Why make use of BIC and not a cheaper ‘visa agent’?
Unfortunately, the immigration consultants at BIC hear many heart-breaking stories on a daily basis. From applicants or their representatives omitting basic information on application forms, neglecting to include all required documents in applications, to late submission of applications leading to permanent bans– the resulting effects of these can end up in heart-breaking situations, with families torn apart and even persons trying to commit suicide.
When considering a ‘cheaper’ immigration advisor, please keep the following in mind;
- Our fees are competitive and reasonable so that you can receive affordable and expert advice from our highly qualified staff. Our fees are lower than you will find from most other London firms. Our central London location brings you the convenience without the cost. Our prices have been fixed with you, our client, in mind. Unlike many other solicitors and visa agencies that are only prepared to give general estimates, we provide you with a fixed quote for all work we will undertake on your behalf, so that you can have peace of mind and plan accordingly. In circumstances where we are not able to provide a fixed quote, we will inform you in advance.
- We found that travel agencies not registered by the OISC would, in addition to arranging travels for their clients, try their hand at preparing some (as they see it) easier visa applications for clients, despite not being professionally trained for this, and also not up to date with the constant changes to the immigration rules like the new UK Immigration Act, parts of which came into effect on 14/05/2014.
- The head office of Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Ltd is in London. By law our consultants are required to be registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). There are three levels of registration, with the highest Level 3, enabling a consultant to also handle appeal matters. BIC is registered to Level 3, and thus able to assist with the most basic applications to very advanced appeals. Consultants are also required, once they have registration, to complete a required number of Continued Professional Development (CPD) hours in order to maintain the very high professional standard, required of an OISC registered consultant. This OISC registration gives a client the peace of mind that they are dealing with professionals who have been trained to the very highest standard of UK immigration and whom are supervised by the OISC.
- Persons often make use of visa agents who charge less, or may also try to submit applications themselves. Unfortunately, people tend to forget that the UK Home Office requires one to not only qualify for a visa or permit but more importantly to prove it in a very specific way. This is often where applicants come unstuck because they fail to provide all of the correct
evidence or, have provided evidence which does seem to prove the fact, but which does not actually meet with the Home Office’s very specific evidential requirements. The resulting effect is that the application is refused and the client loses the application fee which, nowadays, is often very high.
- The problem is further compounded by the Home Office’s restrictions on when new evidence can be introduced and taken in to consideration. It is also important to note that under the new administrative review, the Home Office will NOT consider evidence that was not part of the initial application. Additionally, the case of Rodriguez stipulates that the UK Home Office is under no duty to request further documents from clients outside of the evidential flexibility within the rules. So, even the lack of seemingly very obvious documentation can lead to an application being refused.
One would really have to ask oneself whether it is really worth facing all the possible risks, without the help of a professional in the field. It is essential that every visa application is planned and checked thoroughly by a person with the necessary expertise and experience in the field of immigration, as even a seemingly irrelevant or incorrect detail or omission on a visa application can lead to a visa being refused or worse. BIC strongly advise that prospective applicants take the utmost care to ensure they are making use of reputable immigration firms to save themselves
a lot of heartache.
Also, keep in mind that at BIC we guarantee our work. In the unlikely event of the permit or visa not being granted, no fee will be charged! This is subject to certain conditions, and can for example not be extended to persons who have contravened the immigration rules. Please speak to one of our consultants to find out more.