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The book launch was very popular

Mayor Atienza

Senator Angara’s wife


How 2 Come to the UK – To Live Work Study or Visit, a new book to help people legally enter the UK was launched in The Philippines, on 6th January 2006 at Fully Booked Bookstore, Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Makati.


The hugely successful launch was attended by the POEA, Universities, Mayor Atienza of Manila, Mrs Angara (Senator Angara’s wife) Angelique Lazo, Channel 9 News, a string of leading journalists and a former Governor. Gene Alcantara, London Correspondent for ABSCBN, was also there to film the event for The Filipino Channel.


Authors, Charles Kelly and Cynthia Barker (a Filipina who now lives in London), are qualified Immigration Advisers who run a highly successful, 14,000 client, practice in London. Having helped thousands of people settle in the United Kingdom, Kelly and Barker share in-depth knowledge and wide experience in their easy-to-follow book: How 2 Come to the UK – To Live Work Study or Visit. The book explains in layman’s terms all aspects of the UK’s complex Immigration Law, including Work Permits, Family Settlement and Entry Clearance.


Cynthia Barker notes that, despite the many opportunities available to those who want to come to the UK: “There are still thousands of Filipinos who land in the Kingdom clueless about just where and how to start their new lives, ending up stranded, aimless, helpless and thousands of pounds in debt.”


Charles Kelly continues, “We wrote the book to give people the right information before they make an application to enter the UK. Avoiding doing the wrong things in the early stages is very important. And it’s not just nurses or caregivers who can find work, because the job market is pretty open. So long as you have the right skills and right knowledge for a job opportunity in the UK, you can get a work permit.”


Barker & Kelly wrote the book for “all the hardworking immigrants who arrive in the UK ‘with nothing to declare’ except their brains, talents, energy and the burning desire to succeed.”


The 150 guests, which included visitors from California and London, were wined and dined in style. One of the celebrity guests, leading writer and publisher, Bing Carrion-Buck, said, “the book launch was a major success and How 2 Come to the UK will help thousands of Filipinos”.


One of the most interesting comments came from leading Columnist, Belinda Olivares-Cunanan of the Inquirer who said that the book “teaches Filipinos to go legit, I told myself going abroad is a fact of our national life, so we might as well learn to do it the right and dignified way.”


Chiqui Roa of ANC, 24-hour news, also commented during the hour-long TV interview with Charles and Cynthia that the advice for anyone wishing to go to the UK is to “buy this book!”



Home Office had an extremely busy year in 2005 making several changes to the rules as well as announcing a radical five-year strategy on immigration, which will see the introduction of a new 5-tier points based system. Some of the other changes include the introduction of: The Overseas Nurses Programme and a new “Permit Free” category for nurses coming to the UK for Supervised Practice, Civil Partnerships Act, British Citizenship Test, MBA Provision for the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) and the requirement for those subject to immigration control to seek permission from the Secretary of State in order to get married in the UK.

The removal of hospitality workers under the Sectors Based Scheme was a major blow for thousands of Filipino’s, as well as their employers who continue to suffer staff shortages.

In December 2005, the Home Office introduced a new immigration category that allows religious workers in non-pastoral roles to come to the UK to work for up to two years. This will cover workers whose duties include performing religious rites such as reading the scriptures aloud or tending to the gods, but not preaching to a congregation.

Looking forward, 2006 is set to be an even more challenging year with further changes in the pipeline. On a positive note, we should remember that the UK still needs skilled labour and potential migrants should seek to match their own skills and qualifications to the jobs on offer. In other words, if you are an Accountant or CPA, Pharmacist or a Dentist try to find a job in those areas rather than trying to become a carer by taking a short caregiver course, which will not even be recognized by the Home Office. There are around one million jobs currently been advertised in the UK, as pointed out in our book, and if you do not meet the requirements consider coming here to take further studies.

We cannot cover this complex subject in one article, however, if you should have any questions or views you would like to express concerning any Work Permit, Visa Extensions, Leave to Remain or any other issues please email Charles Kelly at



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