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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
 
 
  • Tax refunds

    Tax fraud persists

    by Kobus Van den Bergh | Oct 05, 2009
    1st Contact urges individuals to not be fooled by fraudsters who claim to be HMRC officials. In order to safe guard against this, 1st Contact advises you to view the example below of a typical fraudulent e-mail, in an attempt to get the banking details of unsuspecting individuals. In addition to this, it is crucial to note of the following in order to avoid being made a victim of Tax Fraud:
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    UK citizenship test

    by 1st Contact | Sep 03, 2009
    Since UK immigration policy dictates migrants must complete and pass ‘The Life in the UK Test’ in order to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship – 1st Contact have innovated the way to make this application process an easy and successful one for potential applicants. This can be achieved through engaging 1st Contact’s sample simulated tests free of charge!
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    Time-based British citizenship: A thing of the past?

    by 1st Contact | Aug 05, 2009
    In an attempt to reduce the economic pitfalls experienced in the UK, brought upon by the recession, the UK Home Office have yet again announced another potential regime aimed at tightening British Citizenship law. It has been stated that foreigners residing in the UK may no longer be entitled to gain British passports as a consequence of staying in the UK for up to 5 years, but may be subject to a new points based system. The Home Office (UKBA) has opened a consultation for a points based system that has not been implemented as of yet. Following the results of this consultation process, and if the UK government approves the new points based system, the proposed implementation date has been set for summer 2011.
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    Australian migration changes take shape

    by 1st Contact | Jul 02, 2009
    Traditionally the 1st of July has always seen major changes to Australian migration policy and this year was no exception, with over 15 legislative changes having come into effect on the 1st July 2009. The changes vary from the standard adjustments made to fees and application forms, that tend to take place every year, to more technical changes that represented over 60 amendments to different schedules within the regulation of Australian migration law.
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    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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    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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  • 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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