Thursday, 25 April 2019

Business Plan for UK Business Visas - from immigration entrepreneurs



Let’s make a perfect Business Plan!

And surprise the UKVI visa officers with the research, preparation and knowledge of the visa rules. We prepare business plans for UK visa categories: Start-up, Innovator and Representative of Overseas Business as well for funding from banks and investors.


Why choose 1st 4Immigration?

  • OISC-accredited company at the highest level 3.
  • 10+ years of experience & many successful cases despite business visas being a difficult category.
  • Fixed fees and 2-3 weeks turnaround.

How we can help:

  • Business plan in 2-3 weeks! 
  • Very competitive fixed fees. 
  • Personalised plan based on UK Immigration 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 will be tirelessly working to demonstrate that your business idea meets the criteria:

  • Innovation.
  • Viability.
  • Scalability.

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 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: 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. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Fast Schengen visa for May holidays and summer – often without biometrics!



Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas,

Sooner appointments- officially accredited agency with French Consulate!
We offer fast processing of Schengen visas for your travels, using special appointments reserved exclusively for only 10 accredited agencies in the whole of the UK (ours being one of the oldest covering last 10 years). In most cases, we can provide an appointment in next few working days and it takes maximum 1 week from then for most nationals.

Biometrics aren’t always needed!
If your previous Schengen visa shows "VIS", you wouldn’t need to submit biometrics again for the next 5 years! It means you can simply apply through us without travelling to London for biometrics. Just bring or send your documents to us and we’ll do the rest - quickly and efficiently. Saving you time, hassle and most importantly, money!

Schengen visas to Europe:
We can assist with Schengen visa through France or Germany that allow travelling to all of the Schengen area. French Consulate issues longer, multiple-entry visas, especially to spouses and families of UK/EU citizens.

Contact us now:
We are based in in the City of London (Bank/Monument), office open 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, no appointment needed.
Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text.
Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk , we reply on the same business day!
Website: www.multitravelvisas.co.uk and group website www.1st4immigration.com

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, 16 April 2019

Travel visas to India, China, Saudi Arabia. Russian visas and invitations.



Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas,
With over 10 years of working as a visa agency in London, we can help with visas for your business and holiday travels worldwide!
Expert advice – very competitive fixed fees!

FAST INDIAN VISA: Business visa can be done on same-day service; standard business/tourist visa – within 1 week. Indian visa is valid for minimum of 6 months, so you can apply well in advance!
FAST CHINESE VISA: 3 - 4 working days.
SAUDI ARABIAN Visa: 3 - 4 working days and we can also arrange the supporting documents from Chamber of Commerce.
FAST RUSSIAN VISAS AND FULL SUPPORT WITH VISA INVITATIONS: for business and tourism using express service or standard 1-week service. We have a Russian-speaking member of staff to process and read visa invitations. We also can arrange biometrics’ submission at our office in the City.
OTHER COUNTRIES: travel visas to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, African countries, Australia and many others. We are also one of just a few specialists in Schengen visas and officially accredited by French Consulate.

Contact us now:
We are based in the City of London (Bank/Monument), office open 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, no appointment needed.
Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text.
Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk, we reply on the same business day!

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.

Monday, 15 April 2019

We have a nice review about our Spouse visa services!






Bahija, a UK/US citizen who needed help for a Spouse visa for her American/Lebanese husband:

Thank you so much for helping us with the spouse visa. I cannot add anymore than what everyone else has said about 1st4immigration.  Natalia has been magnificent and together with Sebastian they coordinated with my daughter to prepare all the paper work. Natalia had originally told us that she couldn't help us as we didn't have all the documents required for the application so we knew what we needed to do. When we got all the requirements she agreed to proceed. We will recommend them to everyone. Will do it all over again in two and a half years. Thank you so much once again.

Here is a copy of Google review, which can also be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/wy6huawTCit

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 / Partner application!


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: 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, 4 April 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.

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 is one of the most experienced and prominent UK immigration law companies, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, our OISC reference is 200800152, in which 2008 stands for the year accreditation. Office address: 68 King William Street, City of London, London, EC4M 7DZ.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

5 less-known UK visas that lead to settlement

#1 Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): settlement after 3 – 5 years

This category has been more accessible, having included engineers, architects, scientists, digital technology workers as well as actors, designers and other creative workers. There is annual limit of 2,000 places but even that has doubled from the previous limit. You can apply outside the UK or switch from some categories, including from the unpopular (with migrants) Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visa.

It leads to settlement (Indefinite Leave) after 3 years if you have secured an endorsement of Exceptional Talent type. What’s more, you can combine some categories, such as Tier 2 General when counting ‘your’ 3 years. If your endorsement was of Exceptional Promise type, your qualifying period will be 5 years, and you can still combine with some other categories. We have a separate post on this category here.

#2 Ancestral visa: settlement after 5 years

Ancestral visa is for Commonwealth citizens, it is based on having a grandparent who was born in the UK. Often used by Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and Canadians. You cannot switch but have to start from outside the UK. Leads to settlement after 5 years.

#3 New Innovator business visa: settlement anytime after 3 years, subject to meeting ILR criteria

This is a new category, introduced from 29 March 2019 and which replaced Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). For the first time, it only sets the minimum number of years – 3 years – and then gives a list of 7 criteria. After 3 years, you can apply for settlement as soon as you have met any 2 of them. Some are on investment (and it has been reduced to £50,000), some on job creation (10 jobs on any salary; or 5 jobs on £25,000 salary), some on turnover (£1 million in 1 year or £500,000 but with £100,000 from exporting activities). And there is even one on intellectual property and a number of customers. In short (this is a very simplified summary), money is ‘down’ but jobs are ‘up’. You may meet the requirements after, say, 3.5 or 4.5 years or maybe after 7 years. If you need more time, there is no limit on extensions, every time for 3 years. We have a series of details posts here.

#4 Representative of Overseas Business: settlement after 5 years

Traditionally, a request from those looking for a visa to run a business in the UK but preferring the more flexible terms on this category. It is open to those who work in senior roles overseas and are being posted to the UK to open a branch. The ‘catch’ is you must not own more than 50% of the business. Once you have this visa, there are no rules on minimum amount of funds or creating jobs.

#5: 10 years legal residence.

This is not a “visa” that leads to settlement per-se but it is a way to achieve settlement nonetheless. In short, if you have spent 10 years legally in the UK – on any visas – you could apply for Indefinite Leave. There are many finer rules here, such as what’s “continuous” (breaks between visas and absences from the UK) and what’s “legal” (waiting times between visas, complying with conditions etc). If you happened to be in the Spouse/Partner/Parent 10-year route, you may actually qualify for ILR faster using 10 years on “any visas”. A very careful examination is needed on our side but of you fit into the rules – you get ILR!


To book an individual consultation with our lawyers, face-to-face, over Skype, phone or email, visit https://www.1st4immigration.com


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: 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. 

5 most common questions EVER about UK visas



We love UK immigration law! We enjoy explaining it in plain language, even with humour. There is plenty of stress involved in this process but it can also be fun learning about it.

#1 My passport expired, do I need to get a new visa?
#2 Can I get a British passport and keep my current nationality?
#3 What is my status while waiting for decision? What if my visa expired before decision? Can I keep working?
#4 Can I have my passport while waiting for a visa?
#5 How does Brexit affect me?


#1 My passport expired, do I need to get a new visa?

The answer is both Yes and No. No, because you can travel with both passports. UK visas don't expire even if passport has expired. Also No, if you have a biometric visa card (BRP), you don’t have to apply for a new one until it expires.
If, however, you have an old Indefinite Leave sticker in the passport (the one that says ‘Date of expiry – Indefinite’), you will have to apply for a new biometric ILR if you are working (as explained here). This is because under the current rules employers are not allowed to employ people who have UK visas in the expired passports.

#2 Can I get a British passport and keep my current nationality?

The UK allows dual, triple and multiple nationalities – no problem. The real question is to the authorities of your other country (or countries). Some allow, some only allow one more, some don’t allow at all. Check with them! For example, South Africans can have dual citizenship but only if they ask South Africa for permission first. Russians can have but have to use their Russian passport when entering Russia.

Also, when you become British, you will have to return your ILR biometric card, so you won’t have it to show the authorities of your other country. You can return to the UK using a UK passport, but it also means the border control at your departure airport will know about your British Citizenship (and if that country doesn’t like it – this is where you may be ‘found out’).

#3 What is my status while waiting for a decision?

If you apply for a new visa before your old visa expires (even on the last day), your status continues in that ‘old visa’ for as long as it takes to make a decision on your new application. Doesn’t matter how long the authorities take – you retain all conditions attached to your ‘old visa’, including the right to work. You also retain the limitations.

For example, you are switching from Tier 4 student to a Spouse visa. Most Tier 4 visas allow to work part time when studying and full-time after completion of a degree course. You applied for a Spouse visa on the last day of Tier 4 visa. It took 3 months for a decision. During these 3 months you remain ‘Tier 4’ and can work full-time.

Now, imagine you have a Tier 2 General visa, which allows to work only for your Tier 2 sponsor (employer). You are applying for Indefinite Leave and it takes, say, 4 months to consider your ILR application. During these 4 months your status remains ‘Tier 2’ and you have to keep working for your Sponsor. Once your ILR has been granted, you can change employment. This is why the next-day service is very popular!

#4 Can I have my passport while waiting for a visa?

Yes, in most cases now, you can. But the real question tends to be ‘Can I travel during that time?”

If your UK visa (the one you are renewing) is still valid, then yes, you can travel. It’s enough to get you on the plane. Here, at the UK Border, they will find your status in the system.

If your UK visa has expired, so at the moment of travel you have no valid UK visa, then you can travel if you are a non-visa national. That is if you are not required to have a visitor visa for the UK. For example, American, Australian, Malaysian nationals. The airline will know you don’t need a visitor visa (the rest is not their problem) while the UK Border control will find your pending application in their system.

If, however, your UK visa has expired and you are a visa national (Chinese, Russian, South African, Indian, Nigerian etc), you will need a ‘valid visa’ to board the plane, otherwise the airline won’t let you on-board. In this case, you would have to remain in the UK and travel after you have your new visa.

#5 How does Brexit affect me?

If you are not an EU/EEA national, or a family member of such, Brexit has no relevance to your UK immigration status. You can continue as before. Examples: spouses of UK citizens, “Tier” migrants, Tier 2 sponsors, visitors.

If you are an EU/EEA national, or a family member of such, you need to apply under the new EU Settlement Scheme. You are eligible if you started living in the UK before the deadline. The deadline in case of a ‘deal’ is planned on 31st December 2020.The deadline in case of ‘no deal’ is the date the UK exits the European Union, it was 29th March 2019 but was extended to 12th April 2019. The final date is yet to be determined. For the latest updates, please keep checking our website.


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 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: 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.