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1611. Posted by writingale (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

HI,

it's true - if you have friends or relatives, it might be easier in UK. i know nobody, and have to rely on myself.

Simon, happy that u got a nice employer who was willing to apply for you... but really, how many people can be lucky like that... it's best to be prepared and go... if we get the NI number easily, well and good, otherwise we need to be prepared... hsbc accounts have large withdrawl fees in INR, in my currency....and in all counts, it's better to have a local uk bank account if you want to live in UK for a year or two...

i am looking at rooms in UK using websites like gumtree and intolondon, and people are cool, they say i just need to give deposit+one month rent and they will give the tenancy agreement immediately... they didn't ask me for any other documents... all they seem to want is honest people and the money upfront.

in my research and conversations with landlords, i found that - bcos it is winter, bills are also high - rooms are around 50 to 70 pounds a week for sharing a double room (this is in outer zones), for nearer the center, you might have to be around 75 to 100 per week.

people leaving end of december... anybody want to group together and look for a place to stay, for a house to rent... let me know!

:)

Rads

1612. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting writingale

i am looking at rooms in UK using websites like gumtree and intolondon, and people are cool, they say i just need to give deposit+one month rent and they will give the tenancy agreement immediately... they didn't ask me for any other documents... all they seem to want is honest people and the money upfront.

Rads

hello,
Recently i watched a local news , a consumer program ( if i am not wrong, the show is watchdog ) and showed there is a lot of scam/fraud/cheat to people especially those who lives far and that they cant view the hse/room upfront . It also specifically mention it target to people in gumtree website. Like what happen, they want the money upfront and no other question asked or document needed. They will ask you to bank the money to western union and even receipt will be given to you.
Becareful yea !Make sure you dig more info !!

1613. Posted by wendyteo (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi all, I am waiting for WHM online appointment since July, until now i still couldnt get an appointment..how could this be?? Is it the system problem? What can I do to get an appointment?? I really upset about this..Anyone can help me? Can anyone please help me to check is it there is any date for appointment?? I have been called the officer for more than 10 times, they keep asking me to wait until there is a date and keep asking me to wait and wait and wait..Huh..

I really hope that anyone here can help me to solve this problem. Thanks a lot.

1614. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting writingale

1. try not to stay in a hostel as soon as u go. try to find a room. because if u get a room, u will be given a tenancy agreement. u need to show this agreement as address proof when u apply for your National Isurance Number interview. And only after u get this NI number, you can open a bank account (u need to have a bank account to get paid if u get a job - UK employers pay you by cheque or bank transfer only)

Finding a room is may be easy, but falling into a scam is even easier! Take your time, ask around and do some research before making any payment.

Staying in hostels for the initial weeks or even months (like I did) is fine. Don't rush in looking for a place. While staying in hostels, ask them if they have any special rates if you booked long term (1 week in a row) -- they usually have that and you can save quite a lot.

Winter hit very early this year (it started snowing in October), so UK is in for a long winter. Please bring your best winter gear. Don't pinch pennies in winter clothing, you will suffer for it.

Winter is not going to be any longer, technically speaking. It's just expected to be colder than last year. You don't have to bring a lot of winter clothing -- just one set (a jacket, a jumper/hoodie, a pair of gloves, a scarf, and a hat) will do fine. If you need more, you can always buy them here.

Keeping all this mind, pls take at least 1000 pounds with you when you leave your country

About £200 to £300 in cash will be fine. The rest, you can always withdraw from the ATM. Make sure your ATM card has a PLUS or CIRRUS logo at the back. Contact your bank before you depart, and ask them to enable the overseas withdrawal facility permanently (some banks disable it by default). Bring along your credit card (if you have one) for emergencies.

1615. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting simonwong

i got My Ni without getting a permanent address.

It's not a question of a permanent address or not. It's more of your identity and where you claim you live at the time.

I am working in a chinese restaurant and the emplyer is willing to apply for me the NI....

It's not a lot of trouble for them to do so. Just a few extra forms to register you. It's very common for employers to do it.

and I open the passport account in HSBC without a permament address but need to pay a small sum of money...

I believe the payment is not because you don't have a permanent address. It's a fee for the bank account (I presume it's a Passport account) which is a common thing. Nothing is for free here.

1616. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting wendyteo

Hi all, I am waiting for WHM online appointment since July, until now i still couldnt get an appointment..how could this be?? Is it the system problem? What can I do to get an appointment?? I really upset about this..Anyone can help me?

This news I'm about to tell you is going to upset you more. The WHM has just ended a few days ago. The scheme is no longer available from 27 November 2008 onwards where it's been replaced by the new Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme and Malaysia is not part of the scheme.

1617. Posted by writingale (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Hi Hien,

ROOM SCAMS: Yes, there are lots of room scams but they are easy to identify. I instantly delete any email that asks me to send money. I think it takes an especially dense person to get scammed this way - why would anyone want to send mony to strangers, when we hesitate to give them to known people of our acquaintance? I too have got these scams in my inbox! And lol, I have given them a piece of my mind hehehe.

All the rooms that I have seen now, I believe, are genuine because I have asked my school mate (who's living there) to give a call to the landlord and talk. Generally, it is quite easy to identify the genuine landlords. They will never commit that the room is yours and never ask for money beforehand. They will always say - you come and see the room and if things work out and you are sure that you want to move in, we will talk more. Only after that point, the exchange of money happen.

HOSTELS:. I asked for specials, but in winter (when gas and electricity bills are costlier, due to cold and light scarcity), not many were willing to give specials. Hootananny (Brixton) has a special for 70 pounds a week, for a dorm bed. For the same amount you can rent a room or roomshare, which will give you better privacy like own bed, cupboard and in some cases, a nice big window and wifi too. I personally think that it's worthwhile to spend that amountnot in a big crowded hostel which charges for extra facilities like luggage storage.

But of course - if one wants to make lots of friends (always a good thing in a new place!) and stay in the center of London, then hostel is the best option, if you don't mind staying like 10 or 20 in a room. Smart Russell Square has speiclas like 8 pounds a day for 24-bed dorm, which is a real good offer - lot of my WHM contacts are staying there. But the hostel does charges everything extra - luggage storage is 1 pound every suitcase per day, internet is 2 pounds etc.

WINTER: I said that bcos - in my country, South India - winter clothing like wool sweaters are very cheap bcos we don't have winter at all. It's always sunny, so winter clothes sell at big discount at all times , which is any time going to cheaper than pounds rate in UK. I thought Malaysia is also sunny, so winter outfits must be cheaper there.

MONEY: Yes, your idea is easier and safer, but that's what I meant - it is wise to keep at least 1000 pounds just for personal use in UK in the first month or two. Naturally, it is up to the person whether the to use the amount as cash or card. One of the people I met in this forum said she'll just bring 300 pounds bcos that's all she got left in her bank account (she used her uncle's bank balance to get visa), and then she will find a job in London and get money. It's a very optimistic view, but in case no job for some time, she shouldn't starve in her own hand... that's why I asked to bring ample amount to survive for the first month ;)

I myself will be bring 600 in traveler's cheque and 400 in cash, bcos generally landlords seem to ask for one month rent and one month deposit to move in (600 gone), then i am keeping 100 pounds for food, 100 for travelcards, 100 for emergency expenses, 100 to save - all for the month of January. Current recession, my schoolmate told me that it will take anywhere from 3 weeks to a month to land a settle in and land a job. Now, I might land a job on the 2nd day itself - but that's only a chance. It's better to be prapared for worst and try for best.

I am hoping that I will get job by Feb! Or else I will also starve, sigh.

:)

Rads

1618. Posted by wendyteo (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Omg...Actually I knew this, but then WHM still appear at the visa appoinment schedule there, so I thought that WHM is still working..So, what can I do now? Malaysia is not part of Youth Mobility Scheme, there is no other scheme that I can apply for? Huh, really hope that can go Uk..

1619. Posted by cindy100c (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

We are family of 3 living in Edinburgh. I'm Malaysian and my hubby is British. We are looking for an aupair.
Please contact me if you are interested in working as an aupair looking after our son age 5.

1620. Posted by ozzieOie1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hello there,

could anyone tell me on the WHV, how long you have to fist enter the UK? I thought that there was either a 3 or 6 motnh period where if you don't go to the UK, the visa becomes void. But I do not seem to be able to find if this is actually the case.

Does anyone know a link showing if this is the case?