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    Get the most out of being a contractor in the UK by following these simple steps
    Mar 15, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
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    Reap the benefits of submitting your Self Assessment tax return early
    Mar 02, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
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    UK student visas: Here's how you can get one
    Feb 22, 2018  |  by John Dunn
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    Get your child into state-funded school in the UK
    Feb 21, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
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    The NHS vs Medicare: Which is better?
    Jan 30, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
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    What is the cost of living in London in 2018?
    Jan 25, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
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    To rent in the UK, you absolutely need to have the right to rent
    Jan 19, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
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    This is how contractors can take home more cash
    Jan 09, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
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    5 pro tips for surviving your long-haul flight
    Dec 19, 2017  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
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    10 interesting facts about the UK working holiday visa
    Nov 27, 2017  |  by John Dunn
 
 
  • Immigration

    Where are all the Australians around the world?

    by 1st Contact | Oct 17, 2014
    The 2011 Census reported that more than a quarter of Australia’s 22 million residents were born in a country other than Australia. Most of those flocking to the continent were born in New Zealand, the UK, India, China and South Africa. But what about Australians leaving the land Down Under – where do they go?
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    Healthcare benefits for contractors

    by Kobus Van den Bergh | Oct 09, 2014
    Many permanent employees have access to health or medical cover as part of their employment package. But if you’re self-employed, can you (and should you) pay for things like healthcare insurance, gym memberships and medical expenses through your limited company?
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    Controversial SA visa regulations put on hold

    by John Dunn | Sep 15, 2014
    After consultation between Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom and Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, changes have been made to the controversial South African immigration rules announced earlier this year. The requirement for children travelling to South Africa to carry an unabridged birth certificate has now been postponed until 1 June 2015.
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    Home Office clamps down on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa scams

    by John Dunn | Sep 09, 2014
    The Home Office has outlined its plans to clamp down on students who fraudulently switch to entrepreneurial visas without the intention of starting a business. As part of the crackdown, students will now only be able to switch their visa status using funds from a government-approved source.
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  • Forex

    Why your international money transfers are so expensive

    by 1st Contact | Aug 29, 2014
    With so many South Africans abroad, transferring money back to South Africa is a common practice. International money transfer companies have carved a nice niche in this arena, offering exchange rates that, in many cases, beat the banks. So why is it that most South Africans still use banks as their first point of call when transferring money home?
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    Phishing? Vishing? Royal Mail? Don’t get caught by these 7 scams

    by 1st Contact | Aug 27, 2014
    If you’ve just arrived in the UK, take 10 minutes to familiarise yourself with the scams doing the rounds at the moment. These are often targeted at second-language English speakers, many of whom are unaware of the tips and tricks to avoid being scammed.
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    4 reasons to avoid using a bank for your FX transfer

    by 1st Contact | Aug 20, 2014
    Contrary to popular belief, high-street banks are not the cheapest way to transfer money to another country. Here are four reasons why you should avoid using a traditional bank for your international forex transfer.
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    7 unusual taxes imposed through the ages

    by 1st Contact | Aug 19, 2014
    At 1st Contact Tax Refunds, we like to take a break from the norm and showcase the lighter side of business matters. Tax may have been around since ancient times, but it’s not without it’s fair share of oddities. Here are seven unusual taxes imposed through the ages.
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    UK Treasury may strip non-resident migrants of tax-free allowance

    by 1st Contact | Aug 15, 2014
    The UK is looking to clamp down on the benefits received by temporary migrants. If the Treasury’s proposal goes through, temporary workers from outside the UK will no longer receive their £10,000 tax-free personal allowance.
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  • Immigration

    New UK visa for Australian migrants in the works

    by 1st Contact | Aug 14, 2014
    A new visa deal which aims to revise the UK government’s immigration policies for Australians is currently in the works. Under the new law, more Australians could be allowed to live and work in the UK as early as from 2015.
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  • man-working-at-home
    Get the most out of being a contractor in the UK by following these simple steps
    Mar 15, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
  • tax-hand-magnifying-glass
    Reap the benefits of submitting your Self Assessment tax return early
    Mar 02, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
  • students-graduating
    UK student visas: Here's how you can get one
    Feb 22, 2018  |  by John Dunn
  • students-school-chalk-board
    Get your child into state-funded school in the UK
    Feb 21, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
  • medical-cross-and-heart
    The NHS vs Medicare: Which is better?
    Jan 30, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
  • big-ben-london-at-night
    What is the cost of living in London in 2018?
    Jan 25, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
  • house-key
    To rent in the UK, you absolutely need to have the right to rent
    Jan 19, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
  • man-making-more-money
    This is how contractors can take home more cash
    Jan 09, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
  • airport-waiting-takeoff-plane
    5 pro tips for surviving your long-haul flight
    Dec 19, 2017  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
  • young-friends-drinking-beer-at-pub
    10 interesting facts about the UK working holiday visa
    Nov 27, 2017  |  by John Dunn
 
 

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