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by gainvidya
Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Beware of Fake recruitment agents
Replies: 66
Views: 82743

Answer politely that you don't have any other interviews (even if you do) I tend to agree, except that has gotten me into a sticky situation. I had told an agent that I had none. They told me that they had a suitable one for me, except that I had already been sent there by another agency. Sometimes...
by gainvidya
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Other countries
Topic: And So The Story Goes.. (Surrender Certificates)
Replies: 22
Views: 10240

Yes, You can travel to any other country and surrender it, but two things - One, you will have to hang around there for a week, because they don't give you the SC straightaway. You can only collect it after a week. Two, you will still not get your passport back. You will only be able to surrender i...
by gainvidya
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: Other countries
Topic: OCI/PIO/Indian visa for folks in Northern Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 11028

This sounds great.
So I don't need a surrender certificate while applying OCI in Dublin.
Can we do postal application from London?
by gainvidya
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: Claiming Benefits
Topic: How far can I go for tax refund
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

John wrote:Given the deadlines are changing, have a read of this HMRC webpage where you will see that you are too late for 2003-2004, and for 2005-2006 if you fill in a Self Assessment tax return, you need to act speedily!
Damn it. I missed it in Jan this year.....
Thanks anyway John.
by gainvidya
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Claiming Benefits
Topic: How far can I go for tax refund
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: How far can I go for tax refund

Wanderer wrote:
gainvidya wrote:Can I ask for tax refund for the year 2003-2004 and 2005-2006?
Tax refund for what?
Well I was just refering to my p60's. When I was fresh in this country I worked for half year and my employer ended up paying more than required tax. but that was in 2003-2004.......
by gainvidya
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Claiming Benefits
Topic: How far can I go for tax refund
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

How far can I go for tax refund

Can I ask for tax refund for the year 2003-2004 and 2005-2006?
by gainvidya
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: voluntary repatriation by BNP
Replies: 12
Views: 2286

voluntary repatriation by BNP

Look like everyone is ready to become tough on immigration to attract vote. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8595973.stm BNP goes far extreme. It plans to offer "voluntary repatriation" to people who are not Indigenous british. I am confused on what basis are they going to start offering this ...
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Allowed Friend to drive my car; while he was not insured
Replies: 17
Views: 3579

International driver license holder are sometimes covered by insurance in their home country. So he doesn't need to have insurance here. Most of the time no penalties are given to international license holder, unless been here one year which they will be banned until they acquired a new British lic...
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Allowed Friend to drive my car; while he was not insured
Replies: 17
Views: 3579

Wanderer wrote:
mochyn wrote:You need to be very circumspect if you are under immigration control
But what if he's not Jewish?
:lol:
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Newly Arrived in UK - General How To queries (NO immigration/visa/ILR queries)
Topic: Any advice on a new city?
Replies: 25
Views: 5038

I am an asian with asian wife. I have lived in few cities in England...
Leeds, Bristol, Bath, Reading, West London, East London, North London.....
And obviously visited loads of places....

I don't find any alternative to Greater London for me and my family to be honest.
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Newly Arrived in UK - General How To queries (NO immigration/visa/ILR queries)
Topic: Any advice on a new city?
Replies: 25
Views: 5038

I've lived in Bath long ago.... OK to tour but boring to live probably because I am asian and very very few asian out there.....
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport Photograph background color
Replies: 9
Views: 5546

Casa wrote:You need to take some more photos with the acceptable background.
Although exhausted at the end of the day but to play safe I went with my family and got a new snap explaining them how I wanted....
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport 36 or 48 page?
Replies: 4
Views: 3180

There's no simple answer to that, because it varies from country to country. British citizen passports are not stamped in the EU/EEA or Switzerland. In my experience, most countries that allow visa-free access (to British passport holders or anyone else) don't use up anything like a full page with ...
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport Photograph background color
Replies: 9
Views: 5546

Re: British Passport Photograph background color

The guideline say the photograph should be taken against plain grey or plain cream background. I have my photographs snapped from India with all specification matching except that the background color is blue. Should this photo be acceptable? Is this a serious question? Then you should ignore it!!!
by gainvidya
Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport Photograph background color
Replies: 9
Views: 5546

British Passport Photograph background color

The guideline say the photograph should be taken against plain grey or plain cream background.

I have my photographs snapped from India with all specification matching except that the background color is blue. Should this photo be acceptable?
by gainvidya
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport 36 or 48 page?
Replies: 4
Views: 3180

British Passport 36 or 48 page?

This is the my first british passport application. I know there are lot of countries which allow UK Citizen visa free entry. Do these countries stamp the entry and exit record in the passport and so eventually end up using a page OR they just let UK Citizenship pass without using any pages of the pa...
by gainvidya
Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport Interview time length
Replies: 4
Views: 2028

You can book an appointment at the office that's nearest to you, I think appointments are available as early as 8.30 am, and interviews last 20 minutes if so long. In my case, I took an early appointment and went back to work about an hour later than normal. Great. Sounds like I can avoid taking a ...
by gainvidya
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport Interview time length
Replies: 4
Views: 2028

British Passport Interview time length

I dont want to be taking too many holidays from work.

I already had to take holiday for Ceremony can someone tell me what's the time, place(Can I choose) for passport interview and how long it last?
by gainvidya
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Technical changes of employment - Covering letter / docs
Replies: 3
Views: 859

IanK wrote:I cant wait my Work-permit runs out on 4th April , ;-(
If asked was this "Technical change of Employment" approved by HO, how will you prove it?
You should have got this done earlier.

Follow up with HO and maybe tell them its approved but no letter recd yet.
by gainvidya
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Technical changes of employment - Covering letter / docs
Replies: 3
Views: 859

I waited for the approval letter from HO. During the interview for ILR I was asked about this change in employment fortunately I had the approval letter and I immediately produced that letter.
by gainvidya
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Claiming Benefits
Topic: council tax benefit - awkward situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

arsenal49 wrote:local council hardly knows anything about immigration rules applicable to a foreigner. thats my opinion but yes thats one option, albeit last one.

regards
This cannot be true. Local council are the one's who charge council tax and they HAVE to know about it.
by gainvidya
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Claiming Benefits
Topic: council tax benefit - awkward situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

arsenal49 wrote:
mochyn wrote:
arsenal49 wrote:the problem is... will it count against foreigner for some british guy to claim public funds?
No it will not count against the foreigner
can you direct me to somewhere which backs up your reply.

thanks
Go to your local council ask them this question. This is the best way to confirm.
by gainvidya
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Claiming Benefits
Topic: council tax benefit - awkward situation
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

I guess council tax still apply because 1 of the member does not qualify council tax exemption. There is 3 option

1)That 1 member pays all the council tax (doesn't seem fair)
2)All share the council tax
3)Ask that 1 member to move.....

I would personally also consider to.... Let it go as it is....
by gainvidya
Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Technical changesof employment
Replies: 2
Views: 871

IanK wrote:HI did you get any feedback on how long a teh HO takes to process a Technical changes of employment ?
I had to follow up with both the emlpoyer (HR dept is least bothered) and HO. It took around 3-4 weeks as far as I remember.
by gainvidya
Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Employment offers and job seekers
Topic: Employer reference
Replies: 2
Views: 799

is this your first time being used as a reference? usually they want to confirm that the person did actually work for/with you. they'll confirm for how long too. -generally all references give this information. then if you want, they'll ask about what type of employee he was. like, was he always on...
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