Do I need to protect my British citizenship if relocating to another country?
It is important to take note of the following; if you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for the UK, you may reside outside of the UK for up to two years without losing the UK status. If you remain outside of the UK for longer than 2 years, you will automatically lose your ILR Status.
However, once you have obtained British citizenship, you will be able to leave the UK for an indefinite period of time. Remaining outside of the UK will not lead to the loss of your British citizenship.
Can I destroy my Biometrics Card now that I have received my British Citizenship?
No. As soon as you receive your certificate of British Citizenship, you have to send your biometric residence permit back to the UK Home Office within 5 days of; going to your citizenship ceremony or getting your certificate of British citizenship.
You can cut it up, with a note stating that you are returning it, as you have received citizenship to POL Returns, PO Box 195, Bristol, BS20 1BT.
If you do not return it within the specified time, you will be fined up to £1,000.
Is it possible to renew your British passport if you reside outside of the UK?
If you are residing outside of the UK, it is possible to renew or apply for your first British passport. This application is processed within the UK through Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK. The applications are sent via courier and will take approximately 6 weeks to process.
I do not have a British passport yet, can I use my certificate of British citizenship to travel abroad?
No, you must have either a British passport or a right of abode certificate to enter the UK. You will not be allowed to enter the UK using your Biometric Residence Permit or certificate of British citizenship.
Please note that the above are the current rules and subject to change, so it is always advisable just to check with your BIC consultant from time to time.
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David Taylor, a DJ from the UK (pictured above), and his partner, Australian Sara Conner (pictured below), were arrested and detained on Saturday on suspicion of murdering the policeman who was found dead on Kuta Beach on 17 August with 42 wounds to his body including 17 lacerations to the head.
“The cause of the death is a blow that repeatedly hit his head, that caused swelling in the brain, pressing the respiratory centre,” said Sanglah Hospital morgue chief Dr Dudut Rustyadi.
The British-Australian couple have denied being responsible for the alleged murder.
On Tuesday though, lawyers for Mr Taylor confirmed he had admitted to a violent altercation with Mr Sudarsa just prior to his death.
“When he is struggling with this man apparently he found this bottle and then he is trying to hit this man with this bottle,” Erick Sihombing, Taylor’s lawyer, said.
“He found an old cell phone, he hit the guy’s head on the back maybe twice. There is a bottle and an old phone.
“After the fight was done, he went out on the street, he found his girlfriend on the street and then he’s just said to his girlfriend: ‘the bag has already gone so let’s go back to the hotel’.”
Mr Sihmobing also said the pair admittted to burning the clothes they were wearing at the time.
“On Friday the 19th of August, they found on their clothes and trousers a stain of blood and hair, that’s why they tried to get rid of them by burning their clothes,” Mr Sihombing said, according to the ABC.
Initially the couple told police that while looking for her missing bag on Kuta Beach, Ms Connor had asked Sudarsa for help. Ms Connor alleged that the policeman then assaulted her.
The pair said they had nothing to do with Sudarsa’s apparent murder soon after, though.
However, on Tuesday Bali police said Mr Taylor had altered his story and confessed to having the fight with the now dead policeman, hitting him with the smashed beer bottle.
“After we interrogated them yesterday, we realised that what was said, what they said during the interrogations [on Saturday] were all lies,” Senior Commission Hadi Purnomo said on Tuesday.
“After he hit him like that then David went on a rage and hit him again with a smashed bottle and caused injuries to his head,” Purnomo said.
Senior Commission Purnomo went on to say that Taylor has now admitted to taking the dead policeman’s wallet and phone and burned his ID along with the clothes they were wearing at the time the alleged murder occured.
“Sara was involved here, she searched him as well,” he said, according to the ABC.
While lawyers representing Ms Conner say she had nothing to do with Mr Sudarsa’s apparent murder, Senior Commission Purnomo said the Australian was now also facing a charge of being an accomplice to murder, as well as murder and assault causing death.
TOP IMAGE: David Taylor (via Facebook)]]>
I was lucky when I moved to London: I slipped straight into a lovely house in a nice neighbourhood, living with a motley crew of friends from home and people they had met through friends in London’s Australian community. We shared meals together, helped each other out and there was always a mate on hand if you ever needed to have a chat over a pint.
It wouldn’t be a London share house without one eccentric oddball though. For us, it was Mr Polish. He had a name, although it is difficult to confirm that considering he never received a single piece of mail for the entire time that I was living there. I was told about Mr Polish before I moved in: “You will barely see him around, just don’t encourage him…”
Don’t encourage him? What did that even mean? It didn’t take long to figure out. Mr Polish was the most unusual individual I have ever met. Despite living in the UK for around sixteen years, he spoke very little English. He was apparently a builder, however after weekends of heavy drinking he was known to go on a self-imposed ‘strike’ for up to two weeks. His cupboard had no food in it, and I could count on one hand the times that I actually saw him eat.
Mr Polish was a generous kind of guy, particularly when it came to alcohol. He would never take no for an answer when offering around beers, at times to the point of frustration when he would pull out a lukewarm can at nine in the morning.
I am sure there were depths to Mr Polish that could never truly be understood. Even after months of living in the same house, he had the ability to surprise: for example, there was the time he casually mentioned that he had four children that we had never heard of before. On days when he was particularly lucid (read: sober) he would tell fantastic stories about his family living through decades of war and conflict in Poland.
It is virtually inevitable that you will end up living with someone who is head-scratchingly odd. I got lucky: mine came with beer at breakfast time.
IMAGE: Napoleon Dynamite and friends, not Mr Polish. Both very cool guys, though.]]>
Australia’s national airline is touting direct flights between London and Australia as early as 2017.
The new planes offer far greater fuel efficiency compared to the aging 747s they are set to replace. It means the aircraft will have a much longer range, offering passengers a host of new long-haul destinations that can be reached by direct flight.
For passengers to and from Australia’s eastern seaboard, the new planes still wont quite make it to London in one easy hop. Perth to London is certainly possible though, as are destinations such as Chicago and Cape Town.
Qantas is yet to confirm the new direct routes or indeed an exact date for the new fleet to commence services, but they are excited about the new opportunities ahead.
“We are yet to announce which cities we’ll be flying the Dreamliner to,” a Qantas spokesman told The Express.
“What we have said though however, the range of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner does allow flights like Sydney-Chicago, Melbourne-Dallas or Perth-London to be possible.”
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More often than not, these turn out to be misconceptions as well. Here are just a few of the slightly wayward ideas that some (not all!) Australians have about South Africa and South Africans in general.
Most Australians know South Africa as the land of ‘safari’. With so many stunning game reserves and lodges across the country, it’s a popular destination for Aussies looking for that real African bush experience.
Unfortunately that sometimes also means they think everyone in SA lives in safari style conditions, in tents or other basic accommodation, or alternatively in luxury being waited on hand and foot all day. And then come the questions…
This and other stupid questions are part and parcel of being a South African abroad. Did you ride elephants to school? Did you have electricity? The questions are endless but a quick Google search often puts these people straight about just how modern some places are in South Africa.
Aussies across the country know that a braai and a bbq are just not the same. Many in fact have come to love the authentic smoky flavour of meat cooked on a proper braai instead of the usual gas bbqs.
Of course due to local summer fire bans, this isn’t always possible but when there is a chance of a proper charcoal braai, most people, South Africans or not, will always be keen.
South Africans and Australians alike are raised with an inherent sporting rivalry between the two nations. Mention you are South African to an Aussie and they’ll likely start talking about either the rugby or the cricket!
Not just in Australia, but the world over, South Africa is synonymous with Nelson Mandela. To the point where some people don’t even know that he isn’t the president anymore, let alone passed away a few years ago!
When you tell them about good old Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema however, Aussies are often not that shocked at the level of corruption and ridiculousness of politics, as Australia’s political system can be just as farcical sometimes – check out bloopers from Tony Abbott if you want to learn more about Aussie politics!
Many Aussies are told by South African immigrants that South Africa could be just like Australia ‘if things just worked’.
So many South Africans visit or move to Australia and love the fact that they can contact a government department without having to wait in queues for hours on end or be forced to play musical chairs while waiting to file their tax returns (true story).
And to an extent, it’s true, but after the initial shine of life in Australia wears off, there will always be something to complain about – although you can’t really compare first world and third world problems.
Feature courtesy of TheSouthAfrican.com]]>
Australia go into The Rugby Championship with their ability to take defences apart still intact and boosted by the return of overseas players. The Wallabies were beaten 3-0 by England in June and only one of the country’s franchises reached the last eight in Super Rugby this year.
But they still threaten all their rivals according to former South Africa wing Thinus Delport in his review of the state of the Southern Hemisphere’s big four.
Australia face Argentina at Twickenham on October 8 in the final round of The Rugby Championship, the first time the tournament has staged a match in the Northern Hemisphere.
Delport rounds up the state of the nations below:
AUSTRALIA: Can still take defences apart
“It’s a concern that Australia’s Super Rugby sides have underperformed. But the likes of Drew Mitchell will come back in and they’ll probably get some more experienced guys in. But where they are now will be a concern for Michael Cheika and England put them under pressure at scrum time again.
“If they get everyone fit and on the field they’ll be very difficult to play against and we’ve seen how dangerous their backs can be with Folau going well and Foley at 10. They can take defences apart.
“I quite like Scott Fardy and that is because all the good work he does allows David Pocock and Michael Hooper to be free. At 10 Foley is fantastic in attack – it’s just his goal kicking that’s let him down a couple of times. Folau is so dangerous and you can get guys running off him when he breaks in attack.”
ARGENTINA: Young talent and tough to beat
“It’s been a big learning curve for the Jaguares in Super Rugby with the intensity of the competition and the amount of travel across the world they’ve undertaken. They’re not used to that. Flights to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan really take a toll on you.
“Discipline-wise they’ve also had problems with the likes of Lavannini and Herrera ending up off the field. They’ve fallen foul of the referees at times and you can’t afford to have 14 or 13 guys on the field instead of 15.
“They have lots of young talent. Their Under 20s showed that when they finished third at the Junior Championships, these players will get more experience through the Jaguares and there is a clear pathway. But they did find it tough in their first year.
“Agustin Creevy is leading from the front and has been impressive, Argentina should get Juan Imhoff back after the Olympics, they’ve got a big pack and they will still be very tough to break down at scrums and set pieces.”
SOUTH AFRICA: Cautious optimism under Coetzee
“South Africa found it difficult against Ireland but in Super Rugby the Lions have been outstanding and the Stormers have done okay but the others have been disappointing. That’s a reflection of the game in South Africa and in The Rugby Championship I expect New Zealand to be more consistent.
“The Lions have changed their style in the last couple of years and players like Warren Whiteley and Jaco Kriel have really led the way. Their style retains the core elements of set piece play and forward dominance but they’ve been willing to play wide.
“Allister Coetzee just has to be patient. It’s not going to happen overnight and sometimes South Africa looked like they were caught between two styles. The hard bit is that the Rugby Championship is brutal but if you want to evolve you’ve got to do it against the best in the world. I’m cautiously optimistic – they’re moving forward. But you have to be on top form every time because the gaps between the sides at the top are so small.
“Against the Irish, Ruan Combrinck turned the second Test around, Whiteley looks the part and Pieter-Steph du Toit made a big difference.”
NEW ZEALAND: Still the standout side
“Clearly the standout side is New Zealand if you look at the Super Rugby tournament, their sides are in form. In the last four there were three from New Zealand left and one South African side.
“The New Zealand teams have a great deal of quality and that gives them a great deal of strength in depth.
“For me, Dane Coles the hooker has been such a strong performer, Ben and Aaron Smith are superb, and Beauden Barrett, when he’s featured, has made a difference.
“Up front Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are a super pairing – they can carry, they can steal, they can play. At seven you’ve got Sam Cane and Ardie Savaea – two quality sevens.”
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Ms Dessau says she was unaware of the full cost of the lavish meals until they were revealed this week by The Herald Sun.
According to the report, in November 2015 the governor enjoyed a high class meal with her husband and two staff at Gordon Ramsay restaurant Petrus. The bills for over $800 (£400) included Champaign at over $50 (£25) per glass.
The two staffers apparently enjoyed a meal to themselves at Harrods which included oysters and wine and cost over $300 (£150).
In a statement release by Government House following the revelations, Ms Dessau said she had only become “aware for the first time of the full cost incurred” of the lunches following the Herald Sun report.
“The governor does not believe these costs should be met by the Victorian taxpayer and has reimbursed them in full,” the statement said.
“The governor and her spouse while on the official visit to London paid privately for a number of meals,” it pointed out.
The governor also denied knowlege of the staffers’ Harrod’s meal.
The affair has shon a spotlight on Government House which has reportedly exceeded it’s budget by up to $1.8million a year over the last four years.
MAIN IMAGE: (Queen Elizabeth receives the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau and her husband Judge Anthony Howard during an audience at Buckingham Palace during their visit to London in November last year. (Photo by Philip Toscano / WPA Pool / Getty Images)by Philip Toscano)]]>
“We had a little reaction after the England Test Series and it was clear we needed to fix a few things – what works one year might not work the next,” said Mumm.
“We’ve worked hard in camp over the last month to make changes. Having the first two games against the All Blacks is a great opportunity because we know what we can do – we want to show what we’re capable of and then get ready to go again.”
The former Exeter Chiefs lock relaunched his international career after two successful seasons in the Aviva Premiership. “I was certainly ready for something different and it provided a spark,” he said of his spell at Sandy Park.
He should be back in England again in October when Australia meet Argentina in a replay of last year’s World Cup semi-final.
Mumm scored his second Test try in Mendoza in 2015 and rates the Pumas highly for the way they have evolved from a forward-based outfit into a team that will attack from anywhere on the field.
“Their strengths are the passion and the flair they have – you see that in why way they play,” he said.
“They’re not constrained by what they ‘should’ do on the field. If it’s there to play through the hands, they’re going to do it. For so long they’ve been classified by their forward play but now they have the backs too and they’re a serious threat to anyone.
“In the week [of the semi final] we knew they were performing very well and that we had to start the game strongly. I remember a hit from David Pocock early on and that set the tone for us in terms of physicality. You’ve got to muscle-up against them otherwise they can open up and the tries can flow.”
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Character comedian Zoe bagged Best Show and arrives back at Soho Theatre with DAVE in Trigger Warning (30 Aug – 10 Sep).
Tom Walker scooped Best Newcomer and brings a surreal, hilarious and unpredictable hour, Beep Boop (31 Aug – 7 Sep).
‘Off-the-charts, wet-your-pants brilliant.’
★★★★1/2 Herald Sun
Zoe Coombs Marr
‘Go see this king of comedy – you’ll be speechless – from constant hysterical laughter’
★★★★★ Glam Adelaide
The co-star of cult BBC3 comedy series Top Coppers, This is Littleton, SlideShow, It’s a Date, The Code and Utopia, Steen Raskopoulus brings You Know the Drill – for just two nights only, (2 & 3 Sep)!
‘A superstar in the making.’ ★★★★ Independent
‘Like witnessing a talent explosion.’ Times
And, with fans including Boy George, gender-bending, booty-pounding Christeene brings Trigger (2 – 17 Sep) – a kaleidoscope of ferocious visions and mind-altering jamz.
‘What a fucking awesome hip hop, Beyonce, Evil Dead, queercore, unapologetic, sick show… KILL FOR A TICKET!’