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Every family visit visa holder needs to pay the visit visa extension fee to extend the visa. Here is the process to pay the visit visa extension fee in Saudi Arabia through Al Rajhi Bank and SNB.

  • How to extend family visit visa in Saudi Arabia?

Visit visa extension fee

  • The family visit visa extension fee is SR 100 for each extension.
  • In case you are applying for the extension within 3 days after visa expiry, you need to pay an additional SR 500 fee as a fine.

In order to pay the pay visit visa extension fee through SNB or Al Ahli Bank;

  • Download the Application through PlayStore or iTunes.
  • Log in to your Internet banking account.
  • Click on the “ Menu ” button.
  • Select “ SADAD “.
  • Click on “ Government Payments “.
  • Biller: Alien Control .
  • Service: Extend Visitor Visa .
  • Select Unregistered .
  • Enter the Border number of the family visit visa holder.

The border number is written by hand on the passport of the applicant by the immigration authorities. If you don’t find it, you can check the border number online .

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The SNB system will show the amount to be paid for the visit visa extension. Click on the Confirm button to pay for it.

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Al Rajhi Bank

In order to pay the pay visit visa extension fee through Al Rajhi Bank;

  • Download the Application through PlayStore or iTunes .
  • Select “ Payments “.
  • Press the “ Government Payment ” button.
  • Click on the “ Alien Control “.
  • Select Extend Visitor Visa .

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On the next screen, you need to;

  • Enter the Border Number .

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Check the Status of the Payment

  • Unfortunately, you cannot check the status of payment through available funds on the Absher account.
  • The only way to if the fee is paid properly is to extend the family visit visa.

If you try to extend the family visit visa without paying the fee, the following message appears.

“Sorry!! due to insufficient funds, the visit visa (VV) cannot be extended. Please deposit sufficient funds to proceed with the VV extension.”

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By Mohammed Ameen

Updated on: April 13, 2020

SAUDI ARABIA VISIT VISA FEES 2019 & 2020

Visit Visa Fees in Saudi Arabia -2019

Saudi Arabia recently changed its visa fee system for Hajj-Umrah pilgrims and visitors. As per the new rules, the visit visa fees for all nationalities are unified and the new fee is SR 300.

Single Entry Visit Visa

Under the new regulations, single-entry visit visa fees will be SR 300. Unlike before, a new single entry visa only allows you to stay up to a maximum of 30 days and a single entry visa can be renewed for up to 180 days. However, you will have to renew the visit visa every month from Absher and it requires valid health insurance and visit visa renewal fees.

Multy Entry Visit Visa

The one-year multiple entry visit visa fee is also SR 300. On a one-year multiple entry visa, one can stay a maximum of up to 90 days at a time, but this can be renewed once up to 180 days. After that, you will have to leave the Kingdom to renew the multi-entry visit visa. Once you re-enter the kingdom again you can extend your visiting visa for up to 180 days.

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This fee is not related to the immigrant visa application fees collected by DOS. Go to the  Our Fees  page to see what the current USCIS Immigrant Fee is.

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On April 10, 2024, the  Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman )  sent out this stakeholder message:

On April 1, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) new fees and editions of certain forms went into effect. The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman)—which is not part of USCIS—is sending this reminder to use the correct form edition and pay the correct fee amounts to avoid USCIS rejecting your form.  

If you file your form online (if available), you could save up to $50 in filing fees.  

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Before you file, please ensure you know the answers to the following two questions: 

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Go to USCIS’ Fee Schedule page to check what fee(s) you need to pay. Many fees have increased, some fees have decreased, and some have new fees. Other forms have new fee exemptions.  

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  • You must submit a separate payment for each fee. See the USCIS Filing Fees page for further instruction on how to pay fees. 
  • If you are an employer filing a Form I-129 or Form I-140, the form fee itself may not represent your total filing costs. Check for additional fees. For example, the new Asylum Program Fee will cost an additional $600 for employers or $300 for companies with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. There is no Asylum Program Fee for nonprofits. 

You can also go to USCIS’ Fee Calculator to see what fees you must pay.  

2. Do I need to use a new edition of the form?  

As of April 1, USCIS will accept only the 04/01/24 edition of the five forms listed below. There is no grace period , and USCIS will reject your form if you file an old edition of the form. 

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  • Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative (and Supplements 1, 2, and 3) 

For most other forms, USCIS will accept both previous and new editions filed with the correct fee during a grace period from April 1 to June 3, 2024. 

Remember, USCIS uses the postmark date to determine your filing date and the applicable fee and form edition. If you are using a courier service (such as FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.), see the CIS Ombudsman’s Treat the Date You Print Your Shipping Label as Your Postmark Date stakeholder message for more information. Please note that USCIS uses the receipt date for the purposes of any regulatory or statutory filing deadlines. 

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Why we love this card: Few cards come close to matching the everyday rewards offered with the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express. It offers one of the highest cash back rates around for purchases at U.S. supermarkets and on select U.S. streaming subscriptions. You can also earn 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and on transit and 1% cash back on all other purchases. And when you enroll and use the Blue Cash Preferred® Card to spend $9.99 or more on an eligible monthly subscription to the Disney Bundle at DisneyPlus.com, Hulu.com, or Plus.espn.com, you’ll automatically get a $7 statement credit each month.

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Other cards to consider: If you don’t spend much on groceries or streaming services each month, having the Blue Cash Preferred® Card may not make much financial sense. To maximize rewards on your utility spending or other recurring bills, consider the Discover it® Cash Back which earns bonus cash back in quarterly categories that you activate, or the Citi Double Cash® Card which gives you 2% cash back on every purchase.

Best Credit Card For Rent Payments: Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card

Why we love this card: With the Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card, you can earn up to 100,000 points each year by paying your rent with your Bilt credit card, all without incurring transaction fees. Plus, on the first of every month—rent day for most of us—you score double points on every other spending category except for rent itself.

Who should have this in their wallet: The Bilt World Elite Mastercard® Credit Card makes the most financial sense for renters since you only earn points for paying rent with the card and not a mortgage. It’s also one of the best no-annual-fee dining or travel credit cards thanks to the bonus rewards it earns in those categories and a generous list of travel transfer partners. And because the Bilt World Elite Mastercard® reports rent payments to the three major credit bureaus, this card is a no-brainer if you want to build a credit history and boost your FICO score.

Other cards to consider: The Citi Double Cash® Card is a good fit for people who don’t want to deal with bonus rewards categories. It allows you to earn unlimited 1% cash back on purchases made with the card, plus another 1% cash back as you pay for those purchases. This card not only encourages you to pay your monthly bill on time and in full but also helps you build a positive credit history.

Why we love this card: The Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card has one of the most straightforward rewards programs on the market. It doesn’t get easier than automatically earning unlimited 2% cash back on every eligible purchase. You also get cell phone protection when you pay your monthly bill with your Active Cash Card, which means you’ll receive insurance coverage that can reimburse you if your phone is damaged or stolen.

Who should have this in their wallet: The Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card is a perfect match if you don’t like managing multiple credit cards or dealing with complicated rewards programs. Sure, other cards may offer higher reward rates on certain spending categories, but the Active Cash Card’s simplicity makes it a standout choice if you prefer sticking to just one card when it comes to paying for utilities or other monthly bills.

Other cards to consider: If you don’t mind cards with more complicated or tiered rewards programs, check out rewards credit cards that offer higher reward rates in specific spending categories, like the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express. Or if you prefer straightforward credit cards, the SoFi Unlimited 2% Credit Card is a comparable alternative to the Active Cash Card worth your attention.

Why we love this card: If you’re a frequent commuter, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is an excellent way to earn rewards on your travel expenses. The card defines travel in the broadest way possible, so besides flight tickets and hotels, you can also earn 2X points on ride-share services like Uber, public transit, toll bridges, and even parking fees (under other travel purchases). And if you use Lyft often, you’re in luck. With this card, you can earn 5X points on qualifying Lyft rides through March 31, 2025.

Who should have this in their wallet: While the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card has an annual fee of $95, the benefits far outweigh the cost for those who commute frequently. Added perks like trip cancellation/interruption insurance and primary car rental coverage make this card an even better deal.

Other cards to consider: The American Express® Green Card also offers generous rewards for commuting and many other perks. But the Blue Cash Preferred Card could be a better alternative for transit and everyday purchases.

All information about the American Express® Green Card has been collected independently by Newsweek.com. The American Express® Green Card is no longer available through Newsweek.com.

Why Would You Need a Credit Card for Monthly Expenses?

Swiping your credit card doesn’t automatically mean drowning yourself in debt. As long as you stick to your usual spending habits and pay off your balance on time and in full each month, using a credit card for monthly expenses can come with many perks.

  • Rewards and benefits. Many credit cards offer rewards programs or cashback incentives for utility payments, allowing you to earn perks without changing your spending habits.
  • Helps you track spending. If you’re paying recurring expenses with cash, it’s easy to lose track of how much money is going in and out of your pocket each month. With credit cards, every purchase shows up on your account online. Your credit card issuers or bank may even generate online reports to show you how much you’ve spent in different categories in a given month.
  • Build credit history. Responsible credit card use is one of the most straightforward ways to boost your credit score . By consistently paying your utility bills with a credit card and making payments in full and on time each month, you’ll improve your odds of qualifying for better loan terms in the future.
  • Consumer protections. Credit cards can be safer to carry than cash or debit cards since they often come with built-in consumer protections, such as fraud liability protection and extended warranty coverage. Plus, if someone fraudulently uses your credit card, it’s the card issuer that is impacted since the money isn’t coming directly out of your bank account.

Alternatives to Credit Cards for Utilities

While using credit cards to pay for utilities may allow you to rack up points and rewards, it’s not for everyone. If you’re not keen on swiping plastic for your bills and monthly expenses, check out the following alternatives instead.

Credit Cards for Utilities vs. Automatic Bank Transfers

If you’re already behind on multiple credit card payments and don’t want to rack up more debt, set up automatic transfers from your bank account to pay your utility bills each month. This way, you’ll avoid the risk of accumulating hefty interest charges and start getting your finances back on track. Once you’ve paid off all or a significant chunk of your existing credit card debt , then you could consider using credit cards to earn rewards for monthly bill payments.

Credit Cards for Utilities vs. Digital Payments

Digital payment platforms like Venmo, PayPal, Google Pay or Apple Pay offer convenience and security without the risk of accumulating credit card debt. Although not all service providers support these payment methods, many do. Contact your service provider to figure out how to pay your monthly bills using one or more of the above digital payment platforms.

Credit Cards for Utilities vs. Cash

Paying your utilities and monthly expenses with cash or a check gives you more control over your spending and eliminates the possibility of overspending or accruing credit card interest. Depending on who your service provider is, you may be able to go directly to a branch location or retail store to pay your bill in cash or check. Just make sure to stay on top of your bank balance to avoid any bounced checks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Putting your monthly bills on a credit card can be a smart way to manage expenses while earning rewards at the same time, but it’s important to do so responsibly. If you don’t pay off your balance in full each month, the hefty credit card charges will cancel out any benefits you gained from those rewards. Federal Reserve data shows that the average credit card interest rate across all accounts stands at a staggering 21.59% as of February 2024. So, if you’re not careful, your credit card debt could quickly snowball and mess up your finances

Using a debit card is typically cheaper since it draws funds directly from your bank account without incurring interest charges. But credit cards offer benefits like rewards, cashback, and purchase protections that can offset the potential costs if you use them responsibly.

It’s best to steer clear of using a credit card when you’re already struggling to keep up with monthly payments since the interest charges can pile up faster than you realize. You’d also want to avoid swiping your card for unnecessary splurges or impulse buys that might strain your budget later on. And if you’re using your credit card for the sole purpose of racking up rewards or qualifying for a welcome bonus, you may want to think twice. While credit card rewards are enticing, overspending can easily land you in crushing credit card debt.

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Applying for a work visa or green card just became more expensive. The new fees, including some which are significantly higher, go into effect today, April 1.

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hasn’t raised many of its fees in more than seven years. Unlike other agencies, the overwhelming majority, or 96%, of its funding comes from filing fees and 4% comes from congressional appropriations.

The number of immigration filings fell during the Covid-19 pandemic and so did revenue, at one point as much as 40 percent, according to USCIS. The agency implemented a hiring freeze during the pandemic while other positions became vacant as employees left. But the caseload eventually shot up to pre-pandemic levels and now there’s a serious backlog.

“The fee schedule from 2016 no longer covers operational costs to timely adjudicate USCIS immigration and naturalization benefits,” USCIS said on its website. “We need higher fees to cover the cost of doing business and better avoid the accumulation of future backlogs.”

Employers that hire foreign workers and immigration attorneys who work with these companies have been closely following the fee hikes, which the federal government announced it was planning to do over a year ago.

“We’re not talking about one or 2% increases,” said Stephanie Pimentel, partner and co-head of the Dallas office of BAL, a global immigration law firm. “When you pair the base line increases together with that additional new fee that is being leveraged on every new employment-based petition, you’re looking at increases of two and 300%.

The visa fee increase took effect despite an effort to stop USCIS from implementing them. Late last week, a federal district court judge denied a motion from an employer group and other plaintiffs for a temporary restraining order before April 1.

Among the changes, the fee for an H-1B visa petition increased from $460 to $780 and the registration fee for an H-1B shot up from $10 to $215.

One of the biggest changes is a new $600 Asylum Program Fee companies must pay when filling an employment-base petition.

“This is a new tactic of USCIS as part of their fee regulation is to start having U.S. businesses cover the cost of the asylum program because they have the ability to pay it, which I don’t know if I would agree on all businesses,” said Emily Neumann, an immigration attorney and managing partner at Reddy & Neumann, PC in Houston.

Neumann writes an immigration-related blog under the name Immigration Girl and co-hosts a weekly video she shares on social media.

The law firm BAL conducted a survey of employers about the feds’ new fees and found that more than half, or 57% of respondents, said the increase wouldn’t affect their ability to complete globally.

Pimentel said this is most likely because companies know other employers who hire foreign workers have to pay the same fees.

“Still, 43 percent saying that there’s going to be an impact on their ability to compete globally is significant,” Pimentel said, adding that 60% of businesses said they plan to file the same number of petitions while 40% said the would file fewer of them or offer fewer benefits.

Some of those benefits include the employer paying for their employees’ dependents to have their status to stay in the country extended. Others might pay the premium processing fee so their employee’s petition will be expedited. Under the new fee structure though, some employers may no longer cover those, leaving it to their employee(s).

Another change affects those seeking a green card or adjusting their status. The cost of an application is now $1,440, up from $1,225. And USCIS has added two additional fees for those applications – one for filing for interim work authorization and another for filing for an interim work permit.

You can find the entire new filing fee schedule here .

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A street in London (perhaps unsurprisingly) has been named the most expensive in the country. 

Nestled near Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, houses along Buckingham Gate come with an average price tag at £9,633,333, according to Rightmove. 

After Buckingham Gate, the next highest average asking price was found in Vicarage Gate in Holland Park in west London, at £6,332,000.

Outside London, Old Avenue in Weybridge, Surrey, had the highest average asking price for properties so far this year, at £2,633,333.

When it comes to renting, Albion Street in Bayswater, central London, was found to be the most expensive at £20,857 a month.

This was followed by Pavilion Road in Knightsbridge, central London, where renters spend around £15,251 a month for a new let. 

Outside the capital, London Road in Ascot, Berkshire, was found to have the highest rent price at £6,831 a month.

People in search of a little extra cash have been told they could have a small fortune sitting on their bookshelves.

Research by All Top Books, an online bookshop, has revealed how much some early copies of our best loved books could be worth.

Thousands of valuable volumes could be gathering dust on shelves across the country, it said.

Treasure hunters were told to check whether elderly relatives have any unwanted old tomes.

Rare editions of the early works of children's writers such as Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling can be worth thousands if found in good condition.

The books listed below also sold in their millions, so there is a fighting chance you've got one.

Ten tomes that could fetch a pretty penny are:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1967) - £1,000
  • The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter (1910) - £1,000
  • Now We Are Six, Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne (1927) - £2,000
  • James Bond: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming (1963) - £13,000
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (1894) £2,500
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1914) £2,000
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (1902) £5,000
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) - £5,000
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (1998) - £2,000
  • N or M? By Agatha Christie (1941) - £2,000

By James Sillars , business news reporter 

There is no real prospect of a new record high for the FTSE 100 today.

Stock markets have widely taken fright at the prospect of US interest rates remaining higher for longer, after further evidence of resilience in the world's biggest economy yesterday.

Energy stocks led the FTSE lower at the open - falling 1.3% to 7,862.

Sentiment in London was not improved by data from the ONS that showed UK wage growth remaining stubbornly high.

The Bank of England wants to see the pace come down markedly before relaxing its battle against inflation through an interest rate cut.

LSEG data showed a flurry of bets away from June for the first rate cut and towards August instead.

Across the market more widely, shares in Superdry were 25% down as it confirmed a story by Sky News yesterday that it had launched a restructuring plan that would result in rent reductions for some of its stores.

It also planned an equity raise, which it said would allow it to delist from the London Stock Exchange.

One other piece of market data to flag: the cost of oil.

Brent crude is still sat around the $90 a barrel mark amid the raised tensions in the Middle East.

Market experts have warned the direction will be determined by Israel's response to Iran's drone and missile attack on Israeli soil on Saturday night.

The Office for National Statistics has just released its latest data on wage growth - a factor in the sights of the Bank of England as it considers when to start cutting interest rates. 

Wages excluding bonuses grew by 6% in the three months to the end of February, compared with the same period a year ago. 

A Reuters poll of economists had predicted wage growth would slow to 5.8% from 6.1% in November to January. 

The figures, while welcome on the face of it for struggling households, will make for worrying reading at the Bank of England, which is assessing the timing for a long-awaited interest rate cut in its battle against inflation.

Other jobs figures released by the ONS showed unemployment in February rose to 4.2% from 3.9%, and the number of vacancies in January to March was 916,000, a fall of 13,000 on the previous three months.

Liz McKeown, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said: "Recent trends of falling vacancy numbers and slowing earnings growth have continued this month albeit at a reduced pace. 

"But with the rate of inflation also slowing, real earnings growth has increased and is now at its highest rate in nearly two and a half years."

Read more on what the figures mean from our business reporter James Sillars here :

Basically, a credit score is a three-digit number that indicates how reliable you are at borrowing and repaying money. 

It is worked out by collecting information about you from public records, lenders and other service providers.

The scores are based on the amount you have borrowed, your repayment history and other information such as your job and age.

Credit scores can influence your ability to access loans and credit, as well as the terms you are offered if your application is successful.

It can also be a factor if you want to buy a car on finance or when buying a new smartphone through a pay-monthly contract. 

A good score can also see you have access to the lowest interest rates available on mortgages and it can affect how much you pay for your security deposit on a rental house.

What is a good credit score?

Your credit worthiness is calculated using a points system.

In the UK, there are three main credit reference agencies - Experian, Equifax and TransUnion - and they each have their own system of rating your credit worthiness. 

Experian, which gives scores out of 999, has said a credit score of 700 or above is generally considered good and a score of 800 or above is considered to be excellent. 

Equifax, which gives you a score out of 1,000, considers scores between 740 to 799 to be very good; and 800 up are considered excellent.

TransUnion considers a good credit score to be between 721-780 while 781 onwards is excellent.

How can you improve it?

This may seem an obvious one, but keeping up with repayments is a good way to show lenders you are sensible with money and are likely to pay back what you borrow on time, an Equifax spokesperson told the Money blog. 

The credit reference agency said it is also best to avoid staying close to or exceeding your credit limit as this can indicate that you're experiencing financial difficulties.

Rajan Lakhani, money expert at the money app Plum, said registering on the electoral roll is also an easy way - and only takes minutes - to improve your score as it gives lenders confidence that they know where you are based.

He also said getting a whole credit report is another way to keep an eye on any errors or even fraud.

"A lot of people will just look at the score but it's worth getting the full report," he said. 

"Even if there is something that has occurred but there were special circumstances around it, you can get a notice of correction and it explains that."

Mark Mcelvanney, client services director at IE Hub, said "consistency" was important too.

"Your credit scores are built up of lots of difference data sources so every time you make an application for a loan, credit card or any form of credit you enter information into that application," he said.

"Making sure the application information is consistent is important, even down to your job title, because if they look different in each of those applications, the ultimate worthiness will be impacted and there could be suggestions of fraud or instability."

And it is also worth "de-linking mortgages" after splitting with a partner, he added.

"If their credit file starts to suffer that can have a negative impact on you," he said.

Other tips from Equifax...

Take control of your finances

Having combined finances - like a joint mortgage or credit card -  could negatively affect your ability to access credit, if the other person's credit history is poor.

Know the difference between hard and soft credit searches

When you apply for credit, it leaves a "footprint" on your credit report and making too many applications in a short space of time can have a negative impact on your score.

Instead, space out and limit the number of applications you make.

Check your credit report regularly

Despite popular myths, checking your credit report regularly does not negatively impact your credit score. 

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By Bhvishya Patel, Money team

Over four days this week, we're speaking to some of Britain's struggling unpaid carers, hearing at times heart-breaking accounts of their physical, emotional and financial struggles.

Today, a daughter who cares for her mother with motor neurone disease tells us the financial support she receives "is not even close to enough" and left her needing to use her savings as a last resort.

Fiona Jermaine, 39, from Grimsby, whose mother Helen, 74, was diagnosed in 2012, worked full-time until the pandemic but after she was furloughed and her mother's condition worsened she decided against returning.

"Mentally it's isolating - you feel lonely. And as much as you do, you always feel guilty and feel you are not doing enough." Fiona Jermaine

While Fiona has care agency staff come to the house to help, she is the main carer for her mother.

"Everything around the house is down to me - the washing, cleaning, shopping, cooking," Fiona says. 

"I'm very much tied to the house."

Physically it has "massively" taken a toll on her and mentally it is "isolating".

"I think because you're busy, you ignore how you are feeling. As daft as it sounds, you don't really stop until you're actually really, really poorly. So you kind of ignore a lot," she says.

"Mentally it's isolating - you feel lonely. And as much as you do, you always feel guilty and feel you are not doing enough."

Heating on 24/7

With her mother's care falling under the NHS continuing healthcare support, her carers are funded by the health service.

The funding, which is separate to the £76.75-a-week carer's allowance, is provided for those assessed as having a "primary health need" and pays for the care agency, with Fiona's mother allocated £700 a week.

But with "sky-high" gas and electricity bills in the cost of living crisis, Fiona says she is sometimes left with no option but to dip into her savings.

"Mum feels the cold so the heating is on 24/7 and she has so many pieces of medical equipment on and I can't turn them off," Fiona says.

"You don't get any help with that whatsoever."

In addition to carer's allowance, Fiona gets universal credit but she says she is not able to receive the maximum £368.74 she could be entitled to due to receiving a carer's benefit. She instead receives £222.02 a month.

She says the financial help she gets from the carer's allowance is "not even close" to enough.

"It's supposed to be based on the carer working 35 hours a week - so myself doing 35 hours of care. I challenge you to find a carer that only does that. It's really not a lot," she says.

"People tell me I'm doing a really good job, but you never feel like that, you always feel like you should do more - it's tiring.

"It feels like you can never switch off. Even if you do go out for an hour, you are still listening to your phone."

'People do not do only 35 hours'

With no other avenues of income, her financial struggles have left Fiona needing to use her savings as a last resort. Returning to work is a "possibility" but she is uncertain about how that would work.

"When the gas and electricity bills went really high, going into my savings was the only way I could pay it," she says.

"And then Mum also needed a new wheelchair accessible vehicle and the upfront payment for that was about £4,500. I had no choice, I had to pay it.

"With returning to work, it could possibly happen, but more likely it'll be when Mum's no longer with us - I lean more towards that.

"Obviously if finances meant that I had to, I would but I can't honestly tell you how I would make that work."

With carers facing unprecedented pressure on their finances, Fiona says domiciliary home care needs "vast amounts of money thrown at it" and the government needed to be a "bit more realistic" with carer's allowance.

"The 35 hours figure for care is just ridiculous. People do not do 35 hours. I don't know where they plucked that arbitrary figure from but it is ridiculous so that needs to be looked at," she says.

"And then I think they need to make it so it's not tied into your other benefits.

"There is a threshold, so you can only do so many hours or earn so much and then you lose your universal credit. It's so difficult to find a job that fits around the care side. 

"They've made out that they want everyone to go back to work. Well, make it a bit easier for us to go back to work."

A government spokesperson said: "Unpaid carers play a vital role in the lives of their family and friends, which is why from April we're boosting carer's allowance meaning carers receive an extra £1,500 a year compared to 2010.

"Those in low income households may also be eligible for additional financial support such as universal credit."

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HMRC has overpaid its own staff millions of pounds over the past 10 years, according to The Telegraph. 

In total, £12.6m has been pocketed by employees but only £12.3m has been paid back, leaving a £300,000 shortfall. 

The news outlet said some 250 staff were overpaid by more than £1,000 last year. 

Some of the overpayments were caused by payroll failing to stop salary payments for people who had left the company, it added. 

The revelation comes after the tax office controversially decided to close its helplines for six months. 

"With a staff headcount of almost 67,500, we operate at a monthly payroll average accuracy rate of 99.54%, which exceeds the corporate benchmark of 98%," a HMRC spokesperson said.

"Our total pay bill in the 2022/23 financial year was £2.449bn* which means that 0.05% was incorrectly paid that year, and we have recovered over 84% of that.

"We have robust processes in place for the recovery of over and underpayments and all staff are provided with guidance on the importance of checking the payment of their salary."

Asda has become the first UK supermarket to launch an online prescription service. 

The Asda Online Pharmacy allows patients to manage prescriptions digitally and have them delivered to their home

All requests will undergo thorough checks by qualified pharmacists before being approved.

From today, new patients can register for the service by visiting pharmacy.asda.com. 

Dr Martens has filed a lawsuit against online retailer Temu for allegedly infringing its trademarks, according to The Times. 

The British bootmaker has alleged that the online retailer paid Google to advertise boots sold on its site when users search keywords including "Dr Martens", it said. 

As a result, Temu's lookalike products were placed about Dr Martens' own in search results. 

The move is the latest sign of growing hostility between Western retailers and their cheaper Chinese rivals. 

Temu told Sky News it was yet to receive the complaint and will review it in due course.  

Tesla is cutting 10% of its global workforce in a bid to reduce costs and bolster productivity, it has been reported.

The electric vehicle maker, founded and run by Elon Musk, was yet to comment on a story earlier today by Electrek that it was to axe about 15,000 people.

The tech publication said the cuts were revealed in an internal memo - also seen by the Reuters news agency.

It added that managers had been tasked earlier this year with identifying key personnel.

The company, which had more than 140,000 staff at the end of last year, has been struggling with soft demand for its electric vehicles.

The average UK tenant is spending 30.6% of their salary on rent, data shows.

Many experts believe that a third of your earnings is considered the outer limit for affordability.

But in several areas of the UK, people are spending considerably more, an index created by Canopy has shown.

Tenants in Poole have been found to be struggling most with affordability, with the average renter giving more than 40% of their income to their landlord. 

Stirling has also made a surprising inclusion in the top 10 places, with a low average income meaning tenants are spending 37.8% of their wages on rent. 

Belfast was found to be the most affordable major city for renters, with people spending just over a quarter of their salary in rent (23.2%), on average. 

Here are the 10 places people spend the highest percentage of their income on rent: 

Chris Hutchinson, chief executive of Canopy, said the data showed homeowners spend an average of 18% of their income on their mortgage. 

"It is sobering to see that one in five tenants are spending the vast majority of their salary on rental payments, and it neatly encapsulates the tricky situation that many tenants with aspirations of homeownership are in," he said. 

"Where we could see positive change is towards longer tenancies for those who desire them, fostering greater security for families and communities."

Up until 1995, children were effectively banned from all public houses in England and Wales, leaving parents with no option but to arrange - and in many cases pay for - alternative childcare if they wished to visit licensed premises.

Among other consequences of this change, legal guardians of all kinds have since been able to avoid such expenses by popping out for a pub lunch, for example, with their respective minors in tow.

However, while it is now perfectly legal for pubs to allow children in, it remains within the power of licensees to forbid the attendance of people under the age of 18. 

And while relatively few establishments choose to exercise this right, one such watering hole has sparked a rather intense debate around the issue.

In a post that had been viewed more than 18 million times at the time of writing, a man is pictured next to a sign indicating children (unlike dogs) are not permitted inside an unnamed pub - beneath a message that suggests the post's author approves of the policy.

While some on X expressed support or sympathy for the stance, many others were rather less sanguine.

Among the criticisms was the impact the stance might have on single parents - while others highlighted the financial drain of babysitters that might render a trip to the pub in question impossible for some parents.

The point was made by some users that other licensed premises were available for parents facing such a predicament. Perhaps unsurprisingly though, this seemingly pragmatic observation appears to have done little to quell the anger of those most outraged by the publican behind the child-unfriendly edict. 

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The Government is making changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa. Find out what these changes mean for employers and visa applicants.

The Government is making changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

What is changing for people with an AEWV

If you currently have an AEWV, these changes could affect how long you can stay before you need to spend time outside New Zealand or your eligibility to be granted a further AEWV.

If you applied for your first AEWV before 21 June 2023 and are in an ANZSCO level 4 and 5 job paying at or above the required AEWV wage rate, and currently hold a three year AEWV, you will no longer be able to access the maximum time of five years.

If you are in an ANZSCO level 4 and 5 job on a pathway to residence, you will not be affected by these changes.

If you apply for a further AEWV on or after 7 April 2024, you will have to meet the updated criteria. If you are in an ANZSCO level 4 and 5 job you may not be able to stay and work in New Zealand for the maximum time of five years.

How long you can stay on an AEWV

What is changing for new AEWV applications

There are now higher work experience and qualification requirements, a standard of English for people applying to work in roles assessed as ANZSCO skill level 4 and 5, and a shorter stay in New Zealand if you are working in specific roles.

New minimum skill requirement

If you are applying for an AEWV you will need to show evidence of your work experience or qualifications. This is in addition to the skills and qualifications that your employer has identified as necessary for the job and your employer will need to check you meet the skill requirements before they offer you the job.

Unless your role is on the Green List and meets the Green List role requirements, or is paid at least twice the median wage, you must now have:

  • at least 3 years’ relevant work experience, or
  • a relevant qualification at level 4 or above of the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework (NZQCF).

Evidence of your qualification must be accompanied by an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) if it is below Bachelor’s degree level.

To meet the work experience requirement, you must provide evidence proving you did the work — you cannot include documents that you wrote.

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Minimum standard of English

If the job is ANZSCO level 4 or 5, you need to show that you can speak and understand English.

This requirement will not apply to current applications, or to people travelling as the partner or child of AEWV applicant.

English language requirements for the Accredited Employer Work Visa

Shorter visa length and stay in New Zealand for some jobs

For ANZSCO level 4 and 5 jobs paying at or above the required AEWV wage rate, the maximum visa length for an AEWV is reduced to 2 years, with the ability to apply for one more year with a new Job Check.

The total time you can stay in New Zealand (also called a maximum continuous stay) on one or more AEWVs is reduced to 3 years. When you get to the end of your maximum continuous stay you will need to leave New Zealand for a specified amount of time — normally 12 months — before you can apply for another AEWV.

These changes will apply to anyone who applied for their first AEWV on or after 7 April 2024 or before 21 June 2023.

Some ANZSCO level 4 and 5 jobs will not be affected by these changes, including those:

  • on the Green List
  • in transport and care sector agreements, and on a pathway to residence
  • earning 1.5 times the median wage.

The length of an AEWV and maximum continuous stay for people in ANZSCO level 1 to 3 jobs will remain 5 years.

What is changing for employers

The requirements employers must meet to hire migrants on the AEWV have changed.

There are now more requirements at the accreditation and Job Check stages and during the accreditation period.

There are also higher work experience and qualification requirements for AEWV applicants, a standard of English for people applying to work in roles assessed as ANZSCO skill level 4 and 5, and a shorter stay in New Zealand for those working in specific roles.

Meeting your AEWV accredited employer obligations

Ensure an applicant is suitably qualified and skilled

Employers must now take reasonable steps to ensure migrants are suitably skilled before sending them a job token. Employers will need to check that the migrant has the skills they have identified as necessary for the job, as well as the new minimum skill requirement being introduced as part of these changes.

These requirements must be met for all Job Check applications.

Employers who are accredited or re-accredited from 7 April 2024 will need to take reasonable steps to ensure migrant workers meet skill requirements as part of their accreditation obligations.

Check your migrant is suitably qualified

Employ migrants for at least 30 hours

From 7 April 2024, new AEWVs will be issued with a condition requiring you to employ migrants for at least 30 hours per week.

If you do not provide at least 30 hours a week's employment we can revoke your accreditation.

Grounds for suspending accreditation being expanded

Employers being actively investigated for any breach of accreditation may have their accreditation suspended. Previously, suspension was only an option for breaches of some accreditation requirements.

Now using ANZSCO skill levels

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) skill levels are being introduced into the assessment of AEWV applications.

Check the ANZSCO list

Suitable and available New Zealanders

There is now a definition of 'suitable and available New Zealanders'.

Employers will be required to declare that nobody who applied for the job met the definition. If an employer indicates that there were suitable New Zealanders available, the Job Check will be declined.

Advertise a job and engage with Work and Income

Extra rules for ANZSCO level 4 and 5 jobs

Employers wanting to fill jobs at ANZSCO level 4 and 5 now need to:

  • advertise for 21 days, rather than 14,
  • engage with Work and Income, and
  • declare in the Job Check why any New Zealanders who applied were not hired.

Employers must engage with Work and Income before making their Job Check application.

If you did not hire a New Zealand applicant who met the definition of suitable and available, your Job Check will be declined.

Tell Immigration New Zealand when a migrant leaves their job

A new accreditation requirement is being introduced for employers.

If a worker on an AEWV leaves your employment a month or more before their visa expires, you must tell Immigration New Zealand (INZ) within 10 working days. If you fail to do this we may revoke or suspend your accreditation.

This change will not apply to existing accredited employers until they renew or upgrade their accreditation.

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Franchisee accreditation will end later in 2024. Franchisee employers will be able to apply for standard, high-volume, or triangular employment accreditation, depending on their circumstances.

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