I'm going to London for the interview in a few weeks, I'm trying to make the decision on applying for family or bachelor status. If you would please inform me about some practical details, that would be wonderful.
1. For bachelor status, is it possible to do a long weekend every other week (or every third week), adding 2 days to the weekend, does the system allow this, do I spend just two days off my holiday?
2. Is "Educational Assistance" provided for Bachelors, i.e. does the company pay for my child's private school fee back in my home country? (day school, 8 year old)
3. They asked for the scan of my passport, recent payslips and diploma upfront. Should I see this as a sign that I'm a strong candidate?
4. Is there margin for negotiation on the Grade Code, Base Salary or Overbase? Which is the one to push for?
1. Long weekend every other week: highly unlikely, especially in your first 6 months, as you're on probation. Remember, you're coming to work.
Family allowances are approximately 1/3 of what they were before last August, so keep that in mind. I have met several people who've recently arrived on family status and they are personally adding more to their rent to accommodate their families, as in, our of their own pocket.
My personal advice, given the state of everything as of late, it's best to leave your family home. I know guys that came last year when I did, with the intention of bringing families over, and only 1/2 followed thru. The other 1/2, converted back to bachelor status, and were given interm repats; that is no longer case.
2. Educational Assistance: not sure, as I'm single, not bachelor, status.
3. All documents requested, including pay stubs, are standard for all applicants.
4. Negotiate your monthly base component, as this will also directly effect your rental allowance.
To get education assistance, the spouse needs to spend less than 180 days out of kingdom each year. So no if on bachelor status.
The long weekend plan wouldn't be viable, I dont think. Technically you would just use the 2 days holiday, but getting it approved could be tough. You also need to have one repat which needs to be much longer, so wouldnt have enough leave. Plus no direct flights to UK from Dammam. You'd need to cross the causeway and fly from Bahrain to london, or do a change in Jeddah/Ryiadh/Dubai/Abu dhabi/Istanbul/Frankfurt/Amsterdam. Its a long journey to do for a long weekend - i dont fancy it every month, but do fly with kids which could be biasing things.
When you hope for some help from the state, you have to comply with their requirements. I don't know who makes up these laws, but it feels like it's against the family. Meanwhile, my friend still remembers the bachelor party he had at Westgate resorts in Orlando, a week before the wedding. He shared his impressions, photos and videos from his bachelor party. It was really cool and I felt like I was watching some kind of youth film. You can view details about what Westgate organizes fun bachelor parties. Soon, he must leave for 180 days to fulfill the terms of the agreement to receive assistance from the state..It's terrible when there is a bureaucracy that separates family members from each other.