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    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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    How long it will take to qualify for ILR in 2018
    Nov 23, 2017  |  by John Dunn
  • blog autumn budget summary
    Autumn Budget 2017: Summary points
    Nov 22, 2017  |  by Scott Brown
  • couple-marriage
    Getting married in the UK? You may need a Marriage Visitor visa
    Nov 21, 2017  |  by John Dunn
  • isle-of-skye-uk
    The top 10 places to visit in the UK (that are not London)
    Nov 08, 2017  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
 
 
  • Immigration

    UK Economic Slump Further Hinders Immigration for Highly Skilled Professionals

    by 1st Contact | Mar 06, 2009
    The UK Border Agency has once again announced a further clamming of immigration law, set to adversely affect young aspiring professionals wishing to spread their wings and pursue a career abroad. A new addition to the radical UK immigration regime, issued by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), has imposed a new criterion on Tier 1 Visa applications, where any highly skilled foreign national must possess a master’s degree (rather than a bachelors degree) and earn an annual salary of R 93 375 (£ 20 000) to gain permission to work in the UK. According to expert immigration firm 1st Contact, the new legislation is set to protect the interests of British nationals in the face of the economic slump.
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    Opportunities for contractors during tough times

    by 1st Contact | Mar 05, 2009
    As has been well documented in the press over the last few months the global economy has been experiencing a sharp downturn recently, a situation that looks likely to continue for some time still. All around London and the UK companies are cutting costs and implementing hiring freezes in an effort to stay afloat in times of great uncertainty.
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  • Immigration

    Proposed Fee Increases for UK Visas

    by 1st Contact | Mar 05, 2009
    Following biggest clamp down in UK Immigration law, over the past 4 decades, with the announced issuance of Visas for South African citizens to enter the UK, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) have recently announced their proposed fee increases for 2009 and 2010.
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  • Immigration

    South Africans living abroad granted voting rights?

    by 1st Contact | Mar 05, 2009
    The time for South Africans temporarily living abroad to notify the IEC of their intent to cast a “special vote” has already past. The deadline for that was the 27th of February. Voting for these individuals is set to take place on April 15, seven days before the official election day of April 22.
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  • Tax refunds

    New security measure for claiming tax refunds revealed

    by 1st Contact | Mar 05, 2009
    We reveal a new security measure that has recently been implemented by her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). This new development requires the issuance of National Insurance (NI) numbers in order for us to be able to follow up telephonically on tax refund submissions for our clients. As such 1st Contact urges our customers to apply for an NI number as soon as possible in order to prevent delays at HMRC when claiming you tax refund.
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    UK Clamps Down on Citizenship Law

    by 1st Contact | Feb 05, 2009
    In an effort to control UK immigration and a massive influx of foreign workers flooding the market, often to reap the benefits of a socialised society, the UK Border Agency has introduced the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill to parliament. With the new Bill set to clamp down on the residency rights of migrants, it has been reported that foreigners residing in the UK may face an additional 3 years in the run up to attain British citizenship.
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    1st Contact urges individuals to safeguard against recent tax fraud scam

    by 1st Contact | Jan 15, 2009
    In a recent article released by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7816450.stm), the run up to the 31 January deadline for self assessed tax returns, has seen the most “sophisticated and prolific” tax fraud scam in the UK to date.
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  • Forex

    Transparency in numbers – money transfers

    by 1st Contact | Oct 30, 2008
    Unbeknown to most people, one of the most expensive ways of transferring money to international destinations is through banks, where many individuals are bearing the brunt of various additional costs.
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  • Forex

    Making the Most Out of Money Transfers during the Festive Season

    by Gemma Blommaert | Sep 12, 2008
    Despite the economic peril that has flooded the UK’s financial markets, and with Christmas festivities around the corner, expert financial services and migration group, 1st Contact, offers some tips and tricks to curb the bitter aftermath brought upon by a waning economy over the festive season.
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  • 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
  • big-ben-on-union-jack
    How long it will take to qualify for ILR in 2018
    Nov 23, 2017  |  by John Dunn
  • blog autumn budget summary
    Autumn Budget 2017: Summary points
    Nov 22, 2017  |  by Scott Brown
  • couple-marriage
    Getting married in the UK? You may need a Marriage Visitor visa
    Nov 21, 2017  |  by John Dunn
  • isle-of-skye-uk
    The top 10 places to visit in the UK (that are not London)
    Nov 08, 2017  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
 
 

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