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Career / Re: Radiography Vs Nursing Which Is Better by TRAY2(m): 6:10pm On Jun 30, 2022
I am currently an Advanced Practioner Ultrasonographer in the UK, Which is a specialty under Radiography, i used to be a Radiographer before specialising in Ultrasound, where i was sponsored by my current hospital for post graduate course in Ultrasound, which has elevated me to 2 steps higher banding(from band 5 to 7).
From my experience here the work load for nurses is very demanding, with limited opportunities to progress to band 6 and 7. A Radiographer work load is not as demanding and you can upgrade to a CT,MRI, PET scan Radiographer and Sonographer.

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Travel / Re: The Other Side Of Ebonyi: Through The Riverine Communities Of Ebonyi State by TRAY2(m): 8:00pm On Mar 14, 2022
Home sweet home, my home town is beautiful.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 8:36am On Mar 09, 2022
Lexusgs430:


Ok, so you would rather pay £650..... Than pay £329.99...... grin

I am paying £222 instead of £650.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 8:27am On Mar 09, 2022
Lexusgs430:



Solid like a rock ......... grin
Mine was built in 1933 with lots of character, and I am the third owner, large rooms, with a big garage which i am planning to convert to a studio apartment.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 2:23pm On Feb 27, 2022
Hey guys please does anyone have the contact of any
mobile mechanic in Birmingham.Thanks
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 11:52pm On Feb 26, 2022
Quick question guys.. does the proposed £150 council tax relief fund fall under public funds for people on tier 2 visa.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 1:16pm On Dec 18, 2021
@Justwise and recent Naija travellers, After filling the departure form on the Nigeria international travel portal, I put fully vaccinated and attached proof of my cert, at the end it said “you are not required to make payment”, I’m still not sure if this looks right. Pls was it the same experience for you, i even clicked on make payment it wouldn’t let me.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 4:18pm On Dec 16, 2021
@Justwise and co please can UK driving license be used in Naija, and can one be able to use UK bank app for transfers/ transactions in Naija. Lastly please the day 2 lateral flow test kit, did you order it while in Naija?
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 4:13pm On Dec 16, 2021
Contra5:
Hello,

I just want to appreciate everyone here. You guys are doing a great job. I have learnt so much here from discussions on building credit score to buying a house. I moved to my own house in October after 10 months of 'crazy'. Buying a house in the UK is not for the faint hearted. We started looking at houses last year and left to pick it up again in January and it was a case of you put in an offer and some else offers 10k above the asking price. It was a sellers market not sure if it has changed now. Someone here mentioned the Facebook group (First time Buyers) - its really good. Thank you.

Please be careful when choosing a mortgage advisor. Some of these white folks can only deal with the straightforward cases - they literally know nothing about BREXIT or immigration rules etc. I recall Fatima had said she was calling banks herself. I wish had done that! It's best doing everything yourself because no one knows you more than yourself. After 3 rejections from 3 banks with a 10% deposit and the reason the advisor gave was because of my nationality. I knew something wasn't right!. I got on the phone. Got mortgage approved with Natwest within 2 weeks.

It was such a stressful experience. The seller put the house back on the market because she thought we'd never get our mortgage application approved. I don't blame her. On the day of exchange, the bank refused to release funds because of the different names on my passport and application form - pulled out records of all comms with the mortgage advisor where he told me its not a problem. They said the guy resigned a month ago so I had to go physically to the bank. It was past 5pm - knocked on the door and told them to open up. Short story - to survive in the UK, you've got to fight for everything. I don't care if they call me fiesty black lady.

I digress, this is an appreciation post. Thank you all.

I said it when i got my mortgage, most advisors don’t understand the immigration rules, then all the ones i contacted said i was not eligible, but hay hoo, popped into the bank and I got sorted.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 3:20pm On Dec 14, 2021
[quote author=TRAY2 post=108494378]I am hearing the travel red list countries including Nigeria will be removed tomorrow!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59653236

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 3:12pm On Dec 14, 2021
I am hearing the travel red list countries including Nigeria will be removed tomorrow!

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 8:25am On Dec 14, 2021
Aprokodaughter:


You don't need to pay premium once you activate your LinkedIn notification.

Jobs will just start pouring into your notifications. You might get confused and tired because everyday there are companies posting jobs even on a Sunday. I saw my job on a Sunday morning. Some will review your cv on LinkedIn download it and contact you. Some will send you a DM on LinkedIn.


Most people are not persistent when it comes to job search in their field as long someone says there is no opportunity in that your field they have lost it. They won't bother searching again. They want to start a new degree which doesn't have to be the case.

So damn true.. even while i was a trainee, I got loads of in-mails for jobs. Very tempting ones, but I had to focus on the prize. A well articulated LinkedIn profile does the magic in most cases.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 11:56pm On Dec 04, 2021
I am suspecting folks with fake Negative COVID result got us into this mess.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 11:54pm On Dec 04, 2021
erico2k2:

even us in the Uk are searching and hoping there is a legal way to avoid all this and spend xmas in Nigeria as we speak
E cast nor be small

I am going to Nigeria from UK via emirates, then comeback via Virgin but as i no be UK national na.. i dey reason weda to enter UK through Ghana.

Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 11:22pm On Dec 04, 2021
erico2k2:

so only people who are citizens or have some sort of residency are allowed to enter from monday

Was just about to ask, as i was due to travel in 1 week time.. So na to cancel my flight be that. Or should reschedule and come back through Ghana.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 7:08am On Oct 17, 2021
Oshay53:
Hi house,

Please, I would need help as to getting an apartment in Leeds.
I am actually a student of the University of Bradford.

Any help here, would be much appreciated.

Accommodation in Bradford is cheaper and 15 mins train to Leeds.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk-life Of An Immigrant (part 2) by TRAY2(m): 6:12am On Sep 24, 2021
Chuukwudi:
Anyone with tips on how to find genuine love here? The girls I meet here dey always too fat or have mental issues.

The rest dey unstable. They like you today, the next day they don’t care and if they need you they come closer again.

I’m asking because as I’m seeing it... this their graduate route na scam o (Except you’re in Health related field) Ordinary to get internship na big problem. Even free one. Voluntary.

Note: I’m not doing a shit course. I’m studying AI and know what I’m doing.

Lmao shocked grin
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 8:08pm On Jun 20, 2021
folaosemen:


Hi Tray2, I somehow stumbled on your post today and I'm really thrilled with your progress in the UK. My wife is a licensed Radiographer with HCPC with 10 years of MRI and CT scan experience but she hasn't been lucky with her job hunt for the past two years. I want to believe that she is probably not doing something right during her application for jobs. You also made mention of STATEMENT OF INFORMATION in your post above. Please what does it mean? Please can you help us with a template if need be. I have noticed her frustrations this past weeks because of the rejection mails she has so far received. Thanks as I await your swift response. Find below my email to send any templates that could be of help to us.
patrick_ose@yahoo.com or omojiate2012@gmail.com

Kindly check your email. I have forwarded one to you. Good luck
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 7:26am On May 22, 2021
Lexusgs430:




With your brown new car (9ja stylee)...... The lion.... A true Nigerian...... cheesy

If no be Peugeot, nah merc or Toyota...... grin


Hahaha, Chief you won’t understand the peace of mind i have, all i am focusing on is good health, and strength to do my work and the extras that come with it grin,3 of my mates have gone ahead to buy the lions o, and they can’t stop thanking me, next to is to go electric or hybrid after the 3/5years manufacturer warranty is over. Because the UK is going full electric from 2030.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 7:10am On May 22, 2021
LagosismyHome:


Buying always better than renting ...... and I wished I had bought earlier because I kept waiting for a crash that 10 years later hasn't happened. Instead the house prices keeps going up up up .

Meaning that even rent keeps going up to keep up with the current house prices. So who becomes the winner. Those who have bought.

A 3 bedroom in my area was about £900 ten years ago so was the monthly mortgage in that area. So assuming I bought my mortgage could have been £900.....(without accounting deposit, fees etc . Just comparing future monthly spend) .. 10 years later houses prices have gone up and rent is now £1,500 on the average for rent so is mortgage . The person who bought 10 years ago at least gets to pay £900 now , while someone newly buying or renting will pay £1500.... at least in London you can hardly see any area that hasn't gone up significantly in these last 10 years

If I lose my job either a rental or home owner. The struggle will be there . None is absorb from the hardship .. the prayer is that we get to keep our source of income

But at least after 25 years one of these two a rental or homeowner gets to rest and not worry about rent/mortgage for life assuming it now paid off.... yeah take a guess which of this two is free and which has to cough up money every month. ....

Having a BTL is not bad but tenant wahala still dey so there are risk. But if someone can have a BLT also, that really golden for later on . The indians really tapped into it and have used it to build generational wealth. I believe we blacks too will eventually tap into sources of generational wealth. We just dey come , these indians have been here much longer. You see 3 generations here so we still be baby . The Chinese have one or two children so a lot are coming with accumulated wealth from their economy. We Africans made the mistake of having so many children thinking the more the better. Hopefully we realised quality over quantity in building a better future

I remember when i posted here about buying my first mortgage just within 19 months of stay in UK, many folks were babbling, but look at what is happening now, with the new mortgage rules either you have ILR or 25% deposit, and house prices and interest rates are going up and up, even renting now is a nightmare.And someone will tell you not to rush, house prices will crash and interest rates will come down, bla bla bla, we are still waiting. I have always learnt to always go with my first gut no matter what anyone says, and it has helped me so far.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 2:49pm On Feb 20, 2021
JanegirlN:


Yeah. All that's needed is the birth certificate. You just go to gov.uk and apply for Visa . With the lockdown, getting an appointment may take a while and even a longer one to receive the card. But once you've applied and paid irrespective of when you get an appointment, the child is entitled to a few health care.

Thanks a lot, I do appreciate.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 10:44pm On Feb 19, 2021
JanegirlN:


She actually has a brp. I don't think a child born in the UK needs a passport to get issued a brp, atleast we didn't. Just a birth cert. will do.

Please did you say you were you able to get a brp for your child with their birth certificate? I really need to get one for my new born, as they said 3 months after the birth of a child, they won’t be entitled to free health care without a brp.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 11:23pm On Jan 14, 2021
Braket:

Thank you for this. But if an advert says bids over 800..... Can one go ahead and bid below the price?

Like in excess of ... means you can’t go below that price, it’s like a guide price. If a house has been on the market for very long, i won’t trust it, also avoid getting into a chain, the good ones people will rush it, try not to price down too low as the seller may not take you seriously,i’d suggest 20k-30k down first depending on the price.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 11:18pm On Jan 14, 2021
Braket:
Senior home owners, how did you lowball(made a bid).

I have read almost all articles online. The advice is 10 to 15%.

However, checking Zoopla for houses that have been sold, there's an average of just 5k off the listing.

Is there any tip about making a good and acceptable. tip from your personal experiences?

Can you lowball a listing that says "prices over..." Or guide price "30-50". Even though it has been on the market for almost 6 months.

Tray2, RalphLauren, justwise, Lexusgs430... plus everyone that has an advice.

Btw, credit score is taking shape and working on getting my records from TransUnion and Equifax.
Thanks to everyone that gave their input.

In addition to what Lexusgs had said, Check on rightmove.co.uk for houses and click on the house of your choice you will find the cost of houses sold around that area,then use it as a bargaining proof,and the thing is if the house is overvalued during valuation your lender might reject the price, for me i was lucky the owner was my colleague who was retiring and relocating, so it was direct no estate agents involved, as for new builds i try to avoid them as the rooms are quite small most without wardropes, but more energy efficient, as the developers are more interested in making profit. I hope you get sorted soon.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 12:07am On Jan 09, 2021
Tobexin:
bro I bet to go against what you mean there isn’t Job out here in Middlesbrough, stop giving people bad impression of that city. I moved to Uk last year January on a tier 4 visa and I have not struggled to look for jobs. We all know the commonest jobs in Uk reside in the health industries or retail industries and you could find those jobs out there. I can bet you I have made times two of the money I invested in coming to Uk within 8 months. I haven’t seen any body out here who is jobless unless he or she doesn’t want to work. As a student your direction of jobs should focus on the health sector or retail and you will surely find something to do.

Settling in a small town has it own advantages. House is very cheap, I basically pay £500 for a tastefully furnished 3 bedroom apartment here, car insurance is low, less noise or struggle, less population to compete for few jobs available unlike London if exist 5 openings for a position in a job like 200 person will be fighting for the position of 5 person. Think wisely!

You nailed it mate.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 6:19am On Jan 05, 2021
Happy new year guys, We have been sent emails to book appointment for Covid Vaccination as a patient facing staff and high risk, My other half has advised against having the jab, I am indifferent towards it. Have you guys also received the emails, and have you started getting the jabs? What’s your take on it.I Don’t know the conspiracy theory about it altering our DNA’s.
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 6:07am On Jan 02, 2021
wallg123:
Guys please what’s the best app for calling Nigeria these days .... I’ve been using Tesco international calling App but it’s like the credit don’t last at all.... Any cheaper alternatives?

Use the talk 360 app.

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 3:32am On Dec 27, 2020
icon8:


If, as expected, EU citizens continue to leave the UK for other EU countries, as a fallout of Brexit, then it is logical to expect more UK job opportunities, according to the forces of demand and supply.

Another advantage for non-EU citizens in the UK, who until now have been treated unequally as EU citizens (due to EU laws) is that every non-UK citizen will now be equal (at least on paper). Whereas prior to now it was UK/EU citizens ahead of all others, now it will be only UK citizens before all others (i.e. Nigerians and EU citizens will now be seen as equal under UK laws, unlike before).

Already, the 2-year post-study work visa is a huge advantage of Brexit, for the millions of non-EU students that will benefit from it. Ditto for the new tiered immigration system that’s about to commence in January 2021.

Those could be considered advantages, from a non-EU immigrant point of view, as it is expected that there will now be a level playing ground for all immigrants, regardless of nationality, and EU citizens will no longer be legally prioritised over other non-EU nationals. Effectively, Nigerians would now be second class residents (only below UK nationals), rather than third class residents (below both UK and EU nationals). grin

Exactly my thoughts mate..
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 11:20pm On Nov 21, 2020
erico2k2:

ahahah you guys don't learn, Until you get hit or you hit something and a claim is put in then you will know why its best to give honest info, you will learn the hard way we all did!
What is dishonest about my comment please?
Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 11:50pm On Nov 20, 2020
erico2k2:

if its ur 1st time then it would be on the high side, you need a local broker.if not you are looking 3k plus as a new driver

Admiral is a good one.. i got a quote for £754 for my first car. Increase your voluntary excess, reduce your annual mileage to like 4-5k and say it is for leisure and domestic only, parked in a drive way. Bla bla bla

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 11:46pm On Nov 20, 2020
ThinkPad01:



Thanks. Please can you recommend a small SUV or hatchback cars that I can get below 8K. Something with at least a good interior.



Nissan qashqai, Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson, Honda Civic, etc

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Travel / Re: Living In The Uk/life As A UK Immigrant by TRAY2(m): 11:42pm On Nov 20, 2020
Vooom:
Really


Sounds really awesome��

Any specific detail they would demand?

If i apply for it and get now, does it have any expiration? Because I may not be renting my own apartment in uk until march

They will ask for the date you moved into your current address, and how many adults leaving with you. The certificate has a start and end date which corresponds to the duration of your program.

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