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1621. Posted by girlie82 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Quoting ozzieOie1

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?

My visa starts on the 19 Dec 2009, but due to some personal issues I can only leave for UK in April 2009.

I've searched on the validity period to enter UK...I managed to find these 2 websites which I hope could answer your question, ozzieOie1

http://www.workgateways.com/forum/tp.6314

http://ukinaustralia.fco.gov.uk/en/visas/faqs/work-visas/whm

Apparently we could enter UK anytime within the 2 years visa validity period. Initially I had the same concern...but not anymore :)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 3, 2008, at 4:20 AM by girlie82 ]

1622. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting ozzieOie1

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?

I've not seen such a rule before on the official site. The UK Entry Clearance (visa) has a validity period, which means there is a start date and an end date. The end date remains the same even if you first enter the UK one year after the start date. But any very late first entry might result in the immigration officer asking you some questions over the delay. Nothing to worry about though, just explain why it happened (personal, family, financial, etc) and you'll be fine.

What you mention above is like the Chinese visa, where there is an expiry date, which is three months. Once you enter (which can be one day away from 3 months), the stay-limit period starts counting, which can be either 30 days or more depending on your visa type.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 3, 2008, at 8:18 AM by Hien ]

1623. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting writingale

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.

Not everybody is as careful as you. And believe me, there really are people out there who are way too trusting, or should I say, naive?

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.

That is usually the case. But scammers have also gone smarter. You obviously haven't heard of stories where the so-called agent or landlord showed a house to a prospective tenant, accepted the deposit, and then turned out to be a scam. Don't ask me how that happened, but it did 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.

It's not the winter that they do not give special rate. Hostels generally don't give away special weekly rate to new guests. These rates are given to those who've stayed about a week or so. I stayed at a hostel on special weekly rate last winter for over two months in west London. I paid £70/week for a 6-bed dorm and sometimes £80/week for a 4-bed. Normal rates would have been about 50% more than what I paid.

But the hostel does charges everything extra - luggage storage is 1 pound every suitcase per day, internet is 2 pounds etc.

Unless you have a lot of valuable stuff in your suitcase, there's no need to put it in the storage area. The hostel I stayed at didn't charge anything. Many hostels also have free wifi for their guests. If you don't have a laptop, go to Internet Cafes for cheaper internet rates.

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.

Based on common sense and my experience, things become cheap when the supplies are in abundance. And rarity means expensive. In Malaysia, winter clothing is not a common thing, which makes sense because nobody would buy it unless they're going to a cold weather country. Maybe businesses work differently in south India, but in Malaysia, because of the rarity of it, winter clothing are expensive except during sales.

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.

In this current condition, even 3 weeks sounds a bit optimistic, I'd say, unless you have contacts or things pre-arranged for you before you arrive.

1624. Posted by writingale (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Hi Hien,
Thanks for your clarifications. Your last answer has left me very worried. Is it that difficult to get a job these days in UK? I am talking abt any kind of job... like nanny, waitress, restaurant worker etc.

Rads

1625. Posted by writingale (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Quoting ozzieOie1

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?

As far as I know, your WHM visa starts on a certain date (for me it is Dec 29) and the 2-year validity starts on that day itself. It will be valid for 2 years, regardless of whether I leave on Dec 29, 2008 or not. Even if I leave on Jan 2010, my visa will end on Dec 29, 2010.

1626. Posted by averynkh (Full Member 98 posts) 7y

it has been 2 weeks, i dun get any response at all
i was telling myself, they are processing my visa, i dun have to interview
coz from what i know, pp who got to interview should get the call within first week
any one else applied in singapore in november?

1627. Posted by happyhappy (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

dear all, i just come back to Malaysia.. Next Tuesday gonna return passport to vfs.. ;)
now waiting my interview...

1628. Posted by penjelajah (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Quoting averynkh

it has been 2 weeks, i dun get any response at all
i was telling myself, they are processing my visa, i dun have to interview
coz from what i know, pp who got to interview should get the call within first week
any one else applied in singapore in november?

Hey, i applied in Singapore in Nov as well. I got my passport back and the visa approved within 2 weeks. I've a friend who applied on 26th Nov; no news to date.

Anyone that has successfully obtained the visa and planning to go next year? Let me know, eh. Maybe we could plan some travelling together ;)

1629. Posted by felice821 (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

Since that now WHM had changed to T5 (YMS)... Is Malaysia applicable for that?

1630. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting writingale

Is it that difficult to get a job these days in UK? I am talking abt any kind of job... like nanny, waitress, restaurant worker etc.

Of course there are jobs. But to get one, expect stiffer competition since you're not the only one seeking.