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

Hi Siew Yit Yong,

Congrats. So mind sharing a lil how you fill up the form and and how you show the amount of money in the bank statement?
Back to the same questions, did you just put in one lumpsum of RM10 or 20k or more in your bank account book and just pass it to them? Pls advise us.
Thank you.


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

Hi there,

How should I fill in these 2 questions?

1. How much of your intended stay in the United Kingdom will be spent working? (Please give the number of weeks or months or a percentage of your time)

2. What type of employment do you intend to pursue in the United Kingdom?
(I have a dream job, but will this harm or tricky to ans?)

Nick ;)

123. Posted by Priss (Full Member 23 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys...

Hey Siew Yit... congrats.... lets hope the news is the same for the rest of us....

Went to submit the application.... they said that the intended date of departure shouldn't be more that 3 months from the submittion date... any of you heard about this?... anyway, they told me to come back next week as i put my departure date on January 19th...

Any tips on how to fill up the form then siew yit?... i mean, do you have any friends over there and did you list them?... how much did you have in your account... what bank was it in?... a regular bank or did you open an account just for the trip?....

one more thing... how much time did you say you would spend working?... i put 50%... is that all right?.... ANY tips on how you fill everything in would help the rest of us in here GREATLY!! don't forget us now siew yit....


124. Posted by sylvyy (Full Member 25 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Er... I haven't get back my passpoprt yet, have to work today. Will ask my boss if I can go tomorrow.

My departure date is 3rd of January. I filled up my aunt's friend address, name etc as friend (just one). then i put down my relative address at the section "list down place you intended to travel", i didn't even put down any place i want to travel.

Well, my bank account book has a lot of "history". I accumulated my RM 11K something (included my last month salary) bit by bit. I got no friend that can lend me RM10K anyway.

Anymore questions? I won't forget any of you. Thanks a lot for those that help and those that asked all sort of questions!!!

125. Posted by deb2 (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


how much money did u put in ur account ? one lumpsum or bit by bit ? i put one lumpsum of 20k in there, guess this will influence their decision-making. from vfs website, it is stated that the earliest date for interview will be on sept next year. which mean if either of us were to be called for interview, we have to wait till next year. and which also means, they are going to hold our passport for a year ??! i cant wait anymore and i m not staying in kl so i cant go all the way to kl just to check on my status. my only way is to check for the status on net or just keep waiting since, their line is always busy !

126. Posted by ibangirl (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

i ve applied for my visa about two years ago but did not use it due to family issue. I read they have changed the rules and extended the age which im up to try for the 2nd time and i hope that it will go through. I did call the visa office and told them of my unused expired visa they asked me to try to reapply another one.

But if you have any family of friends who is willing to become your sponsor it will definitely help too.

For those who is wiling to try tough job but pays pretty well i would advice to try the live in carer. Which is what i am looking forward to doing when i get to UK.

Wish me luck!!!


127. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hey everyone, i'm very excited for all of you. i feel like jumping on the bandwagon as well.

i read the star last sunday 17/10/04 there's complete 2 pages of articles on working visa holidaymakers but more on britain than anywhere else. they also interviewed some people.

the star mentioned amongst others that malaysians are much saught after by employers there because of language - english and chinese, hard working and honest. most malaysians under such visa work at london's chinatown. illegals (those visas that got expired) usually work at suburbs to avoid detections.

and today's new straits times 18/10/04 also carried out another article on the same issue. nst claimed that now the policy has been changed and it takes one year to process applications. is this true?

those interested can search the articles online at nst and star's websites.

128. Posted by avryl (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Would you mind posting what those two web sites are where i could find those articles? i'm guessing that they are newspapers from malaysia and i'm in toronto. thanks


129. Posted by ethan (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

To all,

I had sent the application yesterday 18/10/04 about 10.00am, it was a smooth submission.
However, when I check on the net just now 11.28am 19/10/04, the page shows as follow:



Did it mean that, they haven’t submitted my application? Or I got the wrong VFS Receipt Number? Could anyone help me on this please?
Your help will be much appreciated!

Best regards


130. Posted by spell (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

ARTICLE FROM THE STAR - posted here in case web archive expires
(I've edited out most portions that do not pertain to WHM)

Demand for hard-working Malaysians in England

MALAYSIAN workers are much sought after by employers in London as they are hard-working and honest, according to a Malaysian who has been working for the British Government for 37 years.

David Tan, the Chinese Liaison Officer of Westminster City Council that controls the most important district of central London, said Malaysians were also popular because of their ability to speak and write English as well as Chinese.

He said they could also converse in dialects such as Cantonese, which enabled them to take orders from Chinese customers in restaurants and takeaway eateries owned by Hong Kong operators.

“These restaurants employ mainland Chinese as cooks with lower salaries as they cannot speak English while Malaysians are mostly waiters or waitresses, assistant managers or even managers,” he said.

On the average, a Malaysian worker in London’s Chinatown can earn up to £300 (RM2,100) a week. Those in suburbs including Manchester, Liverpool, Leicester, Newcastle and Sheffield can take home about £250 (RM1,750) weekly.

Illiterates and those “desperate” for jobs can get about £180 (RM1,260) a week, washing dishes 10 to 11 hours daily for six days a week.


Another Malaysian employer, who did not want to be named, said many young Malaysians were working legally in Britain under the Working Holidaymaker Scheme.

In fact, there were more legal workers than illegal ones, as the scheme was open to young citizens from Commonwealth countries, he said.

Among other conditions, the applicant must be a first-time visitor to Britain under the scheme, which is valid for two years.

“You can see them working as sales assistants in major store chains such as Tesco, Asda, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and other outlets in Oxford Street. They can earn up to £225 (RM1,575) a week.

“In Chinatown restaurants, they can get up to £400 (RM2,800) a week including tips,” he said, adding that their salaries were higher than for those working illegally.

He said many Malaysians working under the scheme would usually apply for a work permit at the end of two years to enable them to continue working in Britain.

“If they can get their employer to sponsor them, they can stay back and continue working there legally,” he said.


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