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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

October 2009, Volume 5 Issue 10

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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October's here, the nights are closing in and the mornings have a touch of frost about them. Although we're not quite bringing out the woollies yet, we are starting to fantasise about hot meals of bangers and mash beside crackling fires in our favourite pubs, and jaunts off to the ski fields of Switzerland and France. This month we're all about helping you out with those pesky visa applications and giving you the latest job info, plus we want to set you up to have the best time possible in the UK...

What's new

Changes to Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa guidance

The UK Border Agency has updated the guidance for Youth Mobility Visa applicants, providing clarification on the proof you need to show of your savings.

Before applying for a UK visa, you should always check out the most up-to-date guidance on the UK Border Agency website. The guidance for Tiers 1,2 and 5 of the UK points-based system have recently been updated. They have clarified the types of funds you can use to show proof of the £1600 you need to qualify for the Youth Mobility Visa and the exchange rate you need to use (plus other points about other visas).

Read the new Youth Mobility Visa info here and download the new guidance from the right-hand side of the page. Read about the other changes to guidance for other visa tiers here.

We've also got tons of useful visa info on WORKgateways - visit our informative visa pages. Got a questions - our experts can help you on the WORKgateways forum.

Got your UK visa sorted? Apply to jobs and register with agencies.

Follow us on Twitter!

Get even more up-to-date UK job and visa news, or our ramblings about London weather and what we're up to on the weekend, by following us on Twitter.

We're with the program and soon we'll be twittering like pros. Follow @workgateways and get the latest UK jobs, London pub/bar recommendations, weather reports, the latest info on the exhange rate and lots of other exciting stuff!

Search our UK jobs

With over 25,000 jobs currently on WORKgateways, we've got the right job for all sorts of candidates!

When you first decide to make your journey to the UK, whether it be for work experience or travel adventures, the first thing you need to sort out are your visa prospects. If you qualify for Youth Mobility Visa, go for it, otherwise you need to look into Tier 1 or Tier 2 sponsorship.

Then, you can get on to the exciting task of finding that new job. At WORKgateways, we have over 25,000 jobs for candidates in industries like hospitality, social work, education, health, accounting and finance. Search our jobs now.

WORKgateways may be able to help with sponsorship in some areas (for instance, for qualified social workers with 1-2 years experience in child protection). If you require sponsorship, email our editor to find out if we can help.


Got your visa? Now get your UK bank account

Everyone needs a bank account, and in the UK it's harder to set up one when you first arrive then you would think! That's why we've put together a selection of the best, most convenient traveller packages to help you get your UK bank account sorted quickly and easily.

We now offer a total of four cracking packages to assist you open your bank account in the UK. Read all the latest info about opening a UK bank account and compare the packages we have to offer on our WORKgateways banking pages.

The cheapest options are:

Any working traveller will tell you that organising their bank account via one of these traveller bank account packages before they left home was the best thing they did. So, start your research now! Visit our bank account pages to get started.

Our favourite London and UK websites

In addition to (of course) these are some fab sites we think you should add to your bookmarks in preparation for your UK trip (or even if you're a seasoned pro).

Em Cartoons - Formerly the popular cartoon strip for the now sadly defunct thelondonpaper, Em Cartoons chronicle the life of a young 20-something moving to London - see her trials and tribulations of flat-hunting, going out, dating and shacking up with your boyfriend. Just for fun.

View London - The essential guide to London bars and pubs - worth searching for ideal meeting places for all those pints and pub dinners. There are also sites for other major cities - see View Manchester, View Bristol, View Cardiff, View Birmingham and more...

Tranzfers - At some point you'll probably have to get cash between your home bank account and the UK - whether it's to transfer your funds when you first move over, or to pay off that credit card bill you racked up at Oktoberfest. Tranzfers is our recommended money transfer partner, as they are the cheapest and easiest we've found, with transfers at just £7 a pop. Read our guide to international money transfers to find out more.

Get out and about in October

A couple of events we think you shouldn't miss in October...

The London Wine Show (22-25 October): The talk of the London events calender this time last year - if you love swilling a sauvignon, get down up to Angel for this vino sampling extravaganza. Great if you want to try some Aussie drops you miss from home or if you're a new arrival wanting to check out the fab, readily available blends coming out of Chile, South Africa and Europe.

London Film Festival (14-29 October): Showcasing the best new films from around the world in cinemas and venues across the capital.

Halloween (31 October): If you've come from the southern hemisphere, you're probably not used to celebrating All Hallows Eve - in the UK, prepare yourself for dress-up parties, themed nights in bars and trick or treating. The Brits might not go quite as mad as the Americans but it's still a significant party evening.

In every issue

WIN! New Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2010

Lonely Planet has unveiled its fifth annual collection of the world's best journeys, destinations and experiences for the year ahead with the eagerly awaited Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2010.

Find out our the top 30 travel destinations for 2010, a travel planner and the best travel experiences for next year. We have five copies of the BRAND NEW Lonely Planet Best In Travel to give away, just send us an email with BEST IN TRAVEL in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close end of October.

Winners of last month's WESTERN EUROPE giveaway:

Miranda Hughes, Andrew Duffy, Cynthia Chan, Jen Harvey, Sarah DelCiancio.

Entries close end of September.

Prizes for your best UK and European pics!

We want to share your UK adventures - so every month we will select a photo you have sent us of a great memory from your travels in the UK or Europe...

"Here are some pictures of my holiday when I took daughter for her first time in beautiful England" Sandra.

To say thanks, we're sending Sandra a gift. So, to get your own goodie send us a photo of you enjoying your working holiday in the UK or on holiday in Europe and we'll send you a little something to say thanks. Email our newsletter editor with your favourite snap.

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