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Aussie joins Everton... on a working holiday visa!

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Playing football fulltime goes against the grain of what a CWV represents, Im surprized this got thru.

Here's a synopsis of whats required...

"UK Working Holiday Visas

The working holiday-maker scheme is an arrangement where a person aged between 17 and 30 can come to the United Kingdom (UK) for an extended holiday for up to two years and may do part-time or casual work. Work must not be the main reason for your visit.

The Japan: Youth Exchange Scheme allows Japanese nationals aged between 18 and 25 to come to the United Kingdom for an extended holiday for up to 12 months

You qualify as a working holiday-maker if:

* You are a Commonwealth Citizen, British Dependent Territories Citizen or British Overseas Citizen

* You want to come to the UK for an extended holiday and intend to take some <b>incidental</b> employment

* You are single or are married to a person who also qualifies as a working holiday-maker and you plan to take the working holiday together

* You do not have any dependent children who are aged five years or over, or who will be five before you complete your holiday

* <b>Your holiday ,and not work, is the main reason for your visit</b>

* You can support and accommodate yourself without help from public funds

* You do not have any commitments which require a regular salary

* You can pay for your onward journey

* You plan to leave the UK at the end of your holiday

How long can I stay?

You can only stay in the UK for two years as a working holiday-maker, from the date you are given leave to enter the UK. Any time you spend outside the UK during that period will be counted as part of the two years.

After 12 months in the UK, if they meet the necessary criteria, participants will be allowed to “switch” status, letting them take up work permit employment.

A UK Working Holiday Visa will allow you to work in The Channel Islands including Jersey."

The points regarding incidental work and not being the primary objective is where I'd see most fall into the cracks.

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Well, things have changed, and the visa has become less regulated and safeguarded in recent years.

In the past, you were not allowed to engage in your particular "trade" of work. For example, if you were an apprentice plumber back in Canada, you couldn't work as a plumber in the UK with a WHM visa, according to the old rules. They kinda wanted all foreigners to find dodgy pub jobs, see the country for a bit, and get out.

These days you can do whatever job you want, for as long as you want within the two years. Basically it's become a two-year open work permit.

Makes sense, as the UK can use a less-anal WHM visa to attract talent from overseas, and eventually keep 'em.

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