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771. Posted by getaway (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi there people,

for those of you who will be atending for an interview. one important tips for you guys. Do your research on places in the UK. Dont mention to them places like man utd or liverpool, they will ask you to leave the room. Tell them places people seldom mention and u have to explain to them why u want to go there. thats all and i'm sure you will be granted a visa. all the best to you guys!

772. Posted by zawa (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

Hi, I'm new here,..em.. not really, been reading those threads, and did help a lot with my application.
I got my application approved today, surprisingly fast. I submitted on 23rd Apr. and this morning, tracked online, it was ready and i collected it. Everything went smooth. Submission took less than 45 min. waiting for my turn-submit-take biometric infos, coz not many ppl. that day. Today is better. Less went in and out in less than 10 minutes.

773. Posted by AD1981 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hi guys could someone please answer the following questions and help me..please

1) Once we submit all the relevant documents along with our application form, does the immigration officer keep a copy of all those documents and cover letter etc? as I got called for a whm visa interview at a later date and with the interview letter, all my documents, passport and cover letter were given back to me. So am wondering whether the immigration officer keeps a copy of all the documents submitted before returning them to the applicant, i.e. if one is being called for an interview? coz otherwise on what bases would they interview me? Would it be on the basis of the supporting documents that I gave with my past application or the supporting documents I will give at the time of my interview (there is a long gap between the application i made and when i am called for interview). This is because my circumstances have changed so I am thinking of writing an entirely different cover letter explaining what I want to do in UK

2) I know i need to write a letter saying how the travels will help me when i come back and in my job. But as I have already lived and volunteered in the UK, I dont understand what to say? If i say i will gain skills that will help me in my job when i come back, the officer will question it and say that you have alredy lived there.

3) I have been associated with a company for about 8 years, I know the owner for this long and i have worked there before I went to the UK for studies and after I come back from UK. The owner of company told me that if i get my whm visa and come back after travelling I will be able to get a job in her company again. My question is, should i include a letter from her saying that she has known me for so long and ive worked for her and that she is ready to give me a job when i come back from uk? I am asking because this will help me prove that going travelling to uk again will not effect my career and i will have a job when i come back to malaysia. is that ok??

4) For how many months should the expenditure plan be? the first 3 months? or more than that? I just cant get myself to work on the travel plan and expenditure plan. Could someone help..please....just some idea or if someone wud b kind enough to send me a copy of their travel and expenditure plan so that i could have an idea..am not looking to copy anybody's plan..

Thank You

774. Posted by zawa (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

[quote=AD1981]Hi guys could someone please answer the following questions and help me..please

1) Once we submit all the relevant documents along with our application form, does the immigration officer keep a copy of all those documents and cover letter etc? as I got called for a whm visa interview at a later date and with the interview letter, all my documents, passport and cover letter were given back to me. So am wondering whether the immigration officer keeps a copy of all the documents submitted before returning them to the applicant, i.e. if one is being called for an interview? coz otherwise on what bases would they interview me? Would it be on the basis of the supporting documents that I gave with my past application or the supporting documents I will give at the time of my interview (there is a long gap between the application i made and when i am called for interview). This is because my circumstances have changed so I am thinking of writing an entirely different cover letter explaining what I want to do in UK

Can't help much on this, bcoz I wasn't call for interview, but they'd return most original documents like financial proof, employment proof, letter of invitation from friend. You mean writing an entirely different cover letter to show during the interview? you must have a very good reason for that and prepared to answer.

2) I know i need to write a letter saying how the travels will help me when i come back and in my job. But as I have already lived and volunteered in the UK, I dont understand what to say? If i say i will gain skills that will help me in my job when i come back, the officer will question it and say that you have alredy lived there.

I did not have a letter on this. You may say what jobs do you intend to do over there, and be sure you do your homework and search for the jobs availability. In my case, I mentioned that I plan to take up contract architectural jobs (few weeks-few months) so that i can travel as intensively as possible. In the travel plan, i mentioned that I want to explore each city/countryside street by street, to look at daily lives of people, interesting architecture and culture. (These helps with my job actually)

3) I have been associated with a company for about 8 years, I know the owner for this long and i have worked there before I went to the UK for studies and after I come back from UK. The owner of company told me that if i get my whm visa and come back after travelling I will be able to get a job in her company again. My question is, should i include a letter from her saying that she has known me for so long and ive worked for her and that she is ready to give me a job when i come back from uk? I am asking because this will help me prove that going travelling to uk again will not effect my career and i will have a job when i come back to malaysia. is that ok??

Yup, a letter from you employer is good support. In the letter consider to put in how long you've been working with them, went for study, and back with them again, and they would welcome you to work with them again after your trip.

4) For how many months should the expenditure plan be? the first 3 months? or more than that? I just cant get myself to work on the travel plan and expenditure plan. Could someone help..please....just some idea or if someone wud b kind enough to send me a copy of their travel and expenditure plan so that i could have an idea..am not looking to
copy anybody's plan..

[i]I didn't submit expenditure plan. They ask for financial evidence to survive first few months without aid from others, if you don't have more than 15k like others recommended, then you may consider a plan to show how you survive with the money you have.
Didn't you submit your travel plan when you submit your documents in the first place?[/i]

775. Posted by wws1218 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

wondering if anyone leaving to UK on this 6th of may? coz im alone~

776. Posted by AD1981 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Quoting zawa

[quote=AD1981]Hi guys could someone please answer the following questions and help me..please

Hi Zawa congratulations on your visa :) and a big big thank you for answering my questions and clearing my doubts, i am very grateful :)

Can't help much on this, bcoz I wasn't call for interview, but they'd return most original documents like financial proof, employment proof, letter of invitation from friend. You mean writing an entirely different cover letter to show during the interview? you must have a very good reason for that and prepared to answer.

By different cover letter i meant some of the things i say for example initially i said that i want to stay in uk for 24 months but now i will write about 18 because when i come back my former employee that i mentioned in my question 3 has offered me a job already to head one of their projects. Do you think changing stuff like time period etc would make a difference..i do have a reason to support it and also i am having this interview after a couple of months of submitting my application and so wouldnt they understand that a person's circumstances can change within a time period?

I did not have a letter on this. You may say what jobs do you intend to do over there, and be sure you do your homework and search for the jobs availability. In my case, I mentioned that I plan to take up contract architectural jobs (few weeks-few months) so that i can travel as intensively as possible. In the travel plan, i mentioned that I want to explore each city/countryside street by street, to look at daily lives of people, interesting architecture and culture. (These helps with my job actually)

I plan to take up jobs related to fund raising or outreach work with children but on a temporary causual job type basis..the thing is that i just cant think of how travelling wud help me with my work back here..i will be dealing on a project related to abused children and i need to mention how travelling wud help me with this job back in my country....i dont want to really mention how my part time work experience in uk would help me in my job back home cause this doesnt prove that my intentions for the visa are first to travel and secondly alot of people have said that its not a good idea to write that you will gain and acquire skills which will help with your job back home..any advise on this please? as i have already studied and volunteered in the uk before i definately need to stress on how just travelling would help me with my job back home and i somehow cant think straight...

Yup, a letter from you employer is good support. In the letter consider to put in how long you've been working with them, went for study, and back with them again, and they would welcome you to work with them again after your trip.

I actually have ben offered the job already but for early 2010, so a letter from my employer saying that following my interview i have already been offered the job would be ok? the project i have been offered had no vaccancies till that time and because i have been associated with the organisation for 8 years now, they have interviewed me specially as i have been volunteering full time with them on this particular project...so wud m job offer letter be ok?

[i]I didn't submit expenditure plan. They ask for financial evidence to survive first few months without aid from others, if you don't have more than 15k like others recommended, then you may consider a plan to show how you survive with the money you have.
Didn't you submit your travel plan when you submit your documents in the first place?[/i]

This was my biggest mistake, I didnt submit a travel plan and thats why am really confused and desperate at the same time as i dont have a clue as to how to go about it..I dont want to copy anyone's plan of travels but just having a look at one would just gimme sum basic idea and would be a big help, could you please please help me? I dont want my visa to get rejected
One last question- i am showing alot more that 15k in my account, so is it fine for sure that i dont submit an expenditure plan??

Thanks again for answering back so quickly and being of help..am sorry to bother you with more questions but its imp that i get everything right and get this visa..i really am in a desperate situation coz one visa rejection wud mean a series of them being rejected and i dont want that to be the case

777. Posted by zawa (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

Quoting AD1981

[quote=zawa][quote=AD1981]Hi guys could someone please answer the following questions and help me..please

Hi Zawa congratulations on your visa :) and a big big thank you for answering my questions and clearing my doubts, i am very grateful :)

By different cover letter i meant some of the things i say for example initially i said that i want to stay in uk for 24 months but now i will write about 18 because when i come back my former employee that i mentioned in my question 3 has offered me a job already to head one of their projects. Do you think changing stuff like time period etc would make a difference..i do have a reason to support it and also i am having this interview after a couple of months of submitting my application and so wouldnt they understand that a person's circumstances can change within a time period?

Don't have to mention the 18 months. No one will question you when you change your mind.

I plan to take up jobs related to fund raising or outreach work with children but on a temporary causual job type basis..the thing is that i just cant think of how travelling wud help me with my work back here..i will be dealing on a project related to abused children and i need to mention how travelling wud help me with this job back in my country....i dont want to really mention how my part time work experience in uk would help me in my job back home cause this doesnt prove that my intentions for the visa are first to travel and secondly alot of people have said that its not a good idea to write that you will gain and acquire skills which will help with your job back home..any advise on this please? as i have already studied and volunteered in the uk before i definately need to stress on how just travelling would help me with my job back home and i somehow cant think straight...

[b]You can mention your job intention. (Since they asked about work plan and travel plan). Don't really have to tell how travelling would help your future in the letter (Not required in any form). Just prepare to answer in the interview.[/b]

I actually have ben offered the job already but for early 2010, so a letter from my employer saying that following my interview i have already been offered the job would be ok? the project i have been offered had no vaccancies till that time and because i have been associated with the organisation for 8 years now, they have interviewed me specially as i have been volunteering full time with them on this particular project...so wud m job offer letter be ok?

Looks like you do a lot of voluntary jobs. Anyway, I don't really think it's necessary to state when your employer need you. Just make it simple, your history with them (how long, on off), and they would be glad to welcome you back, that's more than enough. I can give you a sample of letter i draft for my employer.

This was my biggest mistake, I didnt submit a travel plan and thats why am really confused and desperate at the same time as i dont have a clue as to how to go about it..I dont want to copy anyone's plan of travels but just having a look at one would just gimme sum basic idea and would be a big help, could you please please help me? I dont want my visa to get rejected
One last question- i am showing alot more that 15k in my account, so is it fine for sure that i dont submit an expenditure plan??

Thanks again for answering back so quickly and being of help..am sorry to bother you with more questions but its imp that i get everything right and get this visa..i really am in a desperate situation coz one visa rejection wud mean a series of them being rejected and i dont want that to be the case

You must give a very good reason why you did not submit a travel plan now.. bcoz that's a VERY IMPORTANT thing. Be honest with your reason, you must be able to convince yourself before you convince the officer. I'll PM you a sample.
I cannot tell you for sure about the 15k and expenditure. I believe previous travel experience (in your passports) will help a lot also, when i collected my documents, my old passport was opened at the US Visa page (not bragging, but i suspect that helps a lot) Anyway, no harm doin a short one to safe guard, refer cost of living here http://www.workgateways.com/working-cost-of-living.html
just put in what you need, may omit entertainment for the start.
If you have a friend there to invite you to stay, then your expenditure will be much lower, just show that you did some homework, and you know the amount of money needed.

778. Posted by yingtey (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

Everyone seems to have their visa processed within 2 working days. I submitted mine on 23 April and still no idea what the status is. The application tracker said my passport been forwarded to the British High Comm on the 23 April 2008 but that was it. I asked many people and they were puzzled that my application is taking this long! When I submitted my application to the officer, he checked everything and didn't ask me to resubmit anything. Now I'm really worried. I've been traveling extensively for the past year from Asia to Europe, and I don't think they've a reason to refuse my application since I've given all documents they've asked for..!!!!

What do you guys think?

Is there anyway to call them up and ask them bout it, or get my passport back soon because I need it soon!!!!!

Cheers,
Ying

779. Posted by yingtey (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Hi,

Just found out that I'm asked for an interview but because I provided them with wrong contact details, they've been unable to reach me. Thank god I called them! Anyway, after the interview and if everything goes smoothly, when will they actually approve your visa?

Need to know and cheers,
Ying

780. Posted by 2004ts (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

Quoting yingtey

Hi,

Just found out that I'm asked for an interview but because I provided them with wrong contact details, they've been unable to reach me. Thank god I called them! Anyway, after the interview and if everything goes smoothly, when will they actually approve your visa?

Need to know and cheers,
Ying

Hi Ying,

I got my visa approved on the spot during the interview though my interview session doesn't as smooth as expected. aw.. kena belasah kao kao.. .. coz didn't remember my own travel plan. so, make sure u know ur travel plan oh. i got back all my docs on the 2nd day after the interview though the interviewee reckon that i can get it back on the next day.

Good luck!

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