Sunday, 26 May 2019

English language for spouses of UK citizens: A1, A2 or B1?



When you are applying for your 1st Spouse visa, you need the most basic A1 level. This is true whether you are applying outside the UK or switching from another category inside the UK. 

After the 1st Spouse visa you will need an extension. At this stage, after 2.5 years in the UK, you will need A2 level. 

After that you could normally apply for a permanent visa, known as Indefinite Leave to Remain. This is where an even higher B1 level would be needed. 

If you chose to have a Fiancée visa first, you need A1 level for this and then again A1 level when you get married and apply for your 1stSpouse visa. In this case you meet the A1 rule automatically. Then you need A2 at extension and B1 at the permanent visa stage.

The rules for Unmarried Partners are the same as for spouses. 

We also have a very good post earlier on the confusion between A1 and B1 level when applying for “settlement”, as many spouses applying outside the UK are told – incorrectly – that they need a B1 level:  You can read here about 2 meanings of the legal term “settlement” there and why there is a confusion. This is a post from 2013 and still applicable on the date of publishing of this. 


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.

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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isit our OISC training courses.

Saturday, 25 May 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.


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  • 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.
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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. 

Friday, 17 May 2019

Fast Schengen visa for May holidays and summer travels – 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!
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Thursday, 9 May 2019

5 most common questions about UK Spouse visa

#1 How long can I be out of the UK? 
#2 Difference between 5 and 10-year route? 
#3 Does having a British child exempt from the Financial Requirement £18,600? 
#4 English language: A1, A2 or B1? 
#5 When to apply for British Citizenship: 3 or 5 years? 


#1 How long can I be out of the UK?

By far, most common question ever! You might have heard 6 month or 90 days or 6 months per year. 
The ruth is: there is no rule. Each case is considered individually.
The only rule is “you live permanently with your partner in the UK”. 
In practice, with the new online application forms, you will be asked about your trips abroad and reasons, such as holiday or work. 
It will attract attention if you spend more than 50% of your '‘visa time” outside the UK. 
We recommend to go by the same rule as for work visas: 6 months per year and your main home has to remain in the UK. 
If this affects you - please contact us for an individual assessment. 

#2 Difference between 5 and 10-year route? 

5 or 10 years refer to the amount of time you need to spend in the UK to quality for permanent residency. 
In the standard 5-year route you need only 5 years (2 visas: 2.5+2.5) but have to meet all the requirements including Financial £18,600. 
In the 10-year route, you need to wait twice longer and pay more (4 visas: 2.5+2.5+2.5+2.5) but some of the requirements, such as Financial or English, can be waived altogether. 
It is often thought (mistakenly) that 10-year is an easy route, available to all. 
This is not the case! 
It is only for those with exceptional / compassionate circumstances.

#3 Does having a British child exempt from the Financial Requirement £18,600? 

This is in continuation of the above. 
We often see clients coming to us who cannot meet the Financial Requirement £18,600.
Often it is because of the way it is administered rather than because of not having a £18,600 job. 
The question goes: “But we have 2 chidden born in the UK and they have UK passports, does it make a difference?" 
The answer is: “if you are applying for extension, Yes, very likely”. In practice, you are likely to be given a visa - but in the 10-year route (see above). 
If you are applying for an entry visa, No, it is unlikely to make a difference in most cases, and you would need to wait until the Financial Requirement has been met. 
On the positive side, the income threshold remains £18,600, it only goes up if non-British children are applying for visas.  

#4 English language: A1, A2 or B1? 

What a confusion! How many levels are there, when do we need what? 
When you apply for your 1st Spouse/Partner visa, you need the most basic level - A1. 
When you apply for extension (after initial 2.5 years), you need a higher level - A2.
When you apply for permanent residency, you need an even higher level. - B1. 
When you apply for British Citizenship, you need the same B1 level, so, in practice, you don't need to meet it again. 

#5 When to apply for British Citizenship: 3 or 5 years? 

This is another common misunderstanding. 
If you read the guidance on the internet, you will see 3 years. 
Yet professionals, like us ,say 5 years. Who is right? 
Doesn't help that press claims Meghan Markle can have it after 3 years (she can't). 
So, the actual rule in the Nationality law is indeed 3 years but….!
It is only one rule of several. 
Another rules is to have a permanent residency status (Indefinite Leave). 
From 2012 spouses and partners need 5 years in the UK to qualify for it. 
The real answer is: you need 5 years!   

As always, we are here to offer individual advice, you can book here on our website. 
A consultation can be face-to-face at our London office, on What’s App, Skype or email. 


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.

Friday, 3 May 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.

Thursday, 2 May 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.


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