Home Office is not fast, so, a typical processing time for a UK visa is 3 months, and can be as long as 6 months for permanent residency. In this case, you need to use the Home Office’s Landlords Checking Service and they respond within 2 working days. 


#10 When to check again doing the course of tenancy? 

 Before the date that’s later of:

- the end of your tenant’s UK visa
- 12 months after your previous check

You DO have to do follow up with tenants who have a time-limited UK visa.

You DON’T have to do a follow-up check if their visa is indefinite/permanent, if they are UK citizens, and (for now) if they are EU citizens.


Please visit our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/ 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, 20 August 2018

New 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services!

We have another Google review for Multi Travel Visas.

I would definitely recommend Multi Travel Visas. Getting a Schengen visa with them was very smooth and quick. Sebastian always politely answered my questions in a detailed way and I had a dozen questions! It was a great experience for me and my husband :)) 
Nazan Uraz. Turkish national applied for the French Schengen visa

https://goo.gl/maps/SjkEnyNntHR2



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, 10 August 2018

10 visa options for Australians to come to the UK to live and work




#1 Ancestral visa.

You need to have a grandparent who was born in the UK. This visa is or 5 years and allows working in the UK including working for yourself. There is no minimum amount of savings or income you need to have/earn, and generally, it is a very flexible option that leads to settlement after 5 years.


#2 Working holiday visa.

Still often called this name, the official name is under Tier 5 of the Points-Based System. It is for young people aged 18-30 with no dependent children. The visa is for 2 years and allows working in the UK. It does allow being self-employed but only as a one-person business with no employees. It doesn’t lead to settlement but after 2 years in the UK, you may be able to remain here in another capacity, such as find sponsorship under the work visa. This option is good for unmarried young people who are in a relationship but are not considering getting married yet. After living together for 2 years on a visa like this, you could apply as an unmarried partner of a UK citizen , a category that does lead to settlement after 5 years. We also often see couples getting married at the end of this visa and applying for a Spouse visa to remain in the UK (usually, if they can't quality as unmarried partners on 2-tear rule).


#3 British Citizenship for those born before 1983 to a British mother. 

Nationals of the  Commonwealth countries tend to have the highest chances under this route. Before 1983 women couldn't pass their British nationality to their children born outside the UK (only men could). In 1983 this unfair rule was brought inline with the modern times. Those who were born before 1983 can now consider the option to claim British Citizenship (and therefore, a proper UK passport) but only if you meet all the requirements. In short, if this is your situation, you should be eligible for Citizenship if you had qualified back then (if we imagine that women could pass nationality). In practice, you would qualify if your mother was born in the UK and you were born abroad.

If, as we often see, your mother was born outside the UK, she could have only passed her British nationality to you if you were born in the UK. In this case, you could consider an Ancestral visa.


#4 Visas for family members of UK citizens. 

If a spouse/partner is a British citizen (including through the above route), they can sponsor the non-UK partner and children under 18yo to come to the UK for settlement. This is where Financial Requirement £18,600 applies (higher amount if children also need a visa).

If a child happened to be aged 18 or over, you can explore the other options, such as Ancestral or working holiday visas.


#5 Student visa. 

This comes under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System. Frankly, it isn't as ‘good’ an option as a Working Holiday visa (Tier 5) because it requires sponsorship from a college/university and paying high tuition fees. It then still doesn't lead to settlement.

It can be useful, however, if you have already had a working holiday visa before (it can be only once in a lifetime) and now need another route to come to the UK, such as to be with your British partner while you are “working” on the “living together for 2 years| rule for an Unmarried Partner visa.

A student visa doesn't lead to settlement but it allows to remain in the UK under the other categories, such as the above mentioned Partner visa and you could also qualify for specific conditions for a sponsorship work visa under Tier 2 (sponsorship of graduates is much easier than to sponsorship of workers who are based outside the UK).


#6 Sponsored work visa.

This is under Tier 2, namely Tier 2 General. It leads to permanent residency after 5 years of working in the UK. The easiest route to this is to obtain a UK degree while on a student visa.

Sponsors (employers) can offer jobs to graduates without the onerous conditions of advertising a job to settled workers, they can also offer a lower rate of pay which would make your job of finding a sponsor easier. Once you are working and doing well, they will be happy to keep you in employment and increase your salary inline with the Tier 2 requirements.

It is also possible to find sponsorship while still outside the UK but it would be more difficult with employers not knowing you, and also there will be more conditions on pay, advertising to settled workers and also the annual limit (except doctors, nurses and some other in-demand professionals).

You should consider an Ancestral visa first, and only then this one. On this visa you will be tied to your sponsor (employer) while on the Ancestral visa you could work for anyone.


#7 Entrepreneur visa. 

This is under Tier 1 and requires GBP 200,000 to set up or take over a business in the UK, create 2 jobs for settled workers.

Generally, this is a visa for business people who are genuinely intending to run a business in the UK. Unlike the above option, you don't need a sponsor but will only be able to work in your own business.

Again, your first choice should be an Ancestral visa and only then this one.


#8 Investor visa.

This is also under Tier 1 and is a more serious version of the entrepreneur route. You need 2 million British Pounds and would have to invest it in UK Government bonds or UK companies.

The difference from Entrepreneur (other than the higher amount) is that Investor route is a ‘passive investment” while the Entrepreneur route is "active investment” where you have to actively run your own business.


#9 Discover your European ancestry - before Brexit cut-off date 31 December 2020. 

We often see Australians arriving in the UK on a European passport, most commonly Polish, Croatian and German. Maybe it's to do with those countries’ nationality laws making it easy to claim a passport through the ancestors!

If you are able to claim European nationality - and a passport - from an EU country, you can still benefit from the freedom of movement between the UK and the EU, as long as you “start” in the UK by 31.12.2020. Doesn't matter you arrive on, say, 30th Decision, and the rules change 2 days later, as long as you “start” by then, you will be able to carry on until settlement, ie as if Brexit didn’t happen.


#10 Visas for family members of EU/EEA citizens - before Brexit cut-off date 31 December 2020. 

Now, if a spouse/partner is a European citizen (including through ancestry, as above), they can also bring their families (spouse and children under 21 yo) to the UK before 31.12.2020, which is the cut-off date for arrivals before Brexit.



For individual advice or to make an application, please visit our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/ 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.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

New 5 star Google review about our Schengen visa services!

Wonderful service! Friendly, knowledgeable staff that kept communication clear throughout the entire process.
Henrietta Tweedy applied for a French Schengen visa.

https://goo.gl/maps/sVWRy6WtwwF2

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.