Moving on your own to a different country is challenging though firstly of course it is a great achievement I would consider.
I have my own reasons why I have always wanted to live far from my usual place and from my family. One great factor was my father’s influence; he didn’t in any way told me to do so but his life was an inspiration to travel and be unbounded. Growing up I dearly love and I’ve kept a close bond with my family and friends, I was dedicated to my work place, and mostly my religion kept me going – with much fulfilling activities I have shared with others in the church community. While doing all of these never did I stop from making my way little by little to where I am now.
Enough of the drama! I will talk about my own journey of how I got in here and share how life is living in a new country.
How I ended up in England was not my personal choice. There’s Australia, Canada, or USA. I had the option to work in USA because I have my American Professional Registry which is also accepted in Canada or I can apply for immigration and there is Australia or New Zealand who are in need of professionals.
Why not USA? Frankly speaking work application wise was never easy for me. I have friends who are now in US working as Medical Technologists and some hotel receptionists so I do think it is not impossible to land a job specially that there are a lot of recruitment agencies now in the Philippines and the ease of taking international exams because of the existence of Personvue and of the availability of the exams one can take to obtain the required license. However because my job is not specifically on their list of course there is no job to be offered.
Why not Australia? The easiest route to get in is via student visa; unless you have a great amount of money then this is least of your priority.
Lastly, why not Canada? If I wasn’t offered such opportunity I could have pursued Canada as an immigrant. I would also like to make a separate topic about my Canadian application experience. Yes! I did couple of steps.
To cut the long story short I was offered an employment in a government funded hospital in England. My job position is yet considered within the country’s shortage list. Now, in entering United Kingdom there are different pathways and application varies on the type of visa. I do not have any experience with other visas so I will just mention of how I applied for mine. Because I wanted to make sure I don’t miss anything with my application I asked assistance from a consultancy. I made inquiries from the agencies linked to 9.0 niner; I was a student therefore I’ve attended their free seminars but unfortunately they don’t assist with this visa application yet. Then just as what I would normally do I tried browsing the internet for any companies which could potentially help me then after meticulous selection and numerous telephone conversations I made a decision to give Global Visa Support a try. Please note there are some companies with almost similar name. I particularly went to Gloal visa support located in Unit 6 C-1, Trans-Phil House, 1177 Chino Roces Ave., Brgy San Antonio, Makati, Philippines.
Going back, the very first step to getting a work visa is of course to obtain a secured employment. There are job posts you can search online for which the employer can also set to do everything up online for you. I’ll just list down the process I’ve went through with the list of requirements.
1. Certificate of sponsorship from the employer
2. IELTS score certificate
3. Proof of funds (varies on the type of visa): Bank statement showing at least £945 in savings continuously over the last 90 days
4. UK certified Tuberculosis test Results
5. Other necessary documents that will be essential for your application e.g. for work visa certificate of previous employment and work related certificates.
6. Completely filled (online and printed) visa application form
7. Photo that meets the rules set by the ukba
8. Valid passport
* You would need separate documentations if you intend to bring a dependant with you.Now for the fee, I am sure this changes a lot for a period of time and this also vary depending on different visas applied for. Remember that there are different tier 2 visas. For my case specifically:
1. Tier 2 General for at least 3 years and is within the shortage list visa fee cost £437.
2. Heath surcharge, yes you need to pay this! There is a page in the uk goverment website where you can estimate how much you need to pay. If I remember it clearly I think I paid more or less £600.
3. You will need to pay extra if you want to expedite your visa application process and/or if you avail for other services such as text message to receive updates of the process, mailing of documents and passport back after process etc. Specific fees can be checked on the vfs website.
4. You need to prepare for other expenses of your medical and OFW OEC clearance certificate. This is by far the most difficult part of the entire process. Knowing that you have everything prepared and you have a visa at hand this process takes most of your time and would really stress you out in terms of bringing to them the specific agreement form they wanted; note that they are only concern on seeing that the employer aggrees with repatriation clause.
I however finds essence to this process. Although it may seem basic to many it reminds you of your own rights even when you’re at a different country and lets you know of how you can deal with certain issues like seeking help or when claiming benefits.I felt the excitement only when I had everything sorted.
I will continue to share on my next blog about how I prepared myself to move.
Some important websites you can visit to clarify some above mentioned processes: