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741. Posted by precious22 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

hi hien,

thanks for your reply, i'm actually resident in singapore and so far the agency for booking tickets here were unable to advise on this issue.
anyway, i got the information for the vfs site and currently arranging my documents for submission.

742. Posted by ufung (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

thanks lydiakoh//all the best for yours

743. Posted by lydiakoh (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi... just an update.. i got a reply from UK Visas.. i've to go to the High Comm for an interview on July 12 as they want to see evidence of my old passports.. I've managed to find one old one and need to report the one before that !

744. Posted by echin (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Quoting amayaro

Dear Echin,

I would highly advise to have a UK bank account set up before you arrive - hsbc can do this internationally i am told. When I arrived, I paid a company £30 to set me up with one. It is essential that you have one as it is impossible to get a rental place without one - yet impossible to get an account once you arrive without a permanant address - and you have to show proof of that address inthe form of a utility bill , lease, or bank statement. If you go through a pay company like I did - you will not need the proof but you still need to give a residential address and contact info - so hotel will not work. Also farm out your cv to as many placement agencies as possible - They will tell you that you will only get contract (temp) work on a working holiday visa - thats ok if you intend to travel and if not - i have found that the companies will typically offer you a permanent visa sponsored position after you have been there for a bit as an hourly employee - they just want to test you out - It is really hard for a UK employer to fire you once you are in permanent employ and many will sponsor for an extended visa. Travelling has been fantastic and easy and once i started to eard GBP - so cheap - cheaper than staying in london for the weekend! My cash went really quicky in the beginning though - that was a bit rough. figure out where you are staying and then seek a job - fast - england is expensive. They also like paperwork here so be sure to bring any certifications and education levels that you have achieved as well as letters of referral from past employers that talk about your resposibilities and character.
All the best;)

Dear Amayaro,

thanks for your advice.
recently i went to HSBC bank to apply a local saving acc. the officer told me that if i wish to open an UK based saving acc. at Singapore's branch, then i have to pay S$ 150 as admistration fee...

so, i would like to check with u ... should i just open a singapore HSBC bank acc? is this made me easier to apply UK based bank acc when i arrive UK?

Besides, pls recommend any website for job searching...

thanks,
echin

745. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting echin

recently i went to HSBC bank to apply a local saving acc. the officer told me that if i wish to open an UK based saving acc. at Singapore's branch, then i have to pay S$ 150 as admistration fee...

SGD150 for opening an account?! That's daylight robbery!

746. Posted by amayaro (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Dear Echin,

I used this company to help me when I arrived:

http://www.1stcontact.com/live/index.php

They helped me set up an account. People had recommended to me that I set up an acct before I arrived but I did not - this worked fine even without prooof of address - but you do need to give them an address - of a friend or something. Setting up an account in the uk is never easy I have a friend working on it now - it is taking him about 2 weeks for a basic account, no frills. First Contact also will advise on jobs and agaencies if you go this route.
In regards to agencies - I am an architect so the agencies that i used in the end were very specific but some of the bigger ones should be able to place you - eden brown and hays - this is if you are looking for an office job - If you are looking to work in sales or the pub or hospitality I would suggest applying directly to them when you arrive.
Also advisable - they will not give you a mobile phone here if you have just arrived without a significant down payment (hundreds of pounds) if you come with an unlocked phone, you can buy a pay as you go sim card for about £5...
Hope this helps
Good luck with your move:)

747. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

echin :

so, i would like to check with u ... should i just open a singapore HSBC bank acc? is this made me easier to apply UK based bank acc when i arrive UK?

Besides, pls recommend any website for job searching...

thanks,
echin

Hey hi,

I really couldn't answer on how easy or difficult it may be if you do have an account open out of UK and want to open one when you arrive in UK. I'll share the things that i been through.

I'm currently at Chester, a very small and quiet town in the Northwest England. I went to Barclays bank, and they wanted like a utility bill (which i substituted with my tenancy agreement) because how could i have one when i just got here?, passport of course and a letter of employment (i found a job after one week here). But what happens next is they also want me to ring up the inland revenue and ask for a notice of tax coding to be send to my current address of stay. I dont know if this is what the other holidaymakers go through, maybe in another region the Barclays may be bit different due to certain reasons. Just guessing. But i suppose it's important for the bank to take every precaution in order to be extremely cautious when someone wants to open an account. They really 'scrutinize' my passport like checking it under the neon light . I told my manager and he suggested me to try Abbey bank.

Was there today to find out what document needed. Only a passport, letter of employment and tenancy agreement. I'll be going there (Abbey) to apply for it.

You could try www.gumtree.com for a job search, i found my job through this site I send out 6 cv's. I think, on a personal point of view, i think i can't be choosy in my work, least i could have some money coming in my way. I dropped my money pouch last Saturday and lost my debit and credit cards too. I was left with very little money. But i'm fine, my employer has offered to pay me an advance salary should i need.

Good luck

748. Posted by 1688 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Hi good day everybody.I'm new here.I just get my WHM visa.will travel to UK in oct.
I need to know few things.hope that if u know pls kindly help to answer.thanks a lot...
1.usually asian with WHM visa work in chinese/ westener restraunt in uk?did they easy to get a factory /office job?
2.how much for the pay for factory job?can get GBP2000/month?

very appreciate for ur kind help.thanks

749. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

£2000 a month for a factory job highly unlikely - £24k a year. It would depend on your experience and your qualifications as for any job.

750. Posted by Pegasus. (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hey everyone! Been following this thread for a while, very helpful I must say, with all the insights coming from all you successful WHM. I've been scheduled for an interview on the 24th July. Nervous wreck I am.
I'm going over to London to visit my boyfriend or should I say "join" although that term may be deemed as "unpermitted" for the Visa Officials.

Been told by VFS that I need not bring additional documents, only receipt. I figured to be on the safe side, will bring my existing documents & travel plan (which I stupidly left out of the supporting documents when making submissions to VFS). Then again, its not like I have made any definite plans.

I'm nervous about the interview. Just worried that I won't make it. Lets all be optimistic, shall we?

Interview tips.....!! Yes please. .

Cheers all!

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