INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

You’ve made the decision to move

To Britain. Congratulations, you’ve

Made an excellent choice!

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We’ve

simplified

the process

The party’s over and now you realise there is a ton of paperwork to complete. We’ve tried to simplify the process for you by providing some handy tips on life in Blighty including where to find accommodation, how our schooling system works for your little ones, how to choose the right visa and the essential, but taxing, tax system. We have first hand experience in it ourselves – our MD Benton hails from NZ and has been through the process from start to finish, making him somewhat of an expert in the field.

T H E ST E P S :

1

Get a visa

2

Open a bank
account

3

Get a national
insurance number

4

Find
somewhere
to live

5

Get a job (through

Hunter of
course!)

About the UK

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the UK) is an island nation made up of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Queen Elizabeth II is our current monarch and our flag is the Union Flag (or Union Jack).

Why are we GREAT? Because we are the largest island within the British Isles and we house England, Scotland and Wales within our shores.

• As of May 2018 the UK population stands at 66,515,706 people.
•. The United Kingdom population is equivalent to 0.87% of the total world population.

•. The UK ranks number 21 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

•. The population density in the United Kingdom is 275 per Km2 (713 people per mi2).
•. The total land area is 241,930 Km2 (93,410 sq. miles). 81.2 % of the population is urban (54,072,374 people in 2018).

•. The median age in the United Kingdom is 40.3 years. In the UK our main language is English, however Welsh and Scottish Gaelic are also spoken.

We use the Pound Sterling (£) (GBP) as our currency.
We weigh and measure things in a confusing way. Some of us have switched to metric and some haven’t. Just to overcomplicate it, some of us measure heights in feet and inches, weights in kg and stones, distances in miles and measurements in cm – a proper mash-up. The metric system is most popular nowadays though with the exception of distance and speed, which are still measures in miles and miles per hour.

The subject of many a conversation (and an excellent icebreaker) – the UK climate. Predominantly a temperate climate, and often overcast, the British weather can and does vary greatly from day to day. Summers are usually warm (between 15 and 25oC) and winters cold (between 0 to 4oC).

We are primarily a car-driving society with over 225,000 miles of roads in Britain. Travel by car is by far the most popular method of transport in the UK accounting for 85% of all travel. We have an extensive rail and bus network, internal airports and in some cities we have underground (tube) services and tramways. Cycling is now a common way to get to work in cities, especially London and Oxford, and riding a moped or small motorbike is also popular.

In the UK we have a number of “Bank Holidays” – literally, days where the banks are closed and have become public holidays:

•. Good Friday
•. Easter Monday
•. Early May bank holiday
•. Late May Spring bank holiday
•. Summer bank holiday – end August
•. Christmas Day

•. Boxing Day

•. New Year’s Day

Policies

Cost of living.

London is well-known as being one of the most expensive cities to live in in the world. Expect to

shell out around £30 a day for regular spending (tube travel, food, drink, etc) and at least £40 on top

for a night out. Budget hotels start at around £100 and a standard evening meal out with a drink will

set you back in the region of £30.

Visas.

Once you have secured a job offer, the next step is to ensure you get the correct visa for your right

to work in the UK. After all, you don’t want to turn up and turn around again.

The UK Visas and Immigration service (UKVI) uses an Entry Clearance (EC) system whereby all

citizens from countries outside the EU must apply for a visa in order to live and work in the UK.

An EC application must be carried out from your home country, or where you are a permanent

resident. The process includes a biometric interview (fingerprints, photographs).

There’s no point beating round the bush – applying for a UK visa is a daunting and somewhat

complicated process… you should ensure that you apply for the visa that is the most appropriate to

your circumstances. This is important as otherwise you could find that at EC stage your visa is

rejected and you have wasted a lot of time and money!

If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa to work in the UK. For Aussies, Kiwis and Canadians

the Working Holiday visa is a once in a lifetime opportunity and offers you the possibility to come to

the UK, earn while you’re here and stay for up to 2 years!

There are a variety of working visas available with advantages and disadvantages to all

Tier 5 – Youth Mobility (WORKING HOLIDAY VISA)

REQUIREMENTS:

Aged between 18 and 30 years inclusive. Have £1,890 in savings. No dependant children. Must be a

British overseas citizen, a British national (overseas), a British overseas territory citizen or from

Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, republic of Korea or Taiwan.

VALIDITY:

2 years

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE:

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you travel

MORE INFO:

www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility

Ancestry Visa (UK ANCESTRY)

REQUIREMENTS:

Commonwealth citizen. Must have birth certificate of the parent or grandparent born in the UK.

VALIDITY:

5 years – is renewable

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE:

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you travel

MORE INFO:

www.gov.uk/ancestry-visa

Tier 2 – General Visa (SPONSORSHIP VISA)

REQUIREMENTS:

Sponsorship from employer. Must be from outside EEA and Switzerland.

VALIDITY:

3 years and 1 month

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE:

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you travel

MORE INFO:

www.gov.uk/tier-2-general:

Hunter Mental Health will not discriminate directly or indirectly,
harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age.

We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will

be made to persuade clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills, not age.

No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.

Hunter Mental Health will request age as part of its recruitment process but such information will not

be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for

compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of

its equal opportunities monitoring process.

Hunter Mental Health will not discriminate directly or indirectly,
harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age.

We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will

be made to persuade clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills, not age.

No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.

Hunter Mental Health will request age as part of its recruitment process but such information will not

be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for

compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of

its equal opportunities monitoring process.

Hunter Mental Health will not discriminate directly or indirectly,
harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age.

We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will

be made to persuade clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills, not age.

No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.

Hunter Mental Health will request age as part of its recruitment process but such information will not

be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for

compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of

its equal opportunities monitoring process.

Hunter Mental Health will not discriminate directly or indirectly,
harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age.

We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will

be made to persuade clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills, not age.

No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.

Hunter Mental Health will request age as part of its recruitment process but such information will not

be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for

compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of

its equal opportunities monitoring process.

Hunter Mental Health will not discriminate directly or indirectly,
harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age.

We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will

be made to persuade clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills, not age.

No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.

Hunter Mental Health will request age as part of its recruitment process but such information will not

be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for

compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of

its equal opportunities monitoring process.

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Useful links

Kiwis in London

Thousands of members, monthly events. Great for new faces in town.

Aussies in the UK

A facebook group with news and events.

InterNations South Africa

Social events, guidance and meetings.

Transport for London

Buy tickets and get prices for tube and bus travel around London.

The Trainline

Buy tickets and get prices for national rail travel.

HMRC

The Government’s tax department.

UKVI

UK visas and immigration services.

Time Out London

Guide to events and activities in London.

Streetmap

GB map search.

O2

UK mobile phone and sim provider.

Vodafone

UK mobile phone and sim provider.

Three

UK mobile phone and sim provider.

EE

UK mobile phone and sim provider.