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Old 13th February 2018, 08:21 PM
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Hello All.

Recently I got a permanent, full-time job offer from a British company, and we agreed to start on a certain date. I was living and working in Germany before that.
But on the day before my start date, the manager called me at night and said they canít employ me anymore.
I already resigned all jobs I had in Germany, so suddenly became jobless.
Iím already in the UK, now searching for a flight back to Germany.

Unfortunately Iím not eligible for unemployment benefits in Germany, but in the UK I didnít even start working. What are my options, while looking for other jobs?
I donít think suing the company is a very good idea, because itíd take much time, money and effort.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 13th February 2018, 08:50 PM
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What nationality are you?

If British you might be able to claim some unemployment benefit if your work history in the UK allows it.

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Did you have a signed contract with the company you were going to start work with. Normally you start work AFTER you have a signed contract. That may allow you to make a claim at least against your expenses in travelling to the UK, etc.
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Thanks for your reply, Crawford.
I’m Japanese and obviously a non-EU citizen.
I left Japan many years ago and already lost my eligibility for those benefits from Japan, too.

Thank you too, Kankan,
We were supposed to sign on my first day as I was still in Germany, so not actually signed yet. The conditions were agreed via email (and also by phone).

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No options of benefits in the UK then.

How were you eligible anyway for a job in the UK without a visa?

Better to return to Germany as soon as possible.
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Thanks again.

visa is fine at the moment.
It's a bit complicated, but let me try explain.

I'm currently on a business visitor's visa. now just a visitor actually, though.
We knew it'd take a few months to get a work visa (Tier 2), but they wanted me immediately.
So I suggested to start remotely, since I was allowed to work remotely for clients outside Germany.
Then they said something like,
"we checked all your passport, German visa, work permit and freelance license, and confirmed that you can first enter as a business visitor to work with us asap. once your visa is ready you'll temporarily get back to Germany or wherever and re-enter with your work visa."

Japanese nationals can stay in the UK up to 6 months.
So just "staying" won't be a problem at all..
but yes I'll return in a few weeks either way, I have no reason to stay anymore :'(

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There's is no such thing as a business visitor visa anymore. The standard visitor visa replaced the business visitor visa. Coming as a business visitor doesn't allow you to work. It allows you to do things like attend conferences and meetings.
It sounds like they were not up front with you from the start and gave you a lot more of misinformation.

From the immigration rules regarding visitor visas:

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V 4.5 The applicant must not intend to work in the UK, which includes the following:
(a) taking employment in the UK;
(b) doing work for an organisation or business in the UK;
(c) establishing or running a business as a self-employed person;
(d) doing a work placement or internship;
(e) direct selling to the public;
(f) providing goods and services;
unless expressly allowed by the permitted activities in Appendices 3, 4 or 5.
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Thanks nyclon, for the helpful and reliable info.

Yes I guess that's the reason.
They just said they didn't want me on a business trip (though it was their suggestion), and would start looking for someone else who is a UK/EU citizen or already has an appropriate visa.

Only after being told that the job was gone, I noticed I can't work as a business visitor.
I should have searched a lot more myself definitely, but how would I even think of doubting such a large company, which has a legal department.

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