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11. Posted by katesg (Budding Member 4 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hello Nick,

Thanks for the updates and information.

I am surprise with the HSBC info. If it helps, you may wish to call HSBC international banking hotline. When I was talking to the personal banking personnel, he wasn’t too sure about the UK account too. Anyway, I guess it would be wiser to have the recommendation letter becos it may just come in handy should u need to open an account with another bank.

As for the professional job being prohibited, it certain is in sharp contrast from the memo they post on those embassy/official web site. My cousin went there as a Chinese Physician and found a job working as a Chinese Physician.. I don’t know about you but that just about sound professional to me……

I will be going to HSBC SG on Friday to open my account…perhaps I can see if I can get more information on the international account….

By the way, I heard from many people that it is extremely difficult to get an office job if you are not a UE citizen. Anybody know how true is it?


12. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi katesg,

Well, I think it's all about the matter of luck.
Though it did mention that professional career is prohibited,
I still feel that, if given an opportunity to work as a pro, the company or the employer will eventually be your sponsor and write off the Working Holidaymaker VISA and to grant you a work permit.

And it's true that, non-EU will be less chances to compete with their local ppl and EU Nation ppl. We asian we'll probably left out in those MNC and might have to work as those waiters, bar tender, promoter and etc. I'll keep my finger cross on that.
There're some cases, UK Working Holidaymaker did end up join and work for the British Government Sector as admin or other positions. But there's a rule saying that, after the 1st year of UK Working Holidaymaker VISA past, you can start applying for Work Permit.

Well, as I said... I bet it's just the matter of luck and good timing.


13. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!


I will try to answer as many questions as possible. If I've missed out on anything, do ask me again.

First off, a working holiday visa, as you all know is valid for two years with multiple entries. With this visa, you are allowed to work anywhere in UK in any position as you wish. If you prefer to work in the office, you are allowed to apply for it. If you'd prefer a hotel job, you are welcomed to apply for it as well. Applying for it doesn't mean getting the job though. There's a lot of confusion regarding working in a office. There's definitely no restriction in applying for it but as far as I know, a MNC would rather not employ a traveller for the simple fact that we travellers are short term employees. Put yourself in an employers shoes. Would you like to employ someone, spend time to train them up and have them leave in 6 months? For that reason, office jobs are harder to get in terms of our holiday-working Visa.

Working for hotels, bartendering, waitressing, etc is a different matter. Most restaurants/hotels are usually busy in summer so instead of employing so many people in a full time basis, year-round, they employ travellers during the busy seasons. Coming over in April is a good time because summer is approaching and there's tons of jobs around. And another good thing is that university term hasn't ended yet so you can grab the jobs before the students do.

Personally, i advise you to work in a restaurant or hotel when you first come here for two reasons. First, there are heaps of hotel/restaurant jobs. Secondly, most of these places provides accomodation. Take the jobs that gives you a place to stay because rental in UK isn't very cheap. It costs about 400 pounds to stay in London. Cheaper if you're willing to stay in a dodgier place. Then once you have more or less settled down and have familiarised yourself with your surroundings, then go looking for a job that you want. This way, you will have your current job and a place to stay and you won't be 'forced' to accept just any job that comes along.

Check out and dee coopers for jobs. Theres tons of them on these websites.

OK, gotta go back to work now. Will log in again soon to touch on banking in UK. BTW, why do you need to open an account from Malaysia? Why not do it here?

14. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Johnny,

Thank you for your advise after long awaited.
Well, so currently where ru residing in UK?
And what kind of job that you're running now? Mind sharing it to us?

I've friends that work in UK, parts of Leeds, Liverpool and Exeter. Most of them do work as waiter. Coz' mentioned by them they do provide food. I've no idea yet what to become, but I'll definitely hop around to seek for vacancy. It might be ended in a restaurant, bookstore, shopping mart, or etc.
Getting in to MNC will definitely a good one, but as u mentioned, it's not that easy.

I'm currently working in a MNC in M'sia as well, they do have hundreds of branches over there in UK. Firstly, I've thought of applying for transfer over to UK, but the chances a malaysian got to transfer to overseas is near to 0%. Sigh...
No matter what, once I'm there in UK, there's no harm to try anything.

Btw, may I know some procedures of applying for that UK Working Holidaymaker VISA. I've asked the agent there in UK High Commision (Wisma MCA - they changed the office) before. I just wanted to know, what's the best amount to show them in the financial statement, where you need to photocopy out your saving balance to them? It stated there's no specific amount, but heard that they "do" depends on certain amount right? What's the minimum that I shall save up.
And have you been called up for an interview before leaving? Besides what you tell them (UK Interviewer) about your purpose to land in UK?

Will appreciate some tips or tricks to get through the very 1st stage.

Thank you so much Johnny...hope to hear frm you soon.


15. Posted by katesg (Budding Member 4 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nick,

Found out last Friday that you can only open an oversea HSBC account in Singapore where they have set up a hub to offer such services...


16. Posted by aceacer (First Time Poster 1 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!


I am going next month to the UK as a working holidaymaker and I have a couple of comments and questions. Firstly on the type of work you can do, I have visited numerous websites including the official website of the Home Office and they say that all restrictions on the type of work you can do have been removed and some specifically say that you can take a job in your field of expertise. Secondly, as long as you have a visa to work I dont think you will have to worry about being a EU resident to find a god job coz the only difference between an EU resident and a non resident is that they have permission to work and others dont and if others get the permission then they are as good. All the employer is gonna ask you is whether you are legally allowed to work in the UK and you are if you have the visa and you are fine.

Please comment on this.


17. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Adnan,

Yes it is true you are able to apply for any job in any field you want if there is a vacancy. There's no restrictions on your visa and you can even get your employer to convert it to a working permit after a year if you intend to stay longer.


18. Posted by liz5315 (Inactive 1 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I am a malaysian chinese. I am thinking of applying UK working holiday visa. For those malaysian who got the uk working holiday visa, may i know how long it takes u to get the visa ? thanks.

19. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Liz5315,

It takes 5 working days for the approval of your visa if you have handed in all the required documents. For my bank account, I was told by the guard in the British Embassy to put in about RM10,000, which I did and it was approved wwithout any problems at all.

About the bank account, I was told by a friend of mine who works in HSBC Malaysia that I couldn't open a UK account from Malaysia, so I didn't pursue it. Maybe you could get a recommendation letter or what not from them. I've not tried it so I wouldn't know. The banks in UK requires a person to provide proof of address to aopen an account in the form of electric or phone bill which has your name and address on it. Having neither, what I did was once I got a job, I got my employers to give me a letter stating that I was working for them and am staying in a house that was provided by them. That was enough for me to open an account. Unless you're bringing loads of cash, you can always wait until you get a job before you open an account. If you are indeed bringing lots of cash, I suggest you get a bank draft under your name or travellers check so that if it's stolen, your money's not lost forever. With the draft, wait until you have an account then bank it in. A draft takes about 3-5 working days to be approved if it's the same bank as where the draft was bought from. I know I don't need to remind you guys but don't dump all your money in the draft. Make sure you have enough cash in hand for daily expenses until you get a job.

Customs in Britain is a bit strict,or should I say 'suspicious'. You are guilty until proven innocent. You will be asked loads of question and you will also be required to take an x-ray in the airport itself if you're planning to stay more than 6 months. But answer honestly and you will be fine. You will also need to show them an adress where you will be staying in UK. Either book a hostel before you come over and give that address or if you have a relaitve or friend who resides here, give them their address and tell them you will be staying there until you find a job. The latter is better. They are a suspicious lot.

Jobwise, you shouldn't have any problems to get if you're not too choosy. But bear in mind that since Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, etc joined EU in May, tons of them have come to UK to look for a job. And these people are willing to do any jobs given to them. So you might face a bit of competition from them. But the advatage you and I have is that we speak better English than them!

If any of you are apprehensive about coming here, don't be. You will have an experience that will stick with you for a lifetime...


20. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nick,

To answer your questions, you don't need to go thru an agent to get your visa. Why get a middleman when the British High Comm is just a 10 walk away from the middleman? Go down to British High Comm in Jalan Ampang (about 10 minutes walk from Wisma MCA) and apply it for yourself. They won't call you up for an interview unless you they sensed that you haven't been really honest in you answers when you submit your form. Tell them the honest truth about why you want to come to UK. Simple as that.

I'm in Hertfordshire right now. It's about 30 minutes away from London. been working as a bartender and waiter in a local hiotel. Food and accomodation is provided so I save quite a sum from there. The minimum National wage here is 4.50 pounds and that's what most hotels and restaurants pay if you have no experience. Will be moving on to Brighton by the end of August.

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