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Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa | Contract / Consulting Business with £50K

Would you like to apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa ? Do you have £50,000 and a viable business plan? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help.

The UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is focused on those who want to set up a business in which they will invest at least £200,000 and employ 2 local people (settled workers). For many this £200,000 hurdle is simply too steep to clear.

However if you have at least £50,000 there may be another option. At Commonwealth Contractors we work with experienced partners and sponsors who may be able to help you. You will need to secure the other £150,000 in the form of a loan and to get such backing you will need a detailed and viable plan, ideally with key clients and fee-earners already identified. If other key fee earners are also expats, then this need not be a problem.

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Pilot Plan for £3,000 Visa Bonds Scrapped

The pilot plan for the Home Office to introduce £3,000 visa bonds on visitors from countries in Africa and Asia has been scrapped according to a report published today in The Sunday Times. Nick Clegg threatened to block the policy and David Cameron backed off from a full-scale confrontation with the Liberal Democrat leader.

The countries labelled “high risk” were India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana. From this month visitors from these countries would have had to pay a £3,000 cash bond before arrival in the UK. The cash bond would have been forfeited if they failed make the return trip home on time. If there had not been a U turn, India, Nigeria and Ghana, countries with some of the fastest growing economies, might well have retaliated with their own visa bonds for visitors from the UK. The £3,000 bonds would also have had social implications for those already living in the UK.

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, raised his concerns on the BBC Today Programme in mid-September when he said “I mean certainly the reaction to it from our friends in India and elsewhere, where we’re trying to build up a lot of trade and have very good relationships is one of outrage and I think we’re going to have to do this in a much more sensible way.”

The official line is that Theresa May’s immigration bill is already introducing measures to tackle illegal immigrants e.g changes to the appeal rights of foreign criminals; requiring landlords to check the immigration status of tenants; and preventing illegal migrants from getting access to driving licences and bank accounts. Plans too for a nationwide deployment of vans emblazoned with the message “go home or face arrest” were condemned as racist and unworkable and were cancelled last month.

If you need a visa to work in IT, Engineering, Actuary or Finance then Commonwealth Contractors may well be able to help.

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Appointment Fee for UK Visa for a Fairer and Faster System

Overseas business people and students have suffered from long delays in acquiring visas simply because they have not been able to get an appointment. The problem was caused by individuals and organisations booking several appointments at a time which then prevented others from taking up those appointments. 20 to 30% of the appointments were ‘no shows’ and a waste of visa officials time. According to a BBC investigation ‘scammers’ were selling free appointments for as much as £200 to people wanting to process their visas.

A new pre-payment system to help prevent the abuse and increase the efficiency of premium visa appointments was launched on the 8th April 2013 by Immigration Minister, Mark Harper. Visa applicants pay £375 for an appointment and will now have to pay a refundable deposit of £100 when booking an appointment. If they fail to keep it they will not get a refund unless they have cancelled it at least five working days days in advance. The Home Office also plan to launch an online application pre-payment service later in the year as part of its commitment to improving customer service.

Mark Harper said “We are determined to ensure that genuine visa applicants receive the very best visa service possible, and this is just one of the changes that we will be introducing to make sure this is the case.

The new system will help to make more appointments available for genuine applicants and help protect them from paying unnecessary and often unfair fees to agencies or individuals.”

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Brazil | FIFA World Cup 1 | Olympics 1 | Papa 0

Alas Brazil’s hope of having their cardinal elected as Pope was dashed by Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis of Argentina. Having got the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in Rio in 2016 this would have been the icing on the cake for Brazil. It will continue to thrive regardless.

At the end of September 2012 David Cameron, the Prime Minister, took a 40-strong trade delegation on a two day visit to Sao Paulo to capitalise on the Olympic connection and to foster trade links with one of the world’s emerging economic powerhouses. He opened a JCB digger factory which is expected to produce £100 million a year in orders for components from JCB plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wales. Mr Cameron said: ‘This visit is about British jobs, British growth and the British economy, because I want Britain to be tied up to the fastest growing economies on the planet.’

During the visit it transpired that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was a hot topic of conversation with the media. Boris’s handing over of the Olympic and Paralympic flags ahead of the Rio Games in 2016 was beamed into millions of Brazilian homes and they wanted to discuss the rivalry between them. It can only be good for business if they are taking such a keen interest in our capital and the country even if  David Cameron had a few moments where his diplomatic skills were put to the test. By all accounts he acquitted himself well.

Till recently we have thought of Brazil as a very poor country without much hope. Brazil is tackling poverty through its Bolsa Família Program and for this they receive technical and financial support from the World Bank. It is a family grant scheme where 13.9 million poor families with children receive an average of R$70.00 (about US$35) in direct transfers. In return, they commit to keeping their children in school and taking them for regular health checks. It is cited as one of the key factors behind the positive social outcomes achieved by Brazil in recent years and their government claims that it has lifted 22 million people from extreme poverty.

According to the FT, this week Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff announced an additional disbursement of R$773 (US$395) million. This is for 2.5 million very poor people and they will receive it on top of their Bolsa Família grant. The aim is to break the cycle of poverty and to give Brazil the educated workforce it needs to forge ahead.

Brazil’s star is in the ascendant and that we need to take advantage of the opportunities it will afford us. Therese May, the Home Secretary, was keen to end the agreement that allows Brazilians up to six months in the UK without a visa over concerns about illegal immigration from that country. Yesterday David Cameron used Prime Minister’s Questions to reject proposals for new regulations for Brazilian visitors to the UK. Therese May has now cancelled the plan following concerns that it would impact business links with the country as well as the UK tourism industry.

According to The Telegraph, Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow and chairman of the all-party group on Brazil, said: “I am delighted it is not going to happen because Brazil is one of the most important nations on earth and we have to build as close relations with them as possible.”

Therese May has changed her mind just in time to save us from an own goal.

Commonwealth Contractors is a collection of highly skilled professionals from the Commonwealth and beyond. We partner with OISC Registered Immigration Partners capable of professionally representing Tier 1 Visa Applications / Extensions and Tier 2 Licensed Consultancy & Associated Trust Partners who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor Information Technology or Engineering Professional on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit).

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1 Day Visa for Business People from India

David Cameron is on a three day visit to India with a 100 strong group made up of parliamentarians, business leaders and academics, in a drive to improve our links and trading relationship with a country which has the second fastest growing economy in the world and a population of 1.22 billion. This is one of the biggest trade delegations in British history and according to reports in the FT, Mr Cameron declared Britain could forge one of “the great partnerships of the 21st century” with India.

1 Day Visa for Business People from India

While visiting Mumbai yesterday he declared that he wanted Britain to be India’s partner of choice and announced plans for a one day visa for Indian business people who need to come to Britain at short notice. His vision is that British architects and contractors will play a leading role in developing a corridor of business between Mumbai and Bangalore a distance of 988 km or approximately 614 miles. He urged India to dismantle trade barriers in banking, insurance and retail. India is well known for its expertise in IT and electronics and this morning it was reported on BBC Breakfast that in Delhi he announced the setting up of a joint project to tackle cyber crime.

No Cap on Foreign Students Allowed in Britain

While addressing workers at Hindustan Unilever he stated that there is no cap on the number of foreign students allowed into Britain as long as they have basic English and an offer of a place at a university here. Unfortunately there is an unfair and inaccurate perception that it is not possible to do post study work in Britain and this needs correcting.

Watching the reports here on the news of his cricket playing we are left in no doubt that David Cameron is going all out to bat for Britain.

If you are an expat studying for a PhD or an MBA, we, and our partners can help you

* Obtain a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.

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* Find an employer able to employ you on a Tier 2 (general) work visa.

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UK Business Visas

Business Visas are designed for those that are coming to the UK to do such things as conduct business meetings, give presentations to prospective clients, attend interviews etc. They do not allow an individual to actually work in the UK.

If you are an IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services professional and you would like to work in the UK or deliver services to an existing UK client please contact us immediately for details of suitable visas and solutions.

To find out more call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you.

Permitted ‘Business Visa’ Activities

You can come to the UK as a business visitor if you intend to carry out any of the following:

  • Attending meetings and conferences (including interviews that have been arranged prior to travelling)
  • Arranging deals, or negotiating or signing trade agreements or contracts
  • Undertaking fact-finding missions
  • Conducting site visits
  • Delivering goods and passengers from abroad (e.g. lorry driver, coach driver etc)
  • Accompanying a tour group as a tour group courier
  • Speaking at a ‘one-off’ conference where this is not run as a commercial concern
  • Representing a foreign manufacturer by coming to service or repair its products
  • Representing a foreign machine manufacturer by coming to erect and install machinery too heavy to be delivered in one piece
  • interpreting or translating for visiting business persons
  • Attending board meetings in the UK as a board-level director
  • Representing a computer software company by coming to install, debug or enhance their products. Note – If work is of a detailed nature it is considered ‘consultancy work’, for which a visa under the points-based system is required

Applying for a Business Visa

To apply you must show that:

  • You are 18+ year old
  • You intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months
  • You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • You have enough money to support yourself without requiring public funds
  • You are based abroad and do not intend to transfer your base to the UK
  • You receive your salary from abroad
  • You are not replacing someone in the UK
  • You can meet the cost of the return or onward journey
  • You are not in transit to a country outside the ‘Common Travel Area’ (Ireland, the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
  • You do not intend to take paid or unpaid employment, produce goods or provide services, including the selling of goods or services directly to members of the public
  • You do not do a course of study
  • You do not marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership; or receive private medical treatment.

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UK Visitor Visa

Each year hundreds of thousands of individuals come to the UK on Visitor Visas which allow ‘tourist activities’. If however you’re a professional on business you will either require a ‘Business Visa’ or you may require a full UK Work Visa if you intend to work in a role or deliver services to a UK company.

If you are an IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services professional and you would like to work in the UK or deliver services to an existing UK client please contact us immediately for details of suitable visas and solutions.

 

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Visitor Visa Duration

You may be allowed to stay in the UK as a visitor for a period of up to 6 months in most cases.

Applying as a General Visitor

To apply for a General Visitor Visa you must show that:

  • You are 18+ years old
  • You intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months
  • You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • You have enough funds to support yourself without requiring any public funds
  • You can meet the cost of the return or onward journey
  • You are not in transit to a country outside the ‘Common Travel Area’ (Ireland, the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
  • While in the UK you do not intend to:
    • Take paid or unpaid employment or sell goods or services directly to members of the public (includes IT Consultancy)
    • Study a course
    • Marry or give notice of marriage
    • Receive private medical treatment

Application Documents

To apply for a General Visit visa you need to provide documents which show:

  • Information about you
  • Information about your finances and employment (e.g. bank statements, employment contract & references etc
  • Your accommodation and travel details (e.g. flight tickets, booking confirmations etc
  • Information about your visit to the UK (e.g. a detailed itinerary)

You should provide these documents with you visa application and you should also bring them with you so that you can show them to border officials if required.

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UK Sole Representative Visas

Do you work for a company that would like to send you to the UK to set up a wholly owned subsidiary or registered UK branch? If so you may be able to qualify for a UK Sole Representative Visa. (more…)

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UK Dependency Visas

UK Dependency Visas are designed for Non EEA Nationals who wish to come to the UK to reside as partners, children or elderly relatives of those that are already in the UK or are coming to the UK in a qualifying category. (more…)

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UK Ancestry Visas also known as UK Ancestral Visa

Are you a Commonwealth Citizen? Do you have a Grandparent who was born in the UK? If so you may be able to apply for a 5 year UK Ancestry Visa!

If you’re a professional IT, Engineering or Finance Services Contractor from a Commonwealth country it‘s well worth finding out whether you have any ancestral ties to the UK. If you do you may be able to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa also known as UK Ancestral Visa.

For Contractors the great thing about UK Ancestry Visas is that you have complete freedom when it comes to finding work and using a Contractor Solution (e.g. Umbrella Company, Contractor Limited Company etc). You will not have to consider a future Immigration application (unless you are planning on applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain) therefore you can structure your income in the most tax efficient way.

At Commonwealth Contractors our partners specialise in looking after highly skilled Contractors on Ancestry Visas. Call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details to find out how they can help!

Qualifying for an Ancestry Visa

To qualify for a UK Ancestry Visa you must show that:

  • At least one of your grandparents was born:
    • In the UK (including Channel Islands & the Isle of Man), OR
    • In the Republic of Ireland before 31st March 1922, OR
    • On a British registered ship or aircraft
  • You are a Commonwealth Citizen (e.g. Australia, New Zealand etc), AND
  • You are aged 17 or over, AND
  • You are able to work and you plan to work in the UK, AND
  • You can support yourself & your dependents without requiring access to public funds

Please note that you cannot claim UK Ancestry through step-parents; however you can apply if your parent (through whom you are claiming ancestry) was adopted.

Visa Duration

If approved a UK Ancestry Visa will allow you to stay in the up to 5 years after which time you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Applying for an Ancestry Visa

To apply for a UK Ancestry Visa you must submit the application from outside the UK, ideally in the country of your nationality. Please note that if you are already in the UK you will not be able to ‘switch’ into UK Ancestry therefore you must travel home to apply.

In order to submit a UK Ancestry Visa application you should provide:

  • Your full birth certificate
  • You parents & grandparents marriage certificates & legal adoption papers if you or your parents were adopted
  • The full birth certificate of the parent or grandparent through whose ancestry you are applying
  •  Your marriage certificate of civil partnership registration document if your husband or wife intends to join you in the UK.

 

Commonwealth Countries Jamaica St Lucia
Antigua & Barbuda Kenya St Vincent & The Grenadines
Australia Kiribati Samoa
Bahamas Lesotho Seychelles
Bangladesh Malawi Sierra Leone
Barbados Malaysia Singapore
Belize Maldives Solomon Islands
Botswana Malta South Africa
Brunei Darussal Mauritius Sri Lanka
Cameroon Mozambique Swaziland
Canada Namibia Tonga
Cyprus Nauru Trinidad & Tobago
Dominica New Zealand Tuvalu
Gambia Nigeria Uganda
Ghana Pakistan United Republic of Tanzania
Grenada Papua New Guinea United Kingdom
Guyana Rwanda Vanuatu
India St Kitts & Nevis Zambia

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