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Preparing to go Home Louise Saunderson and Alison Learwood Student Support Hub
Sending your luggage home It may be cheaper to send luggage via a shipping company, rather than take it yourself. Some companies to try are: n Tudor Freight www. tudorfreight. com n Whitby Oliver www. whitbyoliver-removals. com Most storage companies will deliver to your nearest airport, where you will have to pay additional handling charges, and may have customs duty expenses as well. Delivery to a home address is very expensive.
Sending your luggage home n If you only need to send one or two suitcases, the University Post Room may be able to help: n www. york. ac. uk. campusservices/postroom/ n Make sure luggage is insured against theft, loss or damage. Try: n www. endsleigh. co. uk/personal/student-insurance n www. moneysupermarket. com n www. gocompare. com
Income Tax Refunds Income Tax refunds n You may be entitled to reimbursement of some National Insurance if you have been working in the UK n If you have earned less than £ 10, 600 (threshold for 201516) and have paid tax, you can claim a refund n Use form P 50 (download online) n Go to www. hmrc. gov. uk/students/
VAT Refunds VAT (Value Added Tax) n If you buy items within 3 months of your leaving date which you will take back to your home country (outside the EEA) you may be entitled to a refund n To qualify, the items must have been bought from a shop which is a member of the VAT Retail Export Scheme n You should fill in a VAT 407 (or equivalent) form obtained from the shop. This should be filled in when buying the item in front of the cashier. You will need a passport or similar ID. The retailer will explain how to obtain your refund.
VAT Refunds n When leaving the UK, you must show your goods and refund form to Customs at the last country you are travelling in before leaving the EU. n For full details, see Inland Revenue Enquiry Office or visit: www. hmrc. gov. uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseasvisitors. htm
Notification of departure n Make sure you inform anyone who needs to know of your departure, including your leaving date. For example: n Friends! n Department n Fees Office n Accommodation Office / Landlord n Employer n Doctor n Bank n Utility Companies (electricity, phone, gas etc) n Fulford Road Police if you have a Police Registration Certificate
Forwarding address n Ensure you pass on your new address where required, eg: n Alumni Office n E: Vision n Bank n Landlord or Tenancy Deposit Scheme n Royal Mail operates a redirection service for a fee. Go to: www. royalmail. com/personal/receiving-mail/redirection
Accommodation n Give notice of leaving date in writing n Pass on forwarding address n Find out how to apply for deposit – especially if Tenancy Deposit Scheme used
Visas n If you have a Tier 4 student visa, the University must inform the Home Office when you have completed your studies n When you leave the UK, you should get a new visa if you wish to return n If you are planning to come back for a graduation ceremony, it is safest to get a general visitor visa even if your student visa has not yet expired n This is because some students have been sent back home at the UK airports by Immigration Officers for having the ‘wrong’ visa as they are no longer on a course of study
Seeking work You may wish to: n Ask tutors and former employers for a written reference n Join professional organisations to keep your knowledge up to date n Subscribe to publications not available in your home country n Speak to the Careers Service for advice on interview skills, CVs and making applications n Visit the Careers Service website for links to international job sites and other useful information: www. york. ac. uk/careers (go to section on ‘International work’)
Seeking work Try these useful websites: n www. prospects. ac. uk - includes country profiles, interview tips and information in using your language skills n www. targetjobs. co. uk – advertises some overseas employment n www. jobs. ac. uk – for those who want to work in Higher Education, includes overseas posts n www. eurobrussels. com – jobs in the EU aimed at those with language skills n www. nases. org. uk – section aimed at international students (see ‘Useful links’ section)
Reverse culture shock Just as you may have found it hard to adjust to UK culture, re -adjusting to your home culture can be difficult Factors which can cause this include: n Missing the food and weather! n Not seeing your friends n Changing family circumstances n Economic and political changes n Differences in your own attitudes and beliefs
Reverse culture shock Ways to deal with reverse culture shock include: n Keeping in touch with friends n Reading UK newspapers online n Joining the York Alumni Association n Finding friends in your home country who have also lived in the UK n Accept that it’s a normal process
Useful information UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) have a useful information on returning home. Visit www. ukcisa. org. uk (see tab headed ‘The Next Stage’). The University of York Alumni Association can be found at: www. yorkspace. net/ This includes the latest campus news, networking groups, events, an online magazine and a directory of graduates. The local Inland Revenue Enquiry Office is located at: 2 Victoria Avenue Harrogate HG 1 1 TW Tel: 0845 302 1433