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Title: Aim


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Aim
To introduce you to the United Kingdom and the
British Army so you understand where to get
advice and information to help you settle.
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What I will cover
  • An introduction to
  • The United Kingdom
  • The British Army
  • The Regiment
  • Sources of
  • Civilian and military support
  • Immigration and Visa information
  • Questions

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About the United Kingdom
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About the United Kingdom (UK)
  • Consists of Wales England, Scotland and Northern
    Ireland
  • Population - about 60m people
  • Major ethnic groups - White, Asian, Black
    Caribbean and Black African
  • Currency - the Pound ()
  • Average Annual Temperature 9.7celsius
  • Annual average rainfall - 753mm

Scotland
Northern Ireland
Wales
England
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United Kingdom - social culture and law
  • UK social culture and laws may be different to
    your own
  • UK law provides and protects quality of life
    whilst bringing to justice those who commit
    offences.
  • This includes
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Preventing discrimination because of race,
    gender, religion or sexual orientation
  • Outlawing domestic abuse
  • Immigration law
  • Safeguarding children

UK law
Provides equality of opportunity
Reduces domestic violence
Protects the UK from illegal immigration
Safeguards children
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Education
  • Eligible children must normally attend school
    which is free between the ages of 5 16 years.
  • Eligible four-year-olds and the majority of
    three-year-olds are entitled to free early years
    education
  • Children with Additional or Special Educational
    Needs or a disability must be registered with the
    Army

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Housing
  • Service Families Accommodation (SFA) is for
    soldiers and their immediate family
  • Monthly rent deducted from soldiers pay
  • Seek permission if visitors are staying for
    longer than 28 days
  • Contribution in Lieu of Council Tax deducted from
    soldiers pay monthly

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Housing
  • Emergency and routine repairs
  • Electricity/Gas/Oil Bills
  • TV licence
  • Telephone charges
  • You should return accommodation in the same
    condition as you took it over

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Healthcare
  • The National Health Service (NHS)
  • Families normally register with a General
    Practitioner (GP)
  • Dental treatment also available but you do not
    normally register
  • Get to know you local emergency services NHS
    Direct, Hospital and Ambulance

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Work
  • Seeking employment in the UK
  • Seeking employment on an overseas posting
  • Applying for a National Insurance (NI) Number
  • Checking employment qualifications and driving
    licences

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Sources of civilian support
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Guidance - for newcomers to the UK
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Directgov
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Citizens Advice Bureau
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Emergencies
  • In an emergency in the UK to get assistance from
  • Police
  • Fire service
  • Ambulance
  • Coastguard
  • Dial 999 or 112
  • Explain to the operator which service you need
    and where it should go to

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About the British Army
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The British Army
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Sources of military support
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Your Unit Welfare Office (UWO)
UWO Team
Briefings
Homecoming
Events
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HIVE
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Pastoral Care
  • The Army has a department called the Royal Army
    Chaplains Department
  • Priests or ministers are called padres
  • Padres provide support to all irrespective of
    their religion or belief
  • Civilian Chaplains to the Military support other
    world faiths

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The Army Welfare Service
  • A welfare service for soldiers and their families
  • Professionally trained
  • Confidential
  • Free
  • Available locally
  • Independent of your unit or Regiment

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Confidential Support Line
  • Free telephone and email helpline
  • Trained councillors
  • Confidential
  • Available 7 days a week

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Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre
  • You will be told if something has happened to
    your serving soldier
  • The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre works
    24 hrs a day 7 days a week all through the year
  • In an emergency (death in the family, serious
    injury or crisis) whilst your your soldier is
    deployed overseas ring the JCCC using the
    telephone number on the JCCC emergency card

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Childrens Education Advisory Service
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Guidance -Internet
Army Families Federation
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ArmyNET
  • About 125k users
  • Families need to be registered for an ArmyNET
    guest account by their serving soldier

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Army Home Page on the Internet
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About our Regiment
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Insert Regiment/Unit slides
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About Commonwealth Citizens and their families in
the British Army
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Commonwealth citizens
  • Non-UK nationals including Commonwealth citizens
    have served with great distinction alongside
    their UK counterparts in two World wars.
  • Numbers increased from 1998, and now have
  • 6,500 serving
  • 3,000 married or in a civil partnership
  • Countries with over 500 serving
  • Fiji 1,983
  • Jamaica 958
  • S Africa 740
  • Ghana 693
  • Zimbabwe 570

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Brigade of Gurkhas
  • Gurkhas associated with the British Army since
    1815.
  • In 1947 (Tri-Partite Agreement), 8 battalions of
    Gurkhas joined the British Army. Since 1 Jul 97
    Gurkhas UK-based.
  • About 3400 serving.
  • 2350 are married.
  • Since Apr 07 after 5 years service
  • Gurkhas may transfer to the wider
  • Army.
  • Gurkhas after discharge able to retire in the UK
    and apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

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Our approach
  • Commonwealth citizens serve under the same Terms
    and Conditions of Service (TACOS) as their UK
    counterparts.
  • Since 1 Apr 07 Gurkhas also serve on UK TACOS
    though slightly different to take account of
    their unique circumstances.
  • Home Office entry visa conditions and or non-UK
    citizenship may affect eligibility to some UK
    state support (particularly for families)

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Immigration - UKVisas
  • Part of UK border control security
  • 2000 staff working within British missions
    overseas
  • They scrutinise applications from those needing
    permission to enter the UK
  • They employ Entry Clearance Officers who process
    and can interview applicants

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Immigration - Borders and Immigration Agency
  • Policy on immigration, nationality and asylum
    applications
  • Border control and entry clearance enforcement
  • UK Immigration law enforcement (overstayers,
    illegals and people trafficking)
  • Powers of arrest and deportation

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Normal entry process
  • Potential recruits apply to Recruiting Group,
    those successful are called forward and pay for
    own UK visa and flight.
  • Families apply through UKvisas, may be
    interviewed, need to demonstrate
  • Legally married/civil partnership
  • Intend to live together
  • Have met each other
  • Financial support/accommodation
  • available without recourse to
  • public funds
  • A UK Exempt Armed Forces Dependants Visa may be
    granted for up to 4 years (200 per person),
    passport endorsed or application refused.
  • Families pay for their own travel to the UK.
  • Clear entry controls
  • Soldiers get a free Exempt Immigration Control
    endorsement once they have joined the Army
  • Families in Germany apply to their units for a
    Status of Forces Agreement stamp
  • In UK prior to expiry of current visa apply for
    an up to 4 year Exempt Armed Forces Dependants
    visa (395 per family)
  • Passport/UK visa renewal normally a personal
    responsibility, duty travel/visas paid for

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UK State benefits -No recourse to public funds
  • Eligible serving soldiers may claim the following
    on behalf of their family
  • Child Benefit
  • Working/Child Tax Credit
  • Sure Start maternity grant
  • Spouses/Civil Partners with no recourse to
    public funds are normally ineligible for the
    following
  • Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance
  • Housing and Homelessness assistance
  • Housing and Council tax benefit
  • A social fund payment, Disability allowance,
    Carers allowance
  • This is because their Serving soldier, as
    sponsor, has agreed to support their family
    financially during their stay in the UK
  • Spouses/Civil Partners who have paid enough
    National Insurance contributions may be eligible
    to certain benefits and some bilateral
    arrangements exist between the UK and other
    counties. Check with Job Centre Plus or the
    Government Department concerned if unsure
  • Heath and Education do not count as public funds

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UK Nationality in Service
  • UK Home Secretary announced a change to UK
    naturalisation policy 22 Nov 06
  • Eligible Commonwealth citizens (Regular soldiers)
    can count their service, at home and abroad,
    towards the residency criteria for an application
    for British citizenship whilst still serving
  • Gurkhas only eligible if transfer out of Brigade
    of Gurkhas
  • Accompanying families better off but not normally
    able to apply at the same time as serving soldier
  • Note dual nationality implications

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Estrangement
  • Should couples decide to end legal a legal
    relationship units notify Borders and Immigration
    Agency (BIA)
  • Current visas remains valid though some may have
    no recourse to public funds so units advise those
    estranging spouse to use the 93 days' Notice to
    Vacate period to
  • Decide if they wish to apply to remain in the UK
    at the end of their current visa
  • Ensure that they have sufficient means of support
    and accommodation if they are not planning to
    leave the UK
  • Regularise their families immigration status
    directly with the Borders and Immigration Agency
    (BIA) or plan on leaving the UK by the end of
    their current visa period (note taken by BIA of
    Domestic violence)
  • and provide the estranged spouse with contact
    details for BIA and welfare support agencies

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Discharge
  • If already a UK national, normal discharge
  • Units notify BIA on discharge
  • Discharge normally takes place in the UK,
    eligible individuals may apply for ILR
    (settlement) up to 10 weeks prior to discharge
  • Immigration control re-imposed by BIA during unit
    discharge process on both soldier and family
  • Individuals are not regarded as overstayers
    providing within 28 days of discharge they have
    applied to regularise their immigration status
    with the BIA
  • Like their UK counterparts individuals must plan
    on being self supporting (normally unable to work
    or access to public funds until immigration
    status regularised)
  • For less than 4 years service, leave to remain is
    at Home Office discretion but new policy for
    medical dischargees

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Any questions?
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Summary
  • Remember you can always seek assistance from
  • Unit Welfare Office
  • Padre
  • HIVE
  • Army Welfare Service
  • Confidential Support Line
  • Army Families Federation
  • Your doctor or general practitioner
  • I hope this has helped introduce you to the
    United Kingdom, the British Army and our Regiment
  • If you found this useful, please tell your
    friends so they can attend the next one

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