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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by wallg123: 11:09pm On Aug 26, 2021
kaylov12:

I beg to differ, any license outside the UK license is INTERNATIONAL. Just like I will say I have international work experience in my field as a Nigerian.
I believe making a special driving license by FRSC is only a means for income generation. My brother moved to UK from Saudi Arabia and used the normal license with no reprimand, why should the normal Nigeria driving license be inferior if there were no ulterior motives?
PS I am using normal license.
Na wa oh….
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by fatima04: 11:50pm On Aug 26, 2021
Mimzyy:
International license (which is valid for one year) is required if the person wants to drive on arrival to the Uk. The normal naija license is not allowed/recognised.


From what have read the normal naija licence qualifies has international and if that's presented you get your insurance etc.

Thinking about it haven't heard anyone being asked to present either for insurance or sth else. So it could just be one of those grey areas

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by fatima04: 11:52pm On Aug 26, 2021
kaylov12:

I beg to differ, any license outside the UK license is INTERNATIONAL. Just like I will say I have international work experience in my field as a Nigerian.
I believe making a special driving license by FRSC is only a means for income generation. My brother moved to UK from Saudi Arabia and used the normal license with no reprimand, why should the normal Nigeria driving license be inferior if there were no ulterior motives?
PS I am using normal license.

Inclined to agree @bolded because it's not like it's got anything special about it that differentiates it from the normal one

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by newdawnnewlife: 12:39am On Aug 27, 2021
fatima04:


From what have read the normal naija licence qualifies has international and if that's presented you get your insurance etc.

Thinking about it haven't heard anyone being asked to present either for insurance or sth else. So it could just be one of those grey areas


I agree with you, normal Nigerian licence allows you to drive for a year. I was asked to drop a photocopy of my licence at my former place of work so as to be able to drive the company cars, they said they needed to send it to their insurance company so as to verify it, it came back a week later and was told I could drive but for a limited time. The date they gave me to stop driving until I was able to get the UK licence was about one year after I got to the UK. Unfortunately I had to stop driving my car and company cars when they kept postponing my driving test but all that is now history.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Googledrive12: 2:48am On Aug 27, 2021
It's a fresh one , let me park here and spend hours with the masters so this Queen'sland patterns don't confuse me. grin
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Mimzyy(f): 6:28am On Aug 27, 2021
This. (Inserts the thumbs up emoji). Apt.

fatima04:


From what have read the normal naija licence qualifies has international and if that's presented you get your insurance etc.

Thinking about it haven't heard anyone being asked to present either for insurance or sth else. So it could just be one of those grey areas
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Mimzyy(f): 6:30am On Aug 27, 2021
Alright. Noted.

kaylov12:

I beg to differ, any license outside the UK license is INTERNATIONAL. Just like I will say I have international work experience in my field as a Nigerian.
I believe making a special driving license by FRSC is only a means for income generation. My brother moved to UK from Saudi Arabia and used the normal license with no reprimand, why should the normal Nigeria driving license be inferior if there were no ulterior motives?
PS I am using normal license.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Chukwuka16: 7:21am On Aug 27, 2021
Midnight musings: you would own nothing and be happy

Let me start this morning by remembering Sampath’s retort to Kulfil in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard – “No , I do not want an egg he said, I want my freedom.”

When I stumbled on the article in the Telegraph with caption: Parents demand final say over whether children get Covid Jab, I was not surprised at all. Why? Systems have never collapsed at once. Remember Animal Farm, rights do not all get taken at once. There is a gradual erosion of our rights here and we are unaware because of the many distractions they load us with. Between working flat out to eke out a living to pay those bills and living within the confines of increasingly stricter regulations, the government is right under our nose inserting itself deeper into our lives, eroding our rights and furthering its end goal – “to own it all”.

“C’mon Chukwuka, don’t be a conspiracy theorist, the government is doing this for our safety, it’s all for the greater good.” This is the typical response I get from some folks within my circle. According to them, the issues of mandates, vaccine passports and other emerging crazy government policies are all for our safety. I remind them of what Benjamin Franklin had to say that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”, and their responses are either – “the government knows best” or “the times are different”. I remind them that I am not sure I want to trust characters like Matt Hancock or Sajid Javid or Boris Johnson or Michael Gove or Dominic Raab or Priti Patel or the other clowns that characterise this government with making decisions that affect me or even pets considering their miserable and utterly disastrous track records that show FAILURE. I’m told most times to take a “chill pill”. I rest my case.

When the World Economic Forum (WEF) in one of their promotional videos announced that “by 2030, YOU would OWN NOTHING and be happy”, it wasn’t greeted with much angst because people look at the end rather than the process. I will remind you of a popular quote by Martin Niemöller –
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


Today, we can easily chart and observe the path on which these clowns are madly driving their agenda. What is painful is how we are all complicit in wilfully helping them achieve an aim that is at variance with what we stand for.

One of the greatest tools this government has employed has been distractions. You see, when parents have little kids and have difficulties pacifying them because they have had maybe a fall, what they employ are rounds of distractions. They could make a clown face or create some form of distraction for the kid to take their minds away from the pain and soon those little kids are off chasing the distraction. In the UK, we are provided with daily loads of baloney on BBC that I sometimes get vexed for subscribing. J Cole puts it very succinctly in his song “Problems” –
There’s nigg&s dying everyday man we don’t make the rules
Instead they talking ‘bout some thunderstorm, cyclones
Timmy got his bike stole
Top story: Tiger Woods be f$@%ing all these White Hoes


While the BBC is either informing us of irrelevant news items that are perhaps best suited for clown stations or deliberately providing misleading news leads, we are unaware that the BoE is massively monetising government debts which in turn is increasing money supply and leading to massive inflation. We are unaware of the issues surrounding the broken supply chain or the NHS or the collapsing and shrinking economy or the massive decimation of household wealth (mostly for the middle class) among others. We are unaware of new government policies being brought in daily to wage war against citizens all in the name of safety. Today in Scotland, 4-year-olds can now change their sex without their parents’ consent - #Distractions!

While distractions are being employed, the government along with corporates are also employing the power of THREAT. You see, as immigrants, we are ready to do anything required of the law to keep our residency. I’m not here advocating for one to be a rule breaker but drawing your attention to instances where your desire to retain residency rights can be exploited to further decimate your freedom/rights/liberty. In France, New York, the USA (federal workers), even Edo State and emerging countries/states/regions worldwide, we are seeing governments using vaccine mandates as tools for determining our ability to socialise. We are told that having the #clotshots would be our only way to freedom – When did I become caged in the first instance? In recent times, we have started seeing corporates like CNN, BoA and others coming up with draconian policies mandating staff get their #clotshots before a particular date. In instances where your residency is tied to your job, how do you walk that tight rope between your survival and your liberty? Someone says, “liberty be damned” and I’m like really?

I could go on and on talking about the increasing monetisation of government debts by the BoE leading to increasing money supply, crazy asset valuations from property to equities and it’s fallout – increase in the cost of goods and services. I could highlight the rise of institutional investors buying up property with cheap money gotten at almost 0% interest rate and the rise of fascism in the UK. Folks, we are at war and the earlier we know it the better.

As I conclude, I can’t but help relish these lines from Bella Shmurda’s banger (Ginger me). Never in life have I been scared of even my circle. Here on Nairaland, I have read arguments by folks that people who refuse the #clotshots deserve to be “ostracized” from society. I have no doubt these are the same folks featured on Mark Dice’s liberal lunatics California round where people literally sign “petitions” to have folks who have refused the #clotshots arrested!

Oluwa shebi iwo lo ye
Oluwa shebi iwo lo mo
Shebi iwo lo yee shebi iwo lo mo
I don't know what to say my brother
I don't know what to say my sister
I'm careful about those who call me brother
Some many times I've seen brothers killing brothers


Folks, we are at war here. There are no demilitarised zones. You have got to know that Adolf Hitler and King Leopold II didn’t come from Africa or Asia, they were from Europe (as it now is). We are gradually entering into totalitarianism. Today, you can’t leave Australia with the military conscripted to facilitate lockdowns. Today, the government in New Zealand can enact lockdowns at the snap of a finger. Today in Germany and France and Italy and Spain, lockdown protesters are suffering severe beatings and harassments like it was Nigeria. Today we are hearing talks of social scores (common in China and used to limit individual’s freedom), central bank digital currencies (CBDC) etc. Our governments have left governance to creating a stratified society where they come up with metrics that determine what we can be and not be. Today, we are hearing of climate lockdowns. As an academic, I attend meetings and regret wasting my time acquiring that knowledge. I’m asking you to quantify the fallout of a policy initiative so we don’t build unrealistic utopias and can place limits on expectations, and you are speaking English about unintended consequences – finesse in the use of language you call it? I must also highlight that most academics are useful tools and accomplices of governments drive towards totalitarianism because of their hate for capitalism. They love big governments (socialism) and forget that the end of socialism is communism (you will own nothing and be happy)!

Damn. I’m at loss of what exactly it is the future holds. I’m just scared and confused. I’m looking around and folks think it is alright and that everything will be fine. “Calm down, Chukwuka, you are overthinking this thing”, is what they tell me. I remember Baxter in Animal Farm and shake my head. Ah, I can’t get these lines from my head –

Somebody ginger me ooo
Ginger me oo ginger me oo
Yeah somebody ginger me
Ginger me oo ginger me oo
Yeah somebody call my name
Ginger me oo
Tell me say it's gonna be fine Ginger me ooo
Somebody do something Ginger me oo
Ginger me oo

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TheGuyFromHR: 8:49am On Aug 27, 2021
Chukwuka16, this world is going to hell in a handcart, and there is really nothing we can do about it.

Nigerians couldn't and can't save Nigeria due to some peculiar form of docility that history will analyse at some point, and most of the world's population can't summon the energy to make the changes needed to change the world, so.....

Take climate change, which the human race has recognised, but refuses to stop, the numerous instabilities across the world (Africa and Asia moving to Europe en masse, Latin America moving to North America en masse), and if you cast your mind over everything you no go sleep at night.

Just sit back, take a long drink of whatever it is you prefer, live your life now and leave the rest. cool

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by justwise(m): 10:07am On Aug 27, 2021
Any parents that decided not to get his or her kids who is allegeable for vaccination vaccinated should also be sued if that child get covid19 and spread it to other kids in school.

Keep them in the house and get them treated privately when they tested positive for covid19, don't disturb the NHS and Drs trying to treat people with non-Covid19 illness. Its your freedom, enjoy it in your household at its fullness

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 11:06am On Aug 27, 2021
Good day

Someone is advising me to only use my name on the rental agreement so we don't have to pay council tax. I read we have to pay a reduced fee since my wife is not a student as well. Advice please
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by justwise(m): 11:15am On Aug 27, 2021
oyukuwife:
Hello just wise.
Please advise me.
Is msc in public health a good career path to get a
Good job in the uk that will lead to pr ?



Check this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skilled-worker-visa-shortage-occupations/skilled-worker-visa-shortage-occupations

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by justwise(m): 11:47am On Aug 27, 2021
justwise:
Any parents that decided not to get his or her kids who is allegeable for vaccination vaccinated should also be sued if that child get covid19 and spread it to other kids in school.

Keep them in the house and get them treated privately when they tested positive for covid19, don't disturb the NHS and Drs trying to treat people with non-Covid19 illness. Its your freedom, enjoy it in your household at its fullness

This video explains my point
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XLyJrPTfn8&ab_channel=TheYoungTurks

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 12:06pm On Aug 27, 2021
canadaishome:
Good day

Someone is advising me to only use my name on the rental agreement so we don't have to pay council tax. I read we have to pay a reduced fee since my wife is not a student as well. Advice please

@justwise please what do you think?
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Bluetherapy: 12:31pm On Aug 27, 2021
newdawnnewlife:



I agree with you, normal Nigerian licence allows you to drive for a year. I was asked to drop a photocopy of my licence at my former place of work so as to be able to drive the company cars, they said they needed to send it to their insurance company so as to verify it, it came back a week later and was told I could drive but for a limited time. The date they gave me to stop driving until I was able to get the UK licence was about one year after I got to the UK. Unfortunately I had to stop driving my car and company cars when they kept postponing my driving test but all that is now history.
Just curious, did you do some brush-up classes to do away with the naija style of driving or you just registered for a practical test straightaway?
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Bluetherapy: 12:46pm On Aug 27, 2021
Chukwuka16:
Midnight musings: you would own nothing and be happy

I agree with your PoV, the media coys these days are mostly dishing out news that's not important.
I haven't read it for once on BBC front page about employers giving employees deadlines to be vaccinated, yet these things are happening which forces the hands of a lot of immigrants.

Isn't this a country where you're supposed to be free to make certain choices? After all we will be paying for the mismanagement of funds during this covid period for decades to come.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57958178

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by LagosismyHome(f): 2:47pm On Aug 27, 2021
canadaishome:
Good day

Someone is advising me to only use my name on the rental agreement so we don't have to pay council tax. I read we have to pay a reduced fee since my wife is not a student as well. Advice please


It is not only the student who is exempt... the student dependant as well. So if your wife is a dependent to a student visa person then she too

Making this not necessary . So only if you are on two different visa category. For example if one was on Tier 2 and another Tier 4

Are you relocating from Canada to UK?

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by justwise(m): 2:53pm On Aug 27, 2021
canadaishome:
Good day

Someone is advising me to only use my name on the rental agreement so we don't have to pay council tax. I read we have to pay a reduced fee since my wife is not a student as well. Advice please

Please where did you read that from?
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by fatima04: 3:04pm On Aug 27, 2021
LagosismyHome:



[b]It is not only the student who is exempt... [/b]the student dependant as well. So if your wife is a dependent to a student visa person then she too

Making this not necessary . So only if you are on two different visa category. For example if one was on Tier 2 and another Tier 4

Are you relocating from Canada to UK?

A lot of people don't know this. Tier 4/student and their dependants are council tax exempt. If you have been paying, apply to the council for exemption and money paid will be refunded.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 3:41pm On Aug 27, 2021
LagosismyHome:



It is not only the student who is exempt... the student dependant as well. So if your wife is a dependent to a student visa person then she too

Making this not necessary . So only if you are on two different visa category. For example if one was on Tier 2 and another Tier 4

Are you relocating from Canada to UK?

Oh thank you for the info
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 3:41pm On Aug 27, 2021
justwise:


Please where did you read that from?

The rental agency in Aberdeen
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 3:43pm On Aug 27, 2021
fatima04:


A lot of people don't know this. Tier 4/student and their dependants are council tax exempt. If you have been paying, apply to the council for exemption and money paid will be refunded.
Thank you for your input
Not in the UK yet but leaving soon.

Do I have to apply for exemption online?
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by wonlasewonimi: 3:45pm On Aug 27, 2021
fatima04:


From what have read the normal naija licence qualifies has international and if that's presented you get your insurance etc.

Thinking about it haven't heard anyone being asked to present either for insurance or sth else. So it could just be one of those grey areas

You can present a cardboard as your licence when searching/applying for insurance, they would latch on to it when its time to claim.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TheGuyFromHR: 4:07pm On Aug 27, 2021
canadaishome:

Thank you for your input
Not in the UK yet but leaving soon.

Do I have to apply for exemption online?

A quick googling will find you Aberdeen City Council's website and the answer to your question.
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by canadaishome: 4:22pm On Aug 27, 2021
TheGuyFromHR:


A quick googling will find you Aberdeen City Council's website and the answer to your question.
I actually did that after posting my question lol

Thanks
Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by newdawnnewlife: 4:38pm On Aug 27, 2021
Bluetherapy:

Just curious, did you do some brush-up classes to do away with the naija style of driving or you just registered for a practical test straightaway?

Altogether I did about 10 hours of practice, should not have been up to that but they kept postponing my test date. I wouldn't advise going for a test straightaway, it is important to learn the principles of driving in the UK from the tutors. It costs a lot but I have no regrets at all and passed the first time.

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Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by Preshyi: 5:14pm On Aug 27, 2021
Dont know if this is applicable to this group but I have been on quarantine and getting food has been a challenge. I order with just eat but not so much African cuisine there, can anyone please recommend how I can order for good and affordable familiar cuisines this period?

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