Thursday, 29 August 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!   

For more, welcome to our website, page In detail: UK Spouse and Partner visas

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: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN.


Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Next-day UK visa service – decision in 24 hours





Most in-UK visa types are eligible:
- Indefinite Leave 10 years residence
- Spouse/Partner visa: switching, extension, Indefinite Leave
- Tier 2 work visa: switching, extension, changing sponsor, Indefinite Leave
- Tier 4 and 5 visas: switching, extension, changing sponsor
- Ancestral visa: extension, Indefinite Leave
- PBS Dependant: switching, extension, Indefinite Leave
- Renewal of Indefinite Leave (new visa card)

Categories that are not eligible:
- Tier 1
- EEA applications, instead you can register under EU Settlement Scheme that often gives immediate decision
- British Citizenship
- All applications outside the UK, instead there is premium service. It’s not next-day but still faster than standard service

Why choose 1st 4Immigration?
- OISC-accredited company at the highest level 3, ref F200800152
- 10+ years of immigration experience and 1000s successful cases
- Specialist in Spouse/Partner visas with focus on Financial Requirement £18,600
- Experts in Business and Tier 2 work visas 
- We reply emails on same working day and use Skype for clients worldwide


Frequently Asked Questions:


How does it work?
Next-day service replaced what used to be a popular same-day service, such as in Croydon. We advise on the visa requirements, prepare your case, complete application forms, upload your documents onto the Government system, book an appointment for biometrics and, generally, ‘hold your hand’ throughout the whole process. On the day of appointment you submit biometrics (fingerprints) at your local facility, which is just for the biometrics and not handled by the visa officers. After that your case it considered electronically by the Government officials at the Home Office ‘behind the scenes’  (they are not seen or talked to), and they notify about the decision by email by the next working day. Then a biometric Visa card arrives a few days later. Our How It Works page describes this process in detail. 


How much does it cost?
We have a most competitive fixed fee of £1,099+VAT for most visa categories. Even better, we count the initial consultation fee towards it!  Fees page has a list of our service fees. Our service fee is in addition to the relevant Government fees, which differs in each category, please contact us for details.


How long in advance does it have to be booked?
We can book an appointment up to 4 weeks in advance.


Location and what happens on the day?
Under the current system (new from November 2018), the appointments are only for biometrics (fingerprints) before your case is considered by the Government officials remotely (usually in Sheffield). Since there is no face-to-face or other direct interaction with the UKVI visa officers anymore, these appointments are available at the visa centres all over the UK and can be close to you.  It can be a local library, a core centre such as in Croydon or Manchester, or a designated facility, such as in the City of London. 

Important! The new core centres, such as in Croydon or Manchester, are run by a commercial partner, ie ‘visa centres’. These are not Government facilities, as used to be in Croydon or Liverpool (there is a different address in Croydon, it is not Lunar House anymore). There is no direct interaction with the visa offices anymore, they consider all cases remotely.  You can, however, choose a location very close to you, which makes it more convenient and saves time!

Very important! The process described here was changed in relation to the visa application process but not eligibility rules. So, all the visa rules remain the same, such as Financial Requirement £18,600, English language tests, Tier 2 salary rules and so on. What changed is how you apply. 


Do I have to attend in person?
As above, you have to come to your chosen visa centre to submit biometrics (fingerprints).  After that your case will be considered remotely by the Government officials (usually in Sheffield). 


How does it compare with standard service?
Speed! It is for you if timing is everything.If your visa category is eligible for same-day service (such as Spouse/Partner visa), you have a choice of using standard service (used to be called postal service)  or next-day service. The eligibility rules are the same. The difference is timing. With next-day service you have a decision by the next working day after your biometrics’ appointment. It immediately changes your immigration status to the new category, even though your biometric visa card follows a few days later. With the standard service, it can take 6 months for permanent residency (ILR) application and 2-3 months for non-ILR application.  This is why next-day service is so popular!


To use this service please get in touch on info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website, Next-day UK visa service page

Let’s secure your visa quickly!


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: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Fast Schengen visa France, Germany, Portugal.




Dear friends,

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. In most cases, we can provide an appointment in next few working days.

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. 

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:

Our website, Schengen visas page with fees and other details: https://www.1st4immigration.com/schengen-visas-in-detail/
Email info@multitravelvisas.co.uk, we reply on the same business day!
Phone 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text.

We are based in in the City of London, office open 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday, no appointment needed. Office address: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN. Nearest Underground stations are: Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument. 

Friday, 23 August 2019

Unsure about your UK visa options? Book a consultation now!



Dear customers,

Our advice session is often the 1
st step in the UK immigration visa process and is useful to assess your eligibility or to advise on the visa requirements. It applies to all types of applications: initial visa, switching, extension, permanent residency and British Citizenship.

We have two options: email and face-to-face at our office in the City of London. Convenient location - or convenience of email advice at home! We provide email consultation by the end of the next working day.

Whether you are approaching the end of your current visa expiry or not, it is never too early to have a consultation. You don’t have to be eligible to apply for a visa now, however, by having professional advice now you can benefit from knowing early on what to expect in the future. Many applicants find they should have started preparation in advance, such as keeping or ordering the bank statements. Self-employed people often find they have to prepare annual accounts or a tax return, even though the HMRC deadline is far away.

As always, our advice fee is counted towards our service fee, even if you are making an application months/years in the future.


To use this service please get in touch on info@1st4immigration.com or visit our website, Book a consultation page.

We look forward to hearing from 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: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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

This review came our customer with a Unicorn TL nickname:

I have got OISC LEVEL 1 online training. Course is very easy and it helped me a lot in my exam.Now I am an immigration advisor. Highly recommended.

Here is a copy of Google review, which can also be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/vaTSsXH4vQ5RGenGA

Having finished filming the BBC documentary Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?, we are excited to offer our updated Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course!







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 practicingadvisers 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, CPD 16 Hours).

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 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: Tower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN



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!

Saturday, 17 August 2019

New address for 1st4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

Dear friends,

We moved to a new office on 8th August 2019. 

Our lovely iconic building of 68 King William Street is being closed for refurbishment - about time! We look forward to welcoming you at our new office a few blocks away at the 5th tallest skyscraper in the City of London - Tower 42. Some of us know it as former NatWest Tower. 



NEW OFFICE ADDRESS: 

1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas
Tower 42 (NatWest Tower)
25 Old Broad Street 
City of London
London 
EC2N 1HN

Nearest Underground stations are: Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument. 

Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same! 



1st4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

New address from Thursday 8 August 2019


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

We are moving to a new office on Thursday 8th August 2019. 

Our lovely iconic building of 68 King William Street is being closed for refurbishment - about time! We look forward to welcoming you at our new office a few blocks away at the 5th tallest skyscraper in the City of London - Tower 42. Some of us know it as former NatWest Tower. 

NEW OFFICE ADDRESS: 

1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas
Tower 42 (NatWest Tower)
25 Old Broad Street 
City of London
London 
EC2N 1HN

Nearest Underground stations are: Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument. 

Our phone numbers and email addresses remain the same! 



1st4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

Friday, 2 August 2019

Is it time to plan your next UK visa?

Dear friends,

Whether your current UK visa expires soon or in a year’s time, it is never too early to plan your next application!

You may have to wait for the last month of your current visa to submit a new application to the UK authorities but the key is preparation! We can start working on your case well in advance. This ensures you are ready as soon as it’s time to apply and without the last-minute surprises. Especially if your circumstances changed.

At 1st 4Immigration we guide you throughout the application process, beginning from now and ending with the decision on your next visa. This includes any queries you may have during the process so you would have someone to turn to.

Advance planning was well-highlighted in the BBC documentary Who Should Get to Stay in the UK? We took part in Episode 3, aired 27th June 2019, which focused on 3 couples applying for a Spouse visa. “Our” couple, who made it on the cover picture on BBC together with our lawyer Jules, took months to prepare for a visa application under our watchful eye. So, when it came to applying, theirs was the only case that run smoothly (on the visa side, there was other drama, it’s TV after all!).





It is good time to book a consultation! Our new website schedules face-to-face, What’s App or Skype sessions: https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/  In case of email advice, please contact us on info@1st4immigration.com 

We look forward to hearing from 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.