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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

November 2007, Volume 3 Issue 27

The WORKgateways e-newsletter is written for working travellers bound for the UK hailing from all over the globe - from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada and more. Whether you're already in the UK, impatiently awaiting your departure date or thinking about going in the future, we've got something for you. Scroll down to view this month's info.


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If you've got the UK travel bug, we've got all you need this month. The clocks have changed over for another year and expats and travellers in the UK are settling down for a winter filled with deliciously dark evenings, morning frosts and roast dinners in cosy English pubs. Don't miss our important visa and immigration news, info about how to vote in the upcoming Australian election and working holiday hints. If you're craving warmer horizons, enter our draw to win a Lonely Planet Encounter guide to Dubai.

What's new

New points-based immigration system imminent

The UK is moving closer towards the points-based immigration system that was announced last year with the first phase (Tier One) for highly skilled migrants to be introduced in January 2008.

The new system will generally work in favour of skilled professionals and skilled tradespeople from outside the UK, who have excellent English skills. None of the new criteria has been announced yet, so if you are planning on applying for a work permit or HSMP before next year then you should be aware that criteria may change. The new system will allow migrants to come to the UK under one of five tiers, replacing the more than 80 routes of entry that currently exist.

Tier 1 - highly skilled, e.g. scientists or entrepreneurs
Tier 2 - skilled workers with a job offer, e.g. nurses, teachers, engineers
Tier 3 - low skilled workers filling specific temporary labour shortages, e.g. construction workers for a particular project?
Tier 4 ? students
Tier 5 - youth mobility and temporary workers, e.g. working holiday makers

Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs now to kickstart your UK experience.

Help with your HSMP application

Thinking about applying for the HSMP and not sure where to start? At WORKgateways we have a HSMP Scoop Sheet and experts on hand to help. There's also some handy new templates on the Working in the UK website...

We know how daunting the HSMP application can be because we have done it ourselves! Check out tons of valuable information on our WORKgateways HSMP forum or become a registered member of WORKgateways and get access to our handy HSMP Scoop Sheet. Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs now to become a registered member for free.

New templates to help you correctly present your Previous Earnings evidence are now also available on the Working in the UK website. See Q39 in the HSMP FAQ section.

Handy UK tips from other travellers

Here's some advice from a working traveller who has paved the road ahead of you and is currently living it up in the UK.

I would highly recommend that others on a UK working visa try living it up in other UK cities than just London. I know there is a big focus on London but cities like Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester have a lot to offer in way of music, food and culture.

I also set an appointment with the Job Office once I got here for a NIN (National Insurance Number). Recruitment agencies are still willing to take you on even if you don't have a NIN, provided you are organising to get one. The Job Office required proof that I was looking for work like application emails or a rejection letter. More information about the NIN is available at WORKgateways.
Kay, currently living in Manchester

Got any more useful tips for us? Email us to win a Lonely Planet guide to Barcelona. For everything you need to know about visas, UK jobs, sponsorship etc, visit our WORKgateways


On Facebook? Come join us

WORKgateways has finally joined the ranks of Facebook and now you can join our group to make sure you stay in touch with all the latest UK recruitment and visa news, or just to take a squiz at who else is in the UK!

Join our new WORKgateways Facebook group. We will be keeping members updated with new job offers, important visa news and other fun stuff. Write on the wall to meet other travellers in the UK and network!

Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs now to kickstart your UK experience.

Voting in the Australian federal election

The Australian federal election will be held on 24 November. Voting is not compulsory for citizens who are outside Australia on the day of election, but you can still have your say.

If you are already enrolled to vote you can vote at the Australian embassy in London (minutes from the Strand and Embankment tube station) or you can apply for a postal vote.

For voting times and more information, visit the Australian embassy website.

One stop shop for UK bank accounts, UK jobs, money transfers and visas

WORKgateways can help you out with all the things you need to organise and think about when you are making the move to the UK.

Avoid banking hassles by setting up your bank account before you leave home. With WORKgateways, it's cheap and easy, and we can help you pick the right package for you - we have options from 1st Contact and Visa First. Find out more information about purchasing UK bank accounts.

Make international money transfers easy by setting up an account with an online money transfer company such as our recommended partner, Tranzfers. Learn more about your money transfer options.

Hundreds of UK jobs are at your fingertips at WORKgateways, plus recruitment agencies which a specifically interested in skilled international workers. Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs now and get the ball rolling.

Need help with your visa? Read our visa advice pages or get help from our recommended visa agency, Visa First.

In every issue

WIN! A Lonely Planet Encounter guide for Dubai!


This extravagant and enchanting place has it all - Arabian deserts, designer shopping, golden beaches, luxury yachts and more.

Uncover the best neighbourhoods, sights, restaurants, shops and entertainment in this magical destination that is perfect for a quick stopover to the UK or a quick relaxing break. We have five copies of the new Lonely Planet Encounter guide for Dubai to giveaway.

To enter email us with 'DUBAI ENCOUNTER' in the subject line. Entries close 30 November.

Your Say - we want to hear from you! Travel guides up for grabs

Are you in the UK and want to feature in our newsletter? Got a hot tip for working travellers about finding a job, taking a holiday or about living in London? Or are you still at home and have found a great website? Email our newsletter editor, and if we publish your comment, we'll send you a prize!

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