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Living in England guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in England with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Discover the United Kingdom, its people, economy, political situation and organize your move to this land of opportunities.

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  • London, the United Kingdom's capital city, attracts thousands of expatriates each year. Here is a general overview if you are planning to move to London.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Looking forward to get married in the United Kingdom? Expat.com explains how to proceed if you are at least 16 and you are legally allowed to get married.

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  • Commonwealth and European Union citizens do not require a visa to travel to the United Kingdom. A valid passport is sufficent.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You can apply for a visa under the Youth Mobility Scheme if you wish to live, study and work in the United Kingdom for a maximum of two years.

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  • You must apply for a professional visa to work in the United Kingdom: the general work visa and the transfer visa are the most common.

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  • You must obtain a resident card if you to wish to settle in the United Kingdom for at least 5 years. Thereafter, you may apply for permanent residency.

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  • This is an article about my immigration journey from living in the USA, to studying abroad in Italy, to living as a resident in the UK. Many people who are emigrating should be able to relate, and hopefully it is funny too.

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  • How to work in United Kingdom? What kind of visa should I apply for in order to work in England? Do I need a resident card or permit?

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in England? The digital nomad's guide to England will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Professional opportunities are abundant in Manchester, in the United Kingdom. Expatriates are likely to be hired in various fields.

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  • Many firms and industries operating in Brighton, in the United Kingdom, require foreign expertise. Finding a job there should not be difficult.

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  • It is not difficult for expatriates to find a job in London, UK. Multiple professional opportunities are available in various sectors.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • London provides a wide range of accommodation to expatriates although rents tend to be higher compared to other cities. Find out more about housing here.

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  • Manchester, one of the UK's biggest cities, offers a wide range of accommodation options for expats. You can easily rent a studio or an apartment.

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  • If you are planning to relocate in Leeds, in the United Kingdom, you can choose among different types of accommodation: apartments, houses and studios.

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  • Sheffield, one the United Kingdom's biggest cities, has a wide range of accommodation options: studios, apartments, houses, etc.

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  • Birmingham is one of the most popular expat destinations in the United Kingdom. The city offers a wide range of accommodation options.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • The best way to learn a language is to go the country where the majority of the population speaks it, and to practice on a daily basis.

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  • If you wish to pursue your higher studies in the United Kingdom, you can enroll in any of its prestigious and world-famous universities.

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  • London has many prestigious universities that attract thousands of foreign students every year. Find out how to enroll in a university in London.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • If you are moving to the United Kingdom for over 6 months, you can benefit from health care services through the National Health Service (NHS).

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  • London, the United Kingdom's capital city, hosts many public and private hospitals as well as clinics. You can easily access to health care services.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • To open a bank account in the United Kingdom, you have to produce your identity document or driver's license and proof of residency.

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  • This is a short article about opening offshore bank accounts here in St Helier where I have lived since 1996

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • You will have to pay income tax if you are working in the United Kingdom. You will have to fill in a tax return to the HM Revenue & Customs.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Various means of transports are available in London, in the United Kingdom: subways, tramways, buses, taxis, etc. You can also rent a car.

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  • The United Kingdom provides a wide range of public transport. You can choose among aircraft, train, buses, trams, boats, taxis and many more.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements

Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you have decided to settle in the United Kingdom, you should hire international removal experts. They will take care of related formalities.

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  • Find out what to pack and how to move your belongings to the UK, if you planning to move to the UK for long or short term.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • The United Kingdom has several land line and mobile telephone network operators. Local and international call rates are rather affordable.

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  • Expatriates in the United Kingdom can easily access to different types of Internet connection: dial-up, broadband, wireless, mobile, etc.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Sport is omnipresent in London. The British capital city has not only modern sports infrastructure but also world famous football and rugby teams.

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  • The United Kingdom has a range of spectacular landscapes, historical monuments and museums which expatriates can visit during their leisure time.

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  • Want to go out in London? The British capital city has various leisure activities and infrastructure such as museums, nature parks, etc.

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  • Sports fans having settled in the United Kingdom can attend many sports events which take place regularly: football, cricket, rugby, etc.

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  • The Essex Arrows Baseball Club has a lot of experience working with ex-pats from all over the world who are based in the UK and we welcome you to join us in 2010 to continue the great work we do with baseball in the community and to help us achieve our club goals either as a player or a volunteer.

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  • Making friends in England as a newcomer might be difficult but not impossible. Here are a few tips on how to meet new people and have fun.

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  • If you have just moved to London and you are wondering where to buy food, Expat.com provides you with a list of the main supermarkets and other food stores

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  • If you are moving to the United Kingdom with your less than 6 years old children you can enroll them in a nursery, child care center or preprimary school.

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  • Alcoholic beverages and products containing tobacco in small quantities are exempted from tax on arrival in United Kingdom.

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