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1 Day Visa for Business People from India

David Cameron is on a three day visit to India with a 100 strong group made up of parliamentarians, business leaders and academics, in a drive to improve our links and trading relationship with a country which has the second fastest growing economy in the world and a population of 1.22 billion. This is one of the biggest trade delegations in British history and according to reports in the FT, Mr Cameron declared Britain could forge one of “the great partnerships of the 21st century” with India.

1 Day Visa for Business People from India

While visiting Mumbai yesterday he declared that he wanted Britain to be India’s partner of choice and announced plans for a one day visa for Indian business people who need to come to Britain at short notice. His vision is that British architects and contractors will play a leading role in developing a corridor of business between Mumbai and Bangalore a distance of 988 km or approximately 614 miles. He urged India to dismantle trade barriers in banking, insurance and retail. India is well known for its expertise in IT and electronics and this morning it was reported on BBC Breakfast that in Delhi he announced the setting up of a joint project to tackle cyber crime.

No Cap on Foreign Students Allowed in Britain

While addressing workers at Hindustan Unilever he stated that there is no cap on the number of foreign students allowed into Britain as long as they have basic English and an offer of a place at a university here. Unfortunately there is an unfair and inaccurate perception that it is not possible to do post study work in Britain and this needs correcting.

Watching the reports here on the news of his cricket playing we are left in no doubt that David Cameron is going all out to bat for Britain.

If you are an expat studying for a PhD or an MBA, we, and our partners can help you

* Obtain a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.

or

* Find an employer able to employ you on a Tier 2 (general) work visa.

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Actuarial Consulting

If you’re a qualified Actuary you may find it much easier to secure Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship with a UK Employer now that a number of Actuarial roles have been placed on the UK Border Agency’s Shortage Occupation List. (more…)

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Accounting Consulting

Are you working in the UK as a professional Accountant? Do you hold a temporary work visa such as a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa or Tier 1 Post Study Work Visa? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help you secure Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship!

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with Tier 2 Licensed Employers and Consultancies who are always on the lookout for experienced Accounting Professionals. If you’re a senior Accountant capable of working on a project based contract of least £250 per day our partners want to hear from you.

To find out more call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Move from Tier 5 Youth Mobility to Tier 2 General

Now that Tier 1 General has been cancelled many professional Accountants from Australia and New Zealand are finding Tier 2 General the only way to remain in the UK long term.

Tier 2 General is an employer sponsored visa with an initial approval term of 3 years, however the visa may be extended for a further 2 years. It is not possible to ‘switch’ in country from Tier 5 to Tier 2 therefore a fresh application must be submitted back home however approval times are short (1-2 weeks in total) so you could be back before you know it.

If you are an experienced accountant capable of working on contracts of at least £250 per day our partners may be prepared to sponsor you under Tier 2 General where required. To discuss your situation with an experienced professional call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Switch from Tier 1 Post Study Work to Tier 2 General

If you hold a Tier 1 PSW visa you need to think about switching to Tier 2 General as soon as possible. Historically many Tier 1 PSW visa holders have gone on to secure Tier 1 General visas however this option is no longer available (Tier 1 General was scrapped in 2011). The only option now is to move to a Tier 2 General visa with a UKBA licensed employer.

This process is not straightforward and only a handful of organisations will be willing to offer sponsorship therefore it is very important to address the problem as early as possible.

If you are working as a professional accountant and you are keen to move from your existing Tier 1 Post Study Work visa to Tier 2 General we may be able to help you so long as we have worked with you for a minimum of 6 months. To discuss your situation with an experienced professional call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

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Engineering Consulting

Are you a highly skilled Engineer? Would you like to work in the UK for a Consultancy that offers Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship? If so Commonwealth Contractors can help!

At Commonwealth Contractors we work with a number of Clients, Employers & Consultancies who are desperately in need of highly skilled and experienced engineering professionals. Many of our partners are Tier 2 Licensed and are prepared, where required, to ‘sponsor’ an individual on a Tier 2 General Visa (formerly UK Work Permit).

To find out more about working in the UK as a professional engineer call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Engineering Shortage Occupations

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) considers many engineering roles to be officially in shortage in the UK, especially those within the Oil, Gas and Electrical Engineering sectors.

The following table sets out the current Engineering Shortage Occupations.

CIVIL ENGINEERS

  • Geotechnical Design Engineer
  • Geotechnical Specialist
  • Reservoir Panel Engineer
  • Rock Mechanics Engineer
  • Soil Mechanics Engineer
  • Geomechanics Engineer
  • Mining Geotechnical Engineer
  • Mining & Coal Engineer
  • Wells Engineer
  • Tunnelling Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Completions Engineer
  • Fluids Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Offshore & Subsea Engineer
  • Control & Instrument Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

  • Mechanical Engineer in the Aerospace Sector

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS

  • All Electrical Engineers in the Oil & Gas Industry
  • The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
    • Power System Engineer
    • Control Engineer
    • Protection Engineer

CHEMICAL ENGINEERS

  • All jobs in the Chemical Engineering Occupation Code

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERS

  • ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:
    • Design engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry
    • Simulation development engineers

PRODUCTION AND PROCESS ENGINEERS

  • ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:
    • Manufacturing Engineer (process planning) in the Aerospace Sector
    • Technical services representative in the aerospace sector

PLANNING AND QUALITY CONTROL ENGINEERS

  • ONLY the following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
    • Planning / Development Engineers
    • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineers

ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED

  • Geoenvironmental Specialist
  • Geoenvironmental Engineer
  • Contaminated Land Engineer
  • Landfill Engineer
  • Metallurgical / Mineral Processing Engineer
  • The following jobs in the aerospace sector;
  • Aerothermal Engineer
  • Stress Engineer
  • Chief of Engineering
  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer
  • The following jobs in the decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry:
  • Operations Manager
  • Decommissioning Specialist Manager
  • Project / Planning Engineer
  • Radioactive Waste Manager
  • Radiological Protection Advisor
  • The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
  • Project engineer
  • Proposals engineer

If you possess skills considered to be in shortage our Consultancy Partners will be interested in sponsoring you on a Tier 2 visa (formerly UK Work Permit). Tier 2 General Visas;

Are Initially approved for 3 years, but may be extended for a further 2 years
May be secured within 1 – 4 weeks depending upon your situation
Qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years (Permanent Residence)

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UK Contracting

At Commonwealth Contractors, we are used to helping expats considering a UK contracting career, but much of the material is also relevant to UK and EU nationals considering a move into contracting

The guides cover

IT & Engineering Consulting

Finding a Contract

Agency Worker Regulations

Living in the UK

Agency Partners

For guides on tax issues relevant to contracting, in particular IR 35, Section 660,
and MSC (Managed Service Company) regulations, as well as general UK tax
issues, please see our Tax for contractors & expats section

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The National Health Service

If you travel to the UK to take employment while on a temporary work visa (e.g. Tier 2 General, Tier 1 General, Tier 5 Youth Mobility) you are entitled to free medical treatment on the National Health Service.

However, entitlement to free NHS treatment is not free for everyone as it depends upon the length and purpose of your residence in the United Kingdom, not your nationality.

Are you planning to come to the UK to work as a professional Contractor? Would like to find out about maximising your contract income or working towards a future visa extension? If so Commonwealth Contractors can help!

To discuss your situation with an experienced advisor call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Treatment which is always free to all

Some hospital treatment is free to all regardless of residence. Free treatment includes:

  • Treatment for Accidents and Emergencies
  • Compulsory Psychiatric Treatment
  • Treatment for communicable diseases including Tuberculosis, Cholera, Food Poisoning, Malaria, Meningitis, HIV etc
  • Family Planning Service

Foreign Individuals eligible for free NHS Treatment

Certain foreign nationals (and their dependents) can receive NHS hospital treatment free of charge, including:

Those that have been living in the UK for at least 12 months
Those that have come to the UK to take up permanent residence or have been granted leave to enter or remain as a spouse
Those that have come to the UK to work. This does not include short business trips
Students who are following a course of study which lasts at least six months

Registering with a General Practitioner (GP)

If you are eligible to register with a GP you should do so (at your local practice) as soon as possible.

You should visit the GP’s surgery to register and make them aware that you wish to register as a NHS patient and that you are a foreign national. Be sure to take as much documentary evidence as possible to prove you eligibility for free NHS treatment e.g. Work Permit, Passport, Approval Letter etc. You will need to complete some forms and you will be asked about the duration of your stay.

Please note that registering with a GP does not give you automatic entitlement to free NHS treatment at a hospital. The hospital providing treatment is responsible for establishing if you are entitled to treatment without charge.

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Applying for a National Insurance Number

If you have just arrived in the UK on a temporary work visa it is important that you set about applying for a National Insurance Number as soon as possible. A National Insurance Number or NI number is a unique reference number that relates to your Income Tax & National Insurance records.

PLEASE NOTE THAT COMMMONWEALTH CONTRACTORS DO NOT DEAL WITH NI NUMBER APPLICATIONS – PLEASE CONTACT JOBCENTRE PLUS ON 0845 600 0643.

Are you planning to come to the UK to work as a professional Contractor? Would like to find out about maximising your contract income or working towards a future visa extension? If so Commonwealth Contractors can help!

To discuss your situation with an experienced advisor call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

How do I apply for a National Insurance Number?

In order to get a National Insurance Number you need to attend a 10 minute meeting with an advisor at a Jobcentre Plus.

The meeting should only be arranged once you have started work as you will require a letter of employment.

To book a meeting with an advisor call Jobcentre Plus on 0845 600 0643 between 8am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.

The advisor will inform you of the documents you need to bring to the meeting (please see the document list below) and assign a time.

What documents are required?

In order to apply for a National Insurance Number you should prepare some of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Full Driving Licence
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Payslips
  • A Letter from your Employer
  • Contract of Employment

What happens after the meeting?

After the meeting with a Jobcentre Plus advisor you will be sent a letter detailing your National Insurance Number, so long as you have been successful.

Sometime after the letter a National Insurance card is sent to confirm the number.

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Opening a UK Bank Account

One of the most important things to do on arriving in the UK is to set about opening a UK Bank Account so that you can start to receive your wages. If you’re a Non EEA National on a temporary work visa you may find this a little bit tricky initially if you don’t have an employer. (more…)

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Getting Around the UK

As a Contractor you may find that you have to move around the UK in order to get the best contracts. The good news is that getting around the country is very easy, and although the cost of travel is reasonable you may find ‘peak’ travel times (especially on trains) to be expensive. (more…)

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Renting Accommodation in the UK

If you’ve just arrived in the UK one of the first things you’ll need to do is find suitable accommodation. It can be a bit daunting trying to find a place right away so maybe stay with friends for a few weeks or extend your Hotel / B&B stay until you work out the best location for you. (more…)

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