Monday, 27 July 2020

🇭🇰🇬🇧 Special visa and Hong Kong




Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration,


Hong Kong has been a focus of the new lately, with the UK Government promising special visas for British Nationals (Overseas) status holders, such as in this BBC story. Here we look at the details of the scheme coming in force in January 2021. 

1. It will only be available to BN(O) status holders, which means those born before 1 July 1997 (date of handover to China) and who actually registered for this status by 2007. It is not possible to obtain this status now.
  
2. The BN(O) status cannot be passed to children but eligible BN(O) applicants can bring their families with them: spouse/partner and children under 18 yo. In some limited cases, children aged 18 and over may be allowed too.

3. There is no need to have a valid BN(O) passport, it can be an old one, and there is no restriction on dual nationality. But there is a condition to be a resident in Hong Kong. For example, if you are a ‘BN(O)’ but moved to Australia and obtained Australian citizenship, you won't qualify. Not because of Australian citizenship but because of not being a resident in Hong Kong anymore. If you are already in the UK, however, you may be able to switch into this scheme from 2021 onwards, assuming you can meet its conditions, such as on your finances.

4. The path to settlement is 5 years. The applicants can choose between a 5-year visa straight away or 2 visas (2.5 years each). After 5 years - settlement, where the usual rules on absences, criminality etc will apply. If you can't meet them, you will be expected to leave the UK - no more extensions! If you can - full British Citizenship after further 12 months.

5. BN(O) passport holders can come to the UK now in various Immigration routes, such as visiting visa-free for 6 months or applying for a Tier 5 YMS visa. It is not, however, full British Citizenship despite words ‘British National’, meaning BN(O)s are subject to usual immigration rules on work/student visas etc. For example, a BN(O,) wishing to work in the UK, needs the same Tier 2 Sponsorship from an employer as all other non-EEA citizens. This new visa, however, allows to come to the UK and look for work, in any occupation for any employer. It also allows studying, running a business, using the NHS, sending children to state schools and so on - except claiming public funds (welfare benefits).

As always, we are here to help with the latest developments in the fast-changing environment of UK Immigration Rules, including the post-Brexit Points-Based System, which has taken a back seat at the moment but is being developed behind the scenes. Please contact us via replying to this email or book a consultation on our website .

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

Sunday, 19 July 2020

🇨🇵 Schengen visa to France - NOW OPEN !!!

French Schengen visas are back!  

With some of Schengen countries resuming the visa procedures, we can resume assisting you with French Schengen visas here in London. Maybe you are still hoping for a 2020 summer holiday? Or to violet your friends and family. Or maybe it's a business matter that cannot be resolved from home over Zoom meeting. We remain one of just a handful of accredited agencies and we can secure appointments as soon as possible. 

You can apply as early as 3 months before your travel - that will cover summer/autumn holidays. Some Schengen countries (such as Germany) even allow applying 6 months in advance, which would cover your Christmas and New Year travel! 

Please contact us for more details. 

Ps. Germany, Spain and Italy have also re-opened.


Multi Travel Visas team 


Phone: 0871 472 1468 or 07795471483 or text.
Email: info@multitravelvisas.co.uk, we reply on the same business day!
Submit an enquiry on our website: https://www.multitravelvisas.co.uk/

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

Friday, 17 July 2020

🎓 4 - 5 August 2020: Livestream OISC Level 1 training.



We have moved all our training online!

We now offer OISC Level 1 course livestream on Zoom and Skype during August and September 2020.

It is a 2-day course, 10.00 - 16.00 with breaks. CPD 10 hours. Price £250+VAT. It is live training (livestream), where you can interact with the tutor and ask your questions. You can check the dates and book here: https://www.1st4immigration.com/training/#classroom


We also continue to run our best-selling Self-study OISC Level 1 course, based on an electronic textbook.

You can study in your own time, at your own pace, from any device at any place. CPD 16 hours. Price £199+VAT. You can find it here: https://www.1st4immigration.com/training/#online

You can read the Description here (same for each course): https://www.1st4immigration.com/course/classroom-and-livestream-oisc-level-1-training-course-cpd-10-core-hours-2/


Our courses are CPD-accredited by The CPD Standards Office, reference 80001.


Extracts from How To Use the Immigration Rules:

The ‘Other way around principle’: when trying to find out whether a migrant can switch from one visa category to another, most people would go to the section of the Rules that covers their current visa. Then looking for what they can switch or extend to. For example, a Tier 4 student would go to the Tier 4 rules and try to understand whether they can switch to a work or Spouse visa. It works ‘Other way around’: you have to go to the section about the visa you are switching to, find Requirements for a Leave to Remain, and see whether your current category is listed there as one of those ‘the applicant must have one of the following’. In our example, a Tier 4 student, trying to find out if they can switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa, you have to go to Part 6A, find Tier 2 (General) Requirements for a Leave to Remain, then ‘the applicant must have been granted one of the following’ and here is Tier 4 on the list. If not on the list - can’t switch. For example, Tier 2 won’t have a visitor or Tier 5 YMS on the list.

Extracts from Spouse/Partner visa - Financial Requirement £18,600:

What is a full financial year for a self-employed person? A self-employed person is what HMRC calls a sole trader , ie self-employed without a company. It is not what we envisage under the common sense definition of ‘working for yourself’, with can be as a sole trader, a company director and other forms, like a partnership. For a ’self-employed’ person, a full financial year is a tax year, ie a year ending 5 April. So, you have to submit your tax return, even if it means earlier than HMRC deadline of 31 January next year, generate HMRC Tax Calculation and go by the line Profit From Self-Employment, which must be minimum £18,600 for a spouse visa.


1st 4Immigration is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited 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: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN.

Friday, 3 July 2020

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Nikhil: Jules helped me with my Tier 2 visa, my permanent residency as well as my citizenship application. He was amazingly quick on all 3 occasions whether it was with replies to my emails or asking me for documents to process etc. The biggest reason I went to 1st4immigration is to take the stress of making these important (often life-changing) processes away. Yes it costs money, yes you can do it yourself - but I did not want to take that risk, or feel like I could've done more in case an application of mine was rejected. In fact, Jules came with me for my permanent residency application, and helped sort out an additional request from the officials right there (they wanted a copy of my latest payslip). I'm a British citizen now, and would definitely say that Jules made the whole process really efficient and stress-free. I never write reviews, but I can't recommend Jules enough!
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Sean:
I urgently needed my to get my partner a U.K. partner visa during the COVID 19 crisis as we were abroad in Australia and she was pregnant. With time running out 1st4immigration provided an amazing easy to understand service and worked very hard to get us the visa approved which came very swiftly. I would like to say a massive thank you to our agent Jules who was always very responsive and helped guide us every step of the way. I recommend 1st4immigration to anyone needing U.K. visa application services they were amazing!
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1st4Immigration is one of the most experienced UK immigration law companies, OISC - accredited 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: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN.
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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Whats happening with Citizenship for EEA citizens?


With the updated Citizenship rules from May 2020, it became more difficult for EEA citizens to secure British Citizenship. On the one hand, it is still easy - in most cases - to secure a settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Even in case of only getting a pre-settled status, there is still an option to gain a full settled status later. And if you disagree with ‘only’ a pre-settled status, there is a process to challenge it if you believe you qualify for full settlement instead. So far, so relatively easy, as was promised by the Government.

The next logical step is becoming British, so how come it ended up being less straightforward? Well, the above settled status is issued automatically in most cases (not in all but in many). Broadly, it is based on being in the UK for 5 years. With Citizenship, however, the qualifying period of 5 years of being what the EU law calls 'a qualified person’. It means continuously, during 5 years, working, running a business, studying or being self-sufficient.

For some of you it may sound like an old EEA(PR) application - and it's exactly that! One common example is breaks a break between jobs. But the most common is health insurance for students and self-sufficient EEA citizens. This ‘problem’ is especially common for European students, who needs such insurance when you can use the NHS? However, when it comes to the settlement application, the UK authorities examine all activities, strictly applying the EU law.

These strict requirements were abolished with introduction of EU Settlement Scheme - but remained for Citizenship. And the new policy from May 2020 reinforced it. As a result, a Citizenship application became a combination of Citizenship and the old EEA(PR).

It gets more interesting: when to apply?
- If you still have an old EEA(PR) document, you can usually apply after 6 years in the UK, this point might have been a few years back, and you can apply now.
- If you only have a settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme - you need 1 year after it’s been issued, however long you have lived in the UK.
- If you have both - you can choose which one to use.


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

www.1st4immigration.com