How to move to UK

United States
March 9, 2010 5:38pm CST
Hello there ya'll!! I'm Valerie - some of you know me, some of you don't know me. I currently reside in Ohio USA, and I love it here. I am American, and love my country (please don't get me wrong). I am curious to how to move to UK, and become a citizen. I've always loved UK, and have always felt like I was born in the wrong country. Most of my friends are over there, and I think it's a beautiful place. I have applied to schools in Birmingham and Liverpool. I heard Education visas are the easiest way to live there. I am confused though, as I read in one place that I can't WORK while I am in school, and have to prove BEFORE I go, that I can completely financially support myself, and pay for schooling without the government's help (UK gov, ie no job), Yet, I've also heard that I can get a part time job, and work weekends. Can anybody be of assistance? Thank you very much.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Hi, I am not sure what to tell you. I had looked about moving over seas before I met my husband and I think one of the ways was through a student visa. What about contacting the embassy in the UK? would they know? I'm not sure. You could always contact a UK school and explain your situation, their sure to have worked with people before who have transferred from another country. Good luck.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
Thank you for the reply. I will see if they know anything at the UK embassy. I wasn't sure if I should contact UK or US embassy.. Contacting the schools was an awesome idea! Thank you!
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
10 Mar 10
heh I'm just glad I can help. Maybe contacting both embassy's, try the one here in the US and if they can't help, the one in the UK!
@maximax8 (27048)
11 Apr 10
I suggest that you could look in the Lady magazine and apply for children's nannying positions in the UK. You might be able to get a student visa and join a course of study. If you do that you will have restrictions how many hours of work you are allowed to do whilst you are in the UK. Good luck.
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• United States
3 Aug 10
Thank you for the reply. :) I will look into the Nanny tip.
@jugsjugs (13046)
10 Mar 10
You say that you have friends over here in the UK,have you asked any of them to see if they can find out what you want to know as we have a citizens Advice bureau that can also point people in the right direction of places that can answer all the questions that you have.Where as my friends have gone to the USA and they love it over there and are married with children.Good Luck.
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• United States
10 Mar 10
Thank you for the reply. Yes, I've asked some of my friends. That's how I found out about possibly working on the weekends. She saw an advert for it on tv, so didn't quite know if she was right in saying it or not. Thanks again.
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
9 Aug 10
I wasn't aware of that angle on a student visa coming from the US..Working in the Hotel Industry,I know it's a common thing here for Students to get a part time job for some spending money,either during term or during breaks..To come here as an Immigrant,though,you're right..that IS the official position on the conditions of getting a Visa..Basically,they don't want someone arriving in the country unable to support themselves for the duration of their stay,or arriving here and putting in for a welfare claim..It's the same thing for Me as a UK citizen going to the US on a visit under the Visa Waiver Program..It's a condition of entry that I'm not permitted to work during my visit.Of course,there are NO Migrant workers in the US or UK without visas...
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
9 Aug 10
The UK equivalent of the Social Security Number is the National insurance Number.Every employee should have one,You're eligible for one as a citizen when a teenager.Most places will insist on you providing Yours when You get a Job...if You got a Job....if You were ELIGIBLE to get a Job,that is..not that You'd be looking for work while holding a visa,of course....