Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Common salary mistake when applying for ILR


It is often (wrongly) thought that the above minimum salary for ILR is the actual minimum. In reality, there are 2 rules on Tier 2 salary for ILR, so a sponsor has to be paying the highest of them.

Rule 1: the minimum as above.  Below that minimum ILR application won’t succeed.
Rule 2: the salary has to still be paid at the appropriate level, as per the Code of Practice for the given SOC code (occupation).  

Example 1: a migrant is working under code 2421 Chartered and certified accountants.  Experienced salary level is £29,000 pa (for 39 hours per week). ‘ILR minimum’ salary is £35,800 if the date of application is on or after 6 April 2019. Therefore, the Tier 2 sponsor has to increase salary to ‘ILR minimum’.


Example 2: a migrant is working under code 2419 Legal professionals not elsewhere classified  Experienced salary level is £48,200 pa (for 39 hours per week). ‘ILR minimum’ salary is £35,800 if the date of application is on or after 6 April 2019. In this case, the Tier 2 sponsor has to pay minimum  £48,200 pa because it is higher of 2 ‘minimums’. 


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

We look forward to working with you!

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. 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course: study in your own time! CPD 16 Hours. Only £199 + VAT.

Dear Friends!

Our OISC Level 1 training is a bestseller! With the online version, you can download it on your computer and study in your own time.

The course is great for you if:
- you are preparing to take a Level 1 OISC exam and become an immigration adviser.
- you are a practicing adviser or solicitor and wish to broaden your knowledge about other visa categories, such as to learn in detail about the Points-Based System. You will earn 16 CPD hours!
- you work in HR; you are a business owner or a landlord and need to learn about how your employees or tenants can stay legally in the UK so that you don't face penalties.

1st4Immigration 
is a practicing immigration firm, accredited at OISC Level 3. With over 10 years of experience, we designed this course to be of practical help! It's full of useful advice, explanation of how to understand Immigration Rules, where to find the information during a case and many case studies.
Unlike most training other there, this is not boring coverage of the Immigration Rules, we tried to keep it as entertaining as possible!


If you prefer classroom/livestream training -  book our OISC Level 1 course  (£250+VAT, CPD 10 hours). 
Presented by our Level 3 Senior Immigration Lawyer, the course is held on weekends at our office in Central London.  

1st4Immigration
Authorised by The OISC at the highest Level 3, ref F200800152
Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.
www.1st4immigration.com

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The recent 1st 4Immigration Google reviews about our immigration services!



NOEL applied for ILR for his wife:

Excellent service and assistance from Jules and the team at 1st4immigration. We have used them twice now and will be using again for our final application. For a individual that is self-employed and trying to meet the requirements for a spouse visa for my wife, the hurdles you have to over come are numerous and trying to do it by yourself will end up a costly exercise. I highly recommend speaking to 1st4immigration and getting the advice and plan you need for your immigration requirements. Many thanks to you all.

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


OLGA applied for British Citizenship:

Had a great smooth experience of applying for my citizenship, Jules and Andre were very friendly, supportive, answered all my questions and were very patient. Highly recommend their services.

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


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

Let’s start working on your UK visa application! We look forward to working with you!



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. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Annual UK Government fees increase


Dear friends,

This time every year we inform our clients about possible increase in the fees the UK Government charges for visa applications and British Citizenship. This is not related to Brexit (other than it could be an excuse to charge even more!)

As a tax year begins on 6 April 2019, the higher fees usually take place. April may sound like a long way away but with UK visa or Citizenship applications, it is imperative to plan in advance.

We have no information (yet) whether the fees will change this year, and this has become the norm – the Government doesn’t announce it too early. We do, however, have last 10 years of experience to expect a yet another increase, as we do every year. When it does happen, the Government gives only a few days’ notice – to avoid the rush of applications before the higher fees take effect. Just look at what they did with health surcharge this January! It was announced on Friday 4th January 2019 that health surcharge would double to £400 per year from Tuesday 8th, that’s 2 working days’ notice.

If you are eligible – be safe and apply now to save money!

Current Government fees that are already very expensive:
Spouse entry visa: currently £1,523.
Spouse visa (switching or extension): currently £1,033.
Indefinite Leave to Remain: currently £2,389.
Next-day service surcharge: currently £610.
Biometrics: currently £19.20.
Tier 2 work visa: currently £482 - £928.
Tier 4 student visa: currently £485.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension: currently £1,277.
British Citizenship: currently £1,330.

Health surcharge £400 per year (doubled from £200 on 8 January 2019). For Tier 4 and 5 YMS £150 per year.

Applications for EU/EEA citizens and families: currently £65 but it has just been announced there would be no charge under the new Settlement scheme when it fully operates from 30 March 2019.

We look forward to working with you!
For individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website: https://www.1st4immigration.com/

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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.
  
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, 15 February 2019

Tier 1 Business Plan from immigration entrepreneurs

Let’s make a perfect Tier 1 Business Plan!
And surprise the UKVI visa officers with the research, preparation and knowledge of the Tier 1 rules. A plan that ‘sails’ through 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.
  • Expert advice: we know what business ideas work for a Tier 1 visa - and which don't!
  • Fixed fees and 2-3 weeks turnaround.
  • Advice on visa interviews.

How we can 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, sports 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.

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 competing 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 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, Business Plan page or contact us: info@1st4immigration.com . We respond emails on the same working day!

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, 14 February 2019

When to apply for British Citizenship?

It’s the ultimate goal for any foreign citizen coming to the UK – the British passport!
The journey may take time and money but it is well worth it! You may be just at the beginning of your ‘journey’, such as having your 1st UK visa, or you may be already on the way to Indefinite Leave. It is never too early to find out your rights and make a plan for the future.

Here is our short 5-point summary to get you started.

#1 Spouses of British citizens:
The process is initial Spouse visa (30 or 33 months), then extension for further 30 months, then permanent residency after 5 years. You can apply for British Citizenship straight after that. Most common mistake: applying after 3 years of residency in the UK.

#2 European citizens and family members:
Firstly, you need to acquire a permanent residency status, usually after 5 years in the UK. Then you can apply for Citizenship 1 year after you have qualified for the PR. Even if your PR document was issued later, you can still apply for Citizenship 1 year after you ‘qualified’ for it. Most common mistakes: miscalculating eligibility for PR, unnecessarily waiting for 1 year after the date on PR.

#3 If you already have Indefinite Leave or Permanent Residency document:
You are only 1 step away from Citizenship! If you have a PR under the UK law (usually called
Indefinite Leave), you need to wait for 12 months after the date on it unless you are married to a UK citizen. If you have a PR document under the European law (usually has words “Permanent Residency”), you can apply 12 months after you have qualified for it, which can be years back.

#4 If you have a visa that leads to Permanent Residency:
You are getting there! There are some UK visa categories that lead to settlement, such as Tier 2 General, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, PBS Dependant or Spouse/Partner visa. In this case, you need to wait until you can qualify for permanent residency and then apply for Citizenship as above.

 #5 If you have a visa that doesn’t lead to Permanent Residency:
Your journey is going to be the longest! Examples of categories that don’t lead to settlement: Tier 4 student visa, Tier 2 ICT, Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tier 5. Firstly, you need to switch to a visa category that leads to settlement, then wait for 5 years (in most cases) on those visas to secure permanent residency and then apply for Citizenship.

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: https://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 courses.

1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

Authorised by The OISC at the highest Level 3, ref F200800152
Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

We have a nice review about our Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course!


This is a comment on our Facebook post which can be found here: Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course: study in your own time! CPD 16 Hours. Only £199 + VAT.

Our OISC Level 1 training is a bestseller! With the online version, you can download it on your computer and study in your own time – to prepare for your OISC accreditation and Level 1 Assessment. No need to travel to a classroom, no need to wait for the next date. You can start your immigration training right now!

As we are a practicing immigration company and we designed this course based on the years of our experience with the immigration cases and with the training of advisers and solicitors. We have designed this course to be of practical help for those who are preparing for OISC accreditation at Level 1 (Initial Advice) and for compulsory Level 1 Assessment including those who are re-taking the exam. 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 as well as HR professionals whose companies employ foreign workers.

This is not a boring coverage of the Immigration Rules! We tried to keep the language as simple and entertaining as possible. See the Description and buy Online OISC Level 1 course now (£199+VAT).

If you prefer classroom/livestream training - book our OISC Level 1 course here (£250+VAT, CPD 10 hours)Presented by our Level 3 Senior Immigration Lawyer, the course is held on weekends at our office in Central London. 


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



Monday, 11 February 2019

OISC Level 1 courses, CPD 10 Core Hours. February – March 2019, £250+VAT.


Dear friends,

Our new immigration law training as the subject of UK immigration is becoming ever so exciting! To keep up with the ever-changing Brexit and non-Brexit rules, our classroom and livestream training has never been in so much demand.
After many years of experience – and hundreds of successful cases – we are offering to share our experience with you to help you prepare for your OISC Level 1 assessment and accreditation.
The 2-day weekend course is conducted at our office in the City of London (Monument/Bank) and presented by our very own Senior Immigration Lawyer, Jules Motcho, who is practicing at the highest OISC Level 3.
Unlike most traditional courses, ours is conducted using plain language and does not simply contain quotes from the Immigration Rules. We include case studies from our practice, answers to most common questions and a mock Level 1 assessment. We know you love immigration law as much as we do, so we try to keep it as entertaining as possible. We will also provide a PDF version of the course which you can take with you to the 'real' OISC exam.

OISC Level 1 classroom weekend courses:
23-24 February 2019, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm, OISC level 1 CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT. READ DESCRIPTION AND BOOK NOW!
23-24 March 2019, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm, OISC level 1 CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT. READ DESCRIPTION AND BOOK NOW!
If you prefer online training – self-learning in your own time and place – we have a more detailed Online OISC Level1 courses here.

1st4Immigration is accredited by The OISC, ref no. F200800152. 
Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.
For more please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com. We respond emails on the same working day!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Spouse, Fiancée or Unmarried Partner visa?



How are they different? What are advantages of each of them? Our helpful table below gives you the visa options for partners of UK citizens.



Spouse visa
Fiancée visa
Unmarried Partner visa
Marital status  Have to be married (or get married) and apply for a UK visa as a Spouse.  Allows you to come to the UK, get married within 6 months and then apply for a Spouse visa.  Instead of being married, you have to have lived together for 2 years.
Where to apply?
You can apply for a Spouse visa in the foreign spouse's country.
You can also apply inside the UK but only if your current UK visa allows such a "switch".
You can only apply for a Fiancée visa outside the UK, usually in the foreign partner's country. 

This includes a situation where your current UK visa allows to switch to a Spouse visa but you prefer to take the Fiancée route (such as if you need more time to meet the Financial Requirement). 
Same rules as for a Spouse visa.
Duration of the visa 
2.5 years, then extension for another 2.5 years, then permanent residency.
Unless you are put in the 10-year route which would need 2 more extensions.

We also have a post on our Blog explaining the difference between 5 and 10-year routes.  
6 months, then Spouse visa for 2.5 years , then extension for another 2.5 years, then permanent residency.  Same rules as for a Spouse visa.
Advantages
Fewer steps due to fewer applications because each application attracts a government fee, health surcharge, having to meet the requirements and supply a specified pack of documents. 

Some considered it safer than a Fiancée application due to a lower rate of refusals.

Shorter time (by 6 months) to qualify for permanent residence. 

This visa allows to work from day one. 
Gives you 6 months to come to the UK, to plan a wedding here and settle in your new life here first. 
Another advantage is a UK-issued marriage certificate in English language. It may make your future like easier, especially for nationals who require a Schengen visa to travel to Europe (UK visas aren’t valid in Europe, this is not related to Brexit, it has always been the case).
Good option for couples who aren’t ready to get married.

This visa allows to work from day one. 
Disadvantages  The points covered in Advantages of a Fiancé/Fiancée visa.  It is a more expensive route in terms of the visa fees because of an extra application (another fee etc). It depends, however, on how expensive it is to get married in another country.

This visa does not allow working in the UK until you get married and secure a Spouse visa
Has the highest rate of refusals due to the difficulty of proving the ‘living together’ rule. Many couples did live together but can’t prove it in the prescribed ways, especially if they were travelling, lived in each other’s countries temporarily or lived with parents.

For individual advice or to make your application as successful please contact us: info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website: UK Spouse and Partner Visas page.

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

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, 8 February 2019

We have a new five-star review about our Fiancée visa services!



SYLIVIA, Ugandan, Applied for Fiancée visa:

The best immigration LTD a soliciting company in the UK, located at 68 King William street right next to House of Fraser on Monument underground tube station in the city of London. We used a train from Bournemouth to London but it was easy to reach there as the building is clear just as in the photo so we just entered office with a nice view facing London Bridge. The most important thing is that they know more than any other Immigration company. They advise you well, I managed to get my marriage (Fiancée) Visa with the advise and list of documents. They told me to gather when I was still in Uganda last year before the application as sometimes when you're using self employment route you can't figure out how it's being calculated but this company let's you understand.

To avoid the stress and if you can afford an immigration solicitor, I advise you to look no further just contact them, we are now preparing for my spouse visa route FLR after the wedding with the help of Jules our solicitor.

Here is a copy of Google review, which can also be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/cCaqiLhrTVL2

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

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


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.