Sunday, 29 December 2019

πŸ€” What’s next after Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa?

Although this visa category is now closed (replaced with a Start-up visa), there are still many migrants in the UK on this visa. This category doesn't lead to settlement, and doesn't count with other visas towards settlement when counting 5 years of residence. So, what are the option to extend your stay in the UK? 

Switch to Tier 2 General if you have a sponsor (employer). There is a special exemption from advertising a job to settled workers. If an employer wants to sponsor a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) migrant, they don’t need to conduct Resident Labour Market Test. Read more on our website here. 

Switch to Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa if you wish to start, join or continue with a business in the UK. You only need £50,000 in funds instead of the standard £200,000. Although Tier 1 Entrepreneur was closed to new applicants on 29 March 2019, if you have a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa now (or had in the last 12 months), you can still switch for a limited period of time, ie still apply under the old Rules. You can even apply under Entrepreneur rules outside the UK. Read more on our website here. And you can also switch to a new Innovator category but it all be more difficult, if not impossible, than to switch to the old Entrepreneur route. 

- If you haven't spent 2 years on Graduate Entrepreneur visa, you can 'extend' but under the new Start-Up category, making a total stay on GE and Start-Up maximum 2 years. 

- Switch to a Talent visa. Currently, it is still Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category but it is expected to be replaced by more migrant-friendly and easier-to-use Global Talent visa in 2020. Read more on our website or contact us for updates on the future changes in the UK Immigration Rules. 

Switch to a Spouse/Partner visa. If you are in a relationship with a UK citizen, someone who has a permanent residency status in the UK, you can switch to this and qualify for Settlement after 5 years (or 10 years if you have exceptional circumstances). If you are in a relationship with someone on a visa that leads to Settlement, you can apply for a dependent visa. For example, if your partner is working on a Tier 2 General visa, you can secure a Tier 2 Dependant visa. 

All of the above categories lead to settlement (ILR), although none of them can be combined with the time spent on a Graduate Entrepreneur visa. 

- 10 years legal residence in the UK. Here you can count any visa types. Subject to the limits of absences, and someone other requirements, after 10 years of continuous legal residence in the UK, you could qualify for Settlement. 

1st4Immigration is a practicing immigration law company, accredited by the OISC at the highest Level 3, reference 200800152. Office address: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. Website:

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, 25 December 2019

πŸ’ UK Spouse/Fiancee/Partner visa application!

1st 4Immigration is a prominent immigration law company with experienced specialists in UK family visas. We handle entry clearance applications, extension, settlement. We help with entry visas for partners of UK citizens if you are returning to the UK together or sponsoring your spouse/partner or fiancee to join you here. We help to work out Financial Requirement £18600, advice if you cannot meet it or overstayed your visa. We can explain the latest rules if you are worried about Brexit. If you apply through us we charge fees for our services, and you will benefit from our unbeatable expertise!

Why choose 1st 4Immigration?

- We founded this company more than 10 years ago following our own immigration experience
- We have 1000s of successful cases
- Specialist in Financial Requirement £18,600
- We work with standard and fast Priority services
- We reply emails on same business day and assist clients worldwide via What's App, Skype

How can we help?

- We keep up-to-date with the Immigration Rules - such as 80-page rulebook on Financial Requirement £18,600
- Advice session to explain eligibility requirements - face to face, What's App, Skype, email
- We provide a list of documents focused on your situation - financial evidence, English etc - all in once place!
- We 'hold your hand’ throughout the whole process - you have someone to turn to with your questions
- We complete visa application forms
- We guide on how you can meet Financial Requirement in 6 - 12 months time or help to apply under exceptional circumstances
- 24-hour Super Priority Service: we book appointment and upload documents in time for it

Need to know more?

- UK Spouse and Partner visas in detai:
- Financial Requirement £18,600 - our speciality: We are specialists in this area - we even train other lawyers!

Time to arrange advice session - what is covered?

- Chance to discuss your situation with an experienced adviser – not an automated service or unhelpful call centre
- Explanation of relevant Immigration Rules in plain language
- Assessment of how you can meet the Rules. Very often a client can’t meet them now but can in 3-6 months
- Answers to common questions, such as how much time you can spend outside the UK when on a Spouse visa
- Advice on the application process and processing times
- Reasonable follow-up questions
- Action plan!

Book a consultation

- You can arrange a consultation with an immigration lawyer on this link: Consultation can be face-to-face at our City of London office, on What’s App, Skype, phone or email. You can also just submit an enquiry in the table below. You can also simply send a request in the feedback form.

What our clients love about usTestimonials and Google Reviews on the internet

BBC documentary with our participation.

We at 1st 4Immigration are taking part in a BBC documentary, called Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?. Our Episode 3 features Spouse visa cases, including our clients, Marc and Sylivia. Sylivia is from Uganda, we helped her to come here on a Fiancee visa to be with Marc. They are at the front on the photograph on the link. During the course of the programme, the couple have to get married and apply for a Spousal visa to enable Sylivia to start her oath to settlement.

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

Thursday, 19 December 2019

πŸ‘½ Tower 42: Christmas, visas and aliens - 1st 4Immigration

As it is almost Christmas, we wanted to write something cheerful - and funny! To help with the festive mood, especially if you are working very hard, trying to get all your work done on time for the Christmas break.

This post was inspired by a photograph that Natalia took outside our office building, Tower 42, on 18th December 2019. The building looked great with the Christmas tree at the top! Then we spotted a 'UFO' hanging over in the sky, keeping its eyes on us! This picture, taken on a whim, was beginning to resemble 'aliens' (that's American legal term for immigrants) looking for a visa. They were certainly at the right place! 😁

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to more cases and more visas in 2020!  

1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

πŸŽ„ Most common visa questions of 2019

#1 Return of post-study work visa.
#2 Can I work if my UK visa is in the expired passport?
#3 Savings for a Spouse visa
#4 Does the British spouse have to be in the UK all the time?

Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

As we are approaching 2020, here are 4 most common questions we faced in 2019.

#1 Return of post-study work visa.

This visa category was very popular until its closure in 2012. There are now plans to revive it for foreign students (EU and non-EU) who begin a degree course during 2020/21 intake at UK universities (but not to those who are already studying here now). There are no further details yet, but if it is based on the past, graduates would be able to stay in the UK for 2 years with the right to work. It won’t lead to Settlement but 2 years could be enough to find sponsorship for a work visa. Or to set up a business. Or qualify as a parter of a UK citizen under Unmarried Partner category that requires 2 years of living together. 

#2 Can I work if my UK visa is in the expired passport?

As we traditionally imagine our visas “attached" to our passports, this question comes up a lot. So, what’s changed with the recent technology? With a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), most visas are now look like a “bank card” and come separately from the passport. If your passport expired, you don’t need to transfer it. If you have an electronic status under EU Settlement Scheme, you don't need to worry about passport expiry date at all. Your status is in the UK Government system and employers can check it. 

However, if you still have an old-style “Indefinite” stamp in your passport, you can still “be” in the UK after your passport expires. But! You cannot work until you have applied for a new ILR based on your valid passport. You will get a BRP, currently issued until 31.12.2024 (they all expire on that date). What will be next? We don't know but there was an announcement that all visas would become electronic, i.e. an email and status in the system instead of a visa card or stamp, similar to an ESTA in the USA. This is also in line with what European citizens are given now under EU Settlement Scheme. We’ll have to wait and see! 

#3 Savings for a Spouse visa

This question does not lose its popularity because the Financial Requirement rules say "£18,600 income or savings”.  There is plenty of confusion on how much savings a couple needs if they cannot meet the £18,600 income rule. Or can, but not in the way to satisfy the Immigration Rules, which is often the case when both partners are moving to the UK together after living abroad. Especially when a non-British partner has a better-paid job abroad, which we cannot count for the visa purpose. The couples do often have savings, or family members who are wiling to help. So, the amount of savings is £62,500 for a spouse/partner (more if children are also applying) and must have been on the balance for 6 months. The amount goes down to £34,600 when applying for Indefinite Leave. There are variations, such as combining a property ownership and cash from its sale, or using investments instead of cash savings, or combining pension and savings. We can advise on all of these when working on your individual situation! 

#4 Does the British spouse have to be in the UK all the time?

Very common for couples who used to live abroad and moved to the UK when children reached the school age. You may still have a business or family overseas, or a job for a UK employer that requires frequent travel. In the past we covered the rules on for a foreign spouse while on a Spouse/Partner visa here. But what about the British citizen, are there limits on absences from the UK which may affect your partner’s UK visa? There is no short Yes or No answer. The general rule is a British partner is settled in the UK, the UK being their main home. In the ideal scenario, you own a family home here, your children go to school here, your income is generated and/or declared here (and tax paid here too). 

Other than that, there are no specific rules, so each case will be considered on the individual basis. If you have concerns about this, we have over 10 years of experience of helping spouses and families of UK citizens, and we have seen a great variety of scenarios!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to more cases and more visas in 2020!

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. 

1st 4Immigration 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.

Monday, 16 December 2019

New dates: January - March 2020. πŸŽ“ Classroom And Livestream OISC Level 1 Training Courses. CPD 10 Core Hours, £250+VAT.

Having finished filming the BBC documentary Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?, we are excited to offer our OISC Level 1 courses during January - March 2020!

As the subject of UK immigration is becoming even more exciting, you can keep up-to-date with our classroom and online training – and claim CPD hours.

2-day weekend course is conducted at our office in the City of London and presented by our Level 3 accredited Senior Immigration Lawyer, Jules Motcho. That’s him on the far right on the photo!

Classroom and livestream training:

18-19 January 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT. Book now!15-16 February 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.  Book now!
21-22 March 2020 Saturday And Sunday 10am-5pm, CPD 10 hours, £250+VAT.  Book now!

Online self-study course:

If you prefer studying in your own time, we have a more detailed Online OISC Level 1 courses here. CPD 16 hours, £199+VAT.

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, 10 December 2019

πŸŽ„ Christmas wishes and festive break 24 December - 6 January

Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

We would like to thank you all for your custom in 2019, and always!

Christmas opening hours
Our office will be closed from Tuesday 24th December 2019 (i.e. last office day will be Monday 23rd  December) and back to normal on Monday 6th January 2020. If you would your UK visa or Citizenship application to be prepared or submitted by 24th December, please let us have the required information as soon as possible. Even you do not qualify to apply before 24th December, we can still prepare your application and submit in 2020. 

Consultation appointments including evening slots on Thursdays  

To discuss your case with our immigration lawyers before the Christmas break, please follow the calendar on our website: Face-to-face at our office in London (Liverpool Street / Bank area in the City), over What’s App, email or Skype. There are extra evening slots on Thursdays up to 8pm UK time. 

Russian visas 

Russian national holidays will cover the first week of January 2020. If you are planning a trip to Russia, please apply now unless you are travelling in the 2nd half of January.

We wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our team at
1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas

Saturday, 7 December 2019

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

With over 10 years of working as a visa agency in the City of LondonMulti Travel Visas can assist 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.

Visit our website now to plan your travels, so you get a visa on time

Phone us: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text. 
Email:, we reply on the same business day! 

Visit our office, 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.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Fast UK / British passport renewal for Christmas holidays! πŸŽ„ Submission within 2 working days. Renewal, replacement of lost passport, and a 2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers 🌏

Multi Travel Visas, a prominent UK visa company in the City of London, can assist with renewing a UK passport using fast service at the Passport Office in London, with the authorisation from you as per the government requirements. We can usually submit passport applications within  2 working days.

We can also help if for some reason you are unable to apply yourself. If you don't have time to travel to a Passport Office yourself we can apply on your behalf (you don't have to come to London). If you are living/working abroad you can courier documents to our London office and we can submit them promptly for same-day service. This includes if your passport has run out of pages or if you need to renew not only yours but also/or your child's passport urgently.  Example: British expats living or working in the USA, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.  

Passport renewal: we can renew your adult passport on same-day service or 1 week service, with applications submitted as soon as next 1 - 2 working days. You can also ask for a ‘Jumbo’ passport (48 pages instead of the standard 32), handy if you travel frequently outside the UK and your passport is full of stamps – it will take much longer for your passport to run out of pages. 

Replacement of a lost or stolen passport: we can submit promptly, as above, but replacements are only processed on 1 week service at the Passport Office. 

2nd valid passport for frequent business travellers: this is possible within the timing of normal urgent services, here your employer has to provide a letter confirming you have to travel frequently for work and you need a 2nd passport to travel while your 1st one is used to apply for visas.

Foreign travel visas: Russia (including invitations, ie visa support), China, India, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and others. If you have a British passport but work abroad we can still process a visa application here in London. For example, if you are working abroad far from a capital city in that country, and cannot go to the Embassies, then you could courier your documents to us and we’d submit to the Embassies in the UK.  

  Contact us now:

Fast British Passport Renewal service: 

Phone us: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text. 
Email:, we reply on the same business day! 
Visit our office in the City of London, 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.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

πŸŽ„ Have your visa done by Christmas – and relax!

Dear customers of 1st4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas,

It is almost Christmas! Wouldn’t it be great to have your UK visa sorted by then – and relax? Plus, remember our referral scheme: if you introduce a friend or colleague, they get a £50 credit and you get a £50 Amazon voucher!

24-hour UK visa service

The fastest solution if you are eligible to apply now. You could enter into 2020 with your new UK visa! Applicable to visas for spouses/partners of British citizens, Tier 2 work visa, Ancestral and Indefinite Leave (settlement) in all of these.

Standard service

If you can’t use 24-hour service, or can but prefer to wait and save money, we can submit your application in December. It may not be decided by Christmas but you will still have the peace of mind that the UK authorities are working hard while you are enjoying the festive time! Applies to all UK visa categories and British Citizenship. If you are applying for an entry visa as a spouse/fiancΓ©e of a UK citizen, there is an optional faster service.

Tourist visas

If you have family or friends coming here for Christmas (or for shopping during the sales), we can help with a fast visitor visa. Takes 5 working days on Priority service, with 2-3 on standard service.

If you aren’t eligible yet

If you are still waiting to meet the conditions, such as on residency period or Financial Requirement £18,600, we can start your application now and submit later. You will have the peace of mind during the festive period, knowing that your case is under control!

Our opening times

We work as usual until Monday 23rd December inclusive, then closed and back to normal on Monday 6th January 2020.

Evening appointments on Thursdays

To book a consultation to discuss your case, please follow the calendar on our website. We have also opened extra evening slots on Thursdays up to 7 - 8pm. Face-to-face at our office in London, over What’s App, email or Skype:

Phone us: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text. 
Emails: or, we reply on the same business day! 
Visit our office in the City of LondonTower 42 (NatWest Tower), 25 Old Broad Street, City of London, London, EC2N 1HN. Nearest Underground stations are: Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument.