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Survival Guide after receiving a Global Talent Visa.
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After you get the Visa:
  1. After you get the Visa
  2. Before you leave
  3. Your first week in London
  4. Useful services
  5. Emergency contacts
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The Global Talent Club is a closed community that offers tech tech specialists and entrepreneurs an access to an international network of digital talents. You’re welcome to discuss various topics — from everyday questions (like how to open a bank account and pay electricity bills) to members' projects and future plans.

All club members are Global Talent Visa holders. We’ll send you an invite link via Telegram.

The Global Talent Club helps adapt to a new country, solve routine problems, as well as find friends, partners, team members and investors.
Join Global Talent Club
Now finally you can buy tickets! Don’t forget you have 90 days to enter the country after you received VISA.
Tickets
If you haven’t done it yet –– share your new “Talent” status via social media. We’ve sent you a certificate of eligibility that you can post anywhere you want. Tag @immgram.io so we can repost it.
Tell the world
Reference letters are a vital part of your application. You did a great job together with your referees –– it’s time to tell them the good news.
Don't forget to thank your referees
You should know that the British like to share a drink (lots of drinks). Immerse yourself in the British Drinking Culture and throw a proper party! To prepare for the celebration, check out this article.
Celebrate with a proper party
Never too early to think about the upcoming days off –– check out the list of UK Bank holidays. The Queen’s birthday, although not a bank holiday, is still an important date in British culture –– did you know about the two birthdays tradition?
Mark important dates and holidays in your calendar
Before you leave:
You are allowed six months’ absence from the UK out of any 12 month period before breaking your continuous residence. The ‘out of any 12 month period’ is trickier to calculate than you might think, because you really do have to look at any 12 month period, not just checking each calendar year. Our Clobal Talets Club members who already in UK use different tools: some use google shits where add dated of travel, some count with google photos when needed, almost all of them called application App in the air useful for this purpose (IOS / Android). You choose your method but it is important to do it from the first day.
Count your absence days
Finding and renting an apartment in the UK can be tricky. Together with our partner, Repit, we've compiled all the useful information on renting a property in the UK (particularly –– in London). Repit is a turn-key rental search service that tracks properties on various platforms and sites to offer you only those that meet your preferences. You can use Repit’s services with a £20 discount.

Also, to help you find the right apartment, we’ve created a Location Guide for you.
Sort out your accommodation
If you take any medicine often, bring a supply with you. We advise you to stock up on your prescriptions, antibiotics, and medicine for the treatment of diseases of the stomach and intestines. More often than not, these are not sold without a prescription.
Stock up on medicine
Contact lenses and glasses
Most places will not sell you contact lenses and glasses without a prescription either. You can bring a large supply from your home country or pay for an appointment with a local ophthalmologist who will give you a prescription. Still, you can order contacts online without a prescription, e.g. on VisionDirect.co.uk.
What else can I buy without a prescription?
Any medicine needed to deal with cold and flu symptoms can be bought without a prescription, so you don’t have to stock up on those.
How do pharmacies work in the UK?
Prescription medicine has a fixed price of £9.35 (pharmacy service charge). Contraceptives, if prescribed by a doctor, are free. Same goes for prescriptions for pregnant women or those with a child less than a year old.
Online pharmacies
If you need certain medication and don't have a prescription, you can use online pharmacies — for example, Boots pharmacy or Pharmacy2U. You’ll have to fill out a form about your medical condition. This form will then be approved by one of the doctors and you will get your medicine shortly after.

Express Chemist, another online pharmacy, is also popular in the UK. The delivery is fairly quick.
Foreign drugs
You can stock up on activated charcoal or Doctor Mom in Russian stores, for example, in Babushka Shop (in Mansfield) or Kalinka Shop.
Your first week in London:
is an obligatory and the first thing to do. You’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and photo (‘biometric information’).

If you’re applying from within the UK you will be asked:
  • To check your visa application to find an address of the visa center to go
  • To create a UKVCAS account when you apply and make your appointment online.

If you’re outside the UK, you will be asked:

Don't forget to take your passport with vignette.
Find more information here
Receive BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)
If you haven’t decided on a provider yet –– compare the best SIM deals here. “Three”, for example, has one of the largest Internet coverages in the UK and most compatible prices both for SIM cards and eSIMs*.

*eSIMs can be done only with a fiscal Sim card.
Purchase a sim card
Get health insurance
What is the NHS?
The National Health Service (NHS) provides healthcare to UK citizens. The services are paid for by the British Government and are funded by taxpayers.
What does the NHS cover?
The NHS covers a wide range of health services from urgent care to general practitioners (GPs), and some dental services. Other fields covered by the NHS include reproductive health, urgent care services, nursing homes, maternity care, drug treatment, and psychological care.

You will still have to pay extra for:

- Prescriptions (more on this below)
- Eye tests
- Certain dental treatment
- IVF
Will a non-resident be covered by the NHS?
You will need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your visa application, which gives you access to the NHS. The IHS fee depends on your visa, for the Global Talent Visa the charge is £624 per year. Certain categories of citizens are exempt from paying the IHS. You can start using the NHS once you’re granted a visa.

To get medical assistance, you may be required to present:

- Your BRP (if you have one)
- In case you have a digital immigration status – a “share code”
How to register with the NHS?
To register with the NHS you will need to visit the GP and register as a patient by completing a registration form. A GP (general practitioner) is a local family doctor and your first contact if you get sick. GPs can treat many different conditions, write prescriptions, and refer you to other NHS services.

The registration with a GP is free of charge. Also, once registered, you will not have to pay for your visits to the doctor. You are not required to provide proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number to register, but it would be helpful to do so.

So, first, you need to find your local GP here. You can register with any GP in your area as long as they have space for new patients. You will have to search for GPs based on your postcode and you can be refused if you choose a surgery outside of your area.

After choosing your GP, you can either:
  • Visit the Health Centre in person and ask to register at the GP reception
  • Check the GP surgery website to see if you can register online
  • Call/email the GP’s office to be registered as a patient

You also need to fill in a registration form. If you decide to register online — download the form, complete it, and send it to the GP’s office.
Private health insurance
One of the main benefits of private healthcare is that you’ll often get access to treatment faster than with the NHS. Comprehensive health insurance policies will provide additional benefits such as out-patient treatment (scans, tests, x-rays and hospital appointments where you aren't admitted).

One of the most popular private health insurances is Bupa. You can find insurance policies such as Bupa By You, which allows individuals to build the perfect health plan to suit their personal needs.

You can add your partner (if you both live at the same address) or dependants onto your policy at any time. The average yearly premium on private health insurance is around £1,500. The amount you pay depends on your insurer, what’s covered on your policy and your own circumstances and current state of health.

Prices start at £100. Depending on the plan you choose, different hospitals will become available to you:

  • With the "Essential" plan, you'll be able to visit more than 200 hospitals across the country;
  • "Extended" gives you access to over 900 hospitals; 
  • "Extended + London" –– to over 100.

BUPA offers a wide range of services, which is why this company is one of the market leaders. The company offers:

  • Coverage of more mental health conditions than any other insurer
  • Health advice available 24/7
  • Access to breakthrough cancer drugs and treatment
  • Live video GP consultations via the app
Get prescriptions
Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC)
A PPC could save you money if you pay for your NHS prescriptions. The certificate covers all your NHS prescriptions for a set price.

A PPC costs:
- £30.25 for 3 months –– you’ll save money if you need more than 3 items in 3 months
- £108.10 for 12 months –– you’ll save money if you need more than 11 items in 12 months

You can buy a PPC:
- Online
- With a registered pharmacy

You can choose the start date of your PPC. This can be up to one calendar month before or after the date you buy. If you do not specify a start date, your PPC will start from the date you pay for it.
You can also call 0300 330 1341 –– your call will mark the PPC start date (if you don’t request another start date).

The PPC will be automatically renewed when your certificate expires. If you don’t want your PPC to renew, you should cancel your Direct Debit at your bank after making all of your payments. You must also inform the NHS by calling 0300 330 1341. If you do not tell the NHS, your PPC may be renewed even if you don’t want it.
Free prescriptions
You can get free NHS prescriptions if you:

  • Are 60 or over
  • Are under 16
  • Are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • Are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • Have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • Have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • Hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • Are an NHS inpatient

Check if you’re eligible for free prescriptions.
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