We have an exhaustive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on our “KIL CHAT” Facebook group. It has become famous for the fact that most questions you have about London are found in there.
Due to high demand, we have decided to publish it here in its entirety. If you are NOT a member of our group, you won’t see any of the links, so please join here
The FAQ are questions asked and answered by our community as well as us. It’s up to date and it’s very useful as a guide to get yourself aware of almost everything to settle here in London.
++If you have not left NZ yet, register NOW to get verified on Real Me. https://www.realme.govt.nz/This will help you with things like replacing passports and more quicker!++
++HELP! I AM A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT COMING HERE, MAKING FRIENDS, GETTING EVERYTHING SORTED… SHOULD I PAY A COMPANY TO HELP GET ME SET UP?++Yes and No. There are a few companies out there that charge a lot of money to give you “peace of mind” but are only taking advantage of your fears. We set the Kiwis in London community up to help you, but we understand that sometimes it’s still scary. If you want to go with a company to help get you set up, we recommend BritBound. They can sort the visa, get your bank account and national insurance sorted and heaps more. Plus they have a legendary social club built into their service and a cool office to hang out in, check emails etc whenever you like. We like to call it, “emotional insurance” and if you are going to part with any money to do this, they’re the only ones we feel happy to recommend. (trust us, every other one has a horror story!)Go to https://www.britbound.com for more info
++HELP! I AM FEELING SHIT. LIFE IS NOT GOING TOO WELL FOR ME HERE IN LONDON. I NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEBODY OR GET SUPPORT…++We all go through this for obvious reasons and this group (and I) are always here to help. If you feel brave enough, write onto the page and ask for some support. Every single time somebody has done this, there has been a huge very friendly response. You are NOT alone. If you’re not ready to ask the community, pop me a PM, my details are at the top of this post. If you see the announcements tab, click on it and go to a post we have written for you there too.
++I SEE PEOPLE POSTING ALL THE TIME ABOUT BEING TOO LATE TO BUY TICKETS FOR CONCERTS, SHOWS ETC? WHY IS THAT?++We have exported that Kiwi attitude of waiting around a bit before buying tickets for most things. However you’re competing for shows with many more people than you’re used to and everything sells out early. Our advice? If you see something you really want to go to, buy them immediately!
++OMG the women/men in this group are really sexy, is it a good idea to send them dick pics or solicit sex?++
Well we are a group of sexy beasts but unless you want to be named and shamed to our team of 1 million I’d keep it in your pants and do it the old fashioned way, cheap jagermeister shots and bad decisions.
++I AM WORRIED ABOUT BREXIT//SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT BREXIT?++Yeah we can understand why after all the endless (and boring) media coverage that apparently Brexit is the end of the world for the UK. We tend to think about the facts and being positive about it (nothing we can do about it) but it will hardly affect your T5 or ancestry visa at all. Firstly, NZ (and Aussie) passports can get you into Europe, it has nothing at all to do with the UK or your visa. It will not affect any travel. It will not affect your ability to work in Europe as you will still need to obtain a visa to work in other European countries no matter what anyway. It will not affect your job in the UK unless your company is not ready for the changes. All EU citizens living in the UK up until December 31st can register for settled or pre settled status in the UK.AFTER Jan 1 2021, there will be a new immigration system set up for EU citizens, not Kiwi/Aussies exercising previously agreed to visas (T5 and ancestry) Sponsorship visas MAY change, but it has been indicated that the salary requirements may lower. At this stage, the UK seems likely to pivot towards better visa conditions for the Commonwealth, we will update the FAQ when we know more.
Already we have seen an improvement in the Tier 2 sponsorship visa: https://www.gov.uk/…/new-immigration-system-what-you…No matter what happens, your 2 year Tier 5 working holiday visa is under no threat.
UPDATE, thanks to Brexit, Australia (and hopefully soon NZ) will be able to apply for THREE YEAR working holiday visas AND the age will be extended from 18-31 to 18-35! Huge news!Stay calm.
++I HAVE A BURNING URGE TO TALK ABOUT POLITICS AND CHANGE THE WORLD++Yeah na. Not on this page you do. 100% of all political or divisive debate/discussions end in arguments and nasty comments that have no place in this group. You might think you’re “educating others” or “informing” the masses but save it for another page. Cheers!
++I NEED HELP TO MAKE SURE MY TIER 5/ANCESTRY/OTHER VISA IS OK FOR ME TO SUBMIT TO THE HOME OFFICE+++Do not worry, we have a NEW Visa checking serviceNot 100% sure your Tier 5 or Ancestry Visa is going to get accepted at the final hurdle? We at Kiwis in London are teaming up with our mates at Voyage Relocations to offer a checking service to make sure your application gets through without the potential rejection issues. It’s a small investment for your piece of mind!They offer very fast turnaround on this so that you can get planning your adventure in the UK!Looking for a quick check on other applications, Voyage can help and discuss these on a case by case basis.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org call 0203 170 8848
+++ CAN I STAY AFTER MY TIER 5 VISA DATE?+++NO. You have options but you cannot get a new T5 or overstay. Ignore **any **advice you get from others on being able to stay 30/90 days more (untrue) or that it’s fine to overstay (NOT a safe/clever/legal option!!)Do you have UK/EU ancestry? Can you get sponsored through work? Want to marry a UK/EU citizen? These can help! Use the search box on the top of the page to search first about this.You can NOT extend your Tier 5. No no no no and no. (updated, and NO) (updated advice…. still no)If you think you can stay and want some honest advice? Hit up Voyage Relocations as they have helped heaps of the community to stay! (info below)(and no, you cannot overstay)
++CAN I APPLY FOR MY 2 YEAR WORKING VISA FROM THE UK?++
No chance mate. You need to apply from outside the UK. The rules seemed to have changed and you can apply in Europe. These changes took us all by surprise but seems to be working for many people, here is a link from our Aussie cuzzies on how to do it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/253800892219247/permalink/1110209593245035
+++ CAN I COME RIGHT BACK IN ON A HOLIDAY VISA WHEN MY TIER 5 VISA RUNS OUT?++UPDATE – We now have eGates. This means you do not have to see a physical person, therefore you may be able to get back in to spend time here before you fly home. We are still unclear on if the eGates will identify that you are coming back but at this stage it is all good to reenter. See below for clarification if you need to see a human.**
++WHAT HAPPENS IF I TRY TO REENTER AND MY EGATES TELL ME TO GO TO A BORDER GUARD?++**Do not stress. This is exactly what all of us had to go through for the last 20 years! The main thing is they want to make sure you are honestly coming in to exercise the right for the holiday visa that you’re attempting to come in on. These visas are 6 months long and are given on arrival (usually by egates) Be prepared and make sure you have the following on hand if your eGates experience is rejected: + Ticket out of the UK + Proof of funds to pay for your time here on holiday + Proof of bookings while you are here on holiday + If possible, a P45, to prove you are not working here on your return (the main thing they reject/are worried about) + Anything to prove you are a genuine holiday maker here!
.++ I ARRIVED BEFORE MY TIER 5 VISA STARTED, WHAT SHOULD I DO??
Do I need to leave the UK and reenter?We now have eGates, so your passport will not be stamped when coming into the UK and ALL the signs at all London airports will tell you to go directly to the eGates. You can come in beforehand, but you’ll need to take a trip ut of the UK and come back in through egates for your visa to start.
+++ BRP PICK UP+++You have to enter the UK within 30 days of your visa start date, from then you have 10 days to collect your BRP card. https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/collect
+BRP PICK UP WHEN USING E GATES TO ENTER THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME++Solid advice with the new changes for entering with E Gates. Read it all here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2252733511429494/
+++COLLECT BRP FROM DIFFERENT POST OFFICESee ‘Collect your BRP from a different Post Office branch’ here: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/collect
++CAN SOMEBODY ELSE PICK UP MY BRP?++Yep, in some cases. But read this first! https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/collect
+++ LOST/STOLEN BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)Way way too many of you lose your BRP cards, for the love of god please don’t take it anywhere with you except when you travel!Report it here: https://www.gov.uk/biometric…/lost-stolen-damagedReplacement info is here: https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/replaceIt can take months to come back but if you are on a T5 visa you don’t need to send your passport in, so can continue to travel though you should not do it unnecessarily, as you will be grilled by immigration on re-entrance.
PROTECT YOUR BRP WITH YOUR LIFE, even more than your passport as you can replace a passport within 10 days.
KIL Chats very own Georgia has a warning for people who don’t look after their BRP cards: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1407310075971846/
++WILL THERE BE A PROBLEM WITH ME COMING BACK TO THE UK WITHOUT MY BRP?++As we now have eGates you should now have no problem with coming in. Do NOT go to border control. If your passport does not work (very rare) at the eGates, do not stress, go to the border guard, explain you have applied for a new BRP, they will look you up and let you back in.If you are coming back by train or boat, then you will need to advise border control and they will look you up and then let you in, but it may take time.We have only heard of very rare incidences where people have been refused entry and have had to apply for emergency BRP cards… which does take time and can cause you a lot of stress and bother.
See this post and remember to protect your BRP! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1915439691825546/**
++DO NOT USE YOUR BRP AS AN ID… IT’S TOO ANNOYING TO REPLACE (and expensive) USE THIS – **http://www.pass-scheme.org.uk/ ++
+++I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATE ON MY TIER 5++As long as the visa has not been used, you can apply for a transfer of conditions to get a new 30 day visa.Go to www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk and then log in. Go to ‘apply for myself’ and then follow the steps, when it gets to the select visa type select vignette transfer. And follow the instructions from there. This DOES cost ££ so check all your dates carefully
.++I’VE BEEN TOLD I NEED A POLICE CERTIFICATE!Don’t stress. It’s been discussed here:https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1660959437273574/
++HOW TO GET A UK POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (PCC) FROM OVERSEAS++Have a read! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2303410913028420/
++KNOW ANY GOOD COMPANIES TO HELP ME GET A VISA TO STAY HERE LONGER?++
Kiwis in London have partnered up with:
**Voyage Relocations **who are able to advise you if you’re able to stay longer and assist you with all the paperwork. They offer no nonsense advice to help you stay here if eligible. If it is possible for you to stay, these guys can help you!
Run by an Aussie, Voyage knows what you’re going through and can offer top advice to allow you to continue your OE here in the UK!All info at the link –> bit.ly/KiwiVisa
AND We also work with **VisaCheck UK **that is a Kiwi-run, low-cost immigration and visa advice company with up-front pricing that is tailored to your needs. They can help you through a successful application, even if you think you don’t comply with UK Home Office requirements. Their advisers have over a decade of experience with Tiers 1, 2, 4, 5, Ancestry, Spousal and Dependent visas, along with Citizenship, Permanent Residency or Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.They offer appointments outside of typical office hours, or can check your application and documents and provide advice remotely. See their website for further details (https://visacheck.co.uk/), email (email@example.com) or give call on 07392808294.
+++APPLICATION INFORMATION TO GET UK ANCESTRY VISA++
Alexandra did a cool YouTube video on how to do this!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arEuklM3QVQ
++STEP BY STEP ON HOW TO GET AN ANCESTRY VISA https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1598985700137615/ Tahirih has also written a HOW TO SWITCH FROM A TIER 5 TO ANCESTRY here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1653142904721894/
And another – SWITCHING YOUR TIER 5 TO YOUR PARTNERS ANCESTRY VISA https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2292572600778918/
Claudia has also got a guide to switching from Tier 5 to Ancestry!
++HOW TO GET A SPOUSE VISA? ++
Amber did it – and she got help by reading the FAQs too! She is happy to help, read her post here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2208934682476044/
++MORE SPOUSE VISA ADVICE??++
Look no further – https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1689873034382214/
++HOW TO APPLY FOR INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN!++A comprehensive guide to do this can be found here:https://katsgoneglobal.com/indefinite-leave-to-remain
++HOW CAN I GET UK CITIZENSHIP?++
Glad you asked! Two of our group legends has put this together for you!
+++HOW TO GET YOUR TIER 5 2 YEAR WORKING HOLIDAY VISA
Tania has shared her tips here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1562114007158118/
Also this is very useful too! https://medium.com/…/getting-a-tier-5-youth-mobility…
Don’t forget you should apply for this visa before you come to the U.K.
++THE PROCESS OF A TIER 5 VISA++ (2022)
Check out this very helpful post from Marina! https://www.facebook.com/groups/KiwisInLondonChat/posts/5570026359700176/
+++WHAT’S THE LINK TO GET A TIER 5 YOUTH MOBILITY VISA?++ Here you go!https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility/apply IF they ask you for a work sponsor then the link is not updated as you do NOT need a work sponsor for the 2 year visa. If you see that, then use THIS link:https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/home/welcome OR READ THIS LINK https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2049626088406905/(welcome to British bureaucracy!)
++HERE IS THAT LINK AGAIN FOR APPLYING FOR THE TIER 5 FROM EUROPE!++
++HERE IS A NICE POST ABOUT THE T5 PROCESS++ https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2698850833484424/
++THEY ISSUED WRONG DATES FOR MY 2 YEAR VISA!
Here you go: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2042242055811975/
+++ TO REPLACE YOUR NZ PASSPORT you can do this online or by getting a form sent to you.
Head here for all the info to replace it
~++If you have not left NZ yet, register now to get verified on Real Me. https://www.realme.govt.nz/
This will help you with things like replacing passports and more quicker!++
++TRAVELLING TO NZ ON YOUR BRITISH PASSPORT++
Here’s a bit of help https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2621144257921749/
++REPLACING AN AUSSIE PASSPORT TIME FRAMES++ https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2219275488108630/
+++I AM HAVING ISSUES GETTING A PHOTO FOR MY PASSPORT ACCEPTED, HELP!!++
Have a read of this https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1592968314072687/
++CAN I GO ON A LONG HOLIDAY FOR OVER 4 WEEKS WHILST ON A TIER 2 VISA?++
Apparently not! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2378878808814963/
++I HAVE AN EXPIRED PASSPORT, IS MY VISA VALID???++
Yep, but read this for clarityhttp://www.australiantimes.co.uk/expired-passport-valid…/
++I AM SITTING MY LIFE IN THE UK TEST… ANY TIPS?++
Sure! Read the comments here! And get the app and do practise tests!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1789515867751263/
++I AM FLYING RYANAIR AND IT TELLS ME TO GET A VISA STAMP ON MY BOARDING PASS, WHAT IS THIS?++ Pretty much if you are a non EU passport holder, you cannot at this stage use the RyanAir app to check in. Your boarding card will say clearly that you will need a visa stamp. To get this, simply print off your boarding pass and go to the bag check desk before going through security to get the boarding pass stamped. Do NOT listen to anybody who tells you this is not the case or that they have any stories of them or mates who never did it. If you do not have the stamp they can refuse you boarding the plane or most likely they will charge you to get the stamp done right there, sometimes will cost more than the flight. Simple rule, read your boarding pass. See: https://www.ryanair.com/…/im-a-non-eu-eea-passenger-do…If you do not print off your boarding card for Ryanair, it currently costs £20 per pass. The fines increase if you do not get this stamp.***This is ONLY for Ryanair.
+++ CAN I POST A JOB VACANCY ON THIS PAGE?++** NO. Our main page is where all this goes, so we can focus here on social stuff and helping one another. It gets crazy cluttered here if we are posting jobs here.Post it on Kiwis in London .If I see any job advertising here it will be deleted
+++ BEST PLACE TO FIND A ROOM/FIND FLATMATES+++
Look at our main Kiwis in London page, Kiwis in London and pinned to the top is the weekly flat post with over 250-300 rooms advertised every week. Check the description in that post for other hints too. Also, Spareroom is an excellent place to look too. Don’t post your flats here or we will delete it (see above question)
++EXPLAINING THE LAW AND NEW LAWS ON TENANCY FEES++This is excellent! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2245649595471219/
MY Rights as a tenant (awesome!)
++WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO SET UP ALL MY FLAT UTILITIES???++Check out Kiwi company Please Connect Me for free help with connecting electricity, gas, broadband, council tax and water – and get exclusive deals from the biggest providers to save you money!More information via our KIL partner portal -> http://bit.ly/2uhw2Lx
+++WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I ARRIVE TO GET MYSELF SORTED?
Get your National Insurance Number (NIN) sorted. (you can only do this in the UK)
NEW and IMPROVED system is up! Go to: https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number
An appointment is no longer required, all can be done in 10 mins from your phone with your documents to verify by video. The system is in beta mode but looks like it works!
Estimated total time to receive the paper with NIN in the mail was 16 working days.
+++TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT+++
There has been an update on getting a “high street” bank account with LLoyds and others, read this:
In short, Lloyds, HSBC, Halifax and Barclays will allow you to open an account using only your BRP card, so no proof of address. In the past the banks made the proof of address a compulsory element to open an account but this looks like it has changed. However – and this is a warning – policies like this can sometimes not work in some branches. If you are told no, go to another branch and try again!
The Banking Situation keeps changing thanks to banks loving us and then not loving us. And each branch is not consistent, so if one bank says no, another may say yes.
To transfer money to NZ or to the UK, simply use Transferwise. Here’s our code to help you get low to zero fees and a great rate: https://transferwise.com/invite/u/clinth
++BEST ONLINE BANK ACCOUNTS++
People on our page are saying Monzo and Revolut are really good. This is true, so investigate them.
Opening a bank account used to be really hard to do, if you wanted to join a normal high street bank they required a lot of evidence incl proof of address which if you’re new to the UK, is next to impossible!
Why not just open an account before you come here with Unizest?
We looked for a product that meant you didn’t need a proof of address to open and also a simple easy to use current account with a debit card and these guys checked out! Have a look at what they offer and get it sorted before you come here! You can open the account now, and you’ll just need a UK address when you arrive to get the card sent to you! 🙂
HOW DO I REGISTER WITH A GP?
Sometimes not even your closest GP can register you because of postcode rules and popularity. Go to NHS Choices, add your postcode, find the highest rating one close to you, call them to ask to register and ask them what you need to bring (it will be proof of ID, your BRP and proof of address) http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/LocationSearch/4
You’ll only pay for prescriptions but ladies, you’re able to get the pill for free! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1246044025431786
Urgent appointments look for walk in centres, A&E and call 111 (it’s a non emergency phone line) You can also get appointments (paid) on apps like Babylon, Push Doctor etc.
See details on our website on costs for doctors and dentists
++HOW ABOUT AN NHS NUMBER?++ You get one automatically when registering with a GP.
Do not confuse it with a NI (National insurance) number
Here is a conversation about it http://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1843419652360884
++ HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SEE THE DENTIST
Dentist prices here are cray cheap. Is cheaper to fly here, get the work done and fly home than it is to do it at home Here are the charges http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1781.aspx?CategoryID=74
To register, go to NHS Choices, enter postcode and find one highly rated, call to register and boom! http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Dentists/LocationSearch/3
++PRESCRIPTION COSTS (AND IF YOU NEED MEDICATION IF YOU HAVE A CONDITION…
Check this out!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1550145018355017/
+++HOW TO GET A JOB!!+++
Whilst you won’t find jobs on this group, our main page Kiwis in London has hundreds of job opportunities posted on it every week.Here is the link to the main page: Kiwis in London
There are 3 ways to find work on our main page:
- Go to the Kiwis in London page to see posts that Kiwis in London have made. Scroll back for a few days/weeks as they post loads of great jobs.
- Look at the “Visitors Posts” on the main Kiwis in London page where agencies/companies post every day. We recommend scrolling a few days/week to find many more opportunities
- Use the Kiwis in London Jobs Directory: https://kiwisin.london/index.php/finding-work/job-contacts/
Feel free to PM us if you are still struggling to find work In the group hit the ANNOUNCEMENT TAB and you will see a section on how to look for work incl career advice. Check it out.
+++CV REVIEW HELP & HOW TO NEGOTIATE PAY++www.lovebusiness.co.nz for a very reasonable service to get your CV reviewed (£25), career advice, interview skills and how to negotiate pay (all £50).
Book and pay online.
Stephanie has over 10 years’ experience in HR and remuneration.
++CV AND GENERAL ADVICE++Right here on our KIL website! https://kiwisin.london/index.php/finding-work/
++CAN I WORK HERE WITHOUT AN NI NUMBER- HOW DO I GET A NI NUMBER???++
YES you can work without a NI number but you will be taxed at a higher “emergency rate” which you can claim back later on.It also looks like you will need to attend an interview for this too. You will be advised this when you apply. Call 08001412075 You will need to bring with you your Passport, BRP and utility bill/proof of address.See post https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1649999191702932/
++ WILL I PAY SECONDARY TAX ON MY SECOND JOB?
No. Read this conversation about this: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1251451398224382/
++I HAVE SOME ISSUES WITH AN EMPLOYER ANY ADVICE?++https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2590589347643907/**
++I AM COMING HOME TO NZ AND AM WONDERING IF I CAN GET HELP FINDING WORK THERE?++
**No worries! First point of call should be HOME Recruitment!
HOME Recruitment is a global recruitment company transitioning the careers of Kiwi talent returning to the NZ market.Whether you are in HR/Recruitment, Marketing/Communications, Sales, or are a Project/PA/Administration guru – we have clients who want to work with you across a range of exciting and growing industries, including but not limited to:TechnologyProperty/ConstructionHealthcareFinancial/Professional ServicesNot for profitCheck out NZ jobs at www.homerecruitment.co.nz/vacancies or email Jamila directly at HelloNZ@homerecruitment.co.nz.
And let them know Kiwis in London sent you!
Also check out: https://kiwisin.london/…/finding-work-after-london-in…/
++UMBRELLA COMPANIES? LIMITED COMPANIES, PAYING LESS TAX? Is this normal?Yes, it is. Very normal. Very legal and there are way too many companies offering this so it pays to be careful.Have a look on our website at:https://kiwisin.london/index…/your-money/limited-companies/
++WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY NI WHEN I PAID A HEALTH SURCHARGE?
We all have to pay NI when getting paid. It does’t just cover NHS but a few other things… and you cannot claim NI when you leave. See post: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1325062260863295/
++DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?++
YES go to https://kiwisin.london/ and of course join our main Kiwis in London page at Kiwis in London
++ARE THERE ANY GOOD CHURCHES YOU RECOMMEND?++
Many people in the group offered recommendations here:https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2263076030395242/
++I HAVE KIDS HERE IN THE UK AND I’D LOVE FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT NEW ZEALANDS HERITAGE AND CULTURE…++
Join Kiwi Kids Abroad on FB, website www.kiwikidsabroad.com, and also get their free quarterly magazine Tamariki Times! And help all young New Zealanders living abroad have a lifelong connection to their heritage, culture, and homeland
++ANY INFO ON THE OYSTER CARD?+ (travel card)If you have not got an Oyster Card to travel on, then get one at any tube station. Load it up with a few quid to get about and investigate travel cards. All info here: https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oysterYour “paywave” card works too, and when you get a UK debit card, it will have “contactless” payment on it to use on all buses, tubes and London trains/trams. Contactless is the UK name for what you call Paywave in NZ.
++HOW DO THE BUSES WORK HERE?++
Tap in with your Oyster card/contactless card on the yellow reader at the doors. No need to tap out. They only use Oysters and Pay Wave/Contactless cards, NO CASH.Useful discussion can be found here:https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1925957650773750/
++I NEED AN 18+ CARD AS I KNOW IT WOULD BE REALLY REALLY STUPID TO USE MY BRP AS ID. HELP!++
Try this card: http://www.pass-scheme.org.uk/
++WANT TO TRANSFER MONEY HOME?Try **HALO! **Whether sending small or big amounts, Halo is a service that has saved our community heaps in fees and at rates at least as good as Transferwise. If you’re sending money, you should always shop around anyway, so if you are seeking guidance on NZD and GBP exchange rates, contact Halo Financial. Speak with one of their currency experts to lock in great GBP to NZD and NZD to GBP exchange rates and other worldwide currencies.Or simply register with Halo to keep up to date with NZD/GBP or other worldwide exchange rates at the link belowGive them a call at +44 (0) 20 7350 5470 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org She is a Kiwi who will sort you out!Website: https://www.halofinancial.com/kiwis-in-london?utm_source=social%20media&utm_medium=profile&utm_campaign=Kiwis_in_London** *remember to mention ‘Kiwis in London’ to get preferential exchange rates and no fees.
**Or you can use our Kiwis in London link to use Transferwise: www.transferwise.com/u/clinth
You will also see other people use their links too, feel free to use whatever one you see first!
++OMG I HAVE SO MUCH LEFT OVER CURRENCY FROM A RECENT HOLIDAY, HOW CAN I GET RID OF IT AND MAKE SOME £££++
++HOW CAN I MOVE STUFF FROM FLAT TO FLAT??++
Compare the Man and Van is like Uber. You can get it sorted quickly and it’s easy and cheap as: comparethemanandvan.co.ukUse the code CMVAYCAMGR for £5 off!Or try this suggestion on the page:https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1613380058698179/
Or if it’s not too much stuff go for an Uber XL
+SHIPPING YOUR STUFF HOME Ask Kiwi Movers for a quote and use the search box here for other recommendations. Kiwi Movers also does air as well as sea and yes they do also sent to Aussie and more countries https://www.facebook.com/kiwimovers/
!Other suggestions are Send My Bag, Anglo Pacific, Seven Seas… it pays to shop around!
We chat about this here too: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1542881405748045/
Also hit up PSS International Removals too and tell them you heard that Kiwis in London has deals for PSS too, they can even hook you up with getting your tax retun to pay for your shipping stuff home! https://kiwisin.london/index.php/your-money/taxes/
Want a good air baggage company? We have been recommended these guys! https://www.worldbaggage.com.au/
Apparently 3 days, door to door well worth checking them out.Make sure when you use any shipping/baggage company to check the tax implications so that you do not pay extra taxes when you leave the UK permanently
+++ SENDING SMALLER THINGS HOME
See what rates Royal Mail has and also look up http://www.ipostparcels.comAnd Parcel Monkey too can help
++RECEIVING GIFTS FROM HOME – IMPORT TAXES ETC+++
++I WANT TO SEND STUFF HOME BUT NOT GET CHARGED CUSTOMS FEES… IS THIS POSSIBLE?+Y
es… sorta! Read this, even has ex ex Customs employee try to answer it !https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1418819024820951/*
++Just so you know, people don’t read the FAQ and did not read about customs fees and have been stung pretty hard, so if you’re reading this now, feel smug because you’re doing it right
++MORE TIPS ABOUT AVOIDING CUSTOMS FEES!!!+ https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2007457445957103/ AND https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1965123120190536/ AND EVEN MORE (incl another fail to read FAQ = fees again) https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2618913571478151/*
*+++ GETTING YOUR TAX BACK WHEN LEAVING THE UK++
Go to: https://www.gov.uk/…/income-tax-leaving-the-uk-getting… for the P85 form, fill it in and viola!
++WHAT SIM CARDS WORK WELL HERE IF I AM ONLY VISITING?+
Decent question! Don’t pay those greedy buggers too much back home for roaming! See ideas here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1761282187241298/
MORE ON SIM CARDS HERE https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1761282187241298/**
*++ EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PENSIONS…Including how to break your Kiwisaver over here: https://kiwisin.london/index.php/your-money/pensions/**++PLEASE READ RE KIWISAVER CONTRIBUTIONS++
++DRIVERS LICENSE INFORMATIONIf you have a driver’s license, you must switch it over after 12 months. Here is the link with all info:https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-driving-licence Read this conversation about it too: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1296450130391175/
+++ADVICE ON GETTING A MANUAL LICENSE https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1373030016066519/
UPDATE on this here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1375657589137095/
EVEN MORE ABOUT SWAPPING YOUR LICENSE https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1396751700361017/
AND EVEN MORE!!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1515978888438297/
AND EVEN MORE!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1952333431469505/
IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES, READ THIS https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2077895098913337/
+++ I WANT INSURANCE FOR A CAR, ANY IDEAS??https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/3020822214620616/https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1462345323801654/ AND https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2562652553770920/https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2563382640364578/https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2457217934314383/
+++I NEED A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE OR LAWYER TO SIGN MY DOCUMENTS!!
We have currently 1 JP available for you to contact Denise and her email is email@example.comPlease do not use her for everything, only for when a JP is required . The other lawyers in this list have been signing documents for Kiwis for years so please ask them too.If they get overwhelmed, we will take them off the list. Cheers!
However the links below will help you too if you need legal signatures Emily found these guys for a fiver:https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1611043718931813/ More suggestions… IGNORE the post in this as she was wrong, but the comments are helpful https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1795531313816385/
Sayer Moore & Co in Acton can also do this, call them on 0208 993 7571
Pickwick Solicitors on Mentmore Terrace will witness docs for a fiver. You just have to call ahead to see if they’ll be free on 020 8502 9398. They are on Mentmore Terrace, opposite London Fields station
The New Zealand High Commission Notarial services are available and if people want to check if we’re able to help with what they require they’re best to call us directly to check, and can then set up an appointment 020 7930 8422
++ WHAT SHOULD I BRING FROM HOME BEFORE I LEAVE?Check out this conversation: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1245753205460868/
++WHERE IS THE EQUIVALENT TO BRISCOES AND FARMERS HERE FOR BEDDING AND STUFF?++
All here for you to read: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2173818992654280/
+++HELP WITH MY GREENSTONE?+++Camden Market has a Kiwi fulla. Look up Jewellery of the Earth on Google
+++ HOW TO ENROL FROM HOME AND WHERE TO VOTE IN LONDON http://www.elections.org.nz/…/enrol-and-vote-overseas(when you vote, the polling booth is at the NZ High Commission, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4TQ
)+++ TRAVELLING MONEY ADVICE https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1300400839996104/
+++I HAVE DUAL CITIZENSHIP, WHICH PASSPORT SHOULD I LEAVE ON AND WHICH PASSPORT SHOULD I GO HOME ON?? Read this link for clarity on that one!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1604114306291421/
++MY FLIGHT WAS LATE, CAN I GET COMPENSATION?? HELP ME AS THE AIRLINES ARE BEING TOTAL DUCKS!!++Sure can mate. Matthew has written this comprehensive guide to helping you out! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1685718704797647/
+++ TRAVEL INSURANCE – You are considered a resident in the UK after you live here for 6 months, which means you can use the domestic travel insurance that is readily available here.Use places like “Compare the Market” and “Money Supermarket” to find the best deals. Also many banks offer packages, but make sure it’s worth your while.We hear Globelink WILL cover NZ passport holders for travel insurance – http://www.globelink.co.uk/faq.html+++
ONE WAY TRAVEL INSURANCE (coming over or going home or not been here for 6 months)World Nomads (http://bit.ly/1SMx9Ye) do one way insurance and will cover you.Always read the fineprint and ask the company before you embark on any trips!
++ I HAVE NOT BEEN HERE FOR 6 MONTHS SO CAN’T GET THE UK TRAVEL INSURANCE YET – WHAT CAN I DO? Talk to World Nomads http://bit.ly/1SMx9Ye) who do one way insurance. Also we understand Cover More may be able to help. Check first before taking the policy out.Also most banks offer travel insurance with current accounts. Check first before taking it out as many offer packages that end up with you paying a monthly fee for many items you may not need. Don’t forget after 6 months you can get cheap UK insurance for a year or even per trip!And hey, we even spoke about it: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1464017983634388
++AND ANOTHER TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANY++https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2019740698062111/
++ANY GOOD TRAVELLING APPS I CAN USE THAT CAN STORE DOCUMENTS , PLAN STUFF ETC???https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1680089045360613/
++WHAT SOCKETS DO I NEED WHEN TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD?https://www.facebook.com/LondonKiwis/posts/1666089783429934
++I HAVE FAMILY COMING HERE, ANY GOOD TIPS FOR TOURISTS AND TRAVELLERS COMING TO LONDON?++Sure, check out this long thread with heaps of ideas!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1682773841758800/
++WHAT ABOUT ANY HANDY SIGHTSEEING GUIDES FOR LONDON?++https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1915135798522602/
++USING BUSES AROUND EUROPE FOR CHEAP AS! https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1544373455598840/
+++ TRAVEL VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NZ CITIZENS https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Visa_requirements_for_New…
+++ TRAVEL VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR AUSSIES https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Visa_requirements_for…
++ CAN I STAY IN THE SCHENGEN AREA LONGER THAN 90 DAYS (KIWIS)Check this article out!https://www.brenontheroad.com/new-zealand-bilateral-visa…/
Also read a group conversation on this https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1525842784118574/
This is an awesome conversation on it:
and read this from the NZ GOVT https://www.mfat.govt.nz/assets/NZ-Embassies/Switzerland-GENEVA/Border-controls-in-Europe-Schengen.pdf
++HERE IS A LIST OF VISA FREE TRAVEL FOR KIWIS++https://embassy-finder.com/travel-with_new-zealand_passport
++HOW DO I GET INTO RUSSIA?++https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1666791360023715/
LOOPHOLE to get into Russia visa free! !https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2387470504622460/
**+HOW DO I GET A WORKING HOLIDAY FOR THE NETHERLANDS?++
**Easy as! Read this first!
https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/3139189309450572/Also read this to get started
http://thedutchexperience.simplesite.com/And see what has been spoken about here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1188391267863729/
If you do the Dutch WHV you can only work for each employer for no more than 12 weeks! (this *will *change)https://ind.nl/en/exchange/Pages/working-holiday.aspx
++CAN I GO LIVE AND WORK GERMANY AS WELL?You sure can, we are mates with these guys who can set you up! https://www.nomadenberlin.com/
++CAN I GO TO IRELAND AFTER MY VISA RUNS OUT?++The rules are for Kiwis that you would technically need to go home to apply, but we know you can apply from here and get them to send your visa home… and then get your family to post it to you here Aussies can apply from London though!Here is some info!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1911119515590897/
++I AM SADLY LEAVING THE UK, IS THERE A CHECKLIST FOR ME TO LOOK AT SO I AM ALL OK AND UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING?+https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1993739330662248/
++GOT ANY CONTACTS??! ++We get asked this type of question often on the page for locations here and all over Europe.We presume it’s far cheaper to obtain ocular pharmaceuticals in the UK and Europe! Here is an example of one of these questions… 😉 https://www.facebook.com/…/Kiwi…/posts/4654609387908549/
++MY LANDLORD IS GIVING ME TROUBLE WITH MY DEPOSIT. WHAT SHOULD I DO??++It’s annoying, but some landlords can be dicks. Read this post which includes a form letter you can use to hurry them up!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1423995070970013/
++THE WATER HERE IS REALLY HARD, IT’S RUINING MY DISHES, KETTLE AND HAIR/BODY. HELP!Gross hey! Here is some handy advice!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1667203429982508/
++ WHERE CAN I GET LAMINGTONS, BEERS AND PINEAPPLE LUMPS???(AND OTHER KIWI SNACKS)You can find Lamingtons at many of the (Aussie) Artisan cafes, there are 4 of them, Putney, East Sheen, Ealing and Stamford Brook. Call them to find out if they are in stock, http://www.artisancoffee.co.uk/shops/
~Sasha also found them at Oval Farmers Market https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2426383340731176/
Sacred cafes (throughout London) all do L&P & lollycake. (Recipe for lollycake below) https://sacredcafe.co.uk/
Blank Brixton sells L&P, Tui, Speights, and Steinlager Pure!
Shepherds Bush’s Proud Marys is an unashamedly Kiwi cafe and sells Pics Peanut Butter and other Kiwi snacks too! (and mince on toast!!)
In Hammersmith the amazing Carbon Kopi Cafe sells Moro, L&P, choc fish, pineapple lumps, Kaitaia Fire, ginger nuts, Tim Tams, Vegemite etc… find them at 11 Margravine Rd, Hammersmith, W6 8LSAs for Pineapple lumps and many other Kiwi staples.
Find them at SANZA.co.uk and also contact the awesome Artisan and Vine and see what is in stock!
Artisan and Vine also have loads of beers from NZ and Aussie. http://artisanandvine.co.uk/
And if you’re out Richmond way, Butter Beans cafe is really popular with snacks and stuff to cure homesickness! https://www.butter-beans.co.uk/
If you’re after some more ***craft beer ***go to the New Zealand Beer Collective online store at: https://shop.newzealandbeer.co.uk/
Pic’s Peanut Butter is in Tesco & other stores & in a few markets too
Plus you can get it at Kiwi cafe Flotsam & Jetsam and Aussie cafe Artisan (there are a few of them in West London)https://www.picspeanutbutter.com/gb/https://flotsamandjetsamcafe.co.uk/http://artisancoffee.co.uk/**
++MISSING NZ WINE++ **The New Zealand Cellar now known as Specialist Cellars has a pop up shop in Brixton and is amazing. You can even come down and drink in there and they host heaps of free tasting events! https://thenewzealandcellar.co.uk/
++ALL FOOD CAN BE FOUND WHERE?++
You can get most of your missing food items online at SANZA.co.uk by the way and if you live in Shepherds Bush you’re in luck as there is a shop at Westfield called Thrive News that stocks Kiwi and Aussie foods (a bit ££)And if you look up the OzNZ shop about a 15 min walk from the Shepherds Bush station, it’s an off licence (dairy) that stocks goodies too https://www.localstore.co.uk/…/oz-and-nz-food…/london/ And East enders can get their fix at Hot News!
Aussies living in Dartford can get their fix at Baxters
Ana found a shop called Details in the city! https://www.facebook.com/groups/KiwisInLondonChat/posts/5006529276049890/
Look out for B&M Stores as they have Kiwi food too!
And even Ocado do deliveries of some of your favourites too, whereaas feijoas are found in places like Harrods and Toucan Fruit and are not cheap!Aussie snacks, Tim Tams.. Violet crumble etc.. go to Kingdom of Sweets near Piccadilly Station. Warning.. it aint cheap!
THAT’S RIGHT – FEIJOAS! WHICH LEADS US TO THIS: ++FEIJOAS, WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA?++https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2830095460359960/https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2152416144794565/ Newshub legend Lloyd even did a TV spot about finding them here: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2164515773584602/https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2828470023855837/https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2199587656744080/
HERE IS EVEN A CONVERSATION ABOUT LAMINGTON SIGHTINGS IN LONDON!https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1456017831101070/
++HOW CAN I MAKE LAMINGTONS??++https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1644766242226227/
++HOW ABOUT MAKING LOLLY CAKE??++Here is a recipe, however you might not find everything but you can buy it all off SANZA! hhttp://www.bite.co.nz/recipe/10468/Eskimo-lolly-cake/Also worthy of mentioning is Hot News in Canary Wharf and Thrive News, one of the shops attached to Westfield in Shepherds Bush.
++YES….INCLUDING THE CHIPS AND DIPDon’t stress there, while there are import restrictions on the Nestle Reduced Cream, you can get the local Nestle product here which is 100% identical. It is called Carnation Extra Thick Cream and can be found almost everywhere, incl online.https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1268207303215458/
Search the online supermarket websites if you cannot find them in your local. They are also found in off licences and are in the dessert sections, with the same cans as you’re used to at home.
Do not waste your hard to get onion soup on anything else.
++KIWI CAFES??? Do not be that person why cries about not finding decent coffee in London. That popular myth ended probably 10-15 years ago. There are way too many to mention, but here is a starting point https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1461619163874270/ And here somebody else asked too and got a decent response: https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2386194724750038/
HERE IS A COMPREHENSIVE POST ON WHERE TO FIND CAFES AND COFFEE ETC. YOU MUST READ THIS! https://www.facebook.com/groups/KiwisInLondonChat/posts/4908709399165212/
++WHAT ABOUT PIES??? THEY MAKE SHIT ONES HERE IN THE UK! HELP!! DID YOU REALLY LEAVE PIES UNTIL THE END? Yeah, it’s pretty sad that you can’t get a good pie around here. And in all honesty, we have almost all given up on this dream. There are 4 places that we can confirm that do puff pastry pies – none of this British short crust pastry nonsense.Try the New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company who is run by a Kiwi living up north in Newcastle. You can get them delivered to your door and are tasty pies!https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandGourmetPieCompany/AND you can also find the amazing Secret Goldmine Cafe who sell proper Kiwi pies too! (steak/,mince and cheese and potato top!) in Bermondsay, easy as to get to!! https://www.facebook.com/SecretGoldmineCafe/
Also, look up Pethers of Kew. It’s a butchery in Kew Gardens, with an awesome butcher from Waimate who makes great pies properly. Even has a pie warmer in the window. http://www.visitrichmond.co.uk/thedms.aspx?dms=3… And Piha Pies are pumping out good Kiwi pies too!https://www.facebook.com/piha.pies
So there ya go… sorted. Dry your eyes. Calm down, you’re all sorted.
Poland (Krakow) Pie sighting!
Charlies pie shop, 2 stores! http://www.charliespie.shop/
Scotland pie sighting!
https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/1862134727156043/**Barcelona pie sighting!
++GOT ANY RECIPES FOR MAKING PIES?++
Go you young enterprising legend! We have three for you, shared by 3 of our awesome group members! If you make any, share photos and share your recipe too!Nic’s Mince & Cheese!
https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/3090661487636688/ Jordan’s steak & cheese, buffalo chicken & potato top
https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/3059636494072521/Molly’s Mince & Cheese!
https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/2885433244826181/**Amy has a filling recipe!