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433. Posted by yapkh (Budding Member 34 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well regarding the plan, basically i just show them a table on every seasons what i will be doing. which is working and holiday but each season i will be in different location throughout UK

Again this is before the 12 mths max working duration being enforced.

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434. Posted by yuve (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Did evryone who applied for the visa ..Showed a table or a list of places on each season that u gonna spend ur holiday and work..???
If that is what they require.. then i can just doi it..and give it to them..Anyway..I did send an email to VFS saying that I've submitted with complete forms and why i had to go for an interview..on 2006!! I hope i'll get a clear and good reply..guys..!!

Still on hope

435. Posted by Ija (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone.

After reading ALL messages in this forum (and paid more attention to the morale-degrading ones), Ive decided to apply for my own visa on the 18th of February. I'm still an undergrad @ one of the IPTS, wanting to go there to do some sight seeings and do work to support my long stay there. Things that I submitted to them :

1) My passport
2) My passbook (with RM11k in it - the $ has history, tho.. )
3) Official letter saying that I'm my uni's student
4) My transcript
5) Letter declaring my 2 year plans (including a statement saying that I'll be leaving after 2 years) - it was pretty detailed.. contained every single places that I want to go - watch Les Miserables @ Queen, Notting Hill Carnival, go to WOMAD World Music Festival etc etc (you get the idea)
6) Letter faxed from my host in London that I'll be @ her place for a week or so before finding my own place
7) My part-time job employment letter
8) My mother's passbook with her life savings in it (she freaked out when I told her that they're keeping the original passbook for a month or so ..heeheehee)
9) Letter from my mother declaring that the RM11k will be available for me during my stay in the UK and that she'll be responsible to cover up any additional costs (in case I turn broke and homeless) and that I wont be needing money from the public funds.
10) 2 x passport pics with white bground
11) VFS (RM40) & visa (RM263) fees (prepared earlier)

On the 22nd of February the BHC emailed me the new questionnaire and I faxed the questionnaire back to them on the same day (cause I dont want to cause any further delay, you see) and waited..

On the 28th of February my status changed and I picked up my passport on the 29th. Exactly 7 working days! I was surprised myself!

Ill be touching down end of April 2005, planning to stay in Central West / West London. Anyone hv ne job recommendation? ^_^

Hope that helped. Good luck for those who're applying!


436. Posted by Porcelina (Full Member 18 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello all. I have arrived safely in the UK. After reading other peoples experience on entering the UK I was not expecting any problems at immigration. Boy was I surprised at the way the immigration lady treated me.

I entered on an Australian passport. First question she asked me was where I had come from. Then she asked what I was doing there and whether I had a job lined up. All fairly straight forward questions. Then she asked me which field of work I intended to work in. I told her engineering. From then on she was obviously very suspicious of me. She then went on to ask me questions such as how long I intended to work for, how many hours, and how much money I had (she didn't ask for proof). She left her seat for about 5mins probably to talk to her supervisor. I was a little scared of getting rejected then. When she came back she wanted more information on my plans over the two years. She then said she would let me into the country but that I must understand that the WHV is to be used mainly for holidaying and not for working. She then sent me over for the health check. The lady in that room was a lot nicer to me. She said that they never usually send in Aussies. All she did was verify my address in the UK and then sent me on my way. There was no health check or x-ray as such.

Very strange country.

My advice to all those who have yet to enter the UK...when they ask you what you are doing there, say that you are there to holiday and to work a little in order to support yourself. Don't give the impression that you are there to look for a job and hopefully get a work permit after a year.

I hope this has been helpful to some of you. Remember, I am only offering advice based on my own experience, so use your own judgement when you enter the UK. Good luck to you all.

Btw, has sent me a newsletter which has a paragraph about the changes to the WHV on Feb 2005. It says that if your visa was approved before 5th Feb (I think that's the correct date) then the new changes do not apply.

437. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Please don't judge our country on the immigration officials. The ones i have encountered generally think they are a lot more important than what they actually are. I don't know if you're familiar with the term 'Jobsworth' but unfortunately you get a few of them when you enter the UK. The good news is the people should improve once you get through immigration.

438. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just to add to my last post and defend the immigration officials - too many people come here with a working visa and just 'disappear' and never leave the UK, so you may come with good intentions but not everyone does.

439. Posted by Left Right (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi all!!!!

i got it.. i got it..!!!!!
i got my visa....!!!!!

I'm so happy i cannot type....!!!!!
Thanks to all that have contributed to this forum... it's really useful, there's almost no need to look anywhere else for info on WHV application!!! (except i suppose)

Good Luck to those who are still applying...Please be patient and you might see your status change too!!! All the best....


440. Posted by soarer (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting daveh

Just to add to my last post and defend the immigration officials - too many people come here with a working visa and just 'disappear' and never leave the UK, so you may come with good intentions but not everyone does.

your country is very strange indeed.

i've been here for a while and i can confirm that.

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