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New members of the England forum, introduce yourselves here - 2018

Hi all,

Newbie on the England forum? Don’t know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country, or to tell us more on your expat projects in England if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi all and Thank you Julien,

I have been living in England, more precisely in Kent, for 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have since become, what I would call, and Anglophile and would like to move there again if I have the opportunity and looking out for job opportunities. I am in the banking sector and fluent in both English and French since I come from Mauritius which is a bilingual country.  I would thus love to exchange views, news/events and opportunities related to England.

Hello

I recently moved to Bristol to join my husband. Looking to meet new friends, people I can relate to. I lived in California most of my life and I'm Latina! Need some insight on how fellow Americans find it living here, food, things to do. :)

Hello. My name is Andreea and I have more than 1 year since I moved in UK.

Moved here by error, from UK came the first job offer so I left without blinking. That offer was in Wales, as housekeeper into a hotel.

After 8 months, I got fired cause had one sick day off and the employer even accused me of abandoning my employment to escape without giving me the legal rights.

From Wales, I moved to England, for a job offer as test technician. Most of my workmates were British, so understanding the British culture was a big issue. Too big for me to adopt it fast enough, so got fired again.

If I would try again to find a job, I'd be fired again. So I created Immigrant School, a place where expats learn about the British culture and system. It helps them to speed up their adaptation process. In case anyone wants to see the website, please let me know. I'm not sure it's allowed to post here the link.

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Hi...my name is Dian from Indonesia.  I'm planning to come to Portsmouth for a doctorate study on September. I will come with my family (Tier 4 Dependant visas) , but my scholarship allowance seems to low to live well. So I need any information that help me to cover the living cost will be very appreciated.

I especially need information about my husband possibility to work in UK. currently he is still working as senior geotech engineer  (hydrogeologist) in a well-known multinational gold and copper mining company with more than 10 years experience. He also certified as health and work safety instructor. Is he eligible to work on Tier 4 Dependant visa, or he should apply for other type of visa?

Hello lovely people,

So glad things like this exist nowadays, as it makes life so much easier and fun. It's almost essential.

So, I currently reside in Athens since the beginning of January.
However, after a five year long stay in Amsterdam, the expat bug has been my second nature and I just can't sit still. Or at least, not where it is familiar. I am also dealing with a bad break-up so that has definitely influenced me to "start-over" too.

I think Bristol is a good fit for me considering my love for independent stores, diverse and multi-cultural  cities (something Amsterdam taught me so well), arts and water.

That's my little introduction and hope to hear about your interesting stories too.

Hello folks,

I’m a British citizen living in the Caribbean. I would like to migrate to the UK, but I can’t seem to get a job before I arrive. And find accommodation. Those are my two challenges.

I want to settle in Birmingham; preferably in Sutton Coldfield if it, affordable right now.

Any advection on these two challenges?

Awaiting your reply.

Thank you.

Revir :

Hello folks,

I’m a British citizen living in the Caribbean. I would like to migrate to the UK, but I can’t seem to get a job before I arrive. And find accommodation. Those are my two challenges.

I want to settle in Birmingham; preferably in Sutton Coldfield if it, affordable right now.

Any advection on these two challenges?

Awaiting your reply.

Thank you.

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

You can check out our Jobs and Housing section at the top of this page.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Thank you, Cynic for your response.

Thank you

I am looking into working in tennriffe so want to make some friends

Nicky Bains :

Thank you

I am looking into working in tennriffe so want to make some friends

Hi Nicky and welcome to the Forum.

Assuming you mean the Tenerife in Spain, you're probably better off asking your question on our Tenerife forum; this link will take you there.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

hello julien  am rita wink 😉 😊

Hello!

My name is Maria. I'm from Portugal and I'm going to move to England this month, Cornwall to be more accurate. I'm moving with my boyfriend and our dog.

Funny thing is, I'm due to start working on the 15th and I haven't even found a place to stay! ^^' I had no idea it would be this difficult! They either don't accept dogs, or don't accept couples :/ But hopefully it will all be well in the end!

Hi well I think it’s a shame what has happened to you in our country is there anything you need to know now about use that may help you to get bk here regards dave

Hello I'm Sian,

I actually live in Somerset and have done for most of my life.
I'm Married to an Algerian Man and at the moment we are applying for a UK Spouse Visa but if this fails to happen then i would more than likely be leaving England to go and live in Algeria.

Hello lovely people,

I'm Alice, originally from Melbourne, Australia, I have been travelling in Italy and England since mid 2017.  I've been staying in London but have just accepted a job in Cambridge, starting in June!

So the holiday is sort of over and now I urgently need to find somewhere to live in or around Cambridge.  Not knowing the city or area at all really, I would especially like to meet people who have some idea of which areas of Cambridge might be nice.  I would also like to meet and make other friends too of course :-)

All the best,

Alice

Morning, I am just about to do a LEGAL ENGLISH course after my TEFL.......I did a BCOMM, LLB and was in corporate for a while working around the world in corporate audit....I started my own businesses, but now want to travel SE Asia as I used to live in HK and China so know the area well.

I would like to teach foreign lawyers how to speak Legal English and perhaps specialise in some legal work in Cambodia.

Any hep, thoughts, experiences would be greatly appreciated

Mark

Hello beautiful people!

I am currently in the U.S., planning my move to England! Precisely, to the Brighton area. I was accepted into the PhD Gender Studies program at the University of Sussex and will begin my studies this September. I have been working toward this dream for two years, after visiting France and Germany as part of a study abroad program. I fell in love with Europe then and began researching PhD programs. I quickly discovered that Sussex was where I needed to be to continue my research with the transgender community. I am also proud to be part of the LGBTQ community and would love to connect with the LGBTQ community in Brighton!
This year has been "full-throttle" planning for my move to England. It has been quite an adventure! Daunting and exciting. I am moving with my dog Promise. She is a hound rescue and the love of my life! But moving overseas with a dog is no small task!
I am looking for accommodations when we arrive the end of August that will welcome both me and my baby girl. I am looking for permanent housing but feel I should wait until we arrive in Brighton to begin this search.
I look forward to any tips people may have to help us in our move. And excited to connect with folks in Brighton.

Thank you so much!
Karlana

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

You seem to have most of the bases covered; Brighton is certainly one of the areas in the UK where the LGBT community are thriving.  My only thought is that UK educational visas are by definition temporary.  At the end of the course, there is no guarantee that you'll be allowed to stay in the UK and the political shenanigans going on around Brexit makes this even more difficult to try and see a way to the future.  You should consider that in 2/3 years time, you could be back in the States.

I wish you the best of luck in your journey; if you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Hello!
I'm moving to London in August, I have a job as a science teacher. My biggest question is what I should do about my phone line, bank account and any other things I might have a problem with. Any future friends would be cool too!!

Megan

Hi everyone,

I am moving back to London in July. I lived there from January 2015 - August 2017. This time I will be returning indefinitely and I cannot wait! I absolutely love the UK. (Never intended to leave initially, however visa ended and thought I should return home to visit family).

I will be starting an undergraduate course (Graphic Design) in September, buzzing to begin! Excited to start the next big chapter of my life.

If this is your first time visiting and/or moving to England (London more specifically), you will love it! A fantastic country in my opinion, and the people are so welcoming and friendly. Exciting times ahead.

Thanks for the note Julian.  Excited to be part of the group.   To summarize in a nut shell.  I have had the opportunity to work a "project" if you will in the UK. ( Also other international area's)  I loved the UK,  I have probably 6-8 years  prior to retirement and my goal and desire is to complete that in the UK . I am an RN with extensive Clinical, Leadership and IT experience.   Area's of Clinical expertise ( remain current ) is ER/Trauma/OR/Peds ER .   As well Have extensive experience and lead many heath IT/EHR projects across the world  From Vendor Selection and procurement , to contract negotiations, design and development, testing, training, implementation and optimization / clinical - operational transformation.
I am looking for quality of life. Not worried about "matching Salary or position" as current in the US.  I want to be part of an organization, contributing to strategic goals and deliverables, providing the most efficient and safe patient care possible.  I am open to all area's of the UK and surroundings. 
Any guidance, direction, or thoughts on how to accomplish would be greatly appreciated     
Look forward to hearing from you and again THANKS

RSteeleRNIT :

Thanks for the note Julian.  Excited to be part of the group.   To summarize in a nut shell.  I have had the opportunity to work a "project" if you will in the UK. ( Also other international area's)  I loved the UK,  I have probably 6-8 years  prior to retirement and my goal and desire is to complete that in the UK . I am an RN with extensive Clinical, Leadership and IT experience.   Area's of Clinical expertise ( remain current ) is ER/Trauma/OR/Peds ER .   As well Have extensive experience and lead many heath IT/EHR projects across the world  From Vendor Selection and procurement , to contract negotiations, design and development, testing, training, implementation and optimization / clinical - operational transformation.
I am looking for quality of life. Not worried about "matching Salary or position" as current in the US.  I want to be part of an organization, contributing to strategic goals and deliverables, providing the most efficient and safe patient care possible.  I am open to all area's of the UK and surroundings. 
Any guidance, direction, or thoughts on how to accomplish would be greatly appreciated     
Look forward to hearing from you and again THANKS

Hi and welcome to the Forum.

As a US citizen, you will need to get a work visa to do this; on the face of it, you shouldn't have a problem getting one; nursing is one of the shortage professions listed on the UK Gov website; my advice is to use Google and search for NHS jobs and then contact any organisations that you may find suitable for you;  they will have to sponsor your visa application.

A couple of points related to this:

You will need to get your nursing qualifications validated by the Royal College of Nursing; this link will take you to the relevant website that describes the process.

There is also a shortage of doctors; it was in the news recently that 700 badly needed doctors from India had been refused UK work visas because the quota for immigrants from India had reached the Governments limit; so there is political interference in the immigration process and it may not go as smoothly as you'd think.

If you have any further specific questions, please come back to us.

Hope this helps.

Cynic
Expat Team

Thanks so much ... I am hoping the VISA process may be a little smoother as 2 years ago I had one for a year that a previous employer had gotten me,  SO i am hoping this would be a renewal or even if new, they can see past history that I had one a while ago and all went smooth...  Really appreciate the link i will use that .......  great site and group.

RSteeleRNIT :

Thanks so much ... I am hoping the VISA process may be a little smoother as 2 years ago I had one for a year that a previous employer had gotten me,  SO i am hoping this would be a renewal or even if new, they can see past history that I had one a while ago and all went smooth...  Really appreciate the link i will use that .......  great site and group.

You would think that national governments would be able to assess previous visa activity (good or bad), unfortunately, the UK Government (like many others around the world) have proven, consecutive failures at this kind of thing.

Best of luck in your journey.

Hi everyone, I’m from South Africa. I’m planning on coming to live in Essex, England. I have accepted at University of Essex and I want to start a new life there. Any friend who can advise me about the location and if there is any job opportunity especially on Legal side.

Hello,

It's Kubilay from Istanbul, Turkey. I am a medical doctor, a neurosurgeon.
I will be commencing my work on 1st of August 2018 in Nottingham Queens Medical centre, hopefully.
I say "hopefully" because there is an ongoing problem about the restricted certificate of sponsorship for medical doctors since December 2017.
I hopefully will be moving with my family, my wife and our two daughters (8 and 10) and our dog, next month.
I am here to take any advice about moving to and living in the UK.

Sending you all, my best wishes...

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