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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by ELff: 2:36pm On Jul 11
Hey guys, thanks for always coming through when I ask questions or make enquiries here.

Please do you think I should apply for a provisional driver's license. I know how to drive, I have access to cars but my driving is naija style so I intend to take driving lessons so polish my driving the UK style. What do you advise?

Also what are the consequences of breaching the 20hrs one is allowed to work?

How do I save on transportation? For example, if I will be travelling by bus all week, how do I get discounts? I normally buy day saver tickets.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TheGuyFromHR: 3:02pm On Jul 11
ELff:
Hey guys, thanks for always coming through when I ask questions or make enquiries here.

Please do you think I should apply for a provisional driver's license. I know how to drive, I have access to cars but my driving is naija style so I intend to take driving lessons so polish my driving the UK style. What do you advise?

Also what are the consequences of breaching the 20hrs one is allowed to work?

How do I save on transportation? For example, if I will be travelling by bus all week, how do I get discounts? I normally buy day saver tickets.



There should be [student] weekly and monthly bus passes available from the bus operators in your city. Ask.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by browneyes7(f): 9:29pm On Jul 11
ELff:
Hey guys, thanks for always coming through when I ask questions or make enquiries here.

Please do you think I should apply for a provisional driver's license. I know how to drive, I have access to cars but my driving is naija style so I intend to take driving lessons so polish my driving the UK style. What do you advise?


Also what are the consequences of breaching the 20hrs one is allowed to work?


Don't even think about it.
We were informed sort off that Home Office called a student to leave the UK on or before 10days after the call because he/she breached the 20hrs or she was working more than 20hrs.


How do I save on transportation? For example, if I will be travelling by bus all week, how do I get discounts? I normally buy day saver tickets.


You can get student oyster through your school or use your school travel buses if they have one.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Mamatukwas: 10:35pm On Jul 11
See how the whole nation is quiet because of match grin

Please has anyone gone to Nigeria and back in less than 7days recently? I want to know if the 7day isolation is enforced if you have a negative pcr test.

Thank you.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by marylandcakes: 11:02pm On Jul 11
Bye bye bank holiday lipsrsealed lipsrsealed lipsrsealed
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 11:06pm On Jul 11
ELff:
Hey guys, thanks for always coming through when I ask questions or make enquiries here.

Please do you think I should apply for a provisional driver's license. I know how to drive, I have access to cars but my driving is naija style so I intend to take driving lessons so polish my driving the UK style. What do you advise?

Also what are the consequences of breaching the 20hrs one is allowed to work?

How do I save on transportation? For example, if I will be travelling by bus all week, how do I get discounts? I normally buy day saver tickets.



The consequence of breaching, is deportation..........


Apply for a provisional license, do your theory driving test, start learning how to drive (driving school or using a car insured for a PL driver + a holder of a full UK driving licence for 3 years, next to you + L plates displayed front and rear)....... Emphasis on all the aforementioned...... DON'T DRIVE A VEHICLE ON UK ROADS, INDEPENDENTLY WHILST ONLY HOLDING A PL........

Check for best possible deals to get a discount or buy a bicycle (use a helmet + reflective lights + reflective clothing)........ cheesy

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 11:07pm On Jul 11
Mamatukwas:

See how the whole nation is quiet because of match grin

Please has anyone gone to Nigeria and back in less than 7days recently? I want to know if the 7day isolation is enforced if you have a negative pcr test.

Thank you.

Yes, they would call you at home and check.... If you don't pick up your call, expect a visit........
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by MichaelUde: 11:53pm On Jul 11
Na now the papers go remember say Saka na Nigerian.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Thegamingorca(m): 11:56pm On Jul 11
MichaelUde:
Na now the papers go remember say Saka na Nigerian.
lmfao
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TheGuyFromHR: 12:09am On Jul 12
MichaelUde:
Na now the papers go remember say Saka na Nigerian.

Lol.
Waiting for The Telegraph to land tomorrow.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Mamatukwas: 12:17am On Jul 12
Lexusgs430:


Yes, they would call you at home and check.... If you don't pick up your call, expect a visit........

It’s Nigeria I’m worried about. From the 19th of July you no longer have to quarantine if you’ve been fully vaxed. But Nigeria requires you quarantine for 7days after arrival, so I’m wondering if they will fee you to fly back to the UK in less time with a negative test.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 12:22am On Jul 12
Mamatukwas:


It’s Nigeria I’m worried about. From the 19th of July you no longer have to quarantine if you’ve been fully vaxed. But Nigeria requires you quarantine for 7days after arrival, so I’m wondering if they will fee you to fly back to the UK in less time with a negative test.



It's Nigeria we are talking about ó....... cheesy

They are still in 2019 mode........ They would soon catch up...... Buhari's plate is very full at the moment, it takes geriatrics a little while to respond....... grin

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 12:26am On Jul 12
TheGuyFromHR:


Lol.
Waiting for The Telegraph to land tomorrow.

Telegraph don land already...... cheesy

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by wiselong: 12:31am On Jul 12
Do they also call those staying more than 7 Days?

Lexusgs430:


Yes, they would call you at home and check.... If you don't pick up your call, expect a visit........
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Mamatukwas: 12:36am On Jul 12
Lexusgs430:



It's Nigeria we are talking about ó....... cheesy

They are still in 2019 mode........ They would soon catch up...... Buhari's plate is very full at the moment, it takes geriatrics a little while to respond....... grin

Choi!!
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 12:37am On Jul 12
wiselong:
Do they also call those staying more than 7 Days?


Once you fill that locator form, expect a call ........ wink
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Ticha: 3:43am On Jul 12
fatima04:


More details please at the bolded. How does it work

Usually a straight swap - they come to our house, we go to theirs. Our very first experience was in 2017 to Prague and we haven't looked back. We've now completed 38 swaps in over 11 countries. Now that we're more confident and I can suss out if a swap will work for us or not, we use only People Like Us and will occasionally swap through a dedicated FB group . When we were starting out, we used Love Home Swap (too expensive) and Home Exchange as both have built in insurance and will cover 2 nights accommodation if the swap falls through.

As a family of 5 ajalas and sometimes 6 (we had au pairs till 2020 and always travelled with them) accommodation is always our biggest cost. Sometimes even more than flights if going international. Plus it means we can always do quick local trips (2 - 4 hours drive) at weekends.

There are generally 3 kinds of swaps -
Simultaneous - you go to them, they come to you and it's the one that is most popular
Non sim - You bank a stay - they go to yours whilst you're elsewhere or vice versa and you agree on when you can stay or you use points/ tokens/ globe etc which is like a virtual credit depending on the site.
Hospitality - you or them host whilst at home - works well for people who have lots of space.

https://www.homeexchange.com/ - is the biggest. I have my issues with it (not swappers) just the management. It was sold for millions in 2019 and the ethos changed completely but that's by the by. It's a very good starting point.

https://www.lovehomeswap.com/ - found it quite expensive and most of the home owners there quite pretentious (we did complete 3 swaps through them).

https://peoplelikeus.world/ - newish but with lots and lots of EU/UK/US homes and has a very active FB group which I love and is the only one we use.

On a practical level - it's like Airbnb but without an exchange of money. People stay and leave reviews. Must haves for me are child friendly, no pets to look after, and reasonably clean. It has helped us seriously declutter as well as go paperless on every bills. We always take our passports with us wherever we go. When we swap cars, I will always request a bond which equals our excess plus copies of driving licences.

We're heading back to the UK next year and swapping for 9 weeks with a Kiwi couple with 4 children who want to come home (we're currently working in New Zealand till 2023)

Some more info -
https://sharetraveler.com/best-home-exchange-networks/

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 4:17am On Jul 12
Ticha - I troway yansh 4U......... wink


Entrust my largest investments till I kick my bucket, to a stranger......... wink


What is the position of insurance, on this swaps......

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Ticha: 4:40am On Jul 12
Lexusgs430:
Ticha - I troway yansh 4U......... wink


Entrust my largest investments till I kick my bucket, to a stranger......... wink


What is the position of insurance, on this swaps......

Hehe they're also entrusting their biggest asset to you! After all no be bush you sleep haha.
Home Exchange and Love Home Swap do have insurance but we have gone with a higher spec own home insurance because I like to manage my own risks rather than leave it to a big corporation with no specific vested interest in my own property. Interestingly, when we were in the UK and swapping, our own house probably was one of the cheapest as it was a starter home in East Anglia and we had 3 babies but mainly swapped with retirees.

In 2018 (our biggest swap year) we were swapping 2 houses at the same time cos we had one UK home on Airbnb so would swap that in non peak periods and were also swapping our newly bought house in New Zealand! You only live once joor! We have now travelled the length and breadth of NZ using swaps and planning a 5 country multi swap for mid year cos I'm missing travel like no man's business plus need to see family.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Lexusgs430: 4:42am On Jul 12
Ticha:


Hehe they're also entrusting their biggest asset to you! After all no be bush you sleep haha.
Home Exchange and Love Home Swap do have insurance but we have gone with a higher spec own home insurance because I like to manage my own risks rather than leave it to a big corporation with no specific vested interest in my own property. Interestingly, when we were in the UK and swapping, our own house probably was one of the cheapest as it was a starter home in East Anglia and we had 3 babies but mainly swapped with retirees.

In 2018 (our biggest swap year) we were swapping 2 houses at the same time cos we had one UK home on Airbnb so would swap that in non peak periods and were also swapping our newly bought house in New Zealand! You only live once joor! We have now travelled the length and breadth of NZ using swaps and planning a 5 country multi swap for mid year cos I'm missing travel like no man's business plus need to see family.


Make i kúkú go buy winnebago........ cheesy

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 4:59am On Jul 12
fatima04:


Lol, thanks. I checked this out and the recurrent is Pontis and Haven parks..any idea which is better. Or just all the same

A lot of the Pontis are very dirty so you have really read review well or be ready to carry your cleaning toiletries.... Haven is a safer option. I been to a couple of haven , it can be hit and miss depending on what you are after. Butlins still better than the Havens
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 5:10am On Jul 12
Ticha:


Hehe they're also entrusting their biggest asset to you! After all no be bush you sleep haha.
Home Exchange and Love Home Swap do have insurance but we have gone with a higher spec own home insurance because I like to manage my own risks rather than leave it to a big corporation with no specific vested interest in my own property. Interestingly, when we were in the UK and swapping, our own house probably was one of the cheapest as it was a starter home in East Anglia and we had 3 babies but mainly swapped with retirees.

In 2018 (our biggest swap year) we were swapping 2 houses at the same time cos we had one UK home on Airbnb so would swap that in non peak periods and were also swapping our newly bought house in New Zealand! You only live once joor! We have now travelled the length and breadth of NZ using swaps and planning a 5 country multi swap for mid year cos I'm missing travel like no man's business plus need to see family.

Thumbs up .... you dey try oo. I can't imagine leaving my house to full strangers for even a weekend .
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Ticha: 5:11am On Jul 12
Lexusgs430:



Make i kúkú go buy winnebago........ cheesy

grin Even those ones plenty!
For Christmas we're swapping to Australia - for a motorhome and they're coming to our house. Means we can ajala about. Seriously though - it covers all options.

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Sanmigbola: 6:16am On Jul 12
TheGuyFromHR:


https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/plumber

Can non citizens apply to be an apprentice in the UK?
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TheGuyFromHR: 6:57am On Jul 12
Sanmigbola:


Can non citizens apply to be an apprentice in the UK?

Obviously there are residency rules for that - you need to have some form of permanent residence and above.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by KOVIC19COVID20: 7:28am On Jul 12
SamReinvented:


Yes. You won’t be allowed to board if you don’t have it. The guide on how to go about it is in the pop up you’ll see when you get on NCDC COVID-19 portal: https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

Try to get this sorted as soon as possible, because there’s been several complaints that the online payment can take too long to reflect.

Thank you very much SamReinvented.
This was most useful.
I followed your post well.
Landed Abuja a few hours ago.
Happy Days

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by humblemoi: 7:55am On Jul 12
Ticha:


Usually a straight swap - they come to our house, we go to theirs. Our very first experience was in 2017 to Prague and we haven't looked back. We've now completed 38 swaps in over 11 countries. Now that we're more confident and I can suss out if a swap will work for us or not, we use only People Like Us and will occasionally swap through a dedicated FB group . When we were starting out, we used Love Home Swap (too expensive) and Home Exchange as both have built in insurance and will cover 2 nights accommodation if the swap falls through.

As a family of 5 ajalas and sometimes 6 (we had au pairs till 2020 and always travelled with them) accommodation is always our biggest cost. Sometimes even more than flights if going international. Plus it means we can always do quick local trips (2 - 4 hours drive) at weekends.

There are generally 3 kinds of swaps -
Simultaneous - you go to them, they come to you and it's the one that is most popular
Non sim - You bank a stay - they go to yours whilst you're elsewhere or vice versa and you agree on when you can stay or you use points/ tokens/ globe etc which is like a virtual credit depending on the site.
Hospitality - you or them host whilst at home - works well for people who have lots of space.

https://www.homeexchange.com/ - is the biggest. I have my issues with it (not swappers) just the management. It was sold for millions in 2019 and the ethos changed completely but that's by the by. It's a very good starting point.

https://www.lovehomeswap.com/ - found it quite expensive and most of the home owners there quite pretentious (we did complete 3 swaps through them).

https://peoplelikeus.world/ - newish but with lots and lots of EU/UK/US homes and has a very active FB group which I love and is the only one we use.

On a practical level - it's like Airbnb but without an exchange of money. People stay and leave reviews. Must haves for me are child friendly, no pets to look after, and reasonably clean. It has helped us seriously declutter as well as go paperless on every bills. We always take our passports with us wherever we go. When we swap cars, I will always request a bond which equals our excess plus copies of driving licences.

We're heading back to the UK next year and swapping for 9 weeks with a Kiwi couple with 4 children who want to come home (we're currently working in New Zealand till 2023)

Some more info -
https://sharetraveler.com/best-home-exchange-networks/

This is my first time coming across this, and while I do not have the liver to do it. I will salute you and thank you for helping me learn something new. grin

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Coolcube: 9:40am On Jul 12
Please I need the opinion of those living in the UK on this. I would be grateful to find help.

My dream is to be a lecturer here in Nigeria and I am currently on a PhD in one of the federal institutions, but the demands of work as the head of a publishing firm isn't allowing the work to progress as I'ld love. I am therefore considering relocating to the UK with my wife and kid to study for another Masters and then follow up with a PhD. But my fear is that the tuition in UK would kill me. Although the Master's tuition won't be a problem, but to pay around £18,000 every year for PhD might be difficult considering I'll only have 20 hours to work per week. I wish to ask those already in the UK, if it possible to raise that much every year with the support of my wife. My thinking (Correct me if I am wrong) is that a PhD from UK would enhance my career prospect in the UK and any other advanced countries of the world, should I decide to stay back.

I look forward to your opinions.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by DAramis: 9:41am On Jul 12
@Ticha

Just learnt new thing from you. Must the swapping be among home owners? What of those that are renting?

Asking on behalf of others living in UK but not house owners.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by LagosismyHome(f): 9:51am On Jul 12
Coolcube:
Please I need the opinion of those living in the UK on this. I would be grateful to find help.

My dream is to be a lecturer here in Nigeria and I am currently on a PhD in one of the federal institutions, but the demands of work as the head of a publishing firm isn't allowing the work to progress as I'ld love. I am therefore considering relocating to the UK with my wife and kid to study for another Masters and then follow up with a PhD. But my fear is that the tuition in UK would kill me. Although the Master's tuition won't be a problem, but to pay around £18,000 every year for PhD might be difficult considering I'll only have 20 hours to work per week. I wish to ask those already in the UK, if it possible to raise that much every year with the support of my wife. My thinking (Correct me if I am wrong) is that a PhD from UK would enhance my career prospect in the UK and any other advanced countries of the world, should I decide to stay back.

I look forward to your opinions.

Why not get admission for PhD instead of another masters .. since you have a wife she can work and together you contribute for the tuition. She allowed to work full time so its is possible. Although depends on how young the kids are . Working as a team around childcare and finances its possible

Regarding job after, I cannot comment as I don't know anything about that field

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Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Coolcube: 10:05am On Jul 12
LagosismyHome:


Why not get admission for PhD instead of another masters .. since you have a wife she can work and together you contribute for the tuition. She allowed to work full time so its is possible. Although depends on how young the kids are . Working as a team around childcare and finances its possible

Regarding job after, I cannot comment as I don't know anything about that field

Thanks for this.

Actually, I considered the straight PhD but then I also though about blending into their academic environment first. Besides, I am in the humanities and the UK study module is quite different from ours here.
Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by Rubyventures: 10:25am On Jul 12
LagosismyHome:


Thumbs up .... you dey try oo. I can't imagine leaving my house to full strangers for even a weekend .

Not even for a day... for me shocked shocked

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