Change in Rules for Common Wealth applicants

#1
Hi

I started my application sometime last year, and in March this year I recieved a letter in the post advising me to travel to the UK for assesments. The letter said I needed to present myself before June which I did. I was then told to do an online medical, test and job finder interview which I did. I told to wait for my one on one interview and my physical assesment.

Today I went into my recruitment office just to pick up some information I might need in the interview, I was told by the officers there that the process had changed for common wealth citizens, I could no longer apply because I have not been in Britain for the past five years. Is this true? Could have they not known this before advising me to travel to the UK? Is this applicable to me as I'm already halfway with my app?

Thanks.
 
#6
Hmm you could try the army live chat on the website

or army jobs on facebook normally pretty helpful
 
#7
I have seen that yes haha
 
#8
Haha I've contacted the army website the bloke I spoke to said there's no such thing (yet). I'm waiting for a response from The Rifles Facebook page.
 
#9
Thats what all the other ******* do

then they just sit on our benefit and get our nhs health care
 
#10
Hi TheRealonePM. The situation you describe doesn't sound right. You'll already be aware that there has been a major change in the recruiting system, which might have contributed to someone getting it wrong.

Immigration rules etc can be complicated, but this is the basic information which the Army is still showing to potential applicants from overseas:

Joining from overseas - British Army Website
 
#11
I've spoken to two officers from the website and none of them seem to know anything about this. If somehow my rec office got it wrong I really feel for the fellow from Newzealand who was on the verge of tears. Looked like he had no plans to see the sun set tonight. Tomorrow I'll go to a different rec office to verify.
 
#14
Yeah I think it's now worded differently, but all the forms on download library are still the same. I will give Capita a ring to see if they know anything.
 
#18
Here it is folks!

News story: UK residency rules for Armed Forces recruits

There is a line that says you are exempt if you already in "recruitment" but it doesn't say at which stage of recruitment!
Good point. This seems to be the answer, from the Minister's written statement yesterday:

..We will honour our commitments to those Commonwealth recruits in the pipeline who have already been offered a job or a training place and we will also continue to process the applications for those who have already been offered a place at an assessment centre by the Army or a psychometric test by the Navy or the RAF.
Recruitment: 11 Jul 2013: Hansard Written Answers and Statements - TheyWorkForYou
 
#19
Well, that's me done I suppose. Started my application in March, done my Barb, Medical forms and formal interview, but no date for selection. Complete waste of a massive amount of money and time. Gutted.
 
#20
Well, that's me done I suppose. Started my application in March, done my Barb, Medical forms and formal interview, but no date for selection. Complete waste of a massive amount of money and time. Gutted.
Didn't you get a date for Selection or PDA after your interview? I reckon speak to your CSM before losing all hope.


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