Wednesday, 28 November 2018

We had several positive Google reviews at once about our Schengen visa services from customers applied for Schengen visa from the French consulate!



Philip:
Efficient, expert knowledge staff, will recommend to friend.
https://goo.gl/maps/GPirc2yMMVu

Vera:
I got my Schengen visa without any  problem, instructions and process were clear and easy! The only thing to do was to show up for biometrics. Prices are more than reasonable. Knowledgeable staff. Sebastian and Andre were helping me.
https://goo.gl/maps/AtBqYZfh6SB2

Lei:
Super convenient,  and professional service provided by Sebastian. And most importantly, hassle free and FAST. In my opinion, very much worth paying for this service vs. trying to do it yourself! Thanks again for your help Sebastian.
https://goo.gl/maps/pQGFaNTyANU2

Lucy:
Third time I have used Multi Travel Visa. Great service, highly recommend them. Will continue to use them. They have been super helpful every time.
https://goo.gl/maps/BjdrbxrQseB2

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 serviceshttp://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 Multi Travel Visas 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.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

10 steps of new UK visa application service (formerly postal service)


‘Postal’' visa service is changing with the Home Office making the use of technology!

Earlier we described the new UK visa application process for application inside the UK and the new Next-day service which replaced the old Same-day service.

This is a detailed post on the new Standard service which replaced postal service. In short, the process is almost the same except your supporting documents are ‘posted’ to the Home Office authorities electronically instead of a physical package through Royal Mail. 

Important! The change is only about the application procedure, i.e. how you apply, and NOT about how you qualify. What you have to do to meet the eligibility rules, what documents you have to supply - remains the same, including the Financial Requirement £18,600. 





Step 1: Initial consultation. 

We offer face-to-face appointments at our office in Central London (Monument/Bank) to discuss your case. We also offer consultations via Skype, phone and email - wherever in the world you are! We charge a £100 consultation fee (including VAT). If your case relates to Tier 1 Entrepreneur or Investor visa, we charge advice fee of £150 including VAT. The consultation fee will be deducted from our full-service fee if you make a visa application through us later. 


Step 2: Start a visa application. 

We prepare a contract of engagement. 


Step 3: Payment.

We offer very flexible terms of payment so you can use a bank transfer or debit/credit card. As above, the amount will be discounted by initial consultation amount. 


Step 4: Documents. 

We prepare a detailed list of documents, tailored to your situation. You can then upload them onto Dropbox (we’ll send you a link). This is the fastest and most secure way. Alternatively, you can email or post documents to us. Your original passport will only be needed later at the appointment stage. 

We check the documents, advise on what is missing or what would be beneficial to add. The most common things include missing bank statements miscalculation in the Financial Requirement £18,600, ’too old’ tax return or the wrong incomplete documents from your accountant, wrong English language evidence, missing ‘living together ‘ documents. 

Important! What is changing is ‘How you apply’, not ‘How you become eligible. All the eligibility rules remain the same, including Financial Requirement £18,600. All the requirements towards the supporting documents remain the same either, except they will be uploaded online instead of posting a thick package to the Home Office. 


Step 5: Online application form. 

Just as before, we prepare your application form except now all forms will be online and not in PDF or on paper. Once ready, we will send you a link to check. 






Step 6: Booking an appointment at your local visa centre. 

Many of you experienced 'postal' service in the past: after we send your application pack off to the Home Office, you would have to go to the nearest designated post-office to show a letter and submit biometrics (fingerprints). This part will remain very similar, except you may have to travel to a community library or a local 'visa centre’. Over the past 10 years we were used to names like VFS Global or TLS Contact who have been then main commercial partners of the UK Government. The new visa centres in the UK are run by Sopra Steria, a different company but the logic remains the same - they do the admin work for the UK immigration authorities so the visa officers wouldn't have to spend time on the admin work (such as scanning your documents or processing payments) and could focus on the casework, ie considering your case and making a decision. 

Important! The visa centre is never the decision-maker. Your case will be passed on (electronically) to the Government for decision. So, the same people will be making a decision on your case but different ‘people’ will be interacting with you at the visa centres. 


Step 7: Timing of appointment. 

This is another major change. Whereas in the past, we were able to book an appointment at the Home Office in advance and before you have met all the requirements, now we can only do so once you have met all the rules. 

Example 1: 
If you are applying for Indefinite Leave, we can only confirm your application and book an appointment within 28 days before ‘your’ 5 years in the UK (not earlier), even if your actual appointment date is later. 

Example 2:
If you are applying as a spouse/partner of a UK citizen and need to keep savings for 6 months, we can only confirm your application and book an appointment after this point (after those 6 months have passed), even if your actual appointment date is later. 

How long in advance can we book? Within next 4 weeks (not later). 


Step 8: Uploading documents onto the Government system. 

Here we must upload all your supporting documents (electronically) instead of posting a thick package by Royal Mail. 


Step 9: Appointment date. 

As we explained above, this is just for you to come and submit biometrics (fingerprints). If you applied using postal service in the past and had to go to a post-office to enrol biometrics, this is a very similar process. Just like a post-office, this facility (usually a local library) won't be there for anything else other than biometrics. All you need to do is to show your original passport and enrol biometrics. Your passport will be returned to you on the day. 


Step 10: Waiting for the decision.

After all the above steps, your case will be finally assessed (ie looked at) by a Home Office visa officer. This is when they see your documents that we uploaded earlier. These are the decision-makers! They will do the same checks as before, such as criminal convictions or tax records. They will check your documents just as meticulously as before except they will be looking at the electronic versions of them. They will just as much have to tick the boxes for each specified document, be it a bank statement or payslip or else. They will do just as strict precise calculation of the Financial Requirement £18,600. 

They will make a decision on your visa when they are ready, which is expected within 2-3 months on most cases unless your case is complex or outside the Rules. Tier 1 Entrepreneur cases also tend to take longer (and may require an interview). 


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1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ. For individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/
  
We also provide immigration training and CPD for lawyers and those preparing for OISC exam. We have classroom/livestream courses and online self-study courses, accredited by CPD Standards Office, ref 80001, and accepted by The OISC. Visit our OISC training page here. 

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Tier 1 Visa Business Plan from immigration entrepreneurs.

Expert guidance – fixed fees!




Let’s make a perfect Business Plan!

- UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.
- UK Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa.
- Funding from a bank, investor or venture capital fund.


Let’s make you ready for the visa interview and proud of your business idea!   

- Tier 1 visas have a notoriously high refusal rate.
- Business plan has to be adapted to the visa rules yet be realistic and genuine.
- It has to “survive” a visa interview.


Why choose 1st 4Immigration?

- OISC-accredited company at the highest level 3.
- 10+ years of experience & many successful cases despite Tier 1 being a difficult category.
- Specialist in business visas - by being immigration entrepreneurs.
- We prepare business plans for our clients and for clients of our competitors’. If you approached other immigration companies, we may be the ones creating your business plan - and you can save money on working with us directly!


How can we help?

- Business plan in 2-3 weeks! 
- Very competitive fixed fees from £1,250. 
- Personalised plan based on Tier 1 visa rules, such as creating jobs for settled workers. We don't use standard templates, we create our own plans. 
- We have successfully worked with businesses in IT and digital technology, engineering, manufacturing, food, sport events, health & beauty, consultancy, lifestyle, nanotechnology, marketing, export/import.
- We have worked with clients from all over the world: India, China and Hong Kong, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, Middle East.
- We can advise what business ideas work for a Tier 1 visa - and which don't!


Business plan contents: 

Executive summary:
About you (relevant experience and education). 
About your non-UK business (if applicable).

About your future business in the UK: 
- Product: description and why your products/services are good or even better than competitors’.
- Market research and competition.
- Place: who will be your customers and how they are going to reach out to you.
- Price: what is your price strategy, will you be completing on price, quality or otherwise?
- Promotion: your marketing plan including advertising, website, social media.
- Location: will you need an office, a shop? And why the UK? If the business is online
- People: creating of 2 jobs for settled workers.
- Power team: professionals you need to help you, such as accountant, insurance provider, employment/business lawyer, IT support.
- Licences and professional registrations, required by law for this type of business.

Financial plan:
What your investment will be spent on.  
Cashflow forecast.


For more please visit our website or contact us: info@1st4immigration.com . We respond emails on the same working day!

What our clients love about us: Testimonials and Google Reviews on the internet.


1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.
  
   
We also provide immigration training and CPD for lawyers and those preparing for OISC exam. We have classroom/livestream courses and online self-study courses, accredited by CPD Standards Office, ref 80001, and accepted by The OISC. Visit our OISC training page here. 



Friday, 23 November 2018

New successful cases and five-star reviews on our 1st4Immigration Google page!


1
David is a British national and his wife is Indian, they applied for a spouse entry clearance from Qatar:
Thank you very much 1st4immigration and Jules for steering us through a complex process.  Due to the country we live in it was harder than normal.  We also applied at a time when the home office website was changing - which presented some additional challenges. We also had difficult logistics to consider.
He voulenteered to work during a weekend to resolve an issue with the website and keep us on schedule - above the call of duty - THANKS JULES. 
The service was worth the fee.  We recommend 1st4immigration.

Here is a copy of Google review, which can also be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/RLZQwgASZqC2 


2
André applied for EEA unmarried partner:
Me and my girlfriend applied for a Partners VISA through 1st 4Immigration and I think it was the best decision we made. The team was very knowledgeable of Immigration law, and prepared us in advance with a full list of things we needed to do for our specific case.  Very happy with the results.

Here is a copy of Google review, which can also be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/KdwoDQeoy6u


Let’s start working on your UK Spouse/Fiancee/Partner visa application!

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


1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.
  
   
We also provide immigration training and CPD for lawyers and those preparing for OISC exam. We have classroom/livestream courses and online self-study courses, accredited by CPD Standards Office, ref 80001, and accepted by The OISC. Visit our OISC training page here. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

10 steps of new Next-day UK visa service (formerly same-day service)



Same-day visa service is changing to next-day service!

We described the new UK visa process for application inside the UK in the earlier post here and the new UK visa application service (formerly postal service).

This is a detailed post on the new next-day service which replaced same-day service.




Step 1: Initial consultation. 

We offer face-to-face appointments at our office in Central London (Monument/Bank) to discuss your case. We also offer consultations via Skype, phone and email - wherever in the world you are!

We charge a £100 consultation fee (including VAT). If your case relates to Tier 1 Entrepreneur or Investor visa, we charge advice fee of £150 including VAT. The consultation fee will be deducted from our full-service fee if you make an application through us later.


Step 2: Start a visa application. 

We prepare a contract of engagement.


Step 3: Payment.

We offer very flexible terms of payment so you can use a bank transfer or debit.credit card. As above, the amount will be discounted by initial consultation amount.


Step 4: Documents.

We prepare a detailed list of documents, tailored to your situation. You can then upload them onto Dropbox (we’ll send you a link). This is the fastest and most secure way. Alternatively, you can email or post documents to us. Your original passport will only be needed later at the appointment stage.

We check the documents, advise on what is missing or what would be beneficial to add. The most common things include missing bank statements miscalculation in the Financial Requirement £18,600, ’too old’ tax return or the wrong incomplete documents from your accountant, wrong English language evidence, missing ‘living together ‘ documents.

Important! What is changing is ‘How you apply’, not ‘How you become eligible ‘. All the eligibility rules remain the same, including Financial Requirement £18,600. All the requirements towards the supporting documents remain the same either, except they will be uploaded online instead of carrying a thick package to the Home Office.


Step 5: Online application form. 

Just as before, we prepare your application form except now all forms will be online and not in PDF or on paper. Once prepped, we will send you a link to check.




Step 6: Booking an appointment at your local visa centre. 

Many of you experienced same-day service in the past when you had to travel to the Home Office in Croydon as well as other locations, such as Liverpool or Sheffield. You went inside a Government building and saw the Government visa officers working with your case. Hence, it was ’same-day service’ because the people who made a decision were right there.

With the new process from November 2018, there will be no more direct interaction with the authorities. Just like with applications outside the UK, it will be done via ‘visa centres’.

Over the past 10 years, we were used to names like VFS Global or TLS Contact who have been the main commercial partners of the UK Government. The new visa centres in the UK are run by Sopra Steria, different company but the logic remains the same - they do the admin work for the UK immigration authorities so the visa officers wouldn't have to spend time on the admin work (such as scanning your documents or processing payments) and could focus on the casework, ie considering your case and making a decision.

Important! The visa centre is never the decision-maker. Your case will be passed on (electronically) to the Government for decision. So, the same people will be making a decision on your case but different ‘people’ will be interacting with you at the visa centres.

There will be many of these sites close to you, usually at the community libraries (please see below what happens on the day).


Step 7: Timing of appointment.

This is another major change. Whereas in the past, we were able to book an appointment at the Home Office in advance and before you have met all the requirements, now we can only do so once you have met all the rules.

Example 1:
If you are applying for Indefinite Leave, we can only confirm your application and book an appointment within 28 days before ‘your’ 5 years in the UK (not earlier), even if your actual appointment date is later.

Example 2:
If you are applying as a spouse/partner of a UK citizen and need to keep savings for 6 months, we can only confirm your application and book an appointment after this point (after those 6 months have passed),, even if your actual appointment date is later.

How long in advance can we book? Within next 4 weeks (not later).


Step 8: Uploading documents onto the Government system.

Here we must upload all your supporting documents (electronically) at the latest 1 week before the appointment. We won't be able to submit more later, and your appointment will only be for biometrics, ie there (local library) will be no official visa officer or professional immigration adviser to look at your documents or to ask questions etc.


Step 9: On the day of appointment. 

As we explained above, this is just for you to come and submit biometrics (fingerprints). If you applied using postal service in the past and had to go to a post-office to enrol biometrics, this is a very similar process. Just like a post-office, this facility (usually a local library) won't be there for anything else other than biometrics.

Your documents will have been uploaded to the system by then, so all you need to do is to show your original passport and enrol biometrics. Your passport will be returned to you on the day.


Step 10: Next working day - decision! 

After all the above steps, your case will be finally assessed (ie looked at) by a Home Office visa officer. This is when they see your documents that we uploaded earlier.

These are the decision-makers! They will do the same checks as before, such as criminal convictions or tax records. They will check your documents just as meticulously as before except they will be looking at the electronic versions of them. They will just as much have to tick the boxes for each specified document, be it a bank statement or payslip or else. They will do just as strict precise calculation of the Financial Requirement £18,600.

They will make a decision on your visa by the next working day. For them, it will be ’same-day’.

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1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ. For individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/
  
We also provide immigration training and CPD for lawyers and those preparing for OISC exam. We have classroom/livestream courses and online self-study courses, accredited by CPD Standards Office, ref 80001, and accepted by The OISC. Visit our OISC training page here. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

10 things you need to know about the new UK visa application process




#1 Visa rules are not changing, the application process is. 

The Immigration Rules (the law) are not changing so you would need to meet the same UK visa eligibility requirements as before, such as Financial Requirement £18,600 for spouses of UK citizens or Life in the UK Test for Indefinite Leave etc. In other words, the caseworks side remains the same but the admin side is changing. This is the GOV.UK link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-uk-visa-and-citizenship-application-services-centres-open 

What is changing is how you make an application. Until 29th November 2018, there were only 2 ways to make a visa application inside the UK: to send your documents and passport by post or for some eligible visa types use same-day service, such as in Croydon. In both cases, the application was made directly to the UK Government authority. 

Under the new system, we will be applying via a ‘visa centre’, similar to the process most migrants experienced when applying outside the UK.  Online application form - online payment - attending an appointment at your nearest ‘visa centre’ - submitting biometrics and documents - waiting for the decision - being notified by the visa centre. Over the past 10+ years, you may be used hearing the names of VFS Global or TLS Contact so in this case, we have a new name - Sopra Steria (we haven't heard about them before either). 

This is what is now happening when you apply inside the UK - with some differences, as below.  


#2 It only applies to applications inside the UK.

The process for entry visas, ie from outside the UK, is not changing, at least not yet. 
But the application process for in-UK applications has been changed dramatically, some would say it is being brought into the 21st Century! 

It makes the use of technology more than ever before. 


#3 Is same-day service still available?

Almost - it is now next-day service. Mostly at the same locations, such as Croydon and Birmingham, but there is a new one (Manchester) while there is no longer one in Liverpool. 

Examples of visa categories that are eligible:
- Spouse/Partner visa 5-year route: switching, extension or ILR. 
- Tier 2: switching, extension or ILR.  
- Tier 4. 
- Ancestral: extension or ILR. 
- ILR 10 years residence. 
- Extending ILR or transfer onto a biometric card. 

Examples that are not eligible (ie you have to use ’slow’ standard service): 
- Tier 1: switching, extension or ILR. 
- British Citizenship.
- Applications from EU/EEA citizens and family members. 
- Spouse/Partner 10-year route. 

#4 Visa processing times may be or may not be faster - remains to be seen. 

We will have to analyse this after some time of using the new system. On one hand, the visa officers (Government officials) will be freed from time-consuming mundane tasks, such as scanning the documents or processing payments, which should free up their time to consider standard (formerly ‘postal’) applications falser. On the other hand, they will still need to make the same checks, make sure that all eligibility requirements have been met (such as strict Financial Requirement £18,600) and that all supporting documents have been provided.  We’ll have to wait and see. 


#5 Fees.  

UK visa fees are set by the UK Government and usually change (read -  go up) in March - April when a new UK tax year starts. This will remain to be the case. So far, we noticed an additional ‘biometrics’ fee of £19.20 for those using next-day service (used to be included in the same-day service surcharge £610 but now extra) and an additional fee of £100 for weekend appointments when using next-day service (used to be £75). Other than that, you would only need to pay extra if you choose to use value-added services, such as the use of the Premium lounge. Of course, if you are using a legal representative, such as 1st 4Immigration, the legal fees will be in addition to the official fees, same as before.  


#6 You can keep your passport! 

This is a very big positive change. You would still need to present your original passport at the appointment at the visa centre but you can keep it while your case is being considered. As opposed to waiting for the decision for 3-4 or even 6 months, with the passport held by the authorities. The stress of ‘waiting is not being obliterated by the new system, but the passports can finally stay with their owners. And if you don't wish to sit for months - you can use next-day service, as long as your visa category is eligible. 


#7 Submitting documents electronically. 

Another major positive change.  Rather than posting a big pack of papers and passports to the Home Office, we will be able to upload your supporting documents electronically - from the comfort of our office. 

Important! As we say in #1, the casework and eligibility requirements remain just as strict, only the admin side changes. You still have to provide all the supporting documents as per the immigration law, known as specified evidence. For example, if the specified evidence is 'bank statements’ and you forget to provide them, your visa will be refused, even though you submit everything else electronically. Same happens if f you submit bank statements but not in the format needed (such as falling short of the specified period). The difference is the documents will be uploaded electronically instead of on paper. 


#8 Can we submit the missing documents after applying? 

For example, we submit your application using standard service but you aren't able to supply all supporting documents, such as still waiting for bank statements or tax return.  Many of you will recognise this scenario! Under the old system, we’d submit what we have and then post the outstanding documents later. 

Can we do the same under the new system? We don't have the definitive answer yet, but the chances are you won't be able to. You certainly should not rely on it. Remember when applying for an entry visa, you submitted all the documents together - once - to a visa centre in your country and that was it. We expect the same to happen with the in-UK visa centres. And with the documents being submitted electronically, there is no address anyway.  


#9 Biometrics - and yes, they are still needed every time you apply. 

If you are using standard service, you’d need to submit biometrics (fingerprints and digital photo) at your nearest visa centre, similar to the process at a post-office. If you are using next-day service, you’ll need to attend your appointment with your passport and enrol biometrics at that point (but your supporting documents have to have been uploaded a few days before that). 

We are asked all the time: if you already provided your biometric data in the previous visa application, do you have to do it again? Yes, you have to do it every time you make a new application. 


#10 Visa centre staff do NOT make a decision on your visa! 

Just as with all other visa centres, the commercial partners do not decide on the visas, they only help with the admin side. Only the UK Government officials make a decision, ie Home Office caseworkers. Similar to when you applied outside the UK, visa centre staff take your passport, enrol biometrics (in some cases scan your documents) but the forward it all to the Government officials for the decision. The same will be applicable here. As we keep saying, you don’t have to impress the visa centre personnel, instead, your documents have to ‘impress’ the Government officials who you won’t see or talk to. Therefore, your documents must be perfect the first time (ie the only time) you have a chance to present them. 

This is where our expertise lies and this is how we continue to help! 


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1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ. For individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website: http://www.1st4immigration.com/
  
We also provide immigration training and CPD for lawyers and those preparing for OISC exam. We have classroom/livestream courses and online self-study courses, accredited by CPD Standards Office, ref 80001, and accepted by The OISC. Visit our OISC training page here.