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

Hi Viv,

If I'm not mistaken, what I heard that it's "true" frm Brain saying that it's not renewable. :(
So once must be very careful in time management.
But it'll be good if you could secure a job and get a Work Permit to overwrite the UK Working Holidaymakers VISA, if you're there in term of long term. Else, you better check it out with the Brit. High. Comm.
Good Luck then!


32. Posted by MaggieT (Budding Member 9 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Why does everyone automatically think of London to stay and work in? Yes, it's a great place - to visit. But a very lonely place if you live there. If your going to be here for 2 years, try Cardiff in South Wales, it's a great city, loads of nightlife, places to see and not ridiculously over-priced! The people are a mixed bunch and friendly with it!

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

Hi all,

I've came across this page
Pls take a look on this link, it mights be useful for those who are interested to work in UK.

And for Maggie, thanks for the advise. I think Cardiff is a great place. Frankly speaking I am frm the continent of Asia Pacific, and I believe there're big part of us are from Asia, and we would love to get a glimpse of a lifetime to experience something new in UK. I believe we don't have any particular place or city that we tend to reside. Probably London is just a big name for country like England.

Honestly speaking. I've no problem to reside my self in other cities beside London. Just that, when you talk about London,
I just have this feeling where, "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" are more overhere. Being a "green man" all the way from far south east asia, it'll be horror and pathetic if one could not get a job there. Whether it's a professional or not, I do believe that, it's the only way we can drag ourself on to survive longer in place like UK. Besides, in term of the exchange rate comparing to UK Sterling...we are way too disadvantage.:(

Besides, I bet we need to familiarize to one place before can start hoping around. Getting used to a new environment should take a few days/weeks or sometimes up to months.
Afterall, I do have a Welsh friend from Cardiff and I'll definitely give it a go if given a green light to enter UK.

Nick ;)

34. Posted by helenji (Budding Member 9 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hi nick and hi all

I stumbled upon this website by chance. well, its kind of nice to be able to connect with others who share the same interest as me. I am also planning to apply for the WH Visa and go to UK. I was planning to in January, but my plans have changed. So, most probably I'll be heading out( God willing, once my visa is approved) in April too.

I've been doing some serious homework to find out everything I can before I head to UK. My best buddy went to UK in February, and she manage to find office jobs. The best thing u can do if u only want to work in office is to go and register urself with employment agencies. But also make sure that u have recommendation letters from ur current or even previous employer. Get as many as u can. It definitely helps.

To answer the question on whether or not u can extend ur WH Visa, its a strictly no-no. Its only a 2 years visa. The only option u have is to apply for a work permit after one year. Otherwise, 2 years it is, whether or not u spend tht 2 yrs in UK or outside UK. This is the exact answer to ur question
How long can I stay?
You can stay in the UK for two years as a working holidaymaker, from the date you were first given permission to enter the UK in this category. We will count any time you spend outside the UK during that period as part of the two years.

Hope tht answer ur question.I copied this from the Brit High Comm website.

For fellow malaysians, u can find all the answer tht u need from this website. I'm not sure if the same rule applies to citizens of other country. Go to the visa page, there u will find the Guidance for WH.

Ok, next about jobs, pls check this page. I found it to be very helpful. Bear in mind tht the jobs are mostly outdoor jobs

Nick, to answer ur quest about the amount of u need in account. My best told me tht all u need is RM12K in ur account. But thn from wht Brian said, if its only RM10K, phew... thts a relief.

And also, the ppl in Wisma MCA are not agents. These are the ppl who deals with all visa application for the Brit High Comm. U can find all about these ppl in Where and How To Apply part of the Brit High Comm website.

Thts about it for now i think


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

Hi Helen,
Calm down... I know all of us are excited to head there, especially for those of us that looking forward for that day to come. Thanks for all your info.
Appreciate that!

Nick :)

36. Posted by helenji (Budding Member 9 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

sorry ppl......intended msg was only one.... i tried so many times becoz, I was getting error msg every time i tried.

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


It's quite normal. Sometimes it happens to me as well.
Cheer up!

Nick ;)

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

Hi Helen...

thanks for the information. what a pity it is that i've wasted a whole year of my WHV :(

Actually, my stay last year made me fall in love (totally) with the place - especially the convenience of travelling around europe - i really wanna spend more time there (at least for anotehr few yrs) but honestly, i know how difficult it is to get a work permit / any other visa to extend my stay (i'm not a professional...)


39. Posted by kaixin (Budding Member 2 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Wow, it seems that so many people are interested in this UK Working Holidaymakers! :)

I also got some queries here regarding the matter. In additional to getting a job when we settled there.. how often should holiday making come into place? How often and where should the holidaymakers go traveling? What are the interesting places that you guys have been to so far?

Well, pray all are well for those applying and going soon. Lotsa luck! ;)

40. Posted by helenji (Budding Member 9 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

no problem, viv. yes i understand wht u mean. but thn u can always try, u'll never know if u don't.

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