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71. Posted by avryl (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

Hello there,

I have just started looking into getting the two year WHV. I stumbled upon this site just trying to get info on the visa. Does anyone know what the cost of the visa is? I'm living in toronto (canada) currently. Also went to this go abroad fair today that was held in toronto and tried to get some info. Does anybody know about this thing called the SWAP program? i was wondering if it was worth it to register with them or if anyone has used it before. They say that they help you get your visa, get an orientation session when you arrive in london,etc www.swap.ca if anyone wants to check it out. I was thinking about moving there around march or april. Basically i'm looking for any info that you guys can hook me up with.

thanks,

Av

72. Posted by helenji (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y

hi deb, ok as far as i know, 5 working day is all u hav to wait for, after which if they dun call u, u can go to the centre and collect ur visa. They will not call u. The day u sent in ur application, bear in mind tht if u sent it any time after 12 noon, it is considered ur application was submitted the next day, i.e. lets say u sent it in on monday after 12 noon, thn it will be counted as submitted on tuesday, so, u hav to wait 5 working days frm tuesday (tuesday to monday the following week). They didnt call u..... its considered approved. go to the visa centre and collect ur visa. And good luck!!

cheers
helen

73. Posted by Priss (Full Member 23 posts) 12y

hey Av,
Sorry..... can't help.... i think most of the ppl in this forum are based in malaysia....... i think that's why there hasn't been a response to your question yet...

anyway... good luck on the WHM thing... i myself am planning to go there in Jan...hopefully.... you know what... we should all keep in touch and maybe meet up when we get there.... that'd be cool don't you think...

once again Av, good luck

74. Posted by Snoozy (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

Hey Helen,

So its 5 working days is all i have to wait even if the status on the visa website doesn't say anything different and I should just go collect it? Before, on the website it said "passport has been sent to the BDHC (whatever that stands for)" and now it says "passport has been sent to the British High Commission". Now, I thought they were the same things! And as for remarks, I have nothing there. Can they be any clearer or what!

I sent in my passport after 12pm last Tuesday, so according to you that will be effectively Wednesday. That makes it more than 5 days now but my status still hasn't changed other than what I said above. So you reckon I should just go collect it? Its not like peak season or anything where they take longer perhaps?

Snooze

75. Posted by avryl (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

Hey Priss,

thanks for the response. i didn't realize that most of the people on here were from malaysia. well i found out how much the visa costs on my own. now i'm just looking for advice on where to live. i'm getting my bartending lisence right now so i hope to be able to do that out there or an office job. i want to live in a big city cause that's what i'm used to and that's where the work is. that's why i thought london. even if i could find a place just outside london that didn't take too long to commute into work in london that would be fine. did anyone else find that the average rent for a week in london was 100 pounds? i thout that was quite steep for the wage that we'd be making. i'm looking for something very central but cheaper. i wanted to also stay in london so that i could do all my travelling in europe easily. anything else anyone could help with would be great.

Av

76. Posted by sylvyy (Full Member 25 posts) 12y

Hi everybody!! No good news but no bad news neither. Same as Priss, I sent my application last Wednesday (close) and checked the website this morning. Of course, the status is "sent to british high commission". I called up the visa application center ( it's weird that I can just get through with the second call I made. Guess the office phone is better at connecting to this kinda of center). She told me too many people apply for the visa so please wait for another week to see if you need to be interview. ( she didn't say please though. she only tell me after I asked how long should I wait.) Well, hope that help. No choice but wait and lots of praying to do ;)
hey priss, am going in January too.
I've been applying for the outdoor jobs in UK and got lots of replies. If I didn't make it for this visa, probably can just go and try my luck for the selection (for the jobs).
Bye for now! Good luck in everything!

Siew Yit

77. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Hi Avryl,

I don't know what the average rent in London is but while living on the outskirts and commuting might be a little cheaper, it will probably still be quite expensive. London is so sprawling, and there is a housing shortage in the whole South-East at the moment, so its all expensive. Its not at all unusual for people to commute for something like 3-4 hours a day! What quality of life do you get for that? Personally, I wouldn't want to live down there unless it was for an absolutly amazing job with a huge salary.

Its worth thinking about other cities, particularly the North and Midlands, because you will still get the fun and convenience of a big city, and still be able to find work. In somewhere like Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield etc you'd be looking at more like £50-£60 per week for a decent room in a furnished house share, in easy reach of the city centre, and other costs of living are all much cheaper.

Also, the people are much more friendly, and you've got lovely countryside in very easy reach. Yeah yeah I'm biased.

Don't forget, Britain is teeny tiny compared with Canada, USA, Australia etc and if you are wanting to see Europe you can get lots of cheap flights from regional airports, or easily go to London for day/weekend trips.

Any tips on England I'm happy to help.

78. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi all,

It's really a great news to hear that, there're couples of you out there that headingfor UK WHM. And as mentioned, we should all keep in touch when we are there. You guyz are heading there on January?
Woo...it'll be a cold one.

Well at least u guyz submitted the forms and probably can fly in anytime. I'll be only start applying in December, and would wait till I receive the year end bonus before I'm throwing my letter. Hehe.
After getting so many info around, I have a lil confidence on getting the WHM VISA approved, since so far I haven't see anyone (that I know) that failed doing so. I'll keep my finger cross and pray hard.

So where u guyz will be in UK? I'll be only flying at the end of next year March and will be touching down in South London. I know it'll be an exciting one. But still needs to work hard to grab a job to survive.
Besides, I wish to spend next year Chinese New Year with my family members, relatives and friends. I know I'm gonna miss them so much!

Well, all the best to you all...and hopefully we could meet up in UK someday, perhaps having a few backpack trips across Europe someday!
That'll be a dream come true to me.

Cheers,
Nick ;)

79. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 12y

Hi everyone,

Yes, it's quite a pleasant surprise to know that so many Malaysians are planning to come over. As I'm here right now, if any of you need any assistance when you arrive, just email me and I will try my best to help. Or even if any of you want to meet up for a drink, let me know. It'd be great to see some of my fellow countrymen/women again. It's been a long time since I spoke English with its "lah's" and "lor's", so yeah, it'd be great if all of us could meet up. Hoping to hear form some of you soon...

cheers...
brian
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[ Edit: Sorry, no personal contact info in the forums ]

80. Posted by Snoozy (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

Eww you guys!! I just heard from a friend that there are a limited amount of working holiday visa's that they can issue. She read an article about it. Tell me this isn't true!! Ewwwwwwwwwww!!! Not fair! So does this mean that ppl that apply earlier in the year are bound to get it or ppl that apply earlier in the month get it? Man, this sux. Anyone heard anything of this sort? :(

Snooze

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