Thursday, 31 December 2020

HappiER New Year! πŸΎπŸŽ‡

 




The New 2021 Year is almost here. 2020 has been unusual but rather than indulge in clichΓ©, we’d like to highlight the positive things.

#1 As always, you, our customers, kept us busy. 
And for that, we are saying a Big Thank You! The immigration work doesn't stop in the pandemic, visas still expire and need to be renewed or changed from one to another. We have adapted by offering more online consultations and appointments (face-to-face meetings are still available, subject to the London restrictions); using Dropbox for the documents and generally, working in the "new normal”.  

#2 UK Visas & Immigration was still processing applications and issuing visas. 
Yes, the process wasn't anywhere near as fast as normal, and Priority services were paused (still mostly the case now), but the Government officials did adapt, in their own ‘Government’ way. When visa centres shut their doors in the spring (when we all thought it would be over by the summer), we were asked to email your supporting documents to the caseworkers, so they could consider the case in the meantime. Yes, the app (for reusing the biometrics) was being introduced slowly and eventually stopped altogether (except for students), but, hopefully, it paved the way for the future. After a decade of the Governments being keen on collecting the biometrics (fingerprints and a digital photo) every time you apply for a visa, in the past few years this trend has been reversing. For example, Schengen countries were already reusing biometrics before the pandemic. Let's hope the UKVI will revive its app sooner rather than later. Until then, the visa centres remain open and are designated as essential services. 

#3 The visa rules were adapted not to penalise those affected. 
Again, it wasn't always perfect or fast enough, but it was there in the end. Under the current rules, no one affected by the pandemic will be penalised for overstaying a UK visa or having to breach its conditions. For example, in most cases you can count the furlough pay in your next visa application. 

#4 The new Points-Based Immigration System started on 1 December 2020.  
We have already mentioned how much better it was than the old, tired and overstrict Tier 2 category. The work visas are now open to all citizens (not just Europeans) who have the right skills to meet the demand of the post-Brexit labour market.  

That’s our final message for 2020, it simply remains to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and HappiER New Year!  

1st 4Immigration team

OISC ref F200800152

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN

www.1st4immigration.com

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020

🧐 Furlough leave and UK visas


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If you have been furloughed, how does it affect your UK immigration status? Here at 1st 4Immigration it has been a common question during 2020.
 

Spouses/Partners of British citizens - Financial Requirement £18,600.
The time you spent on furlough can be considered as ‘normal' employment on a full pay. For example, if you normally earn a salary of £18,600 pa, and were paid 80% of that while on furlough, your salary will be treated as being £18,600 for the purpose of the visa application.

Tier 2 (General) workers - appropriate salary.
The short answer is Yes, it's OK to be furloughed under the Government scheme, ie Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, with the salary reduced accordingly. It wouldn't be a problem in the next visa application (extension or Indefinite Leave). The migrant workers are eligible for these schemes in the same way as resident workers. However, such reductions in salary must be temporary and a part of a company-wide policy to avoid redundancies and in which all workers are treated the same.

 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants - pay of your employees.
Time when your employees were furloughed will count towards the 12 months of “2 jobs for settled workers" if they have been paid at least 80% of their normal salary. Until as late as 1 December 2020, the rules were still saying “cannot be counted” but then this welcome change occurred!

 

For an individual advice or to make an application, please contact us on this email: info@1st4immigration.com or book an online consultation with an immigration lawyer here.

 

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

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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

πŸ’· Refer a friend, share £100 - with Amazon voucher!

  




Our business grows through referrals. If your friend or colleague needs a visa or UK immigration advice please spread the word and we will be delighted to help!
 
Even better, you could share £100 credit:
  • Your friend receives a £50 credit towards our legal fees when they sign up for a UK visa or Citizenship application with us.
  • You receive a £50 Amazon voucher! AND the satisfaction of recommending your friend a reliable immigration service. 
There is no limit on how many people you can refer, so keep them coming! 
Just remember to tell us about your friend. 
 
 
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info@1st4immigration.com - we reply on the same working day! 
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Monday, 21 December 2020

New five-star Google review of our immigration services!

 





 
New five-star Google review of our immigration services!

Syed:
I would like to thank everyone at 1st4immigration for their excellent work, professionalism, kindness and understanding, especially on those occasions when I must have asked what could have been construed as pretty 'silly' questions. At a time when things were very stressful and anxious, I always felt that however busy Joules  was, I was always lent a sympathetic ear which was very much appreciated. I hoped for total support from 1st4immigration when I instructed them, I got so much more. I would highly recommend 1st4immigration (Joules )would definitely use them again in the future. Many many thanks again for Joules, you were brilliant”

 
1st 4Immigration team 
 
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

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ UK PR options through studying and working

 




Study - Work - Settle 
 
Student visa (formerly called Tier 4) is to come and study in the UK. If you study at a degree level at a UK university, you can work part-time 20 hours a week during the term, full-time on vacation and full-time for 4 months after completion of the course. 
 
You can switch to the new Skilled Worker visa after completion of a degree course, or even within 3 months before that! There are benefits for employers to hire Student graduates – they can offer a New Entrant salary, which makes it more affordable for the employers and makes sponsorship more likely for the migrants. After 5 years on this visa you can qualify for settlement.
 
If you are a business, looking to hire and sponsor migrant workers, including graduates, please visit our page for UK Employers here
 
 
Study – Post Study Work – Work – Settlement   
 
There is an exciting development coming soon – a revival of a Post-Study Work visa! It existed before 2012 and was a visa for 2 years, allowing graduates to remain in the UK for 2 years – to look for work, to work as an employee or to set up a business in the UK. While we are still awaiting the details, it is expected to be available for those graduating in the summer 2021. In in that case, you could come to study for a UK degree, get a 2-year visa to look for work, then switch to the above – mentioned Skilled Worker visa. After 5 years – settlement. Post-Study Work visa won’t count towards settlement, so if you are able to find Sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa sooner, you could start ‘your’ 5 years sooner too. 
 
 
What’s next after Tier 4 or Student visa?
 
Options are a Skilled Worker visa (as above), revival of Post-Study Work visa for students graduating in the summer 2021 onwards (no details yet on whether it will apply to all graduates in all subjects). A Hong Kong BNO visa is available if you are a British National (Overseas) status holder. Also, a Talent visa for which you need a professional endorsement, which is in turn very limited as well as innovative business visas which are also based on endorsement. However, if you have a partner in the UK, you can switch to a Spouse/Partner visa and start your path to settlement in that route (instead of a work route).
 
 
Study – Stay with Partner – Settle
 
If you are about to complete your degree at a UK university and wish to remain with your British partner here, you can apply for a visa based on your relationship. As a Spouse or an Unmarried Partner, for the latter you need to have lived together for 2 years. If you cannot meet this rule now, you may consider getting a Post-Study Work visa first, which is for 2 years and allows to work, and then apply for a Partner visa. A new PSW visa is expected to start from summer 2021.  
 
 
10 years continuous residence in the UK

If you have spent 10 years, continuously and legally, in the UK on any visas, you can qualify for settlement. Common paths include study at school, study at university, working, settlement after 10 years. It can even be just 10 years of studying because studies at a school level aren’t included in the cap. There are further requirements to meet, such as very strict limit on absences from the UK during this time, which can be (and often is) a dealbreaker, but even then, there may be a point where, with more extension, you can reach it soon!
 
 
1st 4Immigration team 
 
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


Saturday, 19 December 2020

πŸ‘‰ Online OISC LEVEL 1 Course. CPD 16 Hours. Only £199 + VAT. πŸ‘ˆ




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 

 

✈️ Brexit travel rules for British citizens




Dear customers of 1st 4Immigration and Multi Travel Visas,
 
 
Normally, we explain the UK rules for foreign citizens. Today, however, we explain the opposite - rules for British citizens to travel to Europe after Brexit. At the moment, the new rules are still expected to start from 1 January 2021 unless something changes. 

If you happen to have a residency document in an EU country, your rights remain the same as before Brexit. You may need to register online under the national scheme in your country, similar to our EU Settlement Scheme.

For all other British citizens, the same rules will apply as, say, for Americans visiting Europe for holidays and short business trips: maximum 90 days stay in every 6 months. You won’t need a visa (a visa stamp or online authorisation) prior to travel, unless this arrangement changes, and if it does, it is likely to change for many non-EU citizens, not just for the Brits. 

You also need to have a passport that is 1) valid for 6 months on the day you travel and 2) valid for maximum 10 years in total. For example, if you renewed your passport while it still had 3 months on it, you would now have a passport for 10 years and 3 months. It is more than 10 years in total and you have to get a new one , which will be exactly for 10 years. These rules existed for non-EU citizens for a long time and only new for Britons. 

You can check whether your current passport will be acceptable here: https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe-1-january-2021

If you are looking to work, study or live permanently in Europe, you would probably need a national visa (such as a German work visa, Spanish retired independent person visa etc) , same as EU/EEA nationals will need the same for the UK after Brexit. You should check the requirements of a particular EU country for this, they may well be encouraging the Brits to relocate and bring their money with them! 

Travel or working in Ireland is not affected by Brexit. 

 

1st 4Immigration team 

OISC ref F200800152
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN
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Thursday, 3 December 2020

πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΅ Fast Schengen visa, apply 6 months before your trip, apply now - avoid the queues and rush in the spring!

 


We would like to let you know that you can apply for a Schengen visa as early as 6 months before your trip to Europe.

That means you can apply now for Easter and summer trip to avoid the queues and rush in the spring.

Multi Travel Visas, a prominent UK visa company in the City of London, can assist you with Schengen visas to Europe through France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Netherlands that allow travel to all of the Schengen area. French visas take only 4 working days for most nationals and as an accredited agency, Multi Travel Visas can provide appointments much earlier than public appointments. Biometrics are often not required.

Our team at
Multi Travel Visas  
 
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, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HN. Nearest Underground stations are: Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument.
 

πŸŽ“ Livestream OISC Level 1 training 05 – 06 December 2020

 


We have moved all our training online! 

We now offer OISC Level 1 course livestream on Zoom and Skype 05 – 06 December 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 


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