Tuesday, 30 March 2021

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· French visa is back - ACT NOW to secure appointment for summer travel!

 




We received some exciting news from the French visa centre - French Schengen visa applications are back! France has just lifted all restrictions on travel between the UK and France, meaning you can travel to France for any reason, including a good old holiday! We need to act very fast to secure your appointment now, to apply later and to travel in the next 6 months. The visa slots (appointments) are very limited while the interest in travel is at all times’ high. Once the ‘floodgates’ are open, the slots will go fast! 

We can submit your application as early as 6 months before your travel date. If you are planning to travel in the next 6 months - and that covers the whole summer 2021 - please get in touch NOW while visa appointments are getting booked fast! 

The following Requirements apply at the moment, which may change later, or may not:
1. The minimum stay in France  on your travel itinerary has to be 7 days because you will be required to self-isolate during that time. 
2. You will need a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours before departure. 

Please contact us now: 
- Phone: 0871 472 1468

Multi Travel Visas team

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

We obtained new five-star testimonials of our immigration services!

 



 
Annie, applied for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa: 
Very professional and helpful

Ingo:
I'm a German citizen who applied for the UK nationality in 2020 (due to Brexit). Jules has been very helpful in getting my documents in order and expertly guided me through the process. I can only recommend their services as it takes a lot of the stress out of a somewhat intricate process.


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, 20 March 2021

πŸ‘« UK Spouse/Partner visa - 1 year since Covid

 



Here we put a summary of what changed during the past 12 months in the Immigration rules and procedures for a UK Spouse and Partner visas.

#1 Application inside the UK if your current visa is about to expire.

You still have to submit a new application (online) before your current visa expires. However, you have more time to book an appointment for biometrics and provide your documents. And if you had to wait for a test centre to reopen to take English or Life on the U.K. test, you won’t be penalised for that and can submit it later. Generally, there are concessions on the documents that you cannot provide on time, so you could provide them later.  

#2 Absences from the UK due to Covid travel restrictions.

If you happened to stay abroad longer than intended because of Covid travel restrictions, it won’t affect your future U.K. visa applications or continuous residency, as long as it was for a reasonable time (consistent with the Governments’ policies). If your visa expired while abroad, you may be able to secure a new one to come back to the U.K. without breaking your continuous residency.

#3 Changes in your income including furlough payments.

The “Covid furlough” leave is considered as a normal period of your employment. If your employer paid you at least 80% of your normal salary, for that purpose of a U.K. visa it will be counted as 100%. There are other concessions for the employed and self-employed, for details please contact us. 

#4 English language.

If you had a U.K. visa in the past that required a certain level of English, you don’t need to prove that level again for a Spouse/Partner visa, be it initial visa or extension, or settlement (Indefinite Leave). For example, if you had a Tier 2 General visa, which required a B1 level of English, then switched to a Spouse/Partner visa, you don’t need to take another English test all the way to settlement and Citizenship. Prior to March 2021, you couldn’t use tests provided earlier for a non-Spouse visa category.  

#5 Priority services to get a faster decision. 

Here the situation differs whether you are applying inside or outside the UK. Outside the UK, the priority services resumed in most locations. Priority consideration for a settlement visas is expected to take 1.5 months, as opposed to the standard 3 months. 

If you are applying inside the UK, the priority services still haven't been resumed for Spouse/Partner visa applications. The standard processing times are in the region of 8 weeks (after the biometrics) and up to 6 months for settlement. In practice, it takes less but it also depends on the circumstances and documents. Priority services are available for many other visa categories, such as work and student visas , but still not for Spouse/Partner visas, so we are hoping it will become available sooner rather than later. To remind, once back, there are options to have a decision within 5 working days or within 24 hours. 


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, 17 March 2021

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· French visa is back - ACT NOW to secure appointment for summer travel!




We received some exciting news from the French visa centre - French Schengen visa applications are back! France has just lifted all restrictions on travel between the UK and France, meaning you can travel to France for any reason, including a good old holiday! We need to act very fast to secure your appointment now, to apply later and to travel in the next 6 months. The visa slots (appointments) are very limited while the interest in travel is at all times’ high. Once the ‘floodgates’ are open, the slots will go fast! 

We can submit your application as early as 6 months before your travel date. If you are planning to travel in the next 6 months - and that covers the whole summer 2021 - please get in touch NOW while visa appointments are getting booked fast! 

The following Requirements apply at the moment, which may change later, or may not:
1. The minimum stay in France  on your travel itinerary has to be 7 days because you will be required to self-isolate during that time. 
2. You will need a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours before departure. 

Please contact us now: 
- Phone: 0871 472 1468

Multi Travel Visas team 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

20 - 21 March - OISC Level 1 Online Training πŸŽ“

 




 
We now offer OISC Level 1 course livestream on Zoom and Skype 20 - 21 March 2021. 
 
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: https://www.1st4immigration.com/training/
 
Main training topics:
 
- THE BASICS – CRUCIAL TO YOUR WORK!

- IMMIGRATION RULES AND HOW TO USE THEM

- VISITING THE UK

- POINTS-BASED SYSTEM – WORKING IN THE UK

- WORKING OUTSIDE THE POINTS-BASED SYSTEM

- INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN IN PBS AND WORK CATEGORIES

- STUDYING IN THE UK

- SPOUSE, PARTNER AND FIANCΓ‰E VISAS, FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT £18,600

- OTHER FAMILY VISAS: CHILDREN, STEP-CHILDREN AND ADULT DEPENDENT RELATIVES

- EEA LAW AND BREXIT

- BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
 

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/course/online-oisc-level-1-course-cpd-16-hours/ 
  
Our courses are CPD-accredited by The CPD Standards Office, reference 80001.
 

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
 

Monday, 8 March 2021

πŸ‘©‍πŸŽ“ Study - πŸ‘©‍πŸ’» Work - 🏑 Settle in the UK


Overview of visa options that lead to Permanent Residency in the United Kingdom through studying and working.




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. 


Study – Work – Settlement 

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. Employers are also exempt from Skills Charge (another Government fee) when sponsoring graduates. After 5 years on this visa you can qualify for settlement.



Study – Post Study Work Graduate route – Work – Settlement   

Exciting news from 1 July 2021 – return of a Post-Study Work visa!  We remember it from before 2012, and it has now been revived under the new name – Graduate route. It is available to graduates from UK universities, who have completed a degree course, ie minimum Bachelor level. It is a visa for 2 years (3 years for Doctoral students), allowing to work for any employer at any skill level without sponsorship, as well as to set up a business in the UK. In this scenario, you can come to study for a UK degree, then 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. It is also a useful visa to buy time to complete 2 years of living together to qualify for an Unmarried Partner visa, which also leads to settlement. 


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!


Book a consultation

You can arrange online consultation with a UK Immigration Lawyer on this link.  We offer advice over WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, phone or email.


 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, 5 March 2021

πŸ‘¨‍πŸŽ“ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Post Study Work visa is back from July 2021!




There is an exciting development in the UK immigration world - a return of what many of us remember as a Post-Study Work visa. 

We remember it from before 2012, so after almost 10 years we are glad to see it back from 1 July 2021 under the new name - Graduate Route. It will be available to graduates from UK universities who have completed a degree level course (minimum Bachelor level). 

Benefits: 
This visa allows to remain in the UK for 2 years (3 years for Doctoral students) to work for any employer at any skill level as well as set up a business in the UK. It is also a useful visa to buy time, such as to look for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa, or to complete 2 years of living together for an Unmarried Partner visa. 

Does it lead to settlement? 
No, this visa itself doesn’t lead to settlement (Indefinite Leave) and doesn’t count as a part of the 5-year qualifying period. However, it gives 2 years to look for work, gain the relevant skills, find a Sponsor (employer) and switch to the main work visa, Skilled Worker, that does lead to settlement after 5 years. Of course if one is able to find Sponsorship sooner, they can skip the Graduate visa altogether and start the 5 years sooner. 

Whats next after Graduate visa?
The options to remain in the UK include the above-mentioned switching to the main Work visa, switching to a Spouse/Partner visa as well as qualifying for settlement by accumulating 10 years of residency in the UK. 

Can family join in?
Yes, immediate family can if they have Student deponent visas. After that - no except for a child born in the UK. 


 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
 

Monday, 1 March 2021

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Immigration work continues, visas are issued!

 




Immigration work continues, UK visas are issued, 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).

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). The new rules are more flexible, the process is faster. The rules are more technical, such as salary thresholds, but this is where we can help with our expertise. We are still expecting a return of Post-Study Work visas in summer 2021. Also, Hong Kong BNO visa commenced from late January 2021 and we have already processed some successful cases! So much positive is going on in the UK immigration!

We at 1st 4Immigration continue to 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.

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. 
 

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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Sunday, 21 February 2021

πŸ‘¨‍πŸ’» 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!



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, 17 February 2021

New five-star Google reviews of our immigration services!

 



 
These are real reviews from our clients over the last month!


L Horn: Thank you Jules and the team for all of your help with our spousal visa extension! Always really responsive with all of our email queries and guided us throughout what would have been incredibly stressful process without them. Thank you!

Ben Walsh: We asked for their services during a difficult year (2020) and am happy to report that our visa application went off without a hitch. The team were very responsive and forthcoming with answers to our fairly ignorant questions. Will be working with them again on future stages of the settlement process.
 
Kseniia Kalenik: Very good service, definitely recommend! I was applying for working visa extension and received the guidance all the way.

Best Music and Rabab: my be made my future ...

Ali Gajani: Absolutely great service. Jules at 1st 4immigration offered me professional guidance throughout the journey. My SET (O) ILR came in 2 weeks, while in the middle of the pandemic. Everything was prepared well. If you want your ILR sorted without issues, these are the guys. Thank you so much.

Kurban: I’ve had very positive experience with Natalia and Jules over the last few years with our UK immigration related tasks.
Jules was always prompt in his responses, patient with my questions and requests and always confident in the success of our applications.
Natalia provided thorough detailed explanations for the complicated questions.
I would highly recommend 1st4Immigration for the UK immigration support.

Plamen Strumeliev: Me and my fiance used 1st4imigration's services to obtain a fiance visa, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. With extreme uncertainty and lack of information, this company not only helped us through it but got us to be together, and about to apply for a spouse visa. This is a legitimate organisation, with extremely professional staff who will always be quick to reply to emails no matter the mater.


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

Thursday, 11 February 2021

πŸ‡­πŸ‡°πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 10 interesting rules of the new Hong Kong BNO visa.




The Hong Kong BNO visa is now up and running, and we have been submitting the applications. Here are some interesting rules about this visa category that make it different from the others. We remind that it is only for those who hold a British National (Overseas) status. This was inspired by the recently published UK Government rules https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-hong-kong-british-national-overseas but also by some articles in the Press. 

#1 Hong Kong BNO visa allows to work, study and live in the UK, and then qualify for settlement. It is a very generous provision that isn't  tied to a Sponsor, be it an employer, a family member or an academic establishment. 

#2 BN(O) status doesn't need to be proven by the valid BN(O) passport, it can be an expired document. 

#3 Only those who are ordinarily residents in Hong Kong or the UK can qualify. Well, if you are a resident in, say, Australia (as we are often asked), you could come to the UK on a different visa, such as Tier 5, and then switch to this category once you have stayed in the UK for a reasonable period of time.  

#4 Just as well, living in the UK before applying for a HK BNO visa could make it easier to meet the financial requirement. The BNOs are expected to support themselves financially without relying on the public purse. 

#5 Switching is allowed from other visa categories, including a visitor status. While switching from a Student or a Work visa may seem logical, it would be almost impossible to switch from a visitor to ‘proper’ visas, such as to work or live with your partner in the UK. But possible with a BNO visa!

#6 You can choose the validity of the visa, either 2.5 years or 5 years. 

#7 You can qualify for Settlement after 5 years in the UK. Not all 5 years have to be on this visa, can be combined with some other visa categories, cannot be with others. 

#8 Applicants are still subject to the general grounds of refusal, such as criminality. 

#9 If the above sounds positive, here’s a very restrictive rule: your family members may have to apply at the same time as you. A strange rule but it is what it is (in most visa categories your dependants could join later). 

#10 Family members can accompany you, such as your immediate relatives: a spouse and children under 18 yo. Interestingly, even some adult children could qualify if they were born after 1 July 1997 (the date of handover of Hong Kong to China) and, therefore, aren't eligible to get a BN(O) passport. This is a provision unique to this category because adult children cannot normally be classes as dependants for other visas.  


 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