Friday, 27 November 2020

We have more five-star Google reviews of our immigration services!

 



Tori:
Jules was brilliant. Can't speak highly enough of his work and responsiveness.
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Julia:
We had two consultations with Jules before the go ahead with our unmarried partner visa. COVID-19 was a set back in our process, but Jules has always been extremely responsive and helpful with all our questions and requests, always telling us the best way to proceed. We got our visa approved extremely quickly, in the 5 year route, couldn't have had a better experience.
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Hemraj and June:
Sorry for the delay in this review,we would like to reccomend 1st 4immigration on their most very professional work and dedication,especially Jules Motcho that dealt with our case and to the best of his ability he was always availble whenever we called or mailed him and got back to us as soon possible with in the same day.
I would recommend 1st 4immigration for any new enquiries and issues that you might have as they have the experties to deal with your queries.
We would like to thank  all the staff at 1st 4immigration keep up the good work.
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M P:
Can't recommend Jules Motcho and the team at 1st4immigration enough. On my third visa now, and they've been there every step of the way. Professional and knowledgeable is what you need on your side. Thanks team!
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Elliot:
Fully professional service, highly recommended
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We are here to help if you wish to talk to an Immigration Lawyer or to start the process of preparing your visa application. We work with customers worldwide via What's App, Skype, Facebook, email as well as in person at our office in the City of London. 

The best start is to book an online consultation on our website here.  As always, a consultation fee counts towards our full service! 


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. www.1st4immigration.com 

Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com


Tuesday, 24 November 2020

🇬🇧 1 week to go - new immigration system 1 December 2020!





Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas,
 
 
The new Points-Based Immigration System is about to come in force in just 1 week’s time - 1st December 2020. It mainly affects the work migrants, such as those sponsored by their UK employers. As we mentioned earlier, it is being made easier and faster to sponsor foreign workers with the same rules applying to workers from all over the world, i.e. both Europeans and non-Europeans. Yes, the EU citizens will now need visas to work and live in the UK (as well as to study, join family etc).  However, the new system will make it easier for all workers - including non-EU citizens - to come and work in the UK. Or to remain in the UK by switching from another visa category, such as Tier 5 YMS, Tier 2 ICT and even from a family visa, none of these was possible until now.  
 
A quick reminder of what’s being made easier: no annual limit on the number of work visas, no need to advertise jobs to settled workers prior to choosing a migrant, no cap on the number of years spent in the UK. Plus, a wider range of acceptable jobs, lower salary thresholds (still subject to going rates) and tradable points in some cases, such as for jobs in shortage occupations. 
 
We also have a Health and Care ‘NHS visa’ now in place, a Hong Kong BNO visa coming in January 2021, and a promise of the revived Post-Study Work visa from summer 2021! 
  

 

 

1st 4Immigration team 

OISC ref F200800152
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN
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🇭🇰🇬🇧 Hong Kong BNO visa to settle in the United Kingdom

 




Known as a ‘Hong Kong visa’, it is actually a UK visa category that starts on 31 January 2021. It allows to live and work in the UK, eventually offering settlement and full British Citizenship. There is no minimum income requirements, no cap on number of applicants, no minimum qualification level etc. You do not need a job offer before coming to the UK - you can look for a job once here. 


Who is eligible? 

Hong Kong residents who have (or had) a British National (Overseas) passport, often called BNO or BN(O). This status was given when Hong Kong was handed over from Britain to China on 1 July 1997. It is not possible to obtain this status now, although no status is not the same as no valid BNO passport. Note: it is only for the BNOs who are still residing in Hong Kong or for those who are already residing in the UK. We are often approached by BNO passport holders who since emigrated from Hong Kong to, say, Australia, so they won't be eligible. 


If you are in Hong Kong: 

You can come to the UK as a visitor, without a visa, and then switch into this status (after 31 January 2021). 


If you are already in the UK: 

You can switch from your current status to this new category from 31 January 2021. If your current UK visa expires before that, you may be able to apply outside the Rules and then switch ‘properly’ after 31 January 2021. 


Family members: 

Your immediate family can join, i.e. a spouse, unmarried partner, children under 18 years of age. Adult children born after 1 July 1997, and therefore aren't eligible for a BN(O) status in their own right, can also join if they are part of your household, as can their immediate family too. Alternatively, Hong Kong SRA passport holders can come on a Tier 5 YMS visa (aged up to 30) and look for options to stay here, such as for a company to sponsor for a work visa or to remain with a British partner. 

There is an interesting condition: all family members must apply at the same time as the main BN(O) migrant. 


As always, we are here to help! To get in touch - simply reply to this email or contact via the usual phone numbers. To discuss your situation one-to-one with an Immigration Lawyer, book an online consultation here. 


1st 4Immigration team 


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. www.1st4immigration.com 

Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com


Saturday, 21 November 2020

🇬🇧 Sponsoring migrants under new UK Points System. Faster, easier, better!

 

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Hire and sponsor migrant workers under the new Points-Based Immigration System from December 2020. It has been made easier - and better - for the British businesses to do so after Brexit. The new rules come in place on 1 December 2020, a whole month before the UK officially cuts its ties with the EU.

 

The 1st step in sponsoring (employing) migrant workers is a Sponsor Licence. Your business now needs it to employ people from both the EU and outside the EU, and the same visa rules apply to everyone.

 

If an employer does not have a Licence, they can apply for it and our company can help with the application and the entire process. Very often we are approached by a migrant (often on a Student or Tier 5 visa in the UK), whose employer is willing to sponsor them for a work visa. The process has been made faster due to abolishing of a resident labour test (no need to advertise a job to settled workers anymore) and also due to abolishing of annual limit (no need to wait for a restricted certificate).

 

Once the company has a Sponsor licence, it will be placed on the Register of Sponsors (Employers) and will have access to the Sponsor Management System. Sponsor Licence is issued for the company, in general, not for a specific employee. Now a company can request certificates of sponsorship and assign them to each employee to enable them to apply for the actual work visa.

 

We can work with an employer, a worker or both. You can also book an online consultation with us and both participate in it via Zoom, WhatsApp etc

 

We also have a more detailed post 10 good things about the new UK Points-Based Immigration System here.


1st 4Immigration team 


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. www.1st4immigration.com 

Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

🎓 Livestream OISC Level 1 training 21 – 22 November 2020

 


We have moved all our training online! 

We now offer OISC Level 1 course livestream on Zoom and Skype 21 – 22 November 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 date and book here.



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
  
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. www.1st4immigration.com 


Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com

Friday, 13 November 2020

🇬🇧 Great news for Tier 2 ICT migrants - switching to a better visa is made easy!

 




If you happened to be on a Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa in the UK, we have great news for you! The new Points-Based Immigration System, in force from 1 December 2020, allows switching from a Tier 2 ICT to the new Skilled Worker visa. We can truly call it ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for ICT migrants, desperately trying to switch to a visa that offers settlement in the UK. 

The old, strict Tier 2 General visa under the old pre-Brexit Points-Based System is replaced with a new Skilled Worker visa under the new, post-Brexit, Points-Based Immigration System. (It does require focus to keep up!). There are many positive changes for both migrant workers and UK employers but the ICT change deserves a separation mention. For years, the ICT category was easier and quicker for UK businesses but very unfavourable for the migrants - it didn’t lead to settlement. And if you wanted to switch to the main Tier 2 General visa, that does lead to settlement, you had to leave the UK, wait for 12 months (cooling-off period) and come back on a new visa. If your Sponsor allowed that, if they wanted to advertise your job to justify hiring a foreigner, if they wanted to apply for a restricted certificate and complete with others on salary (to get a place within the annual limit).

Under the new system, UK employers don't need to do all that - they can switch you from the old ICT to a new Skilled Worker, so you could start your qualifying period for settlement (Indefinite Leave). They have to score enough points under the new system but in most instances, it should be relatively easy. 

As always, we are here to help! To read more about the new PBIS in general, visit our post 10 good things about the new UK Points-Based Immigration System.

To get in touch - simply reply to this email or contact via the usual phone numbers. To discuss your situation one-to-one with an Immigration Lawyer, book an online consultation here.

 

1st 4Immigration team 


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. www.1st4immigration.com 

Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

🇬🇧 10 good things about the new UK Points-Based Immigration System

 



#1 More jobs (occupations) can be sponsored for a UK work visa. Old rule: only degree-level jobs were allowed for a Tier 2 General visa. New rule: jobs at A level (RQF Level 3) are allowed for sponsorship under the new Skilled Worker visa.

 

#2 Switching from another visa category (without leaving the UK) has been made easier! For example, you can now switch from a Tier 5 YMS visa to a Skilled Worker visa while in the UK, without interrupting your work. You can also switch from a family visa such as from a Partner visa to a work visa if your relationship has broken down and your employer wishes to sponsor you. Switching from a Student visa remains as before.

 

#3 To continue on the above, this deserved a separate point - switching from Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) is allowed from December 2020! This is fantastic news for all those long-suffering Tier 2 ICT migrants, desperate to switch to a visa that leads to settlement in the UK. The ICT category was easier and cheaper for the employers but for the migrants - not so much. As an ICT migrant, you couldn’t qualify for settlement, had to leave after 5 years (without PR status) and couldn't switch to the main work visa (Tier 2 General under the now ‘old’ system) without a 12-month cooling-off period. We have a separate more technical post on ICT here


 

#4 Talking about the cooling-off period. It’s history and doesn't exist in the new PBIS.

 

#5 UK businesses no longer have to advertise jobs to settled workers to justify hiring a foreigner.

 

#6 No annual limit - no more restricted certificates or waiting for a place! This applied to entry visas in the past, but also affected those who had to leave the UK and apply from abroad, such as those switching from Tier 5 visas.

 

#7 No more cap on the number of years you can spend in the UK. Tier 2 General migrants and a maximum limit of 6 years (for most migrants) and Tier 2 ICT - 5 years. After that they had to either qualify for settlement or leave the UK, ie couldn't keep extending forever. Some couldn't qualify for settlement, however, mainly because they exceeded the limits on absences and mainly due to the nature of their work. Now they can keep extending.

 

#8 Salary: this part is being made easier but also comes with a points table. It will be the case of careful calculation to get it right. The main minimum is down from £30,000 to £25,600, but it is still subject to the ‘going rate’ for your occupation code, whichever is higher. You can still change hours, subject to the blanket minimum. A New Entrant salary levels remain and will apply to a wider range of migrants than under Tier 2.

 

#9 No higher salary threshold for settlement (Indefinite Leave), ie no more ‘minimum £35,800’ etc. The above ‘minimums’ apply, ie either a blanket minimum or the going rate unless tradable. If all this sounds confusing, it is because there are indeed many rules on salaries but we can guide you on that!

 

#10 Truly points-based. The old Tier 2 visa was points-based only in the name. There were points but you had to either score them all or you couldn't get a visa. The new system offers some tradable points, where an expensive salary can be ’traded’ for something else, such as a job on shortage occupation list or for a PhD qualification.

 

As always, we are here to help! To get in touch - simply reply to this email or contact via the usual phone numbers. To discuss your situation one-to-one with an Immigration Lawyer, book an online consultation here.

 

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. www.1st4immigration.com 

Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com
 

Friday, 6 November 2020

🇬🇧 Immigration work continues, visas are issued!

 

Immigration work continues during the lockdown, UK visas are issued and visa centres remain open. 

Visa application centres inside the UK are classified as essential services, so you can still enrol biometrics (fingerprints) as part of your application for a UK visa, settlement or British Citizenship. The casework (considering your documents) continues by the UK Government remotely, with online submission of documents - a process that has been in place for 2 years now (since before Covid).

 

We at 1st 4Immigration work as normal. We conduct online consultations via Zoom, WhatsApp and email for our customers worldwide, as we have been already doing during the past 12 years. We work on your cases as usual, you can provide us with your documents online via Dropbox or email, so we make the most of the modern technology in the ’new normal’. We are here to help if you are coming to the UK to work or to join your family, extending your stay or need to apply for Citizenship.

 

Not forgetting Brexit! We have an exciting new Points-Based Immigration System for work visas that welcomes a wide range of skilled workers from all over the world (not just Europe). It starts on 1 December 2020, a whole month before the official Brexit! The new rules are more flexible, the new system is ‘easier' and the process is faster. The migrant workers still need a job offer from a UK company but there's a higher pool of the acceptable jobs, with more flexible salary thresholds. No more Resident Labour Test, no annual limit and even easier rules fo switching inside the UK. And that's before we even mention the return of Post-Study Work visas in 2021! Oh, and also visas for Hong Kong BNOs beginning in early 2021. So much positive is going on in the UK immigration!

 

We are updating our website with the above changes and adding posts on our Blog and Facebook pages for a technical analysis of the upcoming rules. To book an online consultation one-to-one with an Immigration Lawyer:  https://www.1st4immigration.com/book-a-consultation/
As usual, a consultation fee counts towards our representation fee.
To start an application or to talk to us: phone 0871472468 or reply to this email.

 
1st 4Immigration team 
OISC ref F200800152
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN
Property Management in London from our sister company, MTV Properties, www.mtv-properties.com
 

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

👉 Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course. CPD 16 Hours. Only £199 + VAT. 👈



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!

 

Read detailed description and buy Online OISC Level 1 course now (£199+VAT).



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. www.1st4immigration.com