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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.
        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
About the United Kingdom
     About the United Kingdom (UK)
   Consists of Wales
    England, Scotland and
    Northern Ireland
   Population - about 60m             Scotland
    people
   Major ethnic groups -
                                Northern
    White, Asian, Black
                                 Ireland
    Caribbean and Black
    African
   Currency - the Pound (£)          Wales   England
   Average Annual
    Temperature 9.7celsius
   Annual average rainfall -
    753mm
United Kingdom - social culture and law
   UK social culture and laws
    may be different to your
    own
                                               UK law
   UK law provides and
    protects quality of life whilst
    bringing to justice those       Provides equality of opportunity
    who commit offences.
                                         Reduces domestic violence
   This includes:
       Equality of opportunity
                                    Protects the UK from illegal immigration
       Preventing discrimination
        because of race, gender,
        religion or sexual orientation        Safeguards children
       Outlawing domestic abuse
       Immigration law
       Safeguarding children
                    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
                       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
                 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
                  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
                    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
Sources of civilian support
Guidance - for newcomers to the UK
Directgov
Citizens Advice Bureau
               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
About the British Army
The British Army
Sources of military support
Your Unit Welfare Office (UWO)
 UWO Team            Briefings




  Events           Homecoming
HIVE
                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
      The Army Welfare Service
   A welfare service
    for soldiers and
    their families
   Professionally
    trained
   Confidential
   Free
   Available locally
   Independent of
    your unit or
    Regiment
      Confidential Support Line
   Free telephone
    and email helpline
   Trained
    councillors
   Confidential
   Available 7 days a
    week
    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
Children’s Education Advisory Service
   Guidance -Internet
Army Families Federation
             ArmyNET




 About 125k users
 Families need to be registered for an
ArmyNET guest account by their serving
soldier
Army Home Page on the Internet
About our Regiment
Insert Regiment/Unit slides
About Commonwealth Citizens and
 their families in the British Army
             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
              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.
                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)
           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
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
                   Normal entry process
         Country of Origin                            Final Destination



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